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From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Cla From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles). In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world. AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner


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From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Cla From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles). In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world. AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner

30 review for A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Schwab

    I wrote a story called "A Royal Affair" for this anthology. It's Alucard's story, from his courtship with Rhy, to the events that led to him becoming captain of the Night Spire.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I am a simple guy. I see Victoria Schwab and I click “want to read”. And the rest of this author lineup looks great as well!

  3. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Rating as I go along in order to keep record of my thoughts: 1. A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this one, surprisingly moving for such a short story. Buzzwords: m/m romance, dark magic, family tragedy, hope, justice, wishes. 2. The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker, ⭐⭐⭐.5 The Bloom of Everhart is ready to choose his consort. A competition ensues. One contestant feels more drawn to another than she does her stated prize. 3. The Scarlet Woman: A Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray, ⭐ Rating as I go along in order to keep record of my thoughts: 1. A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this one, surprisingly moving for such a short story. Buzzwords: m/m romance, dark magic, family tragedy, hope, justice, wishes. 2. The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker, ⭐⭐⭐.5 The Bloom of Everhart is ready to choose his consort. A competition ensues. One contestant feels more drawn to another than she does her stated prize. 3. The Scarlet Woman: A Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray, ⭐⭐⭐ New York City, 1897. I feel like I am missing something? Am I supposed to know Gemma Doyle? 4. Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Marie Mclemore, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A Cinderella retelling where a peasant girl sneaks into the kingdom during a ball, hoping for an audience with the King and Queen, to plead for the rights of her two mothers, their relationship and others like them. She meets the trans-Prince and he changes everything. 5. Liberia by Kwame Mbalia, ⭐⭐⭐.5 Following crew on a futuristic mission. One of the characters is attached to the plants the are cultivating from their long distant homeland. I don't think I got as much out of this as I should have, but Mbalia's writing is so strong. 6. A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Now I definitely need to read the Shades of Magic trilogy!! I loved this. Following Alucard Emery, his relationship with Ray Marshall, and how he came to Captain the Night Spire. 7. The Takeback Tango by Rebecca Roadhouse, ⭐⭐⭐.5 A solo space Captain who has lost everything sets out to steal back artifacts stolen from her people and housed in a museum. She discovers an unlikely and charming ally along the way. 8. Dream and Dare by Nic Stone, ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 The story of two misunderstood girls being crushed by traditional gender roles and societal expectations. Remember girls, to always Dare to Dream! 9. Wish by Jenni Balch, ⭐⭐⭐.5 A wish granter from a lamp is surprised when he is summoned to find he is no longer on Earth, but a colony on Venus. The wisher has very special circumstances and he is determined to help her, no matter the cost. Original: LOOK AT THE AUTHORS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ANTHOLOGY!!! It's like a virtual Who's Who list; a MUST READ. I am so ready for this!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    If anyone else needed that final little nudge to pre-order this... it features a Rhy/Alucard origin story 🥺😭 MY HEART IS SO FULL ALREADY Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoraida

