Published: October 9th 2014 by Pan Macmillan AU
Format: Hardcover, 355 pages
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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...
This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is one of the cutest anthologies I have ever read. Featuring talented YA authors like Stephanie Perkins (who has also edited the anthology), Laini Taylor, Holly Black and Rainbow Rowell, this book will steal your heart! All the short-stories have Christmas, holidays and romance in common, and all of them will touch readers in some way.
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
This is one of my favourite stories of the anthology, and definitely a clever story to begin with. It follows two best friends Mags and Noel over a series of New Year’s Eve midnights.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
Miranda is called to spend each holiday with the Honeywells: Elspeth is her god-mother and Daniel is Elspeth’s son. One year she meets Fenny, a mystery man who only Miranda can see. As they grow up, Miranda is trapped between Daniel’s growing regard for her and her fascination with Fenny.
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña
Shy is cat-sitting for his boss in a strange new city. He’s broke and hungry, and terribly lonely. In the apartment underneath, Haley’s shower is broken. When they meet they play games to get to know each other (because showering with a stranger in another room is creepy), and unlock a very cute romance.
Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
Natalie has grown up with Santa and his elves at the North Pole after being abandoned in Korea as a baby. As charmed and amazing her life is, she longs to fit in somewhere. When it comes down to it, will she choose the elf Flynn that she’s always had her eye on, or the human boy she connected with two Christmases ago?
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
This is another one of my favourite stories. Marigold needs a Christmas tree and an amazing voice for her animations, and North has both of those. A night of carrying a tree into a top floor apartment and real-life application of Tetris skills soon turns magical for other reasons.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
When Connor asks his boyfriend to dress up as Santa for his little sister, he doesn’t think about what impact it will have on him. But, dressed in a Santa suit and trapped talking to a six-year-old in her living room, Temporary Santa is confronted with feeling connected and isolated at the same time.
Krumpuslauf by Holly Black
This is one of the creepier stories in the anthology (no surprise there!). Hanna once wished for the perfect boyfriend named Joachim, but she’s since grown out of foolish notions like that. But the mysterious golden stranger she meets at Krumpuslauf brings magic back to her when she needs it most.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
Another very cute story. Sophie asks herself “What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth?” a few times a day. She knows she’s an outsider: her humour, her clothes and her scholarship make her stand out. But a chance meeting with Russell teaches her that not everything has to fit in to be amazing.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
Vaughn is doing time: he accidentally set a fire in the church barn and is now making reparations by helping out with the nativity pageant. And if he gets to spend more time with Gracie, the pastor’s daughter, then that’s not a bad thing.
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
Christmas, CA is a small town in the middle of nowhere. No, not even a town, but a census designated point. It’s here that Maria lives with her mother and Rick, her mother’s boyfriend, working without pay in a diner and saving every penny from her tips so she can get out of the town. But the appearance of Ben, the new cook, changes the small mining town for the better, and brings laughter into Maria’s life.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
Lydia spontaneously swaps her ticket to New York with a very distressed Icelandic girl, and ends up meeting Hulda’s boyfriend Ethan and his family in Oklahoma. Lydia is on the run from someone but manages to forget her troubles while surrounded by Ethan’s loving famiy, but danger isn’t far behind.
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Another one of my favourite stories, because it had magic in it! Neve finds a bible on her porch on the first day of Advent, and she knows that the pastor, who’s already buried three wives, wants to marry her. She prays to the forbidden Dreamer, Wisha, to save her, and awakens a force that slumbered too long and wakes to a changed world.
I loved this anthology! I think the stories are perfect for the holiday season and will bring joy to all readers 🙂