My True Love Gave to Me Twelve Holiday Stories PDF/EPUB Ã eBook

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 Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love

10 thoughts on “My True Love Gave to Me Twelve Holiday Stories

  1. says:

    Ratings for each of the stories Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 45The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link 15Angels In The Snow by Matt de la Peña 35Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han 55 loved how uirky this one wasIt’s a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 45Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 35Krampuslauf by Holly Black 15 skimmed this one What The Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman 55Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 15 didn't finish this one Welcome To Christmas CA by Kiersten White 45Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 35The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor 35

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    Like almost all short story collections by various authors this one is a mixed bag of hidden gems and ones I didn't even finish If you'd asked me beforehand to name a list of YA authors that I'd like to appear in a short story collection many of the ones here would have made that list Stephanie Perkins Laini Taylor Holly Black Gayle Forman David Levithan and maybe Rainbow Rowell I like but don't love her books Then if you'd asked me what kind of short story collection I'd like to have from these favourites of mine you would have got all kinds of weird and wonderful suggestions from me but a collection of holiday themed romances would never have occurred to me as something enjoyable I'm not much of a romantic or a Christmas person to be honest I'm of a Halloween type of girl and all the genres that could possibly go with it But I did get some really nice surprises here I'm not sure it's worth buying the entire collection but it would be sad for you to miss out on the better ones And it is a pleasingly diverse set of stories filled with people of all races ethnicities religions and sexualities thumbs upPersonally I think this book starts and ends with the two best stories from Rainbow Rowell and Laini Taylor respectively Taylor's work came as no surprise but I didn't see Rowell's tale coming She really hit me where it hurts in a good way The story made me sit up and take notice in a collection that I wasn't sure would be my thing I'm not going to review every single story properly because some didn't piue my interest and some I skim read but here's what I thoughtMidnights by Rainbow Rowell 55This was my favourite story and it probably wasn't a good idea for it to appear first because so many that followed received unfair comparisons with it It tells the story of the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve over several years revisiting the same characters in a non chronological order and slowly filling in the blanks on their personalities and relationship It amazed me how much I fell in love with the two protagonists how well developed their characters were in so short an amount of time and pages “You’re a kaleidoscope You change every time I look away”It was a funny sweet wonderful little story With a hint of melancholy as all the best New Year stories should be There's something really sad about the possibility of the new and moving on and becoming someone else not being who you once were Rowell captures that hint of fear people have about growing up and everyone they once knew changing around themThe Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 25This was one I didn't read properly It started well and had an intriguing premise but I grew bored Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena 35I really liked the idea of this one and my only real problem with it was that I didn't like the female love interest It was refreshing to see a YA romance told from a male perspective and I liked the subtle exploration of race and racial stereotyping that existed without overtaking the main story It's about a guy who is house sitting for his boss over the Christmas period and is slowly starving in a house with no food he is broke An encounter with his pretty neighbor sparks an interesting and unlikely relationship that is built up through the telling of stories Indulging and tidbits about each others lives the two grow closer But how much of what they tell each other is the truth?Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han 25It must just be something about Jenny Han's writing style that doesn't agree with me because I've been unable to like any of her books I started to skim read this story and I can't actually remember what it's about Hence no real review Oh wellIt’s a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 45I'm really not surprised that Perkins delivered It was her name that I saw first on this collection and I added it immediately before checking out who else was included Her stories are always so cute and sweet but without too much of the cheesy This one is no exceptionUnlike Rowell's story that deals with a relationship over the period of several years Perkins tells us a love story that takes place over just a few hours And it is surprisingly effective She builds instantly likable characters and uses her gift for dialogue to convince you to root for the two protagonists even after such a short amount of time It is one of the feel good enjoyable stories in here but it also deals with anxieties about the future and the expectations other people have of you Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan no ratingI didn't read far enough with this one because I felt no connection to the characters which is why I'm not leaving a rating or review I'm extremely pleased that an LGBT romance was included in the collection I know some romance collection publishers in the past have been douches about it but I wasn't grabbed by the story As much as I have enjoyed Levithan's work in the past most of his recent stuff hasn't really worked for meKrampuslauf by Holly Black no ratingSometimes I love Holly Black so much that I get pulled in and completely addicted to her stories And sometimes her style does nothing for me This time was the latter Didn't finishWhat the Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman 35This story is about a Jewish girl who moves to college in a small very Christian place where she feels like a complete outsider There she meets a black boy who is eually treated like an outsider and these two big city small town misfits find something important in each other I liked it okayThe characters were interesting enough that I read to the end and enjoyed reading about their relationship However I think the story was built up solely around addressing racial and religious stereotypes which I agree is important but here it overshadowed everything else that happened Most of the dialogue was made up of the two protagonists discussing the way other people saw them in this new town I understand the idea about outsiders coming together but I got the impression that these two got together simply because she was Jewish and he was black Plus the ending got a little too cheesy for meBeer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire no ratingI didn't read this one Someone tell me if it's good and I'll go try it Welcome to Christmas CA by Kiersten White 35White is not one of my favourite authors I've tried a bunch of her books and never been able to get into them or understand the hype So I didn't have much hope for this one but I tried it and it was better than expected Unlike most of the authors in this collection White goes with a uirky funny style that was easy to digest and enjoyable The characters weren't as memorable as some of the others but I did get a few laughs from itStar of Bethlehem by Ally Carter no ratingI didn't try reading this one either because it just didn't appeal to me Feel free to let me know if it's goodThe Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 55sigh And finally Laini Taylor is so reliably consistently good in her storytelling and her beautiful evocative language In a collection full of contemporaries she manages to take us into her own fantasy world and breathe some magic and wonderful prose into the holiday season All evening long real snow would fall from the ceiling to glitter on the lashes of dancing girls and ardent boys but Neve and the Dreamer didn’t linger They had other things to do all of them All the things dreamed and undreamed in the depth and breadth of the whole spinning worldBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  3. says:

