This Is Where It Ends

“Fear and survival are two sides of the same coin. Dad taught me that. These last two years he proved it again and again. Terror is our strongest force, because we’re only afraid when we have something to lose – our lives, our loves… our dignity. It’s been such a long time since I felt afraid.”

Title: This Is Where It Ends

Author: Marieke Nijkamp

Series: Standalone

Publication: January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 292

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

 

Summary from Goodreads:

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

 

My Thoughts:

Well… that just happened. Gosh, I don’t even know what to say because I am feeling so many different things at once. This is one of those reviews where I had to walk away for a while before I could even think about what to possibly say – and as I write this, I am still trying to process everything running through my head. This Is Where It Ends is phenomenal and terrifying. Reading it shook me to my core to the point where I had to vent to my father about how upset and uneasy I was. This was not an easy read in any way, shape, or form. It is hard hitting, covers a difficult subject matter, and will toy with your emotions to bring you to your breaking point.

This Is Where It Ends takes place over an excruciating 54 minute period of the day. But, it is those 54 minutes in which everything changes. It doesn’t take very long to kill a lot of people, it doesn’t take very long at all – but the fear these characters felt and the trauma they experienced made this book seem like it took forever. Each new chapter, or window of time, I had to double check how much time had passed for I felt as if I were stuck inside of infinity with them. Told through four different points of view, This Is Where It Ends takes you on a wild journey through a living nightmare.

I think the hardest part about reading this book, besides the obvious, was the sheer helplessness of these students. I don’t mean helpless where they couldn’t defend themselves or others, I mean helpless as in the terror of not being able to protect someone you love. Each of the narrators had a sibling involved in the event, that or someone they loved dearly. I don’t want to talk about who the shooter is because it is sort of a spoiler, you don’t know until the book wants you to know. I can give a basic run down, though. Claire is the shooter’s ex girlfriend and during the shooting her younger brother is trapped in the auditorium with the other students while she is safe outside with the police. Sylvia is Autumn’s girlfriend and her brother Tomas was in “detention” so she has no idea where he is – but she knows the two of them are main targets. Autumn, the shooter’s sister, is completely terrified for Sylvia and for her brother despite what he is doing. And then there is Tomas, the self sacrificing hero that I can’t talk about without wanting to cry. So, you see, each and every one of them was connected in some way – and that made it all the more painful.

One thing that Nijkamp did very well was illustrate the deep bonds of family – both the family of our blood and the family we choose. She created these amazingly complex, heartbreaking characters and threw them into the hell fire of a school shooting. Their reactions, the character’s reactions, were so real that I found myself completely destroyed by the events that were taking place. Each shot fired was a shock straight to my heart. The writing is beautiful, the story is gut wrenching and hard to swallow. Nothing about this book and what it was trying to showcase is sugarcoated – it is raw, real, and will keep you clinging to the edge of your seats while simultaneously begging for mercy.

I do not know what else to say about this book other than the fact that you need to read it as soon as humanly possible (or inhumanly if you’re just that awesome). This Is Where It Ends is a hard hitting novel about loss and the fear of what you hope is impossible or that will never happen to you. This book confronts issues head on and then tackles them to the ground with a brutality that will both surprise you and make you cry out for more. This, as I have said, is not an easy read. Nor should it be. This Is Where It Ends is perfect and it is the only way a book like this should ever be. Skillfully weaved together with tragedy and hope, This Is Where It Ends is one hell of a book to kick off the new year.

“Together, we’ll get out. Together, we’ll survive this. Together, we’ll be strong enough to face whatever comes our way. This is where it ends.”

 

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Waiting On Wednesday # 15

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This weeks Waiting On Wednesday is Passenger by Alexandra Bracken!

Publication: January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Summary from Goodreads:

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

Do I really need an explanation as to why I’m so excited for this book to come out? Historical fiction, fantasy, and romance? Hells yes. I have been squealing in my seat ever since I heard of this book, and that book trailer… ugh. I cannot wait for Passenger.

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Teaser Tuesday # 15

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

This weeks Teaser Tuesday is for This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp!

“Fear and survival are two sides of the same coin. Dad taught me that. These last two years he proved it again and again. Terror is our strongest force, because we’re only afraid when we have something to lose – our lives, our loves… our dignity. It’s been such a long time since I felt afraid.”

