Now I Rise is set in the mid-1400s which puts it solidly before the age of electricity.
Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).
Its Christmas soon and what better way to be in the festive mood than to read a book about the season of giving? So far, I had two and I pick them up one year after the other but I never read them and they were on my shelve for until last Friday I read one of them and I pick this one. So I started to read this last week Friday and managed to finished it early morning today. Here's the thing - I love short stories. They are precise, simple and short. Can be fun, dramatic, romantic and whatever that was meant to be in a genre. So when I read My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, I was looking forward to 'TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES'. As it turns out - it should be change to 'Twelve ROMANTICHoliday stories' instead. And as I know, its under young adult and although I do want to read Christmas stories, I should have bought 'A Christmas Carol' instead. My fault because I should have known what I am getting myself into.
The question is - is this book worth reading? As you can see the rating above from this review... mehhh.
There are a total of twelve short stories here from today's known young adult authors and so far, all twelve of these stories has the same kind of formulate story you must have read or even watch on television. I mean, there are some nice funny ones and I do enjoy Holly Black, Kiersten White and Ally Carter ones but the rest, I just didn't feel it. The worst one was Laini Taylor because to tell you the truth - at the beginning of the story I had no idea what was going on. Its cheesy, its cliché and it gives no reason why the girls want to kiss the boys first. Although The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer and Polaris is Where You'll Find Me stays out of its modern themes, every single one of these stories must have 'a kiss with a guy' in any way it has to be written. Seriously, I felt it is forced upon. Why? Because... the guy is cute. That's the reason. Whether the guy is a figment of imagination, a God, an elf... the male counterpart is cute. For me, that's what I remember most.
Did I hate it? Not really. Did I love it? Not really. Its just not really the kind of holiday stories I was expecting to be cliché about. Would I recommend this? To teen readers (girls) who love cute guys. Other than that, no.
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
The author did an impressive amount of work putting this together, from research about locations, politics and military structure, to explorations of feminism and identity. I really lost interest midway through, though. The gender-flipped Vlad the Impaler, Lada, spends too much time being irritatingly fierce. I know it's the fashion right now, but I can't really get behind any MC, male or female, just being continually savage. On the flip side, her brother as a gay Muslim seems like a stretch, and potentially an offensive one to the orthodoxy of Islam. Either way, SUPER not into siblings with a shared love interest as a plot device. That's a world of tension I'm not interested in stepping into. Kind of torn between checking out the sequel or just letting this series go. On the one hand, I've loved all of White's books so far, it's detailed, thoughtful and challenging historical fiction, the story's finally shaping up for revolution, and I hate leaving things half-done. OTOH, I barely made it to the end of this book. Decisions, lol.