My True Love Gave to Me Book Review

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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: October 14th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Short Stories
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis 

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

Okay I’m not going to give a synopsis. If you haven’t heard of this book you must be living under a rock, because it has been all over everything since it came out. 12 holiday stories by 12 fantastic young adult authors. What more do you need to know? Seriously. This book is funny, charming, swoon worthy and just an all around great holiday read. I finished it last week just before Christmas Eve and ugh, it was just perfect. All together I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars as a whole because the whole anthology was marvellous. Now I’m going to go through each story and talk about what I liked/didn’t like and give an individual rating. I am not going to summarize them because I seriously suck at summarizing and the short stories are too small I might ruin it for you.

“Midnights” by Rainbow Rowell 

I loved this one. It was a great way to start off the book and it really set my standards high for the rest of the stories. I liked how it was told over a few years in a row and you got to see some changes in characters. 5 out of 5 stars.

“The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link 

Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about this one. I didn’t really feel connected to any of the characters and a lot of the time I was just confused. I liked the supernatural element (if you can call it that) and thought it was a neat story but definitely not my favourite. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

“Angels in the Snow” by Matt De La Peña

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. For one thing it made me cry… but that’s really not a surprise since a lot can make me cry. I didn’t really like the idea of cheating but I loved both of the characters and their stories. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

“Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me” by Jenny Han

I was disappointed in this one. I’ve only read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, but I just had higher hopes for this story. It was cute-ish, but also kind of boring. I didn’t connect to the main character, she was annoying, and the love interest was irritating. 3 out of 5 stars.

“It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins 

Now I know why everyone raves about Stephanie Perkins. I cried, I laughed, my stomach flipped, and I didn’t want it to end. This story was seriously perfect. Give me all of her books now… 5 out of 5 stars!

“Your Temporary Santa” by David Levithan 

I didn’t like this story as much as I thought I would. David Levithan is usually on point but this one kind of let me down. I couldn’t connect to the characters, the story was weird and the conflict with the sister/mother/father who left just made me uncomfortable. I don’t know why, I just wasn’t a fan. 3 out of 5 stars.

“Krampuslauf” by Holly Black

I really liked how this story was about Krampus! It made me laugh a bit and I felt like I could connect with the main character. However, I feel like it needed more time to blossom if you will. The story just felt a bit too rushed. Overall, 4 out of 5 stars.

“What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?” by Gayle Forman 

Love, love, love! This story was cute, funny, charming, witty. I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I’m pretty sure this one made me cry too). Definitely one of my favourites. Sign me up for more Gayle Forman. 5 out of 5 stars.

“Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” by Myra McEntire

Not my most favourite, not my least favourite. I wasn’t captivated by it, but I also didn’t hate it. It was funny at times, kind of cute, but also kind of boring at other times. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

“Welcome to Christmas, CA” by Kiersten White

I seriously think this one might be my favourite. I loved it. When I say I cried in some of the others one, I sobbed in this one. The way her family situation played out in the end just had me floored. I could not contain my emotions. Also, as a plus, cute boy who cooks AND bakes. Needless to say, 5 out of 5 stars!

“Star of Bethlehem” by Ally Carter 

I really enjoyed this one. It was kind of bizarre and confusing to me at first just because I was like “who the hell is this weird girl who gave up her plane ticket to New York and WHO IS SHE RUNNING FROM”. However, the small town family was so sweet and the boy was adorable. 4 out of 5 stars.

“The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor 

Really great ending to the book. I think I was expecting something different so I wasn’t blown away, but I really did enjoy this. Laini Taylor writes so beautifully and I just cannot wait to read more from her in the future. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall this anthology was just so great for the holiday season and if you haven’t picked it up yet, I strongly suggest you do. It will most definitely be a staple of mine every December.

xx

Jacqueline

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CHRISTMAS BOOK HAUL!

