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There are twelve stories within this book and beside them, I've given each a mini review and rating.
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
Having been a big fan of Rainbow Rowell since reading Eleanor and Park back in early 2014 (I was late on that bandwagon), I knew I would enjoy this story and I totally did. Midnights is about two friends who meet at an annual New Year's party and I can't say anymore than that without spoiling the story. It gets an 8/10 for me.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
This story is about a stranger in the snow who appears every year to a young girl. I just found this story really weird and I'm really sorry to say that I kind of lost interest halfway through. With a heavy heart, I give this 3/10
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña
An NYU student spends the holidays cat-sitting in, what sounds like, an amazing apartment in NYC where he meets his neighbour who is also spending her holidays in NYC. I thought the storyline was pretty cute and quite chick-flick film-esque so I give this story 7/10.
Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han
Ever imagine having Santa as an foster parent? Imagine no more... For this young girl, at least. This story was pretty cute but also a bit sad at the same time (though I don't think it was meant to come across as sad!). 6/10
It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins is a great storyteller and I wasn't disappointed with It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown where a boy helps a girl with a Christmas tree. A solid 8/10.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
A boy dresses up as Santa. That's pretty much it. 6/10
Krampuslauf by Holly Black
A group of friends throw a sophisticated party to ring in the new year in the hope of seeing a Krampus boy. This story was just a bit... Bizarre for me. 5/10 but if you forget the weirdness, 6.5/10
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Foreman
I loved this story and I didn't want it to end. Sophie Roth is a city girl who has landed at a university that is totally not city-like in any way. I found Gayle Foreman's If I Stay and Where She Went a bit lacklustre so this story surprised me a lot! 9/10
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
Bad boy meets good girl. Is he really as bad as his reputation? 7/10
Welcome To Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
A story set within a diner in a place called Christmas. This story was pretty cute and it almost made me tear up! Kiersten White is definitely an author I need to read more of. 8/10
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
A girl trades her plane ticket with another girl at an airport. Good or bad decision? Again, I found myself not wanting this story to end - it was written well and was really, really cute. I seem to like stories that involve families and just a bit of slush. 8.5/10
The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I just couldn't get into this story about a girl who is pursued by a suitor she has no interest in. 6/10
Having heard of and read books from a few of these authors already (namely: Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Foreman), I took this opportunity to 'discover' the other authors and see if I could see myself reading a full length novel from them. I've also picked out my three favourite stories with these being:
- What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Foreman
- Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
- Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
I really wanted to pick Rainbow Rowell's Midnights but it didn't quite compare to her novels and it was the same situation with It's A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins.
Overall, this book is a compilation of stories which all share a common theme (being a holiday book, this was pretty obvious) and I guess it would've been boring if they all had the same slushy storyline so some variation is good (even if I did find it a bit weird at times). I'm glad I read this book because it's enabled me to discover some authors who I'd never read books from before. Averaging up each story's score, the book gets a 7/10.