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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  6,200 ratings  ·  1,768 reviews
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 Beans
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Hannah H. It's an anthology of stories told from the villian's point of view. It comes out in July of 2017.
Eri The only Disney villains you would see in this book would be Ursula but even her story is very unique and different. You have villains from Sherlock…moreThe only Disney villains you would see in this book would be Ursula but even her story is very unique and different. You have villains from Sherlock Holmes, Jack and the beanstalk, mythologies and beauty and the beast, the other villains are new original villains created based on the prompts given(less)

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Adam Silvera
May 31, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait for you all to meet my villain. And I'm also praying you'll never HAVE to meet her.

Victoria Schwab
Mar 11, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My story is about Death waking up at the bottom of a well.
Raeleen Lemay
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Being a part of this project was such a great experience, and I'm so glad to have been a part of it. Go read the book!

THE BOOK IS NOW IN MY HANDSSSSS I'm so excited to finally read all of the other stories and essays! Lord knows I've read mine about a hundred times lol

If you want to know a little bit more about what this mysterious book is, check out my announcement video!



Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is a short story anthology that was curated and edited by the amazing, and so very talented, Ameriie. Seriously, Ameriie is an angel and I'm so thankful that she put this anthology together. I completely believe this collection will appeal to so many readers. I mean, these stories surround villains and their often misunderstood back stories, and then throw in some amazingly talented and popular authors, and then some of the most popular Booktuber
3.384/5 stars

Villains, the deliciously wicked. We love to hate them and they hate to be loved, if only because being hated frees them from having to be good.

I read this book solely because of Victoria Schwab, even postponing my weekly watch of one of the greatest shows, The Bachelorette, to read it, so if that's not showing you how dedicated I am to my favorite author, I don't know what will?

I think to celebrate this villain anthology, I have decided to include a GIF of my favorite "villain" aka
Lala BooksandLala
Official rating is 3.75 out of 5 stars. The author's stories themselves were enjoyable, but overall not as evil as I hoped, though I did appreciate seeing the varied versions of what a "villain" could be. The booktuber contributions were a mixed bag: I enjoyed the ones that were more of a commentary on the story themselves, but even some of those read like a 7th grade book report- and the ones that read like they were from the pages of a teen magazine (with fictional q&as, quizzes etc) just ...more
Ben Alderson
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Oh, Victoria Schwab is a co-author?

*buys book*


So 13 authors collab with booktubers and create villains. The booktuber chooses a theme/challenge and then the author has to write a story accordingly. At the end of each story the booktuber(s) will "review" the story and give background and insight.

Let's go one at a time?

1(a). The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh ⭐⭐⭐

Ok, so no idea who this chick is....?

Anyway, the writing was pretty good. Did I love the villain? Eh. He enjoyed
Apr 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
*gasps* Look at it. Just look at it.

Okay, so I'm seeing a good number of my lovely Goodreads friends that are actually unhappy about this book and I'd like to address the issue.

Basically, people are saying that it's not fair that writers have to go through hell to get a book published while booktubers make their way to the top easily.

As an aspiring author myself I really do understand your pain HOWEVER, saying that these people don't deserve to be published isn't fair, in my opi
Steph Sinclair
I'm a little bias, but

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may ❀
The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh, prompt from Christine Riccio
- I hate to say this bc Renee is my #queen but
- M E H
- This one definitely had LOADS of potential, but it fell so FLAT and was so anticlimactic
- And it was wayyyy to short, seriously it was like 9 pages long, excuuuse me
- Soz @ renee, I still love you, we can forget this ever happened
2 stars

Jack by Ameriie, prompt from Tina Burke
- Surprisingly, this was ~*entertaining*~
- Loved the dark twist at the end (bc im a bitter person)
Apr 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
Why I want to read this: VICTORIA SCHWAB

Why I don't want to read this: long story.

Let's make this clear. I'm not angry because these people are getting published. I'm not even an aspiring author, so it's not like I'm ranting cause I'm envious, really.
What I'm saying is that I wonder why these people are being published. Is that because they're good writers or because they have a lot of followers?

Guys, let's be honest, yes, they work hours on their videos and they probably deserve their followe
Kayla Dawn
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
First of all, I really like the idea behind this book. Both the topic "Villains" and the collaboration between authors and booktubers is really intriguing to me.
Sadly, the booktuber part fell pretty flat for me. Their parts just felt unnecessary and forced most of the time.

Renee Ahdieh - Blood of Imuriv ⭐⭐
Not necessarily a bad execution but a stupid challenge to begin with tbh
- Christine's (polandbananasbooks) part was cringy and tried too hard to be funny..

Amerie - Jack ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Really interesting
may ➹
2.5 stars.

Listen, the book is literally called Because You Love to Hate Me… because everyone (including me) loves to hate it.


I’m giving this 2.5 stars overall (because I did the math—yes, I know, shocking—and that’s the average of all my individual ratings for the stories). I enjoyed a few stories, but in general?? I did NOT like it at all. It took me six days to read this, and I was supposed to take three days.

The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh // ★★☆☆☆
- this was so pointless
- “rollin
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, anthology, eng
i have very mixed feelings about this anthology.

i probably expected too much from this? idk, i love villains and anti-heroes especially when they're well-written, when they're charismatic and sassy/petty, morally grey or immoral at all. villains and anti-heroes who are likable af and you love them SO MUCH but at the same time you understand that you're probably not supposed to love them, they're like EVIL or smth (missy/the master from dw is my most recent example tbh). i expected this to have
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
This features some excellent authors and some excellent stories, but also some really ‘meh’ stories. Each story was based on a prompt created by a Booktuber, who then wrote a short essay about the story. Rating this anthology as whole feels oddgreat others were too specific. Some stories fit the prompt exactly, others were more vague. And it’s hard to rate when they were all so different??

