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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,039 ratings  ·  640 reviews
From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Cla ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 8th 2020 by Random House Children’s Books
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Victoria Schwab
I wrote a story called "A Royal Affair" for this anthology. It's Alucard's story, from his courtship with Rhy, to the events that led to him becoming captain of the Night Spire. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
A Universe of Wishes is a YA Fantasy Anthology from We Need Diverse Books, edited by the wonderfully-talented, Dhonielle Clayton.

Featuring 15-diverse stories from some of the best OwnVoices authors currently writing in the YA-space, this collection has a little something for everyone.

Below are my ratings, as well as a short description of each story:

1. A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this one, surprisingly moving for such a short story. Buzzwords include m/m romance, dark
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I didn’t like it!! A couple stories were good, but not enough to keep the book. Seems like I’m a minority and that’s ok! As long as someone enjoys something right 😉

Got my Winter Owlcrate Box today. Look under spoiler under picture to see the goodies

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Amy Imogene Reads
Witches, retellings, space thieves, the weighing of hearts, Schwab returns to the world of A Darker Shade of Magic, and Libba Bray returns to the world of Gemma Doyle... What. A. Showstopper.

Writing: ★★★★★
Concepts: ★★★★★
Originality: ★★★★★

As this is an anthology, I've reviewed each story individually and given a one sentence sales pitch of sorts below. Quick take, my favorites were: The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton, A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab, Unmoor by Mark Oshiro, Liberia by Kwame Mbalia, an
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stunning collection of 15 short stories from a wide range of acclaimed Fantasy & Young Adult authors, A Universe of Wishes will leave you totally hooked and amazed! As soon as I finished one story I would think well I’m sure this next one will be good, but there’s no way they could top that, only to be immediately proven wrong.

As stated in the above synopsis, this is the fourth collection from We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit initiative with the goal of expanding diversity in children’s lite
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My story in this anthology is set in the world of the Brooklyn Brujas series!
destiny ♡ howling libraries
If anyone else needed that final little nudge to pre-order this... it features a Rhy/Alucard origin story 🥺😭 MY HEART IS SO FULL ALREADY

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Universe of Wishes was the first anthology I have read, and I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed it.

We Need Diverse Books is so important, and I love how they decided to make anthologies with diverse authors to create powerful stories. Not to mention the beautiful cover.

I will rate each story and give a very short “review”.

A Universe of Wishes- 4/5 ✨
A story about two boys and magic whispered into the bones of humans.
Enjoyable and a cute romance.

✰ M/M Romance.

The Silk Blade- 3.5/5 ✨
A stro
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.4/5 ☆ = 5+

TW//(view spoiler)

DISCLAIMER: I received a DRC from Netgalley and Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I didn't actually expect to love this anthology as much as I did. To be honest, I haven't really read an anthology in years, so I was really excited to read this. And woah it did not disappoint.

Some of the factors that kept me from r
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
The only gay historical royal affair that matters: Rhycard, eeeeeee (the modern one is obvs, Alex and Henry from RWRB)

Also, the author lineup for the entire anthology is 👌👌
I have written a mini review for each of the 15 stories in this anthology. (By mini review I mean 1-2 sentences).

A Universe of Wishes - Tara Sim
An M/M romance filled with magic and wishes. There is family tragedy but also the restoration of justice and hope. I really loved this one.

The Silk Blade - Natalie Parker
Female warriors competing for the bloom prince and instead may fall in love with each other. The potential was there but something with the writing didn’t sit with me so this was okay.

Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

A Universe of Wishes is a YA fantasy short story collection featuring some top notch stories and a well-curated array of diverse voices. It's among the better such anthologies I've read even if there were a few weaker tales. Here are some standouts:

The eponymous story from Tara Sim (A Universe of Wishes) is a darkly charming tale following two boys in a world where magic lives inside people even if most of them don't know how to use it. One boy works for a funeral parlor,
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not sure why I waited so long to dive into this beauty.. but I'm disappointed in myself. It is filled with about 15 short stories that you will either like or love. For me, I think I was confused about one story because I never read the series before and then there's two other books that were okay but I wasn't completely invested.

So out of all the books, a lot were easy to devour and gave me some interesting characters to f
Gabriela Reads
I only read "A Royal Affair", so I’m not going to rate this book. Give me more of Rhy and Luc, please. ...more
This was a pretty disappointing collection. I only enjoyed a handful of stories.

I think the thing that frustrates me the most about YA fantasy and sf recently is that these are the genres of the imagination, and yet so many authors keep telling the same old stories, even, as it turns out, when those stories are populated by a diverse cast of characters, featuring characters of many races, genders, and sexualities. Some of these stories were dull and uninspired, some I thought were just dumb, an
Kenzie The Dragon Queen
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
This is going to have the Rhy Maresh and Alucard Emery story in it, from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab!
Angela Staudt
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Universe of Wishes is my first ever anthology, and I am so excited to say it was amazing. I definitely want to read more anthologies after reading this spectacular book full of so many amazing stories. I really was interested in reading this because I knew almost all of the authors and have absolutely loved their books. While some of the short stories may not have hit the mark with me, most of them were really spectacular and was making me wish they were full length books.

