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However, I think the story was built up solely around addressing racial and religious stereotypes, which I agree is important, but here it overshadowed everything else that happened. Most of the dialogue was made up of the two protagonists discussing the way other people saw them in this new town.
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I understand the idea about outsiders coming together, but I got the impression that these two got together simply because she was Jewish and he was black.
Plus, the ending got a little too cheesy for me. Someone tell me if it's good and I'll go try it: I've tried a bunch of her books and never been able to get into them or understand the hype. So I didn't have much hope for this one, but I tried it and it was better than expected. Unlike most of the authors in this collection, White goes with a quirky, funny style that was easy to digest and enjoyable.
The characters weren't as memorable as some of the others, but I did get a few laughs from it. Feel free to let me know if it's good.
Laini Taylor is so reliably, consistently good in her storytelling and her beautiful, evocative language. In a collection full of contemporaries, she manages to take us into her own fantasy world and breathe some magic and wonderful prose into the holiday season.
They had other things to do: All the things, dreamed and undreamed, in the depth and breadth of the whole spinning world. View all 27 comments. Jan 08, Lani marked it as to-read Shelves: No, it can't be.. Can it? But it's THEM. And now all we can do is wait Sadly I was wrong. View all 19 comments. Sep 03, Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it Shelves: My individual ratings: Was not interested in the slightest so my overall rating is a 3.
View all 12 comments. I'll be rating each short story separately! So far I've read Rainbow is the main reason I wanted to read this book. It was intriguing and beautiful, but it also was a little confusing It was cute and really original! When I finished reading it I was like: The ending made me kind of uneasy, but it was still lovely. I fell in love with the characters and their relationship development, and that's not an easy task with a story this short!
I was smiling the whole time while I was reading it! A lovely, lovely story. It was original and interesting! Also, I identified a little with the narrator. The writing was beautiful, but I couldn't connect with the characters. I really liked Gracie's dad, the pastor, he was too sweet! Heartwarming and original. I loved everything about it. It was so, so heartwarming and lovely. I almost cried because I was in awe, with a big smile on my face. I wish I could read more about these characters.
This one disappointed me a little, I was eager to read it because it was from Laini and I didn't enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it was because there was almost NO dialogue! Just paragraphs and paragraphs and paragraphs and NO interaction with anyone! It was a tedious read for me: View all 5 comments. Apr 02, Kai rated it really liked it Shelves: They need to have hope that they can get there again in the future. Of course, as always, it was a pleasure to read something new by Rainbow Rowell once again.
To say the least, it was a nice collection of stories by awesome authors, but I still prefer whole novels to short stories. Find more of my books on Instagram View 2 comments. Jul 03, Jessica rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book overall! I don't read lots of books like this though I don't know if I ever have before actually Below I've listed my individual star ratings: Especially after reading Midnights.
This was good. I I really enjoyed this book overall! I really enjoyed the writing. I felt so bad for Shy Can I have this full book now Stephanie Perkins??? Not too memorable. I was honestly just skimming by the end of it But really A little cheesy. Enjoyed some of the pranks!
Ben was such a fun character!
I loved the plot and was so pleasantly surprised I started to tear up! I would read a whole book about Lydia!
Did this story really belong in this book? View 1 comment. Dec 01, Ben Alderson rated it did not like it.
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BUT i will re try this christmas again! View all 6 comments. Jan 28, Emily L rated it liked it. April 30, When I first saw this: Whenever I think about it: Aug 25, Hailey Hailey in Bookland rated it liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments.
If you want me to read a specific short story in this collection please ask me in the comments, if not I will continue to choose them randomly. I've never read a book by Gayle Forman before what a shame, I know! This was a great way to start this collection. I really liked the writing style even though I felt it wasn't anything special it was still enjoyable and the characters, Sophie and Russell. It was a beautiful cozy and fuzzy and fluffy contemporary short story!
Really enjoyed this one! I love Rainbow Rowell writing style, her characters are always simple but so realistic. This short story was another really romantic and fluffy one but completely different from the first one I read last week. Another short story that I really liked! This is getting boring, I kinda want to rant about something haha.
Haven't read anything by Kiesten White before, I know that she writes mostly young adult paranormal-fantasy books so this was a surprise for me. Maria was an interesting character, generous and full of Christmas spirit. I really didn't like this one. For most of the time I wasn't even able to tell what was going on. Started as a contemporary short story it ended up like a strange paranormal fairy tale? I can't even tell what genre it was because I've no idea. The main character Miranda dind't have a personality I felt like the characters were just there , just to tell this story.
The writing was terrible, definitely not my cup of tea. Hopefully I will read another great short story next week because I'm so disappointed right now. The two main characters are practically in two different worlds: They met and their interactions are really cute, funny and adorable in a certain way. I wish it was longer! Also I had never read something by this authour before and the writing style was really enjoyable.
