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Synopsis:

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel). ”

Review:

This book was very underwhelming for me.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I had been so excited when it was announced around BookTube last year. Most of my favorite BookTubers and some of my favorite authors worked together in this anthology which made me even more excited to read it.

When I picked up the book and read it, however, I was extremely disappointed in it.

I enjoyed a good majority of the short stories for the most part. I didn’t have a definite favorite but almost all of the 13 stories were very well written and I enjoyed the plots of each and every one of them.

I think the one thing that made me disappointed in this book was there was a few stories that I didn’t understand. And by that I mean I had no idea who a quarter of the villains that the authors and booktubers wrote about were. I think that if there had been something (like a guide) at the beginning of the book that told us who each of the villains were, I would have probably enjoyed it a lot more.

I think that my confusion around who a good majority of those villains were made me more interested in the pieces by the booktubers more than the actual stories. I think that these were more well written and easier to understand. I think that you could see how the booktubers came up with the prompts for the author that they were partnered with to write a story about. It was just great.

Overall, this book was a big let down for me. In my honest opinion, the negatives outwayed the positives throughout the entire book. I think that I will read more work by the authors featured in this anthology because I think they all did a fantastic job. And, of course, I will continue to support the booktubers featured as well.

RATING: 3/5

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