My True Love Gave To Me is a beautiful, Christmas-themed book comprised of twelve short stories written by bestselling young adult authors: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White. Heart-warming and enticing, this is the perfect book to read during the festive season.
I absolutely loved reading My True Love Gave To Me. I first heard about this book from all of you – from all the blogs I follow. I had heard such good things about this book from the reviews I read and I knew I had to read it. I desperately wanted to read this book around Christmastime, but I had to order it online, so I didn’t know how long it would take to get here. Like a Christmas miracle, it arrived on the day before Christmas. I was so excited to read it and I had such high expectations. Luckily, I wasn’t let down. This book was definitely as great as I had hoped.
All of the short stories in this book were really individual and unique. No two stories were similar and I liked reading them all. To be honest, there were one or two out of the twelve that I didn’t like as much as the others. I felt as though I didn’t like those two stories as much because they were trying to do too much in the small number of pages they had. I also found it a little hard to get used to the stories that weren’t set in a town or city on Earth because I normally need twenty or so pages to get used to the new setting or world. Because most of these stories were only thirty pages or so, it didn’t give me much time to adjust. For the most part, I enjoyed the straight contemporaries more than the stories with the fantasy elements because it was too hard to understand some of the concepts in thirty pages.
For the most part, I really enjoyed all of the stories in this book. If I tried to pick a favourite, it would be impossible for me. There were so many amazing stories in this book by so many brilliant authors. Most of them were very impressive. I liked the way I could understand the characters in the first couple of pages. The stories needed to have that effect on me because they were so short. Most of the stories I never wanted to end. There were a few that I’d be happy with having an entire book on them. Some of them were perfect just for a short story, but some of them would have been even more perfect as an entire book. I got so attached to all of the characters in most of stories and I never wanted to let them go. In almost every single one of these stories, the pacing was perfect. Not too much was going on, and not too little either. The voices of the characters were also really well done for the most part.
I loved all the Christmas elements in this book. I had been a bit lazy this year and didn’t really prepare for Christmas like I usually do. But reading these stories really got me in the mood for the festive season. I loved the incorporation of family and traditions, as well as Christmas. The romances in these stories were beautiful and most of them flowed really naturally. The personalities of most of the characters were really well developed for the length of the stories. Another thing I really liked about the stories in this book was that they weren’t intertwined, so you could read them in any order, or you could just read one or two when you have some spare time and feel in the mood for a happy and festive story. I’ve decided this was just the book I was looking to read during the festive season. It was fun, romantic and every story was enthralling. I’d give My True Love Gave To Me a score of 9 out of 10. This is definitely the perfect read for the festive season!