    My story in this anthology is set in the world of the Brooklyn Brujas series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the list of contributing authors on this anthology. *Thanks to Crown for Young Readers & Netgalley for an advance copy! I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the list of contributing authors on this anthology. *Thanks to Crown for Young Readers & Netgalley for an advance copy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Witches, retellings, space thieves, the weighing of hearts, Schwab returns to the world of A Darker Shade of Magic, and Libba Bray returns to the world of Gemma Doyle... What. A. Showstopper. Writing: ★★★★★ Concepts: ★★★★★ Originality: ★★★★★ A Universe of Wishes comes out on January 5, 2021! As this is an anthology, I've reviewed each story individually and given a one sentence sales pitch of sorts below. Quick take, my favorites were: The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton, A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab, Witches, retellings, space thieves, the weighing of hearts, Schwab returns to the world of A Darker Shade of Magic, and Libba Bray returns to the world of Gemma Doyle... What. A. Showstopper. Writing: ★★★★★ Concepts: ★★★★★ Originality: ★★★★★ A Universe of Wishes comes out on January 5, 2021! As this is an anthology, I've reviewed each story individually and given a one sentence sales pitch of sorts below. Quick take, my favorites were: The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton, A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab, Unmoor by Mark Oshiro, Liberia by Kwame Mbalia, and The Scarlet Woman by Libba Bray. Tara Sim - A Universe of Wishes (3.5 stars) Thorn harvests wishes from the dead and gets caught red-handed by the morgue boy—what now? Natalie C. Parker - The Silk Blade (4 stars) Lushly described, beautifully colored—a bisexual female warrior competes to win the heart of the Bloom prince and may or may not fall for her beautiful rival instead. Libba Bray - The Scarlet Woman(5 stars) Gemma Doyle has been in New York for a while now, but the world's magical community isn't done with her yet and someone's determined to reel her back in with grisly gifts. Anna-Marie Mclemore - Cristal y Cerisa (3.5 stars) A transgender prince, a Mexican girl attends a ball with a pair of fated glass slippers and a desperate plea for her people. Kwame Mbalia - Liberia (4.5 stars) Kweke is the primary research officer on the spacecraft Liberia growing plants with ancestral ties to the crew's abandoned homeland, deep roots. V.E. Schwab - A Royal Affair (5 stars) Sure to be a fan-favorite for series readers, this behind-the-scenes take on Alucard's origin romance with Prince Rhy was such a treat. Rebecca Roanhorse - The Takeback Tango (4 stars) An intergalactic thief is on a mission to steal back her people's treasures from the republic... and she might not be the only one with a conquered people to avenge. Nic Stone - Dream and Dare (2.5 stars) Dream escapes her family's expectations to help a monster in the woods. (This story did not resonate with me, so apologies for the bland description.) Jenni Balch - Wish (3 stars) A "granter" in a LAMP device is summoned to a set of very bizarre circumstances: a spaceship, a girl, and a dream for space travel. Dhonielle Clayton - The Weight (5 stars) A deep cut, damn. Marcus and Grace know they love each other, and they're going to get their hearts weighed to prove it... that's good, right? Mark Oshiro - Unmoor (5 stars) Urban fantasy, Felix wants to "unmoor" his painful memories of his lost love, Arturo—no matter the cost. Samira Ahmed - The Coldest Spot in the Universe (unrated) No sentence pitch for this one... I'll be honest, I could NOT get into this one and therefore did not complete it. Told in diary entries, some sort of apocalyptic natural disaster mixed with the dead? Confused. Tessa Gratton - The Beginning of Monsters (3 stars) High fantasy in miniature—Crystal-taloned Elir designs a new body for King Insarra, who is tired of their female one. Add in one snarky heir and some political intrigue and you get... Zoraida Cordova - Longer Than the Threads of Time (4 stars) A truly sensational Rapunzel retelling. There's a Tower in Central Park and every magic user knows those inside are deserving of their prison sentence—too bad one young brujo is curious enough to get close enough to find out the truth. Onyebuchi - Habibi (3.5 stars) Told in diary entries, an American Black prisoner and a Middle Eastern protestor behind bars strike up a magical and unworldly pen pal situation with heart-wrenching and emotional results. Thank you to Random House Children's for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    The only gay historical royal affair that matters: Rhycard, eeeeeee (the modern one is obvs, Alex and Henry from RWRB) Also, the author lineup for the entire anthology is 👌👌

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kenzie The Dragon Queen

    This is going to have the Rhy Maresh and Alucard Emery story in it, from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab!

  10. 4 out of 5

    ☆ sana ☆

    did i get this to read a royal affair only? why yes i did. RHY ALUCARD KELL AND LILA I’VE MISSED YOUUU!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    this gets released on my birthday which just adds to the hype that i've made for myself because Libba Bray, V.E. Schwab, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anna-Marie McLemore ++ so many more great authors makes my heart so full instagram | blog | ko-fi | booksirens this gets released on my birthday which just adds to the hype that i've made for myself because Libba Bray, V.E. Schwab, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anna-Marie McLemore ++ so many more great authors makes my heart so full instagram | blog | ko-fi | booksirens

  12. 5 out of 5

    chloe ♡

    i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own. reviewing this as i read! 20 november 2020 - a universe of wishes by tara sim - 4 stars representation: queer main characters this one was a sweet and beautiful little story - i loved the world-building and the idea of harvesting wishes! seeing the two boys go from "business partners" who are untrusting of each other to more-than-friends who go on midnight picnics melted my heart. this is my first i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own. reviewing this as i read! 20 november 2020 - a universe of wishes by tara sim - 4 stars representation: queer main characters this one was a sweet and beautiful little story - i loved the world-building and the idea of harvesting wishes! seeing the two boys go from "business partners" who are untrusting of each other to more-than-friends who go on midnight picnics melted my heart. this is my first time checking out tara sim's work, and i definitely will be reading more of it in the future!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zutto

    2021 books are going to hit my wallet EXTRA HARD

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shireen Hakim

    "When you're young and get to the sea you might think you've found a moment of freedom, of peace. But there are Israeli ships in the distance...There are people arrayed top shoot you if you go too far out." -"Habibi" by Tochi Onyebuchi Loved this story about the correspondence between a Black boy imprisoned in California and a Palestinian refugee in Gaza. Also liked the DJ Khaled reference :) Thank you We Need Diverse Books and NetGalley for the ARC!

