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A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  66 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
Expected publication: 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.
Jul 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I am a simple guy. I see Victoria Schwab and I click “want to read”. And the rest of this author lineup looks great as well!
Aug 28, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
Rating as I go along in order to keep record of my thoughts:

1. A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim, ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
I really enjoyed this one, surprisingly moving for such a short story. Buzzwords: m/m romance, dark magic, family tragedy, hope, justice, wishes.


Has everyone added this to their TBRs yet?



It's like a virtual Who's Who list; a MUST READ. I am so ready for this!!!

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!
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!
Nov 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley, on-deck, 2020
I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the list of contributing authors on this anthology.

*Thanks to Crown for Young Readers & Netgalley for an advance copy!
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: ★★★★★

A Universe of Wishes comes out on January 5, 2021!

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,
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
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 👌👌
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!
☆ sana ☆
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
did i get this to read a royal affair only? why yes i did. RHY ALUCARD KELL AND LILA I’VE MISSED YOUUU!!!
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
this gets released on my birthday which just adds to the hype that i've made for myself because Libba Bray, V.E. Schwab, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anna-Marie McLemore ++ so many more great authors makes my heart so full

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chloe ♡
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

reviewing this as i read!

20 november 2020 - a universe of wishes by tara sim - 4 stars
representation: queer main characters
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
Jul 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
2021 books are going to hit my wallet EXTRA HARD
Shireen Hakim
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
"When you're young and get to the sea you might think you've found a moment of freedom, of peace. But there are Israeli ships in the distance...There are people arrayed top shoot you if you go too far out."
-"Habibi" by Tochi Onyebuchi
Loved this story about the correspondence between a Black boy imprisoned in California and a Palestinian refugee in Gaza.
Also liked the DJ Khaled reference :)

Thank you We Need Diverse Books and NetGalley for the ARC!
Feb 08, 2020 marked it as i-need
Simant | Flipping Through the Pages
24th July, 2020: I just saw this cover on IG and OH.MY.GOD!! Would you see this amazing line-up of the authors! I WANT!! 😭
Jul 24, 2020 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
*chanting* gemma doyle short story gemma doyle short story gemma doyle short story
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
One-off the things I love most about anthologies is that they always leave me wanting more, this however did not.

“A Universe of Wishes” brings us a collection of diverse reads tackling a variety of subjects from climate change and heartbreak as well as reimagining some classic fairytales with lgbtq leads.

I have a few issues with this read but the biggest is the two short stories that are included that are tied to their respected series. As someone who did not read Gemma Doyle I was lost, norma
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC from Netgalley*

This anthology was so refreshing. Seeing diverse characters and so many reps was amazing and I thank every single author who participated in this. Loved how the stories were of all genres, and each of them brought a pinch of themselves into the mix to make an amazing anthology.

I liked all stories, but some were pretty rushed in the ending and left me wanting for more. One was part of a series so without knowing the background story I couldn't appreciate it 100%.

My favorite st
Autumn Byrd
Tear joy! The fact that I have been blessed with an arc of this book just added five years to my life!

ARC was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children's in exchange for an honest review.

Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(This review is based on an eARC received through edelweiss) Lately I've found myself loving sci-fi/fantasy anthologies more and more. I love being dropped into the middle of a story and trying to feel my way to the edges, puzzling out the world through dropped hints and asides. An anthology is perfect for getting that feeling just right. A short story doesn't have time for lengthy exposition or explanation. You're in the middle, and you'll figure it out along the way. The quality is so high thr ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
for the royal affair ♥️
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I requested this mostly for the short story by VE Schwab - Being a Darker Shade of Magic obsessive, I NEEDED to know how Rhy and Alucard began their romance. I will absolutely go back and read the rest of the short stories ESPECIALLY since this volume is so focused on LGBTQ+, POC, etc
Jelke Lenaerts
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
I received a galley of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book has content warnings for homophobia, racism and domestic abuse.

average rating: 2,6/5 stars
I really liked the idea of this short story collection and I did really enjoy it. Honestly, I was shocked by my average rating. I think this is a great collection. There is a whole lot of diversity in it. I also haven't read anything yet from most of these authors and I this collection made me super excited
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Crown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I have been waiting for a collaboration like this in a very long time. Each story was grasping to the eye and you could not help but to read all of them in a short time. This book really takes you away and makes you part of the stories and along for the ride. Learning that this is the fifth installment
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really loved this!
There’s so much diversity and representation.
We have short stories that are set in well known worlds like The Scarlet Women by Libba Bray (Gemma Doyel), A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic) and Longer Than The Threads of Time by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas). I rated most of the short stories in this collection 4 stars, only a few got a 3. We have a science fiction heist story, a magical realism male/male breakup story, a modernized genie story, etc..
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as fuckery
Shelves: x-bête-noire
fuck [this] RAGGEDY ASS fucking [book]
Dec 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-release
So many fantastic authors...can't wait for this!
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021
Hi there is a Rhy and Alucard story in here so I’m kind of freaking out
Sep 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
Hi Just (im)patiently waiting for this to come out so i can read more in the Gemma Doyle Universe.
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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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