Last year this book was huge. Everyone was talking about it and reading it and it was all over the internet. This year I haven’t really seen anyone mention it. Whether that be because they have already read it or maybe they just don’t know about it? So I thought I would re-read it so I could share a proper review for those of you who are interested in buying it, but not sure if it would be the book for you. Also, because I love this book so much, I decided to give away a copy to one of my subscribers (read to the end of this post for details).
I haven’t read many anthologies before. In fact, I think this is the only one I have read. But either way, I think this is a fantastic one and I wish there were more like this! All of the stories in this book are Christmas romances. Because it’s set in America they are all winter romances as well (much to my Australian summer Christmas dismay), but either way it is the perfect book to get you into the Christmas spirit. If you don’t want to read my detailed review of all the short stories, as an overall I would definitely recommend this book. There’s a lot of diversity featured in this book which is fantastic, and a lot of magical realism (because its Christmas duh) which I don't normally like, but it is portrayed really well in most of the stories. Honestly I think there’s something for everyone in here, especially if you like romance.
Now on to the reviews!
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: If you’ve read any of Rainbow Rowell’s works before, you know what to expect. And let me tell you, she does not disappoint. As the first short story of the book, it really sets the mood for the book. This short story is set at a New Year’s Eve party. It follows the friendship of Mags and Noel over 4 years of NYE parties. It was such a cute, feel good story with really funny and likable charcters. It was the perfect short story because you really do feel like you know the characters, and the ending is very satisfying.
★★★★ ½ /5
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: This is definitely a short story that you have to pay real good attention to. Personally I didn’t enjoy it, just because it wasn’t until halfway through the novel that I finally understood what was happening. I would try to explain what this short story was about, but I still don’t really know to be honest. This story definitely had some magical realism in there, and because of that I feel like a lot of important information was skimmed over such as character details. Overall, not a favourite, but by the end of it I was starting to enjoy it more.
★★ ½ /5
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pen: This story was very diverse. It had a lot of different themes of race, religion, family and social class. I did really enjoy this story. It was about a guy who was cat sitting for a friend on holiday but then he realises he doesn’t have any money… enter in the female love interest and you have a really cute, feels inducing story!
Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han 4.5/5: I love Jenny Han’s writing, and this did not disappoint. I think about this story all the time and it was so great re-reading it. I feel like this story just encompasses the Christmas feels. It’s got elves and it’s got feels and it’s got Santa. Really it has everything you want in a Christmas story.
★★★★ ½ /5
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: Another favourite of mine! I tell you, Stephanie knows her stuff when it comes to writing. I honestly think this is the best story in the whole book. Which makes sense since she wrote it. I wonder if she planned it that way? Either way, I think it has everything and whenever I think of My True Love Gave to Me I think about this story. Fantastic.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: This one I didn’t enjoy so much. When I read this I wasn’t actually a fan of David’s writing style. But since reading it the first time, I have grownt o like some of his works but still, this wasn’t my favourite. I didn’t really connect with the characters and I feel like the story wasn’t very in depth. You also didn’t get to experience the couples relationship much so that was a bit of a let down for me.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black: I really didn’t like this. I didn’t finish it then and I couldn’t finish it now. It’s just not for me I’m afraid, but doesn’t mean that it might not be for you. If you like Holly’s writing style, this one might be good for you.
Not rating as I didn't complete the story.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? By Gayle Forman: This was a cute story, touched on all of the themes in a way that wasn't pushy and in your face. I loved how the couple met and their little inside jokes they had. I loved how in one short story Gayle was able to fit so much in, romance, friendship, fall-outs, get back together etc and able to make it believable. I really connected with the characters and this was definitely a story I would like to see continued.
★★★★ ½ /5
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: This story was pretty funny, I did find myself laughing out loud a few times. Although the plot was pretty anticlimactic. There was a lot happening but no real climax. The story was slightly cliche but it was still good, just needed a little something else.
Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White: Yet another favourite of mine. This was the only story that made me cry. I really did like it. I don't really know what to say about it to be honest... The character development was brilliant, and I really could relate to the main character. I could see myself in her point of view and I would feel whatever she was going through.
★★★★ ½ /5
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter: This story was a bit confusing at first and I wasn't really sure what was going on, but as the story developed and you got more information I started to like it a bit more. There wasn't enough interaction between the love interest and the main character for my liking, but this story wasn't mainly about romance so I can understand why it was done this way.
★★★ ½ /5
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I was not a fan of this. I felt like the plot line was boring and I couldn’t get into it. The writing style and magical realism just wasn’t for me I don’t think.
So you’ve probably skipped that whole post to read what this giveaway is all about. I don’t blame you, I would have too! Anyway, since I really loved this book, and Christmas is a time of giving and all that jazz, I thought it was only appropriate that I hold my first giveaway. I will be giving away one copy of My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins (pictured) to one lucky winner. The giveaway will be run through Raffelcopter, so to enter click the link below and follow the prompts. I’ll write the terms and conditions below, but that’s basically it! The only stipulation is that you must be subscribed to my blog. Goodluck!
ENTER HERE: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2443583b2/
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