REVIEW: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

REVIEW: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

I received this book for free from Macmillan Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie PerkinsMy True Love Gave to Me by Ally Carter, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Jenny Han, Kelly Link, Kiersten White, Laini Taylor, Matt de la Pena, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins
Published by Macmillan Children's Books on 9th October 2014
Genres: anthology, young adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Macmillan Children's Books
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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.

I was incredibly excited when a copy of My True Love Gave to Me popped through my door. Firstly because the cover that greets you is beautiful and secondly due to the amazing authors whose short stories are included.

Edited by Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss), My True Love Gave to Me is a festive-themed anthology, featuring short stories written by authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and David Levithan. Each story is uniquely tailored to the author’s individual style so whilst they may not be writing in their usual style, their original stamp is still evident.

The stories all fit well together and stood out on their own. I think there’s a distinct lack of Christmas novels, and what sets My True Love Gave to Me apart is that it is a combination of lots of different traditions and customs. I loved reading about each one because each story offered something different.IMG_0353

My favourite story by far was Stephanie Perkins’, which I will be reading over and over again. It touched my heart! Other notable favourites include Jenny Han’s, Kelly Link’s and Ally Carter’s.

I think, though, that the story that wowed me the most was the one written by Laini Taylor because it was so different to everything else in the anthology. Taylor created a whole new world in just under 50 pages, which is an incredible talented thing to be able to do. I want more and more of her story!

I have no doubt that many people will buy My True Love Gave to Me solely based on the design. It has a cover I could marry, a beautiful built-in bookmark, and the most gorgeous endpapers I’ve ever seen. Each chapter header also has a different graphic – a brilliant inclusion!

My True Love Gave to Me really got me in the holiday spirit, and I especially loved the sharing of different customs – pagan, Jewish and Christian, to name a few. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!



Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    Helen Maslin

    24 November, 2014

    Love this! I haven’t read any other reviews of this book that come right out and say which stories are the best ones. And let’s face it, when the authors are this good – that’s the burning question. Laini Taylor and Stephanie Perkins are two of my favourites, so this book’s definitely going on my Christmas list!

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    24 November, 2014

    This sounds so nice! I literally love all of those authors, so this seems like a great book for me. By the way, I love your photos, I never know how to take a good photo of a book, so I’ll definitely look to you for inspiration! x
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    25 November, 2014

    I can’t wait to read this!! The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!! It’s so beautiful! 😀 And the PAGES!! ERMAGAWD! <3 Plus, I really wanna reads some short stories by authors I've read and authors I haven't read to see if I WANT to try their books! Glad you loved it, I can't wait to get my own grabby hands on it!! <3 🙂

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    Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

    25 November, 2014

    I loved this book, although I was really pissed off with the one written by Kelly Link. But I absolutely loved the stories from Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black and Laini Taylor. Laini’s was just, wow… It’s so different and not very holiday-ish but it’s really, really good. I did not expect that at all because I thought the book was going to be fluffy and light. But I loved it just the same.
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    Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    27 November, 2014

    I’m not a huge fan of anthologies generally speaking, but this one is a must-have! Definitely on my Christmas wishlist. So glad you enjoyed this one, Lucy – it definitely is a beautiful book! I didn’t know it had stories from all different religions and beliefs until now, and that’s making me look forward to this one even more. Thanks for a wonderful review. 🙂
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    Georgia Stencel

    28 November, 2014

    I really love the review Lucy! I found it really interesting and it has now persuaded me to go out and buy this book! 😀 I have never been a huge fan anthologies but this novel seems really well written! Well done Lucy! 🙂

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    Jess Hearts Books

    28 November, 2014

    I’m so glad this was a winner for you Lucy! I’m finally going to be picking it up very soon and I can’t wait. Very interested to read Laini’s story after reading your review! 🙂
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