This was a sad one, but still really really cute at the end. There was also a cat involved if you don't know: I'm a crazy cat lady. I read The Summer trilogy by this author this september and I didn't like it, I had some a lot of problems with it. Let me just say that this short story was waaaaay better than the entire trilogy.
It follows a young girl that lives in North Pole and she's basically Santa's daughter. The only problem I had was that the story just ends in a random place. I wanted to know more about Natalie, the ending was just stupid but this was still better that freaking Belly and the Summer trilogy. This one is probably the most original and unusual short story I've read so far. The only downside is that the romance is a little bit forced and not so interesting. It has such a cool concept!
Didn't really enjoy this one at all. I had the same problems I had with the Kelly Link's one. It was really confusing even though the setting seemed interesting. Well , now I'm sad because I really wanted to read something by Laini Taylor but I'm not a big fan of her writing style, at least for this short story. This one was so short yet so so so so so good. I wanted more! It's nothing new but it's so special at the same time.
It's the perfect story about love and Christmas. Now I want to read more from this authour, I just don't know where to start. Krampuslauf , by Holly Black. This was an example of a contemporary story with some magical elements that actually worked. It wasn't confusing and I loved the characters, I could relate to the excitement of organizing a party and inviting people.
This story left me satisfied and happy! Stephanie Perkins' writing style and creativity are the reasons she's one of my favorite authors. This last one was so good, perfect for Christmas. I'm so sad this book it's over, but I discovered some new authors I want to read more of, this is kind of like a gift. Dec 11, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: I've read a story from this anthology every night up to Christmas Eve! It was just a fun little treat to myself and something that helped me get even more into the holiday season along with The Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition.
I was very surprised, because I absolutely adored a few stories by authors I've never read before. Then, in turn, a few of the bigger named authors I've read and loved were disappointments. Overall, this really is a heartwarming book filled with lots of holiday chee I've read a story from this anthology every night up to Christmas Eve!
Overall, this really is a heartwarming book filled with lots of holiday cheer. I definitely recommend this book to be read in December, by your fireplace, with lots of hot chocolate on hand! The cover of this book needs to be talked about.
It's obviously a perfect fit for a holiday collection book, but upon further inspection you'll realized that all the couples ice skating are from the twelve stories! Like, how perfect is that? Seriously, wonderfully done! Night One. It was a flash back through the past four New Years Eves, and what happened as the clock struck midnight.
This starts sophomore year of high school and ends freshman year of college. The story did do a wonderful job making the reader reminiscent about growing up and feeling like everyone around you was changing. Especially when coming home from college and seeing your old high school friends. Rainbow Rowell can string together such beautiful stories, but this one seemed a little boring to me kudos to her for mentioning the University of Michigan though.
This also seemed a little awkward for me, because it was placed as the first story in a holiday anthology, when it's a story all about New Year Eves. Night Two. She spends every Christmas with her Godmother and her Godmother's son. They always throw big and elaborate parties, but one year Miranda notices a man outside looking in on the party, and has to go investigate.
I didn't love the ending, because I'm not familiar with this particular folk-tale, but I loved this story so much. It was so beautiful and very engaging, and really showcases unconditional love. Miranda's devotion completely captivated me, and had me wishing for snow right alongside her. While reading most of my friend's reviews, I see they didn't like this one very much. In fact, it seems like most gave it one star.
I'm just so shocked, because this was so wonderfully written and put me in such a holiday mood. Maybe they didn't understand it? Or maybe they just couldn't connect? But I legitimately had so much empathy for Miranda, and even after I finished I was thinking about this story the rest of the night.
So much emotion packed inside thirty pages. Night Three. It's about a boy that's away at college in New York, and came from a very poor family back in California.
He's cat sitting for his friend during the holidays, and he meets a girl in his friend's apartment complex.
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Oh, and they're snowed in. It was hard for me to connect with the main character, but I had a lot of empathy for him. I couldn't help but shed a few tears when I read the meaning of the title for this story. I just hope and pray that he doesn't throw everything away after his cat sitting job is over. Night Four. I was so happy that not only did it have elves, it was actually set in the North Pole as well!
And I couldn't have been the only person to loved picturing elves going to a mini prom! Yes, it did remind me of Elf with the whole "Santa brought a human home" storyline, but I love Elf , so it didn't even bother me. I know this one wasn't as romantic as the others, and I know that it ended with a terrible cliffhanger, but I think this story embodied Christmas with Santa the best.
I honestly would read more of this story if the author ever releases it. Night Five. I thought since this author put this collaboration together, that her story would be one of the best. Unfortunately, I couldn't connect with this story at all. Another sad thing is that North is one of my all time favorite boy names, but not even that could redeem this story for me. I think this might have worked much better as a full length novel. That way we could get to know both of their situations and backgrounds better and, in greater detail, the need of North's voice.
Night Six. It was very awkward, and the ending made me really uneasy. Basically, a boy dresses up as Santa for his boyfriend's little sister, which sounds sweet, but felt so forced. He then has a confrontation with their older sister when he tries to leave.
