High-res naturallysteph:

Hurrah! My True Love Gave to Me has received a second *STARRED* review—this time from Publisher’s Weekly:
Cute boys, mistletoe, counting down to the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve—there’s no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories by a dozen of today’s top YA authors. Readers will also find a broad cross-section of other emotions and relationships in these tales about the significance of varied holiday traditions. Jenny Han delivers a fantasy-tinged entry about a Korean girl left as an infant in Santa’s sleigh, who is now the only human girl at the North Pole (and crushing on a cute elf). Kelly Link delves into supernatural territory, featuring a mysterious Christmas Eve visitor in an elegantly embroidered coat. And the Jewish narrator of David Levithan’s story undertakes a wild nighttime mission, donning a Santa suit to help preserve a sense of Christmas magic for his boyfriend’s young sister. A rare seasonal treat.
• Featuring stories by: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.
• Release date: October 14.
• Mark it to-read on Goodreads here.
• Pre-order it on Barnes & Noble here or on Amazon here.

naturallysteph:

Hurrah! My True Love Gave to Me has received a second *STARRED* review—this time from Publisher’s Weekly:

Cute boys, mistletoe, counting down to the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve—there’s no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories by a dozen of today’s top YA authors. Readers will also find a broad cross-section of other emotions and relationships in these tales about the significance of varied holiday traditions. Jenny Han delivers a fantasy-tinged entry about a Korean girl left as an infant in Santa’s sleigh, who is now the only human girl at the North Pole (and crushing on a cute elf). Kelly Link delves into supernatural territory, featuring a mysterious Christmas Eve visitor in an elegantly embroidered coat. And the Jewish narrator of David Levithan’s story undertakes a wild nighttime mission, donning a Santa suit to help preserve a sense of Christmas magic for his boyfriend’s young sister. A rare seasonal treat.

• Featuring stories by: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

• Release date: October 14.

• Mark it to-read on Goodreads here.

• Pre-order it on Barnes & Noble here or on Amazon here.

A My True Love Gave to Me MEGA excerpt!

Hi everybody!

As most of you know, I have a short story in the upcoming holiday anthology, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME.

My story is called “Star of Bethlehem” and here is a little taste!

I hope you like it.

“Well, look at you!” The woman held me at arm’s length. “You changed your hair.”

I thought back to the short blond locks on the girl in the airport. The girl with the accent. The girl from Iceland. The girl these people were evidently waiting for.

I felt myself starting to panic, needing to run …

“You look so different from your picture,” the woman said, and I managed to breathe.

The girl these people had evidently only seen in pictures.

Maybe they wouldn’t get suspicious, call security. The police. Maybe I could just bide my time and slip away quietly and …

“Well, what am I doing hogging all the hugging? Ethan!” the woman yelled. She looked around, and I followed her gaze to the boy who was walking around the corner.

He wore Wranglers and boots and a plaid shirt heavy with starch. Until then, I’d thought boys like him only existed on the covers of romance novels. He must have been shocked by the looks of me, too, because he stopped short, frozen in the process of sliding a phone back into his pocket. Hulda’s words came back to me:

I don’t love him.

My other boyfriend.

“Ethan!” the woman yelled. “She’s here!”

I started to spin, but I was too late. He was already there. Looking at me. I could see the truth playing across his face, the realization that I was not an Icelandic girl name Hulda. I was not his girlfriend.

“It’s …” The boy started, and mentally I filled in the blanks.

An imposter!

A liar!

A fraud.

He moved closer.

“So good to see you!” the boy said.

And then he kissed me.

I hope you guys enjoyed the excerpt! If you did, please check out the full anthology. MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME will  be in stores October 14, 2014. And it is available for preorder now!

-Ally

jenniferlynnbarnes:

twirlyeleven:

Orphan Black Clones as YA Novels

  • Rachel Duncan- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
  • Sarah Manning- The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Alison Hendrix- Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot
  • Helena- Beta by Rachel Cohn
  • Cosima Niehaus- Airhead by Meg Cabot
  • Beth Childs- The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I am currently watching season 2 of Orphan Black, so of course I got a huge kick out of this book list!