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Vampires and merpeople, angels and demons—the paranormal is full of unusual beings. The stories in this anthology imagine worlds where the only thing more powerful than the supernatural, is love.

Contributors include: Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead); Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns); Kat Cho (Wicked Fox); Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods); Sarah Gailey (When We Were Magic); Hafsah Faizal(We Hunt the Flame); Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights); Alexis Henderson (The Year of the Witching); Adib Khorram (Darius the Great Is Not Okay); Anna-Marie McLemore (When the Moon Was Ours, The Mirror Season); Casey McQuiston (Red, White, and Royal Blue; One Last Stop); Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi); Akshaya Raman (The Ivory Key); Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse); Julian Winters (Running With Lions; Right Where I Left You)

364 pages, Hardcover

First published September 20, 2022

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Patrice Caldwell

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Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before becoming a literary agent.

She’s been named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.

Patrice’s debut novel, Where Shadows Reign—the first in a YA fantasy duology—is out September 2022 from Wednesday Books/Macmillan. She is also the editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn, 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (out now) and Eternally Yours, a YA Paranormal Romance anthology out in Fall 2022. Visit Patrice online at patricecaldwell.com, Twitter @whimsicallyours, and Instagram @whimsicalaquarian.

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191 reviews17 followers
Want to read
May 2, 2020
I dont really care for anthologies but... THE AUTHORS
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Want to read
September 22, 2022
Holy smokes, we have a cover!!! And it is giving me life!!!


A YA Paranormal Romance Anthology edited by the wonderfully-talented, Patrice Caldwell!?!?

Heck yeah. Sign me up!!!