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review 2017-12-04 13:00
My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell,Holly Black,Laini Taylor,Myra McEntire,Kiersten White,Stephanie Perkins,Gayle Forman,Matt de la Pena,Jenny Han,Ally Carter,Kelly Link,David Levithan

Here is an old review of mine, perfect for the holiday season!

 

An overall rating is hard to come by, because I feel like it is not fair to everyone. I rated stories for many different reasons. The lower ratings do not come down to bad writing by any means, but to my tastes, and what type of stories I like. I applaud all these writers and thank them for creating this collection of stories. I will give this a score of 4/5, for all the stories I really enjoyed and all the writer's hard work.

1.  Midnights by Rainbow Rowell *****

This is the first thing I have read of Rainbow's and it gave me a really good heartwarming feeling. I wish there was more story for the characters in this short story. 5/5 stars. I read this story on 12/12/15.

2.  The Lady And The Fox by Kelly Link **

2 stars does not mean I disliked it, but that it was okay. It was a bit too odd for my tastes. 2/5 stars. I read this story on 12/13/15

3.  Angels In The Snow by Matt De La Pena ****

I thought this was cute and I loved the parts the cat was in. I did think the romance part felt rushed. 4/5 stars. I read this on 12/14/15

4. Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han ***


I like the writing style, but the story fell short for me. I felt like there should have been more to it. 3/5 stars. I read this on 12/16/15

5. It's A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins *****

It is no surprise that I really liked this story. I love her writing style. This had me in all smiles and gave me the warm fuzzies. 5/5 stars. I read this on 12/16/15

6. You're Temporary Santa by David Levithan ****

I liked the story. There was a sadness to it though. 4/5 stars. Read on 12/18/15

7. Krampuslauf by Holly Black ***

I enjoyed it, though not as much as some of the others. 3/5 stars. Read on 12/18/15

8. What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth by Gayle Foreman ***

I liked it, but not the romance. Too rushed. 3/5 stars. I read this on 12/19/15.

9. Beer Buckets And Baby Jesus by Myra Mcentire ***

One year later, I am resuming this book during December/Christmas time. I really enjoyed this story, but I think I am not a super short story sort of person because I really wanted more details and for it to be longer. However, it was cute. 3/5 stars. I read this on 12/02/16

10. Welcome To Christmas, CA by Kiersten White *****

I loved this story. It was cute and sweet, had drama and a happy, romantic ending. 5/5 stars. I read this on 12/02/16

11. Star Of Bethlehem by Ally Carter ***

Interesting concept for a story, though its been done before. I feel with more details, it would be better. 3/5 stars. I read this on 12/03/16

12. The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor ****

I really enjoyed this one and thought Taylor's writing style was wonderful. 4/5 stars. I read this on 12/03/16

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text 2017-08-17 17:23
Bookclubs on Booklikes -- some September group reads that fit Halloween BINGO 2017 squares
The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
See How They Run - Ally Carter
The Tar-Aiym Krang (Pip & Flinx Adventures, #1) - Alan Dean Foster

Just from the bookclubs I've joined, some September group reads that could also work for Halloweeen BINGO 2017 squares.

 

 ? - whatever classic mystery gets selected (nominations currently underway here) for the Booklikes Bookish BINGO Club.

 

 The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe  for the More Historical than Fiction bookclub.

 

 Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany (spot on for magical realism and other squares) for the Virtual Speculation bookclub.

 

 See How They Run - Ally Carter  for the YA BOOK CLUB.

 

 The Tar-Aiym Krang - Alan Dean Foster  for the Adventures with Pip & Flinx book club.

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quote 2017-03-15 10:12
“When I took aim at the very place Amirah had been just seconds before and pulled the trigger, I knew the risk. I knew the cost. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I had to.”
United We Spy - Ally Carter

~~ Ally Carter, United We Spy

(Gallagher Girls #6)

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text 2016-07-25 21:09
Just starting...
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy - Ally Carter

...from public library ebook waiting list.  

 

Second in a YA series.  First book had funny or interesting moments -- but, jury really still out on series because other moments were TSTL and may be too YA or formulaic for me overall.  I kinda do want to know what happens with the main character at this point (plus, free from library).

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text 2016-06-25 03:15
Reading progress update: I've read 41%.
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

“Is it true he killed a Turkish ambassador with a thong?” I wasn’t sure if she was talking about the sandals or the panties."

 

So far a mix of funny and of expected YA girls in academy setting stuff.  Liking it well enough.

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