My True Love Gave To Me – book review

My True Love Gave To Me

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.

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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!

Burn for Burn – book review

Burn for Burn

Burn for Burn is the first spectacular book in its intriguing series, written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Jar Island is the postcard-perfect island where doors don’t need to be locked at night and parents can rest easy knowing their daughters are safety tucked in beds. But bad things can happen to good girls, and sometimes the only way to make it right again is to do something wrong.

Lillia used to trust boys, but not after what happened to her this summer. She’ll do everything she can to stop the same thing from happening to her sister.

Mary left Jar Island four years ago because of a boy, but now she’s back and she’s determined to show him that she’s not the same girl she used to be. Now that she has friends who have her back, it’s time she dished out the trouble he deserves.

Kat is sick of the rumours, insults and cruel jokes made at her expense. And it all leads back to one person in particular – her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and with Lillia and Mary behind her, she finally feels up to the task.

Three different girls come together to make things right again. But is it possible their acts of revenge might go too far?

I absolutely loved reading Burn for Burn! I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of Jenny Han or Siobhan Vivian before, but I’m very lucky I decided to read a book by them. The main reason why I decided to pick up this book in the first place was because I wanted to go to the Brooklyn Book Festival, and I discovered that these two authors were going to be there. I started reading Burn for Burn on the plane to New York. I live in Melbourne, so I figured I could get a good start on the book before the festival. But this book was so grabbing and I was desperate to know how it was going to end, so in fact I didn’t sleep for the entire flight and all I did was read this book! When I reached the end, my eyes were dry from reading for so long in the filtered air of the plane, but I was still desperate to know what was going to happen in the next two books. Why didn’t I do the smart thing and take the whole series with me? I definitely cannot wait to get my hands on the next two books in this series!
This book grabbed me from the very start. I knew instantly where and when this book was set, and I dived into the world of the characters fluidly. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll know I love books that are set in the summertime. The start of this book was set in the summer, and then it progressed into when the characters were going back to school for the year. This meant I was instantly intrigued and loved it from the very first page. The way this book was written gave me a huge insight into the world of high school for the three main characters. The descriptions were stunning and fit in perfectly with the story. I know there are some books that only have good descriptions, or good characters, or a good plot. But I’m pleased to say this book had all three to an extremely high standard. I loved every second of reading Burn for Burn.
Burn for Burn is told from the points of view of three different girls – Mary, Lillia and Kat. Each of these girls had a very distinctive voice. I always knew whose point of view I was reading from, which can sometimes be confusing in books that have multiple point of views. All of their personalities were unique and sometimes quite contrasting, which meant a lot of the times the scenes with all three girls were very interesting to watch. All three characters felt very strongly set, like the authors really had a firm grip of each of the characters. I loved that aspect of this book because it meant I felt like I knew each character better and I knew how each of these characters would act in certain situations. The side characters are also extremely well-written. I never quite know whether I love them or hate them, which keeps me on my feet and means the story never gets boring. Even though they are side-characters, that doesn’t mean they’re less thought out or less important. I felt as though every character in this book had a great contribution to the plot and they weren’t just written to fill space.
I felt as though Han’s and Vivian’s writing styles blend effortlessly together. The whole story flowed really smoothly and left us with an absolutely phenomenal ending. I loved the paranormal hints in this book and I can’t wait to see where they lead onto in the next couple of books. I’m also very looking forward to seeing where the acts of revenge takes these three girls in the following books. I will definitely be reading the next books in this series, and I’m sure they will be just as good as this one, if not better! I’d give Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian a score of 9.5 out of 10. I definitely recommend reading this book if you haven’t already! It’s absolutely worth your time!

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!