Hello Gemmies! I am so excited to participate in the Hear Our Voices Blog Tour for Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker. This anthology was so delicious, it is chock full of diverse fabulousness including Latinx, Desi, Indigenous, LGBTQ, Gay, Trans, and Disabled representation.
I am in great company on this tour, click here to view the rest of the tour schedule. First up on the tour is my book review...enjoy!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group | Imprint
Publishing Date: September 22, 2020
In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite is a fresh new anthology edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker that includes eleven original stories by some of today's most exciting YA authors. This is the Vampire Anthology I didn't know I needed! Every story is special in its own way, and there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. I found myself, laughing, crying, pumping my fists in solidarity, and covering my eyes. This was a diverse suck fest...but in a good way! We have racial diversity, plus Queer, Trans, LGBTQ, and Disabled representation. This collection is really something special.
As I read Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite...which I devoured in a day, I was reminded how much I miss Vampires. But more than that, I discovered that I was starving for a different take on this beloved literary monster. Yes, I love vampires, but I didn't want to read yet another story where a charismatic old white vampire lusts after a young white woman. Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite delivered more than I expected. I could see myself in these stories with Latinx vampires and fluffy girl slayers! Each tale was incredibly well written with detailed world building and relatable characters that had me invested in their plight. I was so sad whenever they ended. Really, any could be turned into a full length novel. But there is one in particular that I would love to see turned into a series and that is The House of Black Sapphires by Dhonielle Clayton. My God this story is beautiful! The characters, the costumes, the world, the intrigue...I need more immediately!! Also noteworthy and worth a full length novel is The Boys from Blood River by Rebecca Roanhorse. This story was dark, intriguing, and creepy! This was probably the scariest tale out of all of them to me. I don't want to give any spoilers on any of the gems as one of the magical things about reading this anthology was being surprised as each story unfolded.
If you love the Vampire genre and want a different take on the blood sucking trope then this book is a must for you. Published by Macmillon Children's Publishing Group| Imprint, Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite is available for purchase from all major booksellers.
I give Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite 5 out of 5 gems. I enjoyed taking a bite out of this collection and hope to read more diverse anthologies like this in the future. Happy Reading!