October 9, 2014

Review: My True Love Gave to Me

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My True Love Gave to Me by various authors
Grade: B-
Release date: October 14, 2014
This e-galley was provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: I'm not usually a fan of short story anthologies. But when I heard Ally Carter was a part of this one, I knew I had to read it. I had previously read books by six of the authors (Stephanie, Ally, Gayle, Jenny, Rainbow, and Kiersten, if you were wondering), and I knew of Holly, David, and Laini. 
I'm not sure if My True Love Gave to Me is a book I'd reread a lot (probably just around Christmas), but it has a lot of cute. Several of the stories could've used a bit more meat to them, while others could've been shorter. A good majority of the stories used foul language and some were a bit inappropriate in other aspects (drugs, drinking, partying, and romantic content). My average rating was 3.25 stars, so now I'll go story-by-story and get into further detail.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
Absolutely adorable. I gave it 4/5 stars.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
This was one of the stories that had the most inappropriate content. It was also pretty weird. I only gave it 2/5 stars.
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena
Wasn't a huge fan, but this story felt pretty original, so I gave it 3 stars.
Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han
The same writing style that I enjoyed in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I was a bit confused at the beginning of this one, but it wasn't too hard to figure things out. Very cute, but felt a bit too short and incomplete. Jenny's story gets 3.5 stars.
It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
So. Crazy. Cute. Definitely deserving of 5 stars.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
Too much language, and by this point, I was getting tired of broken families in so many of the stories. It only got 2 stars from me.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black
Well that was...interesting. 2.75 stars, I think.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
Really cute, but too much language for my tastes. I liked the setting and how the romance developed. 3.5 stars.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
Meh. 2/5 stars.
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
The perfect Christmas story. Definitely deserves 5 stars.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
I loved the surprise twist. Of course, with it being Ally, I was kind of expecting the main character to be something else (not saying, just so I don't spoil anything). But I love anything she writes, so 4/5 stars.
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Didn't feel Christmas-y enough. Ended up skimming most of it. 2/5 stars.

The Verdict: Depending on if a few of your favorite authors wrote for this anthology, I think this could be an enjoyable read. Perfect for Christmastime or even Christmas in July.

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