“If you cooperate, some of you might go home today. All you have to do is listen carefully to what I’m saying. No screaming, no running, no phones, and certainly no attempting to disarm me. Today, you’ll all listen.”

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Thicker Than Water

“No one knew her. No one cares about her. No one cares about finding out who did this. They just care about how much they hate me.”

Title: Thicker Than Water

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Series: Standalone

Publication: December 29th 2015 by Kensington Books

Pages: 322

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

 

My Thoughts:

Hmm…. I’m still trying to sort out how I feel about this book. I love the Elemental Series, trust me – the Merrick brothers rank pretty high up there on my list of favorites. But, Thicker Than Water – despite being just as much fun as the Elemental books – fell a little bit short for me in the overall scheme of things. In all honesty, I did love the book – I blew through it in a matter of hours. There were just a lot of little nit picky things and an overall sensation of meh that plagued the electronic pages of my kindle.

I think the one real bright spot in this whole fiasco was Thomas. I could care less about Charlotte, the paranormal aspect (more on that later), and everything else that went on in this book. Thomas’ inner monologue was a tough one to get through, but it was also something that was completely relatable. He is alone. So alone that he might as well be stranded on a desert island with nothing to help him escape – in fact, that is exactly how he feels. His mother has just been murdered, he’s a suspect, and no one seems to give a damn about him or his grief. Thicker Than Water kicks off at his mother’s funeral – it made me cry. He doesn’t even get to attend the funeral for a reason I am not going to explain because it will just piss me off more. Thomas on his own is a very interesting character. He is scarily intense, quite stubborn, and a giant ball of sunshine (sarcasm). No really, Thomas is probably the only reason I kept reading this book besides the name on the front cover.

Charlotte… lord, you don’t want me to get started on Charlotte. I hated her. There, I said it. Shoot me and come after me with your pitchforks. I hated her, I really hated her family –  I just loathed her entire existence in the book even though this was supposed to be a romance. I swear Charlotte’s only purpose for being included in this book was to screw with Thomas. She is literally the cause of his entire downfall and she doesn’t seem to give a rat’s ass. She is a pushover, a stereotypical Mary Sue in disguise, and the epitome of why I sometimes hate Young Adult literature.

As usual with a Kemmerer book, the plot was outstanding. There is an overtone of mystery and danger that keeps the pages turning at light speed. When I started this, I had no idea what this was about. I saw Kemmerer’s name, clicked request, and did a little happy dance when I was approved. I have to say, the book is one hell of a page turner – despite the person I want to strangle( see what I did there?!?).  My one problem in the midst of all this amazingness, besides Charlotte, was the sudden onslaught of unnecessary paranormal bullshit. The book was fine, and I probably would give it a higher rating if it had just stuck to a contemporary real world fiasco – but no. There had to be supernatural stuff involved, bah humbug. The whole supernatural empath thing was such a let down! It wasn’t well thought out or developed, it was rushed, and it was just overall stupid. I had come to expect undeniable realism with the supernatural in Kemmerer’s novels, so talk about a serious let down.

Overall, I am torn on what to think or feel about Thicker Than Water. It had the good, the amazing, and all the horrible things it possibly could have had. Thicker Than Water both will keep you up at night and interested, but it’s female protagonist will also make you want to repeatedly hit yourself in the head with a sledgehammer. With a disappointing and anticlimactic ending yet an exciting and heart pounding lead up, Thicker Than Water is best left alone unless you really just want to kill some time. Like a few hours. Seriously.

Fandom of the Month Club: December 2015

Guess what guys?

It’s the end of the month, and that means Fandom of the Month Club boxes are arriving in the mail!

It is a basic subscription service: every month they send you something. But, Fandom of the Month is entirely centered around Fandoms (The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, etc.). You can sign up and check them out here: Fandom of the Month Club.

GUUUYYYSSS!! This month… this month, holy crap the force is strong with this month. See what I did there? Do you see what I just did? That’s right people… this month’s theme is:

 

CUE SCREAMING AND FLAILING LIGHTSABER FIGHTING!!! *pew pew pew*

I love Star Wars…. love it, love it, love it! This is not a trap, it’s quite real.

 

Okay, so, you all know the drill. LOOK AT MY PRECIOUS! Look at it… look at it!

