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A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  96 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.
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, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this one, surprisingly moving for such a short story. Buzzwords: m/m romance, dark magic, family tragedy, hope, justice, wishes.

2. The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker, ⭐⭐⭐.5
The Bloom of Everhart is ready to choose his consort. A competition ensues. One contestant feels more drawn to another than she does her stated prize.

3. The Scarlet Woman: A Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray, ⭐
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!
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 is currently reading it
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
Nov 30, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2020-releases, arc, aoc
"You gotta go where the magic is"


Buddy read with Melanie
Jul 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
2021 books are going to hit my wallet EXTRA HARD
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
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 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, thank you so much to Random House Children's and Net Galley for an eARC of this! I love anthologies, and this has some of my favorite authors in it! Because of the nature of anthologies, I'll be rating the book as a whole, but also doing mini reviews for each of the short stories!

A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
In a world where no one knows about magic, our MC, Thorn, sneaks into steal it from corpses, hoping to save enough for one big wish. Sage, a boy who works at th
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
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This collection comes from We Need Diverse Books, and it definitely doesn't disappoint in that regard. There is something for everyone in this collection, though calling it all fantasy-related is a little bit of a stretch. Some of these stories definitely fall into the science fiction genre, which was fine with me, but may not work for all readers.

Some of the stories were definitely better than others; however, I enjoyed most
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.

Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not usually one for anthologies but this was hit!! I started and finished in a few hours and I could not put it down. This diverse group of stories is one of a kind. I would love to have some of these as fully fledged stories!! Each one stands on its own with empowering voices and wonderful real characters!
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 ♥️
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earcs


I loved the stories for the most part, like, 99.9% of them.

I do wish there had been a few more scifi but each story brought a beacon of diversity that we so sorely need in the bookish/publishing world. I loved the different characters and seeing more diversity in the pages. It's always great when authors come together to champion characters that look more like ALL of their readers instead of just some. After all, it's not just characters that look li
Lauren Stoolfire
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley i'n exchange for an honest review.

Review to come..
Samantha Riccio
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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