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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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“Rich language and careful, efficient character development make the collection an absorbing and sophisticated read, each story surprisingly fresh despite the constraints of a shared theme. It's that rarest of short story collections: There's not a single lump of coal.” ―Kirkus (starred review)
“There's no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories…a rare seasonal treat.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It's a Christmas miracle! This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)
“Stunning and diverse, this holiday anthology is pure magic. This is what all anthologies should aspire to be.” ―RT Book Review, 4.5 stars, "Top Pick"
“This collection of holiday stories reminds readers that while the season can be painful, it's also a time of hope. It's a marvelous collection, certain to earn a treasured spot on many Y.A. shelves.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“My True Love Gave to Me is a plummy treat… Its best stories are worth savoring long past the seasonal expiration date and even beyond the teen years.” ―The Washington Post
“Satisfying and just sweet enough, like a good Christmas cookie, this will obviously appeal to those readers who get out the holiday decorations the day after Halloween, and it may even convert a Scrooge or two.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Top Customer Reviews
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
If you want to suck someone into an anthology of holiday short stories, it’s generally a good idea to start the book off with a bang. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell is absolute perfection. If you can picture the quiet awkwardness of Rowell’s written relationships like Levi and Cath and Eleanor and Park parsed down to a mere 22 pages, that’s Midnights. It’s about Mags and Noel, two teenagers who become friends around midnight on New Year’s. Every year, Noel kisses a different girl based upon proximity and every year, Mags finds herself feeling something. Will the two get together within 22 pages? Hint: YES.
The Lady And The Fox by Kelly Link
This story is about a girl named Miranda whose mom is in prison in Thailand. Every Christmas she visits her godmother, Elspeth Honeywell, a former celebrity, and Miranda attends the Honeywell Christmas. She’s very close with Daniel Honeywell, Elspeth’s son, but Daniel just doesn't do it for her. No one does until she sees a mysterious man in the yard on Christmas night in the snow, but only ever on Christmas. His name is Fennick. Essentially this is a bit of a supernatural story and kind of weird. I did not love this short story.Read more ›
Before I get to the individual reviews, I want it to be known that I love the more mature characters in this book. They aren't just teenagers; they are young people who have either finished high school or are in college. I think it's a very good starting place for people who want to read YA but also want to start reading more mature books.
"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell (Five Stars)
The book opens with an amazing story by one of today's most popular YA author. I thought Rainbow's story about the midnight hour on multiple New Year's Eves was an absolutely adorable story of unrequited love that grows into full-blown love. In just a few pages, Rainbow makes you fall in love with her characters in a way that you understand exactly what they are going through on each New Year's Eve.
"The Lady and the Fox" by Kelly Link (Three Stars)
Up until I read this story, I had never heard of Kelly Link, but she brings a very unique story to the holiday collection. Her story is entertaining and full of emotion, but I felt like something was missing from it when I had finished reading. It started off great, but the ending did not deliver.
"Angels in the Snow" by Matt De La Peña (Four Stars)
"Angels in the Snow" is a wonderful tale about finding comfort in the most unexpected places and people. Mr.Read more ›
I'd read some YA in the past and have read works by some of the featured authors (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Leviathan, Laini Taylor and Rainbow Rowell) and quite a few were new to me (Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Kiersten White). I loved that this collection introduced me to new authors and took me to very different ideas of holiday stories.
The collection gives us a wide range of holiday stories but the characters are all the age of college students or new graduates. While there's a mix of backgrounds, races, sexual preferences, the people that we read about all share a certain mix of disappointment and wonder. The stories themselves left me remembering the excitement and joy of finding someone that I wanted to stay up all night with, wanted to explore the town with, someone who made things new.
I'm keeping these stories for myself but I might get this book for a college aged niece. It's a good book to share with friends, if your friends enjoy YA and/or love stories.
I've only read one book by this author (Fangirl) and it didn't really end up being a favorite of mine. So starting this story, I wasn't sure what to expect and I must admit that at first I wasn't liking it too much. As the story went on, I did start to slowly get into it more and ended up liking it a bit more. Not the best ever in my opnion but I liked the way that it told the story over the years mainly about Mags and Noel.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link — 4/5
Kelly Link is a new author to me. I never read any of her books but if they're like this story, then count me in! I liked this more than the previous book because it had paranormal elements and I've always prefered paranormal to contemporary. But anyway, the story was really great. I wasn't totally sure in the beginning, wondering where it would go but it got intriguing very soon and I ended up being quite engrossed in the story and all the mystery that surrounded Fenny. One slightly minor point was the writing style. It wasn't bad or anything but not really my thing either for some reason, though it was sometimes quite beautiful.
Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena — 3/5
This was a likable story. Not amazing but not terrible either. Honestly, I couldn't find anything wrong with it but it wasn't like it stood out either. I've always enjoyed male points of view so I liked the main character. He was also pretty funny and realistic, in my opinion. So in short, I enjoyed this story but I didn't love it.
Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han — 2/5
This story had some potential but meh... I couldn't get into it. I didn't like the main character, Natty. She was a bit immature and I just didn't like her voice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this up because I saw Gayle Forman and Rainbow Rowell's names. And honestly, those were the only two stories I really enjoyed. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jessica Machuga
I bought this for my 12 year old and she absolutely loved it! A lot of her favorite authors were in it too!! It would make a great gift!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Some of the stories were boring and the others I wished would have continued on! It was a sweet and quick holiday read.Published 2 months ago by roxy
I'm usually not a huge fan of short stories, but this collection was lovely! This is a wonderful read for the holiday season!Published 2 months ago by E.Robyn
This book is a series of short stories, some are good, some are just okay, and a few you should definitely not need to put yourself through the pain of reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamie
Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me this book for an HONEST review. This doesn’t affect my review at all, I genuinely enjoyed this book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fable's Library
A great little collection of Christmas-themed short stories by various young-adult authors. As with any collection, there were some I loved and some that were just okay. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dedra
I know all of these authors but I haven't frequented much of their work till now. Well, except for Gayle and Stephanie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peach @ Rebelle Reads