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The post card this month is awesome, I mean, it’s got the freaken Death Star on it.

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Then we get this adorable Chewbacca magnet, and it’s just ugh! It’s so cute! (But I also really love Chewie)

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Then we also have the amazing bag these things come in. R2D2!! AHHHHHHH!!!!! *flails*

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Now we’re getting down to the good stuff… the jewelry…

First things first, there is this amazing bracelet. It, obviously, says “May the force be with you.” Therefore, I shall wear it for all eternity.

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Next we have a necklace with, you guessed it, C3P0 and R2D2 *cue more squeals* These are the droids I am looking for, I promise you that.

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Annnnd last but not least, LIGHTSABER EARRINGS! Holy crap, I absolutely love these things. Also, check out my cookie cutter’s skills. Badass, am I right or am I right?
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Star Wars is bae and always will be bae. I grew up watching the original film, was weeping for humanity through the prequels, and have recently had my heart torn out by The Force Awakens – these movies and this universe is something I will always cherish, same as the jewelry.

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Life is good.

This Raging Light

“Trust. What does it even mean? You hand somebody the knife to stab you with when you trust them. I know this much is true.”

 

Title: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Series: Standalone

Publication: December 22nd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 288

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is not okay for two reasons. One: it made me feel all sorts of things I really didn’t want to feel on Christmas. Two: it was so beautiful it made my teeth ache and my heart hurt. Goodness… This Raging Light is one hell of a debut. Not only did it read like a carefully crafted piece of art, it also completely destroyed me inside. In all honesty, I have never read a debut book such as this – and I probably never will again. There is undoubtedly an astounding amount of skill in this novel, even in just the writing alone – not to mention the characters or the plot. But… you add all of these perfect elements together, and what do you get? A beautiful, heartbreaking, mind-blowing, soul sucking book all wrapped with a rainbow cover and a sparkly ass bow.

This Raging Light is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure of holding in my hands. I was unsure at first, the writing sort of put me off. But soon I got used to it, and as I got used to it I began to realize just how much of a gem I was holding. This book… guys, this book is everything I have ever wanting in a contemporary read. It should be illegal.  This Raging Light is the poignant and touching story of seventeen-year-old Lucille who becomes the sole caretaker for her younger sister Wren after their mother abandons them without a word. And trust me, you will need a Costco pack of tissues when you read this masterpiece.

Lucille is something else entirely. She is a role model even though she isn’t trying to be – but that’s what makes her so amazing. This entire book is driven by her want and her need to protect her sister and keep the two of them together. She is terrified of being torn apart by the system, and that is the only reason she doesn’t get help. She isn’t stubborn in the way of refusing charity, her friends help her out more than once and she doesn’t really complain – she simply thanks them too damn much. It was a breath of fresh air really. Not only is Lucille smart and completely selfless, she also isn’t afraid to admit her mistakes or realize when she has made them in the first place. She is totally comfortable being the bigger man, as it were. She isn’t perfect, that’s not what I mean by any of this. She has her flaws, some of which kind of screw up the story pretty royally for everyone else – but she is real, she is entirely human. I think the hardest part for me when reading this book was her relationship with Wren. It’s just so… ugh mixed with a lot of aww and oh no. They’re siblings, but Lucille is trying to fit into the role of mom while Wren is trying to grow up much too quickly to compensate. Reading this will tear you into itty-bitty pieces, mow them over, and then force feed them back down your throat while you enjoy it. Seriously.

The other characters in this book are just as vivid, if not more so. Laure has such an amazing way of writing, of describing things in a way that makes them completely 3D. Like, the way she talks about Digby… it’s almost physically impossible not to become one with Lucille and feel everything just as intensely as she does. You become best friends with Eden, you learn to love Eden’s family, and you want to take care of Wren. Each character pulls at something deep inside of you because of how carefully constructed they all are. It is simply mind blowing. I don’t really know what else to say about these guys. Each and every character is important in some way, even the ones barely glossed over eventually play an important role. Neighborhood people, I’m talking about you. You know who you are, bless your souls. The characters, everything about this book really, is painfully beautiful.