I don’t really know
I love to read anthologies, but at the same time I find them hard to review because a lot of them don't tend to really stick with me. This one is different, though. There were so many amazing stories that it felt like an incredible treat to read one every day. There's a continuation of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy, a Cinderella retelling where the prince is a trans guy (seriously, Anna-Marie McLemore doesn't just write beautifully, they also write beautiful trans rep that just rings so true) ...more
✩ sana ✩
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: diverse-reads
did i get this to read a royal affair only? why yes i did. RHY ALUCARD KELL AND LILA I’VE MISSED YOUUU!!!
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was definitely worth the read! I requested this book by mistake on Netgalley because I didn't think I would like a short story anthology but I was wrong!! This was so good. So if you're like me and used to ignore anthologies, take a chance on this one. It had really good representation and I was really excited about that.

I liked a lot of the stories but my favorites were #2 The silk blade by Natalie C Parker and #6 A royal affair by V.E. Schwab ... I'm shocked at how much I loved them
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton is an exceptional YA fantasy anthology. There are a lot of great authors that have contributed to this We Need Diverse Books collection of short stories. My favorite story hands down was easily "A Royal Affair" by V.E. Schab. I didn't know exactly how much I needed to the world of the Shades of Magic series. It was brilliant to see Rhy, Alucard, Kell, and Lila again. Kell reminds me
God this was everything I wanted and more! 😭😭😭 I need more anthologies like this, it was utterly fantastic. There were a couple stories I'll highlight below. Most of them were easily 4-5 stars, the only one that I was meh about was the Gemme Doyle one. I read the first book to that a long time ago and it was fine, but eh this story didn't really add anything for me.

The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker: The ending of this story was rude. I want more answers. Right now.

Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Mar
chloe yeung ♡
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-rep
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

short story #1 – a universe of wishes by tara sim – 4 stars

this one was a sweet and beautiful little story – i loved the world-building and the idea of harvesting wishes! seeing the two boys go from “business partners” who are untrusting of each other to more-than-friends who go on midnight picnics melted my heart. this is my first time checking out tara sim’s work, and i definitely will be read
Malli (Chapter Malliumpkin)
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children's in exchange for an honest review.

This review is being published before the release date (December 8th, 2020)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Brief desecration of the dead (A Universe of Wishes), death and talk of death (A Universe of Wishes, The Coldest Spot in the Universe & Habibi), loss of a loved one (A Universe of Wishes, The Takeback Tango, The Weight, The Coldest Spot in the Universe, & Longer Than the Threads of Time), grief (A Universe
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Average Rating: 3.41 stars
Stories I was Most Excited For: The Silk Blake by Natalie C.Parker; Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Marie McLemore; A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab; Dream and Dare by Nic Stone
Favorite Stories: Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Marie McLemore; A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab; The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton; Unmoor by Mark Oshiro
Least Favorite Stories: The Silk Blake by Natalie C.Parker; Liberia by Kwame Mbalia; The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton

This was an pretty good anthology, n
find the full review & others on my blog 🤍

I’ve often struggled with reading fantasy — not for a lack of imagination, but more so because it’s discouraging and disheartening to constantly read about books set in made up worlds with so little diversity. You can’t possibly tell me that authors can create an entire world, but can’t dedicate time to researching and developing characters of color, disabled characters, and/or queer characters? I’ve been trying to dip my toes back into fantasy this yea
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read anthologies because either I think the stories don't have enough plot to them or they're really good and I wish they were a full book, but I'm glad I picked this one up. The stories all center around wishes, some for good and some for bad. Most of them also have POC and LGBTQ main characters which made me really happy!

I've read a lot of these authors and it was fun seeing what they came up with. Some of the stories, like Cristal y Ceniza and Longer Than the Threads of Time I
Nov 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: aoc, arc, 2020-releases
"You gotta go where the magic is"

Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, read-in-2021
Alrighty, now I’ve read it! And it was kind of what I expected it to be, since it’s an anthology. Here are my individual thoughts on each story!

A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim (5 stars)
Oh. My. God. I absolutely loved this! The magic system was so cool, and the city this was set in was really well built for such a short amount of pages! And the character work? Thorn and Sage were amazing and I would LOVE to read a full book about them, or set in this world. I feel like even though this was such
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Dhonielle spent much of her childhood hiding beneath her grandmother's dining table with a stack of books. As an English teacher at a ballet academy, Clayton rediscovered her passion for children's and young adult literature. To ground herself in the canon, she pursued her Masters in Children's Literature from Hollins University before receiving ...more

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