There were two issues that remained prominent for the whole book:

1. The essays felt jolting

Each one ruined a
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
WrensReads Review:

I just want to voice that I, and I only because this is my opinion alone, did not like the style of this book. I would have rather the authors and the booktubers write one-inclusive story together instead of the “responding” the booktubers did to the author’s story. It wasn’t for me, and that really shows in my ratings.

01. The Blood of Impuriv ★☆☆☆☆
By: Renée Ahdieh
Featuring: Christine Riccio
About: an ambitious dark lord

I don’t feel as if anything actually happened in this sto
maram ☂︎
Before I begin with the review, I want to point out that I won’t give this book a calculated average star rating of all the stories combined but rather just individual ratings for each story.

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is my 2nd anthology after My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. I never managed to finish reading the latter (even though it took me 2 winters) so I definitely wasn’t anticipating how fast I flew by this. It took me 1.5 days. Moreover, I didn’t go
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I was looking forward to this for a long time. Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab and Adam Silvera combined in one single book? Heaven on earth.

To be fair, I didn't read every single page of this short story collection. I read most short stories (Meyer, Silvera, Schwab, Pon, Dennard, Yoon) but I couldn't bother with the Booktuber's essays.
What I did read met all the expectations. The stories were unique and spectacular. My favourite one was Victoria Schwab's. It reminded me of her first novel The Ne
Apr 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
i have absolutely no chill!!!!!!!!
Natalie Monroe
"Villains take the risks our heroes can’t afford to take and make the choices our heroes are too afraid to make. They live in the Grey, and I, for one, love that sliver of space between light and dark, where things tend to be more interesting, people are more complex, and it’s harder to draw clean lines."

I bought Because You Love to Hate Me for a few reasons:

1) Marissa Meyer
2) Marissa Meyer
3) Marissa Meyer
4) Antiheroes
5) Steph Sinclair and Kat Kennedy from the book blog Cuddlebuggery

Meyer's T
Apr 29, 2016 added it
How to become a writer, a simple guide:
1. Study hard
2. Work your ass off 24/7
3. Stay strong and have hope
4. Deal with mean publishing houses
5. Choose independent publishing
6. Cry because you thought it'd be easier
7. Cry because you thought you'd earn more

1. Start a youtube channel.

I mean, do you like food guyz? Anyone? Then why don't you become a chef and come to work with me tomorrow? After all it's the same thing, isn't it? :D :D :D

(At least I appreciate how in this case our youtubers will con
sreeja (hiatus)
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had some amazing stories but I did love to hate a majority of the stories in this book \_(ツ)_/
Most of the bad stories weren’t as horrible as the story of ‘Jack’ by Ameriie, it was in a whole new level. Word of advice guys: I was a few pages into this story & it was really boring but I didn’t want to skip it because I thought maybe it would get better towards the end? Future me would very much like to teleport back and smack past me with a preferably large book (say Harry Potter an
dnf @ story 4 lol bye this is boring
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Even though I'm typically not one to read anthologies as I'm not a huge fan of short stories/essays, I picked this one up for a couple of reasons. First, this anthology included some authors that I enjoy in contribution with a lot of the bloggers/"book tubers"/influencers that I watch on YouTube. I was intrigued to see the writing behind some of the personalities that I watch. The second reason I picked this up is because of the concept. I love villains. Weird right? Maybe I don't love them in t ...more
Kawther (TheVillainLibrary)
I wanted to love this book so freaking much, you have no idea how much i wanted to love it
This is breaking my poor villainish heart into million pieces

The title is so beautiful , the cover is so beautiful , the concept is so beautiful , the pages inside are so beautiful ....

Some are stories, the others are more villain discussion, the discussions are pretty spot on and more entertaining than the stories, but not that great to be honest.

The ones that stood up for me the most are:

The Evil Va
Apr 30, 2016 marked it as to-read-highly-anticipated
Shelves: youtuber-books
This is such a fun idea! Here's the article that explains this anthology, I can't wait! I love Christine, Jesse, Sam, Sophia, and Whitney's videos and I'm so happy for everyone involved!

Regarding negativity, some people are upset about how easy or unfair it is that youtubers are published. 1) They didn't write the actual stories. They provided villain related prompts for authors to write about and short essays on good and evil. 2) Booktubers and bloggers work hard to provide thoughtful content a
Sep 02, 2017 added it
Shelves: short-stories
I just don't think this was for me
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Thank-you to Bloomsbury Australia who sent me a copy to review. This in no way impacted my thoughts and all opinions remain my own

This review (and others) is also featured on my blog in much better formatting.


Because You Love To Hate Me is a hard book to rate. I really struggled with it. This is because the book is a collection of stories from thirteen authors with thirteen BookTubers having their say on what was written (basically writing essays on the author's work). It was strange
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Amerie is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and writer of fiction. She is the editor of the villains anthology BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME. The daughter of a Korean artist and an American military officer, she was born in Massachusetts, raised all over the world, and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s in English. She lives mostly in her imagination, but also on Ea ...more
“Villains, the deliciously wicked. We love to hate them and they hate to be loved, if only because being hated frees them from having to be good.” 19 likes
“I could no longer deny the truth. I was not invisible to him. I was contemptible... Perhaps I deserved it. Surely I didn't deserve to be loved, for, otherwise, wouldn't I have found someone to love me by now?” 6 likes
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