Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
A Universe of Wishes is an anthology of fantasy short stories by some of today's most popular YA authors including Zoraida Cordova, V.E. Schwab, Rebeca Roanhorse, Libba Bray, Tochi Onyebuchi, Kwame Mbalia, and more! I really enjoyed this collection. There was a varied mix of tales full of magic, spaceships, castles, witches, and everything else in between. Some of the stories made me laugh, some had me on the edge of my seat, others were engaging entertainment. There is a little something to appeal to a variety of readers. But the most magical part of this anthology is being able to find characters that look like me.
I was originally interested in this anthology because it included a lot of my favorite authors like Zoraida Cordova, Dhonielle Clayton, Rebeca Roanhorse, and V.E. Schwab. So it's no surprise that those were my favorites tales in the book. If I had to pick one overall favorite, it would have to be Longer Than The Threads of Time by Zoraida Cordova. This gem is set in the world of the Brooklyn Brujas and is great! Partly a Rapunzel retelling and part origin story, we meet two new characters...Fabian and Danae. Fabian a brujo meets Danae a bruja who is locked away in a tower in Central Park. Falling in love he aims to find a way to free her. Despite being a short story the characters are well developed and I quickly fell in love with both of them. The moment Danae eats a platano chip for the first time is pure joy! It is these tiny details that make this story feel authentic and real. For readers up to date on the Brooklyn Brujas series, there are tie ins to Angela Santiago and The Knights of Lavant. The story ends on a cliff hanger and I really hope we get a full length novel continuing the tale. This is a must read for fans of Zoraida Cordova and the Brooklyn Brujas!
There were other gems that I really enjoyed like A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab. This story follows Alucard Emery, and the origin of his relationship with Prince Rhy. We also find out how he came to Captain the Night Spire. This is a must read for fans of the Shades of Magic Series. Or if you want a story that will rip your heart out....read all about Grace and Marcus in The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton. I thought all of the stories were well written with interesting characters. The different writing styles, world building, time frames, and tone was also very refreshing. This is the true magic that anthologies bring to the reader. It gives you the opportunity to read the work of authors you may not have been exposed to previously. A Universe of Wishes is a delight and a nice distraction from current events.
This gem published by Crown Books For Young Readers is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. A Universe of Wishes releases on December 8, 2020. I give A Universe of Wishes 4 out of 5 gems. I enjoyed this anthology and hope to read more diverse collections like this in the future. Happy Reading!