    OKAY LET'S ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THIS COVER time to enjoypeople who haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor probably won't know the mentioned characters down belowSo about a month ago Stephanie tweeted thisYAAAAAAAAAAY So obviously when I saw the cover and the couples I started searching for Zuzana and Mik but then I stumbled upon thisWait is that? No it can't be Can it?But it's THEM IT'S ZIRI AND LIRAZ IT'S LUCKY ZIRI AND BADASS LIRAZ IT HAS TO BE And now all we can do is wait emotion twirling● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●EDIT 3082014Sadly I was wrong The story is not about Ziraz instead it's about Neve Ellauin The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer

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    I'll be rating each short story separately So far I've readMidnights by Rainbow Rowell 5 starsSo cute and adorable Rainbow is the main reason I wanted to read this bookThe Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 4 starsI really liked this story It was intriguing and beautiful but it also was a little confusingAngels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña 35 starsThis was cute and a little sad there was a part when I wanted to cryPolaris is where you'll find me by Jenny Han 45 starsI loved this one It was cute and really original When I finished reading it I was like NO I WANT MOREYour Temporary Santa by David Levithan 35 starsAnother cute story I really liked how the main character cared for his boyfriend The ending made me kind of uneasy but it was still lovelyIt's a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 5 starsThis is my favorite story of the whole book I fell in love with the characters and their relationship development and that's not an easy task with a story this short I was smiling the whole time while I was reading it A lovely lovely storyKrampuslauf by Holly Black 35 starsThis one was fine I really enjoyed it It was original and interesting Also I identified a little with the narratorWhat the Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman 25 starsI love Gayle Forman but I don't know this story just wasn't for me The writing was beautiful but I couldn't connect with the charactersBeer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra Mcentire 3 starsIt was okay somewhat funny and cute I really liked Gracie's dad the pastor he was too sweet Star of Bethlehem por Ally Carter 3 starsI think this one didn't work uite well as a short story the characters needed background explanation but nevertheless it was a nice read Heartwarming and originalWelcome to Christmas CA by Kiersten White 5 starsA beautiful story I loved everything about it It was so so heartwarming and lovely I almost cried because I was in awe with a big smile on my face I wish I could read about these charactersThe Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 3 starsThis one disappointed me a little I was eager to read it because it was from Laini and I didn't enjoyed it as much as I thought I would Maybe it was because there was almost NO dialogue Just paragraphs and paragraphs and paragraphs and NO interaction with anyone It was a tedious read for me I liked that it was REALLY magical and whimsical

