TITLE: My True Love Gave to Me
AUTHORs: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White
PUBLISHING: Pan Macmillan
RELEASE DATE: October 9th 2014
GENRE(S): Young Adult, Short Stories, Romance, Contemporary, Christmas
STAR RATING: Average of 3.875 ***
“MOVIE” RATING: PG
My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of twelve short romance stories that all generally take place around Christmas time. Each one is by a different author and have their own characters and plot. It was fun to read these stories, even though I wished many times that they were all full novels and not just short novellas. Below I reviewed each story and what I felt as I read.
Story 1: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell – 5/5 Cute, light-hearted. Humorous. Enough back-story to keep you in-the-know and not confused by the characters or events. Suspenseful and some romantic tension. Very quick read.
Story 2: The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link – 4/5 Mysterious. A little confusing all around but it had some good moments. Good romantic tension but it felt rushed. Had to read and follow very closely.
Story 3: Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena – 3/5 Some swearing was sometimes annoying. Romance didn’t seem like the main theme although it was very easy to empathize with the main character. Cute but wasn’t my favorite out of these stories.
Story 4: Polaris is Where you’ll find me by Jenny Han – 3.5/5 Super short! Cute, North Pole, elves, human is adopted by Santa story. Lacks something and ends abruptly, no reader’s peace!
Story 5: It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins – 5/5 Sweet story all around. Good connections and romance didn’t feel rushed despite the shortness. Loved the Christmas tree picking theme and the new take on Christmas found here.
Story 6: Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan – 1/5 Super confusing. Had little to no detailed descriptions about the characters. Didn’t understand the character or what was really happening. But loved this idea; has more potential.
Story 7: Krampuslauf by Holly Black – 3/5 Very….unique. Different. A bit weird. A lot weird. Not especially a romance but more like a payback story. New Year’s Eve party with friends. Fun story with a few fantasy bits.
Story 8: What the Hell have you done, Sophie Roth? By Gayle Forman – 3.5/5 Excellent cute first connection story. Funny, charming, and loved their similarities. Something lacked/missing. Good diversity and loved their interaction with Christmas.
Story 9: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire – 4.5/5 I loved this one. Cute. It covered enough details in the boy’s life to feel for him throughout the story. More innocent romance which made it really cute. Fun and Christmas-y! Nativity show.
Story 10: Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White – 5/5 One of the best stories I’ve read in here and definitely the sweetest. Love everything about it. Cute characters, cute story line, made me cry, super great and addicting. Fast read.
Story 11: Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter – 5/5 Kept me in suspense. Less romance than other stories but it was cute and different than the others. Runaway story, spending Christmas with strangers. Loved it a lot.
Story 12: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 4/5 Whoa. Completely different story altogether. Fantasy. Bit of romance. Take place in an earlier time. The girl has a rich confidence and real surety of herself. Wanted this to be a full novel.