Early Book Review | My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Authour:truelove
Various
Format:
Advance Reader Copy, 323 pages
Publication date:
COMES OUT October 14th 2014!!
Publisher:
St. Martin’s Griffin
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
Laugh all you want, however I love the winter holidays especially Christmas. Sure my family isn’t extremely religious or anything save for the fact that we still get together to eat delicious food and exchange gifts. And yes, it may be naïve nevertheless I honestly want to believe that what Christmas is a truly magical time when miracles can and do happen. This as long with the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic are the reasons why I adored the holiday anthology, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.

Imagine several of your favourite YA contemporary authours in one collection, this is what you get in My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories a collection of short stories edited by best selling YA writer, Stephanie Perkins. I love Jenny Han and Gayle Forman, both of whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person and this anthology just made me fall in love with their writing even more if that’s even possible. In addition, I got to rediscover Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkin’s, and while I’m not generally an enormous fan of their books, I simply adored their contributions in this collection. Rainbow Rowell’s story, in fact starts of this collection; it had a Landline (her recent book) type of feel to it though the characters were definitely younger. I loved the adorable meet cute between the characters Mags and Noel and the story and their relationship without a doubt made me swoon just a little. Also the story by Stephanie Perkins in this book was incredibly sweet and I am extra obsessed with it for the reason that there is a Charlie Brown reference that is made in the story.

In the conclusion, however what won me over was the fact that I got to discover numerous YA writers for the first time. Matt de la Pena, Ally Carter, and Myra McEntire also contributed well written stories to this collection and I’m glad that I got a glimpse at what they’re capable of. Additionally, I was impressed by the fact that the stories kept getting better and better with two minor exceptions and I loved devouring the stories even though I did attempt to savour it. So if you desire or even if you do believe in love, magic, and miracles during the holiday you need to read My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Early Book Review | Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Authour:landline
Rainbow Rowell
Format:
Egalley
Publication date:
July 8th 2014
Publisher:
St. Martin’s Press
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
I haven’t had much luck with Rainbow Rowell’s books; I disliked and did not finish Eleanor and Park. And while I found both Attachments and Fangirl okay, I wasn’t truly wowed by either of them. However the synopsis her newest book, Landline appealed to me much more than the plot of any of her other books so I was excited to pick it up. And I’m glad I did as Rainbow Rowell’s writing has definitely improved a great deal over time.

A marriage is in trouble and a magic yellow phone may be the key to saving it; this is the premise of Rainbow Rowell’s latest book Lanline. In Lanline, the Protagoras is Georgie McCool, a mother, wife, and TV writer who is working on a new show that she hopes will get picked up. However as she gets more and more consumed with her work she starts to neglect her family and her marriage more. This realization finally hits her hard when her husband and daughters take off to visit his mother for Christmas leaving her behind and alone. And it is on this day when she is alone in her room that she discovers a way to talk to a younger version of her husband Neal. With this Georgie is confronted with a dilemma, having found a way where she could go back and change the past and as a result her and Neal’s future, would she take advantage of it?

To be honest, initially I didn’t actually like present day Neal, even though he seemed like a decent guy and an excellent father. Mostly I found his relationship with Georgie frustrating, even though it was both of their faults that there were problems in their marriage. However after getting a chance to see what Neal was like when they were younger in addition to learning about the back-story of their relationship, the pairing of Georgie and Neal started to slowly grow on me. I also thought the present day Georgie’s phone conversations with 1998 Neal were incredibly adorable, mostly because it showed how obviously Georgie was in love with Neal both in the past and in the present.

Landline is a realistic portrayal of long-term relationships in particular marriage and how easy it is to get comfortable in routines that you end up forgetting to consider the other person in the relationship. This book is for anyone who is a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s other books as well as anyone who loves adult contemporary fiction.

If you like this book, you’ll love: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Waiting On Wednesday #16 – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights upcoming titles that we’re looking forward to/dying to read.
It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
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Synposis:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Authour:
Rainbow Rowell

Publication date:
July 8th 2014

Publisher:
St. Martin’s Press

Okay, I know I already have like two books by Rainbow Rowell that I still need to get to but this one sounds really good so I couldn’t help myself. I’m not just a fan of contemporary young adult fiction, I also love contemporary adult fiction too!