My True Love Gave to Me – Edited by Stpehanie Perkins

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This is a book made out of 12 short stories all around the festive season of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s comprised of many of my favourite writers such as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Gayle Forman so I was very excited to read this book. I received it as a present for Christmas 2014 but kept it for Christmas 2015 because I knew it would be a great book to read around the festive season.

I really enjoyed this book as I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it was everything I could have wanted and more with stories of different settings and time periods. I’m going to discuss some of my favourites below, but the entire book deserves attention and a place on any YA and Romance reader’s shelves.

 

Midnights – Rainbow Rowell

What can I say, I would read anything written by Rainbow Rowell and this short story was characteristically Rowell. As you can guess it is centred on two friends and their yearly celebrations of New Year’s Eve. It was short sweet and romantic and I never wanted it to end. I loved the characters and would love to read a book centred around them, as usual Rowell had me hooked on the plot, the characters and the endless possibilities creating scenarios that readers can relate to on many levels.

 

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me – Jenny Han

I did not know what to expect from the title of this story but all I need to say is if you are a fan of Christmas and old Saint Nick, this story is amazing. Focused on the premise of a young girl adopted by Santa and growing up on the North Pole, it looks at the fun life of having Santa as a dad and growing up in an elf community with next to no human companions. I loved this story, it was so unusual, like nothing I’d read before and a plot that could clearly span more than one book. We need more North Pole settings and characters please!

 

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown – Stephanie Perkins

This story was so sweet, where do I start. A teenage girl needing to ask a boy to help her on a project, only problem is she doesn’t really know him as he works on the Christmas tree lot across the road. Left with no excuses as to why she’s there she is forced to buy a tree and ends up gaining his help, friendship and more. This story has more to it than romance, it also explore a mother-daughter relationship, an array of family relationships and the holiday season. This short story had so much crammed in; I found it difficult to put down.

 

Krampuslauf – Holly Black

I have never read a Holly Black book but I know she is a very popular and well respected author in the book community. After reading this short story I am tempted to buy one of her other pieces of works. This story was so unusual, dark and unexpected. Obviously it is about the Krampus, a German folk figure who is the opposite of Saint Nick. The Krampus punishes children who have been bad but in this story he is so much more, it was intriguing to see a different culture explored and celebrated. I also liked the characters in this book because they weren’t the common popular, beautiful teenagers that feature constantly in books. The girls in this story were fun, interesting and real, much more relatable to real-life.

 

It was difficult to only choose 4 stories to talk about but these are definitely my favourite. The other stories were all very good too but the ones I discussed above all possessed something a little different and stuck with me for a long time afterwards. The stories above are also the 4 I would love to read more about, they could all go further than a few pages.

This book is a real festive read, one I could recommend over and over again. I’m hoping they release another book like this, it’s a great way to promote much loved YA authors and introduce other to readers. For example I have found some new authors to check out from this book alone.

I gave My True Love Gave to Me a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads as it was exactly what I needed at Christmas time and had more than I could have hoped in one book. It was nice to have a variety of stories written by different authors, definitely like 12 books in one so there was no way I could have gotten bored throughout. Pick this book up and keep it on the shelves until November, great festive read.

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