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    “But people don't need to remember how it felt to be happy and safe in the past They need to have hope that they can get there again in the future”365 stars average rating of all 12 short storiesSo while Laini Taylor's short story was stunningly beautiful and magical there were others that really surprised me as wellI've never read anything by Matt de la Pena and I must say I really loved Angels in the Snow Same thing applies to Welcome to Christmas CA by Kiersten WhiteOf course as always it was a pleasure to read something new by Rainbow Rowell once againI expected of David Levithan was kind of weirded out by Krampuslauf by Holly Black and Kelly Link couldn't satisfy me at allTo say the least it was a nice collection of stories by awesome authors but I still prefer whole novels to short storiesFind of my books on Instagram

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    I really enjoyed this book overall I don't read lots of books like this though I don't know if I ever have before actually but it WAS really strange to be reading a story that you LOVE then go on to read a mediocre story Below I've listed my individual star ratingsMidnights by Rainbow Rowell 55 LOVED thisThe Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 15 This was so weird and random Especially after reading Midnights Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena 45 KITTY This was good I really enjoyed the writing I felt so bad for ShyPolaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han 55 Wish this one would have been longer It's a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 55 MY FAVORITE OF THE BOOK Loved the characters the setting EVERYTHING Can I have this full book now Stephanie Perkins???Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 35 It was okay Not too memorableKrampuslauf by Holly Black 25 Didn't care for this story I was honestly just skimming by the end of itWhat the Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman 45 Enjoyed this one But really apple pie and cheese? yuckBeer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 355 This was an okay story A little cheesy Enjoyed some of the pranksWelcome to Christmas CA by Kiersten White 55 LOVED this Ben was such a fun character I loved the plot and was so pleasantly surprised I started to tear up Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 55 Definitely wish this was longer I would read a whole book about LydiaThe Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 25 What did I just read? Did this story really belong in this book?

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    I'll update with individual ratings for each of the stories tomorrow

  8. says:

    loved the first couple of stories but became bit to similar for me BUT i will re try this christmas again

  9. says:

