Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: My True Love Gave to Me

Title: My True Love Gave To Me
Author: Various Authors edited by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

“My True Love Gave To Me” is made up of 12 winter romance short stories, written by some of the best YA authors around!  Ok, maybe I’m a little biased, but I love a majority of the authors that came together for this collaboration!  Some of my favorites include Holly Black, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, and Jenny Han.

That being said, I can’t see how anyone could dislike this book, simply because there are 12 different stories written by separate authors.  So even if you don’t like one or two of the stories, you’re bound to find one you do.  Prior to ordering this book from a UK bookstore (have you SEEN the UK version?! Neon pink pages and a gorgeous cover! You have to check it out!) I read a few reviews online from other bloggers.  If there’s one thing I couldn’t agree more with, it’s everyone’s con to reading this book: you want more!  Some of the short stories were so great, and had so much potential, that I wanted to keep reading it!  There were a few that could easily have been a full book in themselves that I would have loved to get my hands on.  It’s hard to go from reading full books upwards of 300 pages sometimes, to short stories, because they seem to go so quickly!

Now I know I’ve talked about my love for fantasy numerous times on Wholly Books, but in case you haven’t heard: I AM OBSESSED.  Throw in any type of folklore, faerie, or other world adventure and I’m in.  It came as no surprise then that I loved the queen of fantasy herself, Holly Black’s, short story called Krampuslauf.  It was loosely based on the story of the Krampus who goes around punishing children during the holiday season for being naughty and is said to be Saint Nick’s opposite.  Leave it to Holly to turn this Alpine folklore into a modern day retelling, that includes cheating boyfriends and a New Year’s Eve party.  It was perfect! I fell in love from the start with this short story, and this was definitely one of those stories that had me wishing there was more!

Another one of my personal favorites from the collection was The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link.  This was my first time reading anything by Kelly Link, and if it’s any sign of how good her other writing is, then I need to get ahold of one of her books ASAP! This story was absolutely adorable, and I loved the concept of how Miranda and Fenny meet.  It was the perfect winter romance, and had me begging for more!  If you don’t get around to buying this whole book and you know someone that already has it, you should borrow it to read at least this story.  

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories.  There were honestly only 2 or 3 of the 12 stories that I didn’t love, but still enjoyed reading.  With such a diverse panel of authors writing stories for this collection I was a little hesitant to see how it would turn out, but I absolutely loved it!  Reading this book has definitely made me more optimistic in the future for reading short stories and collections in general.  I was also introduced to a few new authors in the process, that I plan on reading in the future.  Kelly Link and Matt De La Pena were two of my favorite (just discovered) authors that I hadn’t heard of prior to reading this.  Does anyone have any suggestions for books by them that they’ve read before?  I’d love to get a few recommendations!



  1. wow, glad you enjoyed it! I had many issues with many stories. My least liked one is Kelly Link's… I seem to be in the majority here since many people were so confused by that story. I must say my favorite is midnight by Rainbow Rowell but it is the best one by FAR.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's as well! but i LOVE fantasy, so i think the one by Kelly Link really appealed to me for that reason alone. i do agree though with what many people have had to say in regards to that story, because there were confusing parts of it. thanks for checking out my review Juhina!


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