If you had one wish, what would it be?
This is such a hard question, but right now, in the mood I’m in, I would probably wish for this stupid virus to just vanish. Kaput. Bye Bye. Also to bring back pancake puppies at Denny’s.
This is my book tour stop and review of UNIVERSE OF WISHES! This is my first ever blog and Insta tour, and I elated to have had been chosen for this amazing anthology. Thank you Terminal Tours!
About the Book
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.
Pub Date: Dec 8th
Pub: Random House
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), V. E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles
“A refreshing anthology depicting worlds where everyone can belong.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A noteworthy collection brimming with empowering tales that confirm all readers deserve to have their stories told.” –Shelf Awareness
I loved this anthology. It felt like episodes of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone. The diversity was refreshing, and there were so many reps in this book my heart filled with screams of joy. Every story was tailored to each author, although one or two surprised me so much I was turning pages hoping it wasn’t over.
Seeing as these are short stories, the endings can feel a tad rushed. A Few of them I had to go back and reread the last pages of because I wasn’t prepared for it to end, and had to reset. One of them had me growing at 1 am because I wished it were longer. I’m looking at you Kwame Mbalia and Mark Oshiro.
There is so much diversity in here. Every author puts in a bit of themselves. I loved how well they portrayed each character, and I am AMAZED that they could do it in such little time. I’ve tried to write short stories and the two times I did they turned into 80k novels so there’s my experience. Kudos to each and every of you. You are inspirations to me, and to a lot of readers.
This anthology is a trip into 15 worlds of heartache, inspiration, loss, and love. They are love letters to acceptance and finding who you are in the world, and not what the world wants you to be.
If you’re looking for an anthology filled with badarse authors and looking to get your heart put into a vice, this is the one for you. I had the best time reading it, and I hope you all do too!