    April 30 2014 When I first saw thisWhenever I think about it

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    I've read a story from this anthology every night up to Christmas Eve It was just a fun little treat to myself and something that helped me get even into the holiday season along with The Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition I was very surprised because I absolutely adored a few stories by authors I've never read before Then in turn a few of the bigger named authors I've read and loved were disappointments Overall this really is a heartwarming book filled with lots of holiday cheer I definitely recommend this book to be read in December by your fireplace with lots of hot chocolate on hand The cover of this book needs to be talked about It's obviously a perfect fit for a holiday collection book but upon further inspection you'll realized that all the couples ice skating are from the twelve stories Like how perfect is that? Seriously wonderfully done The Twelve Nights of Christmas Reading Challenge Night One Midnights by Rainbow Rowell Two Stars ★★This was really well written but it just didn't hook me the way I thought it would It was a flash back through the past four New Years Eves and what happened as the clock struck midnight This starts sopho year of high school and ends freshman year of college The story did do a wonderful job making the reader reminiscent about growing up and feeling like everyone around you was changing Especially when coming home from college and seeing your old high school friends Rainbow Rowell can string together such beautiful stories but this one seemed a little boring to me kudos to her for mentioning the University of Michigan though This also seemed a little awkward for me because it was placed as the first story in a holiday anthology when it's a story all about New Year Eves Night Two The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link Four Stars ★★★★Miranda is a young girl whose mother is in prison for life She spends every Christmas with her Godmother and her Godmother's son They always throw big and elaborate parties but one year Miranda notices a man outside looking in on the party and has to go investigate I didn't love the ending because I'm not familiar with this particular folk tale but I loved this story so much It was so beautiful and very engaging and really showcases unconditional love Miranda's devotion completely captivated me and had me wishing for snow right alongside her While reading most of my friend's reviews I see they didn't like this one very much In fact it seems like most gave it one star I'm just so shocked because this was so wonderfully written and put me in such a holiday mood Maybe they didn't understand it? Or maybe they just couldn't connect? But I legitimately had so much empathy for Miranda and even after I finished I was thinking about this story the rest of the night So much emotion packed inside thirty pagesNight Three Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña Three Stars ★★★This story was so flippin' sad and had no real closure It's about a boy that's away at college in New York and came from a very poor family back in California He's cat sitting for his friend during the holidays and he meets a girl in his friend's apartment complex Oh and they're snowed in It was hard for me to connect with the main character but I had a lot of empathy for him I couldn't help but shed a few tears when I read the meaning of the title for this story I just hope and pray that he doesn't throw everything away after his cat sitting job is over Night Four Polaris is where you'll find me by Jenny Han Four Stars ★★★★This was so original and I just ate this story all up I was so happy that not only did it have elves it was actually set in the North Pole as well And I couldn't have been the only person to loved picturing elves going to a mini prom Yes it did remind me of Elf with the whole Santa brought a human home storyline but I love Elf so it didn't even bother me I know this one wasn't as romantic as the others and I know that it ended with a terrible cliffhanger but I think this story embodied Christmas with Santa the best I honestly would read of this story if the author ever releases it Night Five It's a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins Two Stars ★★I know I feel horrible giving this two stars I thought since this author put this collaboration together that her story would be one of the best Unfortunately I couldn't connect with this story at all Another sad thing is that North is one of my all time favorite boy names but not even that could redeem this story for me I think this might have worked much better as a full length novel That way we could get to know both of their situations and backgrounds better and in greater detail the need of North's voice Night Six Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan One Star ★This was by far the worst story of the twelve It was very awkward and the ending made me really uneasy Basically a boy dresses up as Santa for his boyfriend's little sister which sounds sweet but felt so forced He then has a confrontation with their older sister when he tries to leave I'm extra disappointed because I would have loved to have a good LGBT holiday story instead of this awkward and forced one Night Seven What the Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman Three Stars ★★★This was sweet story about two people trying to find themselves while finding each other This was also a nice change of pace because this is a Hanukkah story I think this story does do a nice job of describing how people can feel so alone even surrounded by others constantly It was a little hard for me to connect just because some of the things that they liked I didn't like I probably wouldn't be caught uoting The Simpsons to start off a winter romance And am I the only one that has never heard of eating cheese on apple pie? Night Eight Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire Two Stars ★★I liked this than I thought I would from the title name This story was surprisingly heartwarming but it was still so cheesy I seriously expect this to be a longer made for TV movie on ABC Family or The Hallmark Channel Gracie is the reserved daughter of a pastor and Vaughn is a trouble maker with a good heart but a bad home life Even though they seem like opposites they connect and see the good in one another Night Nine Welcome to Christmas CA by Kiersten White Five Stars ★★★★★This is the epitome of what a holiday story should be This was perfection It had everything you'd look for in a good holiday tale; it was heartwarming emotional had a happy ending wonderfully written and was filled with magic This is a story about a girl that is trapped in a small town Her mom runs a Christmas themed diner which she begrudgingly works at and they just got a new cook I don't really want to say much because I think going into this story expecting nothing but receiving everything is part of the magic This was my first time reading anything by Kiersten White but it most certainly will not be my last Night Ten Star of Bethlehem por Ally Carter Four Stars ★★★★This was another very unexpectedly good holiday story I was so confused why a girl would trade plane tickets with a random girl at the airport but the realization on Lydia's end was really cute at the end Sadly this story really needed to be longer because we never find out what the deal with Ethan and Hulda's relationship was This was very original and very uniue and was a very good installment for this anthology I think this story will surprise uite a few readers and most will enjoy this novella immensely Especially if you like the cowboy thing Night Eleven The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor One Star ★This had a cool premise but overall was just really disappointing to me Basically if you're a single lady on this island where it's almost impossible to leave on December 1st though December 24th a suitor can leave you a gift on your porch After the last day the island has a ball where you find your betrothed and seal the marriage with a dance I have not read anything by Laini Taylor but I know many of her books have a lot of hype surrounding them so I just expected better This novella was so unclear and rushed It felt so weak even in the fantasy department where I think this book was supposed to shine Even with a happy ending this story didn't make me feel good it didn't fill me with holiday cheer it really didn't do anything for me I'm very thankful that I didn't save this story for last like intended because I would have been very letdown Night Twelve Krampuslauf by Holly Black Four Stars ★★★★I chose to read this story last because I'm in love with anything Holly Black writes so I was banking on her for being an amazing Christmas Eve read Little did I know this story was very far from a Christmas read I still loved it just because Holly Black's writing style is completely for me and her story was so different that it would be really hard for me not to appreciate it There were also a few really good uotes nestled in this really short story The writing of this novella was better than the other eleven novellas combined If this story wasn't for a Holiday Season Anthology I'd give it five stars I gave this anthology three stars overall because out of a possible 60 stars 5 stars possible for each of the 12 stories this anthology accumulated 35 stars 58% I hope all of my GoodReads friends and family have a very merry Christmas filled with love health happiness and lots of good books Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch