Authors: Ameriie , Renee Ahdieh, Soman Chainani , Susan Dennard , Sarah Enni , Marissa Meyer , Cindy Pon , Victoria Schwab , Samantha Shannon , Adam Silvera , Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon , Benjamin Alderson, Sasha Alsberg , Whitney Atkinson, Tina Burke, Catriona Feeney, Jesse George, Zoë Herdt, Samantha Lane, Sophia Lee, Raeleen Lemay, Regan Perusse, Christine Riccio, Steph Sinclair, Kat Kennedy
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Summery: 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).
So when I first heard about this book is about the untold stories of villains, I knew that I just had to have it. Then, to make it better, I find out that some of my favourite book tubers are included in it?! I mean, how can you turn this book down!
Each story is unique to the writer, and the tales range from Disney villains to Greek mythology, and even Sherlock (which happened to be one of my favourite ones). After each short story is a section in which a book tuber wrote a commentary about the story.
Now, some of the stories I LOVED while others I was not a huge fan of. There was one author that took me by surprise, and that was Marissa Meyer. Not many people know, but I have never read a book written by Marissa Meyer’s. After reading her short story about a retelling of Ursula, I fell in love with her writing. I need to get on The Lunar Chronicles series ASAP!
One of my favourite points that I flagged in this book is a comment from one of the book tubers, Tine Burke (aka The Lushables). She mentions that by reading fairy-tale retellings, we are able to offer new perspectives on things, whether it be in school or in our writing. after reading this book, I completely agree with this point. The multiple authors bring light to villains who are mistaken, and change them and their tale to show a different side of them.
This book is perfect in every way, and the writings are all unique to the writer, making it different than most books. I highly recommend this book to be added to everyone’s TBR collection this summer.