  15. 4 out of 5

    jessy

    THIS IS THE ANTHOLOGY WITH THE RHY/ALUCARD STORY!!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Simant | Flipping Through the Pages

    24th July, 2020: I just saw this cover on IG and OH.MY.GOD!! Would you see this amazing line-up of the authors! I WANT!! 😭

  17. 4 out of 5

    jaz

    *chanting* gemma doyle short story gemma doyle short story gemma doyle short story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    One-off the things I love most about anthologies is that they always leave me wanting more, this however did not. “A Universe of Wishes” brings us a collection of diverse reads tackling a variety of subjects from climate change and heartbreak as well as reimagining some classic fairytales with lgbtq leads. I have a few issues with this read but the biggest is the two short stories that are included that are tied to their respected series. As someone who did not read Gemma Doyle I was lost, norma One-off the things I love most about anthologies is that they always leave me wanting more, this however did not. “A Universe of Wishes” brings us a collection of diverse reads tackling a variety of subjects from climate change and heartbreak as well as reimagining some classic fairytales with lgbtq leads. I have a few issues with this read but the biggest is the two short stories that are included that are tied to their respected series. As someone who did not read Gemma Doyle I was lost, normally with anthologies we get these snapshots into a story which I enjoy but here I felt like I was doing more catch-up than I should and even though I read ADSOM I believe that short story would have the same effect on someone who doesn’t know that world either. That being said I had some soft favorites here with the only real stand out belonging to Zoraida Córdoba in a fantasy retelling of Rapunzel with a darker twist that I would happily read a full length book for as both characters jumped off the pages and I was sad to see the chapter end. There are moments in the others that I think carry real weight but they don’t quite reach the level of intrigue and curiosity that that story summoned within me but the beauty of anthologies is that each reader will come into this book and be able to connect with a story as there is so much representation and I hope that some of these stories and their authors will get a chance to be explored or appreciated further. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This collection comes from We Need Diverse Books, and it definitely doesn't disappoint in that regard. There is something for everyone in this collection, though calling it all fantasy-related is a little bit of a stretch. Some of these stories definitely fall into the science fiction genre, which was fine with me, but may not work for all readers. Some of the stories were definitely better than others; however, I enjoyed most I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This collection comes from We Need Diverse Books, and it definitely doesn't disappoint in that regard. There is something for everyone in this collection, though calling it all fantasy-related is a little bit of a stretch. Some of these stories definitely fall into the science fiction genre, which was fine with me, but may not work for all readers. Some of the stories were definitely better than others; however, I enjoyed most of the stories. Stand outs to me were Mark Oshiro's "Unmoor" and Zoraida Cordova's "Longer Than the Threads of Time." There were a few stories I could not get into at all, but I'll leave those nameless here and give you a chance to check them out and form your own opinions.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristel

    *ARC from Netgalley* This anthology was so refreshing. Seeing diverse characters and so many reps was amazing and I thank every single author who participated in this. Loved how the stories were of all genres, and each of them brought a pinch of themselves into the mix to make an amazing anthology. I liked all stories, but some were pretty rushed in the ending and left me wanting for more. One was part of a series so without knowing the background story I couldn't appreciate it 100%. My favorite st *ARC from Netgalley* This anthology was so refreshing. Seeing diverse characters and so many reps was amazing and I thank every single author who participated in this. Loved how the stories were of all genres, and each of them brought a pinch of themselves into the mix to make an amazing anthology. I liked all stories, but some were pretty rushed in the ending and left me wanting for more. One was part of a series so without knowing the background story I couldn't appreciate it 100%. My favorite stories were the ones by Tara Sim, V.E. Schwab, Mark Oshiro, and Tochi Onyebuchi. First and last stories were the best for me. Love love love!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    Tear joy! The fact that I have been blessed with an arc of this book just added five years to my life! ARC was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children's in exchange for an honest review. Blog|Instagram|YouTube|Ko-fi Tear joy! The fact that I have been blessed with an arc of this book just added five years to my life! ARC was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children's in exchange for an honest review. Blog|Instagram|YouTube|Ko-fi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    (This review is based on an eARC received through edelweiss) Lately I've found myself loving sci-fi/fantasy anthologies more and more. I love being dropped into the middle of a story and trying to feel my way to the edges, puzzling out the world through dropped hints and asides. An anthology is perfect for getting that feeling just right. A short story doesn't have time for lengthy exposition or explanation. You're in the middle, and you'll figure it out along the way. The quality is so high thr (This review is based on an eARC received through edelweiss) Lately I've found myself loving sci-fi/fantasy anthologies more and more. I love being dropped into the middle of a story and trying to feel my way to the edges, puzzling out the world through dropped hints and asides. An anthology is perfect for getting that feeling just right. A short story doesn't have time for lengthy exposition or explanation. You're in the middle, and you'll figure it out along the way. The quality is so high throughout that I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite story from this anthology. I can't wait until this is published and I can buy a copy to put on my shelf.

