Sunday, December 20, 2015

My True Love Gave to Me Mini Review: Krampuslauf

Book Title: My True Love Gave to Me
Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Story Title: "Kramuslauf"
Story Author: Holly Black
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Source: St. Martin's Griffin for Review
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.

Mini Review: "Krampuslauf"

So with there being twelve different stories by twelve different authors in this anthology, it was more than a little likely that I wouldn't like all of the stories. There was even a chance that I wouldn't like one so much that I'd just have to stop reading and move on. "Krampuslauf" by Holly Black was that story for me. I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.

I was not a fan of Ms. Black's writing style. It's very choppy throughout what I read, and she lacks the vivid details. It was almost as if she set out to write a story and never really finished thinking everything out before she took her fingers to her keyboard.

The holiday traditions in "Krampuslauf" were not clear to me while I was reading. I couldn't figure out what was going on in the story, and it really aggravated me. I was not able to see where she was taking things, so I just stopped reading before I became too annoyed.

"Krampuslauf" is the oddball story for me. I didn't enjoy it. It's just one of those stories that probably would have done better in a different anthology. 

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 

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