Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Book Haul 2014

(Forgive the picture. I can't rotate it.)
In this month's book haul:
Live Original by Sadie Robertson
The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Saturday, December 20, 2014

On the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

6 Geese a laying!

The Seventh story in My True Love Gave to Me is Krampuslauf by Holly Black.

I really loved this story, and I wish with all my heart that it was a full novel. I've never read anything Holly Black, although I have heard of her. After reading this story, I'm going to be sure to check out her other books because this story was really great. It was mainly a New Year's story, but it did have a small amount of Christmas. I loved the plot and the characters and learning about what Krampuslauf really is. Definitely recommend.

5/5 Stars

Friday, December 19, 2014

On the Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

7 Swans a Swimming!

The sixth short story in my True Love Gave to Me is Your Temporary Santa by David Leviathan.

I've heard of David Leviathan before, but never read any of his books. After reading the short story, I don't care for his work and don't care to read any more of it. It was a shorter story than the others, and there wasn't much to it. I wasn't impressed, and I don't recommend it.

1/5 Stars

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On the Eighth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

Eight Maids a Milking!

The fifth book in My True Love Gave to Me is It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins.

I loooove Stephanie Perkins, so I couldn't wait until I got to this story. So far, this story is my favorite, and I think will probably be the favorite of others. It's so cute and sweet and is written greatly. What was unique about the story was that it was centered around hoarding and a Christmas tree lot. If for nothing else, pick up this book for this story. It's so, so worth it.

5/5 Stars

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On the Ninth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

9 Ladies Dancing!

The Fourth story in My True Love Gave to Me is Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han.

This is (so far) the shortest of all the stories, but still cute. I'm a fan of Jenny Han, so I was really excited to read the story. What I liked most about it was that it took place in the North Pole, something the previous stories haven't taken place. It had a different ending than I expected, but I liked it and I think it worked. My only wish was that it was longer.

4/5 Stars

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On the Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

10 Lords a Leaping!

The Third story in My True Love Gave to Me is Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena.

Once again, I'd never heard of Matt de la Pena nor know what he's written, but after reading his short story, I've decided he's an author I want to look into. His story was sweet and I love the way he writes. It seems like his writing centers around Mexican culture, and it was interesting and educational. His story is what helped me really get thrown into the book.

3.5/5 Stars

Monday, December 15, 2014

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

11 Pipers Piping!

The second short story in My True Love Gave to Me is The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link.

To start off, I have never heard of Kelly Link, and as I'm typing this, I still don't know who she is or what she wrote. All I know is that I never want to read any of her stuff ever again.

Don't get me wrong, the story didn't scar me for life or anything. It's just that the story was really super weird and confusing. It was just plain twilight zone or something, and I don't get what the point of it was. It's just a story from bizzaroland or something. It had a cute ending, but that can't make up for the whole of the story.

1/5 Stars

Sunday, December 14, 2014

On the Twelth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me..

12 Drummers Drumming!

So the first short story in My True Love Gave to Me is Midnights by Rainbow Rowell.

I wasn't sure what to expect for this short story because I have never read anything by Rainbow Rowell. I hear that she's an amazing writer, but I've held off from reading her books because they are in third person. I really don't like third person books. They are slightly hard to relate to, and my mind wanders if it's not in first person.

Anyway, I was still excited to read the story because I wanted to know if it was worth reading her other books. After reading the story, I was a little disappointed. First of all, it's a New Years story, and I wanted to read about Christmas. Despite the setback, I didn't let that affect my opinion. I just didn't like the story all that much. I think it had a good concept, but I feel like it was lacking something although, I don't know what. And I didn't really like the characters. It was a cute enough story, just not for me.

3/5 Stars

Twelve Days of Christmas

So in honor of Christmas and the Christmas anthology book I've bought featuring authors like Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, and many more, I've decided that I'm going to review each short story individually for the next twelve days! Be sure to check back every day to see which story I'm reviewing, and be sure to join in the holiday fun!