First and foremost, I did win this book through one of Goodreads’ giveaways. I have never been so thankful for a book. When it was out in hardback, I searched forever for it, but it was sold out everywhere. And it’s one of those types I don’t buy for kindle, so THANK YOU GOODREADS AND ST MARTINS PRESS!!!
As I tend to do with compilations, the above stars for the overall book represent the average of the scores for each short story. Here, it was 4.21, so I went down to for, but can easily go up to four and a half…
1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 5 STARS ~ Rainbow Rowell always seems to be a win for me. This one was no exception! Even the ending was a total win!!! It’s a sweet sotry covering years worth of New Year’s Eve moments for Mags and Noel…and…it got to be so tense, but resolved with splendor…I LOVED IT!
2. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: 3 1/2 STARS ~ This is a first of her stories for me. Miranda was a somewhat orphan who spent the holidays with her aunt. The first one, she meets a man on a snowy night. (This takes place in England). Over the years she makes the trek out, just in hopes to see this man that started older than her but eventually was her age. It was a girl meets ghost tale. Very enjoyable overall, but for me, the beginning was confusing and weird. I say stick with it, and it does shine by the end.
3. Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña: 4 STARS ~ Another first read. A little older feel than a YA as the MCs are in college. But a beautiful story about Mike, who is apartment sitting, and Haley, the upstairs neighbor being trapped alone together during a blizzard in NYC. Heartwarming and a little sad and even some happy. WONDERFUL!
4. Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han: 3.5 STARS ~ Natalie is a Korean orphan adopted by Santa. She’s trying to make it through liking an elf at the North Pole, even though he likes a different elf…and there is this human boy, Lars, she met that time. A very cute story. A definite twist on Elf and Buddy’s story.
5. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: 4 STARS ~ Marigold is in a Christmas tree lot, searching through the pines for the perfect tree when she meets North. What starts as an aggravated run-in turns into a night of humor and cleaning and merriment and tears. A story that makes you sigh, for sure.
6. Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: 5 STARS ~ It’s really not fair, because he is one of my FAVORITE AUTHORS ever. And this story, didn’t disappoint. What is a nice Jewish boy to do when his boyfriend begs him to play the role of Santa for his little sister? Why become Santa of course. I melted!
7. Krampuslauf by Holly Black: 4.5 STARS ~ I’ve read Holly Black before. I love her dark ways about her. When I came to this story, I didn’t think I’d like it. It was normal teenage problems running into a holiday myth I don’t understand (because I really haven’t googled it). But that was the surface. I left it with a full feeling of a comeuppance done correctly. A GREAT SURPRISE for me.
8. What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman: 4 STARS ~ Lonely times at a lonely college bring together Sophie Roth, a New Yorker “lost” in college in the midwest, and Russell, a world traveler thanks to his dad. How does the Jewish girl celebrate Hanukkah in the tiny Midwestern town where her college is? Russell can help. A very surprising tale that brought together so many different cultures and ideas. Wonderful!
9. Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: 4 STARS ~ Redemption at the annual holiday nativity bring together troublemaker Vaughn and preacher’s daughter Gracie. It’s a story of what you see on the surface not being the true story. And it’s the truth that really shines.
10. Welcome to Christmas, California by Kiersten White: 4 STARS ~ Maria hates her life in the smallest, unacknowledged, named-for-a-Holiday town. There is nothing she can find to like about her life, except the potential leaving of said town. But, as it goes, all it takes is a little Christmas magic to make the stars brighter, the people smile, and maybe it could be home after all. Perfect for the holidays!
11. Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter: 5 STARS ~ Did Ally write this just for me? Because it was one of those stories that…I don’t know. I can’t help but to love it. Famous it-girl, Not Hulda (aka Lydia) trades airlines tickets with a girl so she can go to New York to meet one of her boyfriends while Not Hulda goes to Oklahoma to meet one of Real Hulda’s boyfriends. Under the guise of an exchange -type program, she lives with Ethan’s Aunt and plans on going to school, but even in Bethlehem, peace just can’t be kept all the time. The prefect amount of “Who’s that girl?” and will they get together or not? SO DELICIOUS A STORY I HATED FOR IT TO STOP!
12. The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: 3 STARS ~ This is the story about Neve and the greatly depressing place she…well, lives wouldn’t be right. More like just stays alive to work and eventually breed. I think if this were a full-fledged story, I would have had a chance to get into it more. It felt too compact and less holiday for the book. And maybe I missed something…IDK. I’ll give it another read when I get some sleep.
Overall, an enjoyable book. Some stories are still sitting in my brain because I don’t want them to go. Great to read any time of the year, sayeth the person who purposefully listens to Christmas music in July. (I really do.)
Thanks again for the book. It is much loved!
*A POST DEAD ERA READ* OCTOBER 2016…the last one of the month.