I'm extra disappointed, because I would have loved to have a good LGBT holiday story, instead of this awkward and forced one. Night Seven. This was also a nice change of pace, because this is a Hanukkah story! I think this story does do a nice job of describing how people can feel so alone, even surrounded by others constantly.
It was a little hard for me to connect, just because some of the things that they liked, I didn't like. I probably wouldn't be caught quoting The Simpsons to start off a winter romance.
And am I the only one that has never heard of eating cheese on apple pie? Night Eight. This story was surprisingly heartwarming, but it was still so cheesy. Gracie is the reserved daughter of a pastor, and Vaughn is a trouble maker with a good heart, but a bad home life.
Even though they seem like opposites, they connect and see the good in one another. Night Nine. This was perfection. It had everything you'd look for in a good holiday tale; it was heartwarming, emotional, had a happy ending, wonderfully written, and was filled with magic.
This is a story about a girl that is trapped in a small town. Her mom runs a Christmas themed diner, which she begrudgingly works at, and they just got a new cook! I don't really want to say much more, because I think going into this story expecting nothing, but receiving everything, is part of the magic.
This was my first time reading anything by Kiersten White, but it most certainly will not be my last. Night Ten. I was so confused why a girl would trade plane tickets with a random girl at the airport, but the realization on Lydia's end was really cute at the end.
Sadly, this story really needed to be longer, because we never find out what the deal with Ethan and Hulda's relationship was. This was very original and very unique, and was a very good installment for this anthology. I think this story will surprise quite a few readers, and most will enjoy this novella immensely. Especially if you like the "cowboy" thing. Night Eleven. Basically, if you're a single lady on this island where it's almost impossible to leave , on December 1st though December 24th a suitor can leave you a gift on your porch.
After the last day, the island has a ball, where you find your betrothed, and seal the marriage with a dance. I have not read anything by Laini Taylor, but I know many of her books have a lot of hype surrounding them, so I just expected better.
This novella was so unclear and rushed. It felt so weak, even in the fantasy department, where I think this book was supposed to shine. Even with a happy ending, this story didn't make me feel good, it didn't fill me with holiday cheer, it really didn't do anything for me. I'm very thankful that I didn't save this story for last like intended, because I would have been very letdown. Night Twelve.
Little did I know, this story was very far from a Christmas read! I still loved it, just because Holly Black's writing style is completely for me, and her story was so different that it would be really hard for me not to appreciate it. There were also a few really good quotes nestled in this really short story. The writing of this novella was better than the other eleven novellas combined.
If this story wasn't for a Holiday Season Anthology I'd give it five stars. I hope all of my GoodReads friends and family have a very merry Christmas, filled with love, health, happiness, and lots of good books. View all 7 comments. This collection of holiday short stories from some of my favorite contemporary YA authors was SO incredibly heartwarming and just straight up adorable.
I bet I'll read this anthology every winter now: So I'd give the whole thing 4 stars because some of the stories were hit or miss, but here's the breakdown of my reaction to each: The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: It was har This collection of holiday short stories from some of my favorite contemporary YA authors was SO incredibly heartwarming and just straight up adorable.
It was hard to follow and just straight up weird, but I also LOVED some of the elements like the snow and the manor and the guy's magical-ness? I wish it had been clearer. Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena: Everything was too cute. Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: Krampuslauf by Holly Black: I skimmed a good part of it because I couldn't stand any of the characters or the plot. She managed to create a full world and likable characters with genuine development in just a few pages.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter: But it was well written and had a kind of cool aesthetic!! Actual Rating: I really enjoyed it! Definitely my favorite one so far! I feel like nothing really happened which made it quite a boring read!
What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth? Sophie and Russell were great characters and I really liked how this story revolves around Hanukkah and is set in college. All of the stories were great, some were better than others, but none were terrible.
I wish we got more answers in the end, but I think I also like the open-ended-ness. The main character was immature and annoying, and a lot of the dialogue was super cringey. I have zero complaints. This was so cute, and the chemistry between the two characters was unreal. I loved the magical and whimsical vibes. It was so dreamlike and precisely what I needed in the middle of this contemporary collection. I liked everything apart from the ending which was just a little too superficially for me.
I really enjoyed that there was a lot more going on throughout it other than just a romance plot. I feel like I would have enjoyed this more if it were closer to the beginning of the book because after 11 stories I was sick of following the same theme over and over again but other than that this was great.
Yeah, same. Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena - So this one was great. Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter - I like this. And here are the couples with their respective authors which I thought was super cool: View all 21 comments. Midnight by Rainbow Rowell: Your Temporary Santa by David Leviathan: I expected much more from these great selection of authors. I also expected to feel all giddy and happy after reading these Christmas stories but that didn't really happen either.
One thing I did enjoy was the diversity among the characters. We definitely need more of that! Dec 27, Tran Thanh Tu rated it really liked it Shelves:
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