  23. 4 out of 5

    chantelle

    for the royal affair ♥️

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I requested this mostly for the short story by VE Schwab - Being a Darker Shade of Magic obsessive, I NEEDED to know how Rhy and Alucard began their romance. I will absolutely go back and read the rest of the short stories ESPECIALLY since this volume is so focused on LGBTQ+, POC, etc

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jelke Lenaerts

    I received a galley of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book has content warnings for homophobia, racism and domestic abuse. average rating: 2,6/5 stars I really liked the idea of this short story collection and I did really enjoy it. Honestly, I was shocked by my average rating. I think this is a great collection. There is a whole lot of diversity in it. I also haven't read anything yet from most of these authors and I this collection made me super excited I received a galley of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book has content warnings for homophobia, racism and domestic abuse. average rating: 2,6/5 stars I really liked the idea of this short story collection and I did really enjoy it. Honestly, I was shocked by my average rating. I think this is a great collection. There is a whole lot of diversity in it. I also haven't read anything yet from most of these authors and I this collection made me super excited about checking out those authors. I kind of had a problem with some of the stories because they just didn't feel like a full story and more like an introduction to something larger. There were also some stories that overall weren't my cup of tea but I think other people will really like. There were also two stories that I really liked. Both were by authors I hadn't read anything from before and now I can't wait to read something by them. This was my first real fiction anthology and it has made me really excited to check out more. A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim 2/5 stars This story just felt like a pitch for a larger book to me. I would read that book though. The whole magic system sounds very interesting and the characters sound like a lot fun to follow. However, this story leaves too much up to the imagination. The romance/friendship between the two main characters was just so lackluster. It just didn't work for me. Overall, I just want more from this story. If the author decides to make this in a full book I will be the first in line but as a short story it didn't work. The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker 5/5 stars Oh my god, I loved this. The writing in this story is so good. It completely pulled me and didn't let me go until the very end. I could feel everything the main character felt. The romance might have been complete insta-love but I was rooting for it and felt it. I'm not the biggest fan of action scenes but they were so well written in this story. Natalie C. Parker is definetly an author I need to look out for and read her novels because DAMN this story was so good and her writing is so beautiful. The Scarlet Woman: A Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray 3/5 stars Honestly, I think I might have loved this story if I had more knowledge of the Gemma Doyle story. This short story was very engaging and completely sucked me in. My biggest complaint is that it just ended when there was seemingly so much more to tell. It just made this story feel unfinished. I wasn't a fan of that. I have always had a small interest in the Gemma Doyle trilogy but this story made me super excited to read the trilogy. Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Marie McLemore 4/5 stars Anna-Marie McLemore is an author I've been meaning to check out but have always been a bit intimidated by. So I was pretty excited to check out a short story by them. I think this story was a great twist on the original Cinderella story. It's one of the most interesting retellings I have read. The story also adresses a lot of important topics and did so in a way that would cause for long discussions in a book club. That's impressive for a short story, at least in my opinion. I really liked the characters. The only problem I really had with this story is that it's pretty romance forward and I wasn't completely on board with the romance. Liberia by Kwame Mbalia 1/5 stars One stars for me either go to books I absolutely hated or books I didn't retain a single word from. This short story fell into the second category. For some reason I barely retained anything from the stories. I found this kind of sad because the small bits I did get from this story seemed interesting. A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab 3/5 stars Okay, so this short story is a sort of prequel to the Darker Shades of Magic series. I haven't read that series and I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I had more background of the world and characters. However, I did still really enjoy this story. I really liked the romance and overall just felt for the main character. My main problem with this story was that the ending just lost me. A lot happened really quickly and therefore I couldn't really follow. The Takeback Tango by Rebecca Roanhorse 2/5 stars This story just felt a little bit too short for my taste. It felt more like an introduction to something larger than a stand-alone story. It was kind of like a prequel, I guess. What I'm trying to say is that there was no real meat to the story. I did really like the characters though and the friendship that started to blossom between them. I also really liked the discussion of taking back stolen artifacts. Honestly, I would read a full book of this. Dream and Dare by Nic Stone 2/5 stars Nic Stone is probably the writer I'm most familiar with in this collection, yet I didn't like this story. I thought the writing was overly simplistic, which caused for too much repetition. It was a bit mindnumbing to read. The story was also super