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Blog Tour | A Universe of Wishes, edited by Dhonielle Clayton

I’m so excited to be a part of the A Universe of Wishes Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: A Universe of Wishes
Edited by: Dhonielle Clayton
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Page Count: 416
Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner.

Praise

“A refreshing anthology depicting worlds where everyone can belong.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A noteworthy collection brimming with empowering tales that confirm all readers deserve to have their stories told.” –Shelf Awareness


My Thoughts

I wasn’t always a huge fan of short story collections because I usually wanted more from the story. A Universe of Wishes was an amazing short story collection with stories from a lot of amazing authors. While I loved all of the stories, there were three in particular that I loved. VE Schwab, being one of my favorite authors, wrote a prequel short story to her A Darker Shade of Magic series, featuring Alucard and Rhy, called “A Royal Affair.” If you haven’t read A Gathering of Shadows yet, there may be spoilers for the book, so beware when reading the prequel short story.

The second short story I really liked was “The Takeback Tango” by Rebecca Roanhorse. This short story combines space, pirates, and revenge plots. All of the things I love in a novel and honestly, what more could you ask for? Roanhorse was able to create relatable characters that you wanted to know more about. I love that Roanhorse included artificial intelligence because if anyone knows me, you know that a few of my favorite characters recently have been artificial intelligence (AIDAN, Di from Heart of Iron, etc.). That being said, I really enjoyed the interactions between Evie (the AI) and Vi. It seemed like Evie was really there for Vi throughout the whole short story.

The third and final story I really enjoyed was set in the Gemma Doyle (A Great and Terrible Beauty) series by Libba Bray. “The Scarlet Woman: A Gemma Doyle Story” made me more interested in the world that Bray created many years ago. I haven’t read the Gemma Doyle series yet, but this story was so interesting. I definitely have Bray’s series on my TBR list now. I’m hoping I can get to it soon!

I do have other novels by most of the authors on my TBR. Fingers crossed that I’m able to get to them soon as I’d love to enjoy more novels by each of the authors. I think A Universe of Wishes may be a short story collection that I’ll read again as I loved it so much.


Where can I buy A Universe of Wishes?

You can buy A Universe of Wishes at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Terminal Tours blog tour for A Universe of Wishes! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the blog tour.

Which story in A Universe of Wishes was your favorite? What did you think of the rest of the anthology? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Rachael

Hello, all! I'm 1/3 of Always, Bookish Lovers. Currently, I will be starting work in October at a public library in my area. In the near future, I plan to go back to school to get a Masters in Library and Information Science so I can become a librarian. Along with the blog, I'm pretty active on Instagram. If you'd like to check out our Instagram, it is linked below for you.

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