There is one scene I really need to talk about, well, more like share with you. It touched me, I have no idea how to describe it other than: it made me feel all the feels and it killed me with them. So yea. This book is told in the number of days without Lucille and Wren’s mother in play, and this scene takes place on day twenty-seven. Lucille goes to meet Eden to talk, and in a gut wrenching moment, she asks Eden if she thinks that their mother loves them. Eden takes a moment to deliberate, and then says with an air of finality: “It doesn’t matter if she loves you or not.” This requires some explanation, for which she employs the help of Virginia Woolf. “All feeling has an equivalent in action or is useless,” is what she tells Lucille – meaning, it doesn’t matter if their mother cares or is sorry if she doesn’t do anything to express those feelings. If their mother, despite how heartbroken and sad she might feel because of what she has done, can’t bring herself to show her face and help her children… well then, “you just tell me what the fuck difference it makes.”

That scene broke me, as well as many others. Overall, This Raging Light is one hell of a book that deserves the effort of hunting it down and blowing through it in a mad rush. It is a gorgeous metaphor of life and what to do when everything is torn away illustrated through a very unique voice that deserves to be known.

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My True Love Gave To Me

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“Sweetheart, when you lose someone, you lose a little bit of yourself, too. And that missing piece? Sometimes you have to lose the rest of yourself to find it.”

Title: My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Editor: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Standalone anthology

Publication: October 14th, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 336

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

 

Summary from Goodreads:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

My Thoughts:

Alright, so for this review I am going to do something a little bit different. I’m going to review each short story individually and then point out my favorite and least favorite of the bunch. So, shall we begin?

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

I was unsure of this one when I started it – but by the end of the twenty or so pages, I was actually really enjoying it. This story is mainly about Mags and her friend (whom she has a crush on) Noel – he’s a dude. I know, it threw me off for a bit. Now, for this story, the one thing I really disliked is one thing that also added to the charm: the time skips. This short story jumps around from year to year and at different times. It starts off in 2014 just before midnight, and then leaps back to 2011, hop scotches its way up to 2012… you get the picture. I do have to give Rowell credit, though. Despite the trigger happy timeline, she managed to create characters that I was rooting for and invested in within a short amount of pages and minuscule scenes. Bravo. Also, MAGS AND NOEL ARE SO FREAKEN CUTE!

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

This one wasn’t one of my favorites – but I still liked it. I felt as though it had a quirky, but distractedly unclear purpose/theme. I had no idea what the point of this story was, honestly, the ending totally ruined it for me. I thought this really had something going, I loved the dynamic between Fenny and Miranda – though it is a little bit weird that she meets him at eleven years of age and then is trying to get into his pants later in the story. I enjoyed the whole paranormal mystery aspect of Fenny and what/who he was – and I would have preferred for it to be left alone instead of screwed around with at the end. I don’t want to talk too much about it because it’s a spoiler, but ugh.

Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena

This one sort of surprised me. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not, but the more I kept reading the more I found myself enjoying what was going on. This one was actually sort of sad. Shy, our protagonist, is cat sitting over Christmas break in his boss’ apartment – but he doesn’t have any food. He’s starving. One morning, the girl form the floor above him comes down to ask if he can help her with the plumbing – and, low and behold, the gentle flirtation of apartment living begins. I liked the dynamic between Shy and Haley – they were adorable. She took care of him even though she didn’t need to and it sort of melted my heart into little pieces. As a whole, this story wasn’t one of my favorites – but it was still highly enjoyable.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a little strange going into because all of a sudden we’re in the North Pole hanging out and watching a bunch of beautiful elves dance – but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Natalie was interesting, actually, the entire short story was interesting and I think that was the only thing that kept me reading it. I’m sort of sick of endless pining over someone you can never have – and that’s really what this short story is about. It was painful. I have to admit, though, the idea that Santa adopted a human girl and raised her made me think of one thing that’s already a huge Christmas thing – Elf. That’s right. In all honesty, this story felt sort of like a rip off of Elf, at least the whole idea of Santa + human baby = plot line. Short rant aside, the story was good – don’t get me wrong here. I just felt like it wasn’t all it could have been.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

This was probably my favorite one out of the entire anthology. Not only was it cute and cuddly with all the feels, it also was able to showcase deeper themes like the individual against the family and the meaning of Christmas within a short number of pages. Marigold and North… damn, I love them. I love, love, love, love them. They’re relationship is adorable, everything about them is adorable. I mean, come on, North completely disregards his job so that he can help Marigold clean her apartment in order to fit the Christmas tree she bought from him. I don’t really know how to explain it, but everything about this short story was perfection to me.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