predictable and didn't keep me engaged enough to not care about its predictability. I do think this story could lead to a great discussion about gender identity and gender expression though. So hooray for that! Wish by Jenni Balch 2/5 stars This is yet another story that felt like an introduction to something bigger for me. I was very confused about the magic system and I think a full book could have solved that. I did really appreciate the combination of a sci-fi world with genie magic though. I want more of that. That's pretty awesome. The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton 4/5 stars God, I loved the premise of this one and was completely pulled into it. I mean the whole taking out of hearts thing is a bit gross, but overall it's still a cool concept. It also raises a lot of questions to think about if this is real. The only reason why this isn't a full five stars though is that it ended so abruptly. I wanted just a couple more pages more of it. I could have really benefited from that. Unmoor by Mark Oshiro 3/5 stars The idea for this book was fantastic. I just didn't like the execution of it. The whole premise reminded me a bit of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, except it's very different. It's just that both deal with being able to erase your memories. I also think this was an interesting way to tell a story of a relationship (kinda). The ending was also just a bit weird. I'm still not fully sure what happened there. The Coldest Spot in the Universe by Samira Ahmed 1/5 stars Yeah, this was another story I didn't retain a single word from. To prove that, I didn't realise this was taking place in two seperate time lines until the very ending. It's made very obvious that it's taking place in two timelines but because for some reason I didn't retain anything I didn't realize that. Anyway, it's a shame because I love Samira Ahmed's books. The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton 2/5 stars This was so boring. I'm sorry. I was just really bored while reading this story and had a hard time finding something interesting in this story. I mean, the world was kind of interesting but we got so little of that. Therefore it just confused me more. There's a lot of potential here. The story just didn't work out for me. Longer Than the Threads of Time by Zoraida Córdova 3/5 stars This story was a pretty interesting retelling of Rapunzel. I mean I don't know a lot of Rapunzel retellings so any is interesting to me (at least compared to fairytales that are retold often). Still, I liked what this story did with that tale. There was also a nice twist at the end. I really liked our two characters. I just wasn't there on their romance. Considering that was big part in mainly the ending I was a bit dissapointed by the fact I didn't get on board with it. Habibi by Tochi Onyebuchi 2/5 stars This is another that just bored me. There was just something about the writing that didn't click with me and my brain found it hard to engage in. I also didn't see much of a point to the story (don't shoot me). There are some topics raised that are interesting but I feel like it didn't go in depth enough for it to justify the lack of a point for this story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Crown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have been waiting for a collaboration like this in a very long time. Each story was grasping to the eye and you could not help but to read all of them in a short time. This book really takes you away and makes you part of the stories and along for the ride. Learning that this is the fifth installment This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Crown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have been waiting for a collaboration like this in a very long time. Each story was grasping to the eye and you could not help but to read all of them in a short time. This book really takes you away and makes you part of the stories and along for the ride. Learning that this is the fifth installment from these brilliant authors featured makes me more excited to read these collaborations and be on the journey too. I know our teen book club will have a blast talking about this book and I can't wait to be a part of it. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joselin

    I really, really loved this! There’s so much diversity and representation. We have short stories that are set in well known worlds like The Scarlet Women by Libba Bray (Gemma Doyel), A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic) and Longer Than The Threads of Time by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas). I rated most of the short stories in this collection 4 stars, only a few got a 3. We have a science fiction heist story, a magical realism male/male breakup story, a modernized genie story, etc.. I I really, really loved this! There’s so much diversity and representation. We have short stories that are set in well known worlds like The Scarlet Women by Libba Bray (Gemma Doyel), A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic) and Longer Than The Threads of Time by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas). I rated most of the short stories in this collection 4 stars, only a few got a 3. We have a science fiction heist story, a magical realism male/male breakup story, a modernized genie story, etc.. I did get an early NetGalley e-arc and unfortunately Dhonielle Clayton’s story wasn’t included but I’m definitely buying a copy when this releases and will read it then! *thank you NetGalley, all opinions are my own

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karma♥Bites ^.~

    fuck [this] RAGGEDY ASS fucking [book]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    So many fantastic authors...can't wait for this!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Hi there is a Rhy and Alucard story in here so I’m kind of freaking out

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