Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
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
Published: 24. July 2017
Edition: Bloomsbury Childrens
Paperback, 368 pages
Genre: Short Stories | Young Adult | Fantasy
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!
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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
As this is an anthology consisting of 13 stories written by different authors I have decided to review each story separately and give each of them their own star rating. The reviews will be vary in length, depending on how much I have to say about each individual story.
TRIGGER WARNING: Rape in Cindy Pon’s story Beautiful Venom.
The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh – 4 out of 5 stars
I very much enjoyed this story! The world was very imaginative and interesting – with just a few pages it managed to capture my attention and intrigue me. I found all the characters to be very fascinating and I just wanted to keep reading about them.
(Though Rhone was definitely my favourite!) I would definitely read a whole book set in this world and with these characters.
Jack by Ameriie – 3 out of 5 stars
This story had a very interesting perspective. It was fascinating seeing such a famous story from the perspective of the antagonist. While the whole concept was interesting to me, and I enjoyed the writing style, the story fell a bit flat in my opinion. I just wanted
(and expected) something more from it.
Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani – 2 out of 5 stars
The format of this one surprised me quiet a bit – it’s written completely in text messages. It took me a while to get into the story because of it’s format. I had quiet a few mixed feelings about this story while reading it. The ending I very much liked, it bumped up the rating for me. Gwen was a really interesting character to read about.
Shirley and Jim by Susan Dennard – 1 out of 5 stars
I’m very particular when it comes to Sherlock Holmes retellings and I really didn’t enjoy this one. I didn’t like any of the characters and I just didn’t care what was going to happen. I can’t seem to get into Dennard’s books, she just doesn’t seem to be an author that I get on with.
(As I read Truthwitch by her and didn’t like it either.)
The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni – 2 out of 5 stars
This story I found to be confusing at times, especially towards the ending. I just couldn’t follow some of the events that happened, which I found frustrating. I really didn’t like Sigrid as a character, something about her was seriously bothering me (
though I can’t put my finger on what exactly). Overall this story was interesting, but it just didn’t wow me.
The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer – 4 out of 5 stars
I found the whole concept of this story fascinating! I really connected with Nerit and felt for her. The story was a bit too predictable for me, I knew where it would go from the beginning. It was very interesting to read from Nerit’s point of view, especially since I have never read a book that takes place underwater. The setting was amazing and I definitely need to pick up some mermaid
(or general underwater) books in the future.
Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon – 5 out of 5 stars
Trigger warning: rape
The whole concept of this story was fascinating, from the setting to the actual happenings! I enjoyed the writing style a lot and I definitely plan on picking up something else by this author in the future. I loved the main character, she was amazing and I loved being in her head. This story made me so angry, it’s a representation of todays rape culture and it left me feeling frustrated.
(In a good way, if that’s possible.)
Death Knell by Victoria Schwab – 5 out of 5 stars
First of all, it’s Victoria Schwab so I obviously loved it. I loved the way this story was written, it almost felt like a little fairy tale. The concept behind this story was fascinating, Schwab manages to create some of the uniquest settings out there. The two main characters were really interesting
(in their own very different way) and I wanted to know more about both of them.
Marigold by Samantha Shannon – 3 out of 5 stars
I don’t often read any fae stories, or rather this is one of the only ones that I have ever read. The setting was very interesting and I liked the time period as well, it brought a lot to the story, which was amazing. I just didn’t click with it completely, there was just something that felt off for me and didn’t allow me to completely enjoy it.
(And I can’t exactly pinpoint why I felt that way about it.)
You, You, It’s All About You by Adam Silvera – 5 out of 5 stars
I found the whole concept behind this story fascinating. I just couldn’t stop reading it! By the end of it I wanted more and more from it!
(I would definitely read a whole book about this story.) I also loved the characters and the story was amazing as well. This is definitely one of my favourites from this anthology. And I need to get my hands on some Adam Silvera books as soon as possible!
Julian Breaks Every Rule by Andrew Smith – 1 out of 5 stars
I didn’t care about this story at all. I just wasn’t pulled into it and I didn’t care about what was happening or for any of the characters. Honestly it was a bother to get through. This whole story felt very forgettable to me. The writing style didn’t impress me all that much either.
Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tuchholke – 2.5 out of 5 stars
This story was simply all right. It was nothing too spectacular and I found it to be predictable. I already knew where the story would go. I didn’t really connect to the characters either, though the story kept me entertained enough that I wanted to read it and see if I was right with my predictions for it.
Sera by Nicola Yoon – 3 out of 5 stars
It was a really interesting story with superpowers. And if you know me you know that I love superpower stories. While the idea behind this was very interesting, though the actual story didn’t blow me away. I liked the ending a lot, it was definitely the reason that I gave it 3 starts instead 2.
- The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh,
- The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer,
- Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon,
- Death Knell by Victoria Schwab,
- You, you, it’s all about you by Adam Silvera.
I expected a lot from this short story collections, especially since I love villains and morally grey characters. They tend to be some of my all time favourite. Some of the stories lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed them, but some
(and that is the majority of them) fell flat for me in one way or another. More of my thoughts to come, once I actually write a full review.
Have you read Because You Love To Hate Me? What did you think of it? Which one was your favourite story? Which one did you not enjoy? Do let me know!
Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!
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