First of all, some serious props are needed when due. Thank you David Levithan for writing an extremely cute and believable gay couple trying to preserve the magic of Christmas for younger kids. Just… thank you – it was absolutely perfect. I honestly don’t know what to say about this story – it wasn’t my favorite, but it could have been if I didn’t like others more. If I had to describe this story in one word, it would be: cute. Pretending to be Santa in order to keep a younger sibling believing is just plain adorable if you ask me.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black

This one was just plain weird, but I still liked it. Strange, huh? I don’t know what it was about this story, but it just didn’t sit right with me. I enjoyed reading it and watching a certain character get served a serious case of justice for being an ass – but on a scale of one to ten, it was sort of just meh. Though, on the bright side, it really made me want to go watch Krampus – YAY!

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman

This is the other story competing for the top favorite spot on my list. I can’t pick between this one and “It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” – both of them rocked my fuzzy socks off. This one I could actually relate to a little more, though. Sophie, a Jewish freshman in college who is stranded for an extra week on campus because of expensive flights,  feels like a complete outsider. She decides to go caroling to take her mind off of things, and while she is out, she runs into Russel – a hilarious, food dare devil, sweet talker. These two hit it off and then Russel spends the rest of the night trying to make sure Sophie can have a real Hanukkah – cue the “awws”.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire

First of all, that title. Holy bat crap robin that title made my crack up for a solid five minutes. I don’t know, it’s just hilarious – and it makes perfect sense once you read through the short story. As someone who struggles with titles and naming stuff, I applaud you Myra McEntire – you struck gold. As for the story itself, it is just as hilarious and intriguing as the title that caught my eye in the first place. This ends up actually being a really cute story about redemption turning into something just a little bit more. The characters were multidimensional, the premise hilarious though unoriginal, and the setting both superb and superfluous at the same time. A Christmas parent at a rodeo dinner experience venue where a multitude of chaos ensues? Count me in.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

Oh my goodness this story was adorable – and extremely close to home. I’ve driven through that area, hung out in Barstow, camped in Baker – yay for Southern California. I really loved this short story – every little thing about it was perfect and adorable and Christmassey. It was all about the true meaning of Christmas being the joy within oneself and spending time with family, and it hits you right in the feels – especially at the end there. The characters were well developed over a short period of time, and right from the get go I knew they were going to stomp all over my heart. Maria, our narrator/ protagonist has such a presence right from the first page – it was spectacular. Everything felt alive.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

This one started off pretty strong and it captured my attention right from the get go – but it sort of fell downhill from there. I loved it, truly I did – but I was just extremely confused by the “climax” of the short story. One of my biggest pet peeves in short stories is when something suddenly happens without any prior hints having been dropped before the event. I don’t mean blindsided/plot twist sort of events, even those have foreshadowing we don’t realize until it happens – I mean just complete shifts without the subtlest of warnings. That happens here, and from that point on I was both disappointed and somewhat angry. It just didn’t do it for me. The whole premise was really interesting, I do have to point that out. I was really hoping it would go somewhere other than what actually happened, so yea, disappointed.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This story… this story was my least favorite and I could barely bring myself to read it. Not only was it convoluted and confusing, the characters were practically impossible to connect with. I didn’t understand any of it, and for that reason I simply skimmed over the words without trying to discern the meaning. It was really upsetting, I wanted to like it – but more than anything, I wanted to know what was going on. It just went right over the top of my head without as much as a warning or a goodbye. It seemed very interesting, at least what I could get out of it did, but it was far too little and much too late.

So my favorites out of this anthology are:

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?

Welcome to Christmas, CA

Least favorite:

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer

 

Overall, I definitely recommend this anthology to anyone looking for a fun Christmas read. You don’t have to read it all in one go considering each story is a standalone and the only thing connecting them all is the spirit of the holidays. My True Love Gave To Me really is an amazing anthology and I am so grateful I got the chance to read and review it. My only problem was that almost every single story ending with someone kissing, but that was a minor annoyance that in no way affected how I feel about this book as a whole. I blew through this book yesterday like it was nobody’s business – I came down with something and feel like I got hit by a freight train, so all I did was read and sleep all day. So worth it, trust me, this book is so, so worth it.

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