Oh my goodness! I had the most amazing Christmas! Honestly, I can still never sleep in even though I am not a kid anymore. My brother was up before 7 (he’s 17) and I woke up at about 8:30. We were both so excited, but my mom said we shouldn’t wake my sisters up until 10… It’s not my fault they were out until 1:30 and 3:30 am the night before! One of them doesn’t actually live with us anymore, but she came to sleep at home on Christmas. So FINALLY at 9:55 I opened the basement door and let my dog wreck havoc and wake them up. My dog is so funny. She won’t touch the presents under the tree, but once you start opening the gift it’s game over and all she wants is to tear the paper with you.

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Here is Bella waiting patiently for everyone to come into the room. Our stockings are handmade from my aunt she made them when we were kids. Me and my siblings have snowmen, my mom has an elf and my dad’s (isn’t in the photo) is Santa! I got some really great stocking stuffers including Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu Ray and a Ghost pop figure! Enough about the other presents… what about the books!

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I basically got every single book I asked for PLUS the new Harry Potter Boxed Set that I have been eyeing for ages! Besides the Harry Potter boxed set I received all of these books from my sister!

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Ms. Marvel 1 by G. Willow Wilson
Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Fables Volume 1 by Bill Willingham
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I also received Four by Veronica Roth, but had to ask my sister to return it because it turns out one of my best friends got me it, however I haven’t seen her yet! She said she would rather buy me things she knew I would enjoy than other stuff just for the sake of it. I was so surprised about the Harry Potter boxed set though! I asked my mom for a hair straightener but she completely surprised me with this as well! I am officially on a book buying ban until further notice.

I am so grateful for all of the wonderful gifts I got this Christmas and all of the time spent with my whole family. It was also so exciting to see how surprised and happy my aunts and uncle and cousin were with their gifts that we picked out. The last thing I am grateful for is the fantastic food. Christmas dinner was delicious and the whole day was just perfect.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas, or if you don’t celebrate, I hope you’re having a great holiday season regardless. What kind of books or bookish goodies did everyone else get?! I’d love to hear.

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: DEAR SANTA!

Firstly, how is TOMORROW Christmas Eve?! Like WHAT?! Where does the time even go… I could have sworn I just started this semester like, yesterday. I’m so excited for Christmas morning! Although I would love every item on my Christmas list, I’m way more excited for all of my siblings to open their gifts. Everyone in my family gives me all of their presents to wrap so I always know what everyone is getting… which kind of sucks, but is also really exciting. I know everyone is going to love everything they get which makes me so happy. Secondly, when my sister asked me to make a Christmas list this year I went directly to the Chapters Indigo website and made a 5 page Wish List… apparently that wasn’t what she meant. So because I actually did need and want some other things I cut my list of books down to, weirdly enough, ten books! Without further ado, here are the ten books I asked for for Christmas!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

TOP TEN BOOKS I WOULDN’T MIND SANTA BRINGING

1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer

3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

4. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

5. Fables Volume 1 by Bill Willingham

6. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

7. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

10. Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson

Well that’s my short and sweet Christmas wish list and I hope Santa brings me at least a few of the books I want this year! I guess I will find out in two more sleeps 🙂 Has anyone read any of these titles? What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

xx

Jacqueline

DECEMBER TBR!

I missed the winter to be read topic for top ten tuesday the other week as I was too busy crying under a rock over school… So here is my very ambitious december/christmas holiday tbr list. I’m in my exam period right now for school and have three more to go so I probably won’t be doing too much reading, though I do want to finish Insurgent hopefully this weekend. However, I then have a month off of school. Yep. From December 10th to January 12th I will be FREEEEE!!!! Aka much reading, much baking. So here we go!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle 

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Saga Volumes 2, 3, & 4 by Brian K. Vaughan 

Maus II by Art Spiegelman 

Honestly, I don’t know how much of this I will be able to accomplish… Like I said, very ambitious. I’m just really hoping to make a good dent in my unread books and what better time to do it then when it’s cold, snowy and I’m off school?

What’s everyone else reading this winter? If you’ve read any of these books let me know which ones I should make a priority!

Happy reading!

xx

Jacqueline