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.
Vampires Never Get Old 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...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 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 is set to release on September 22, 2020, and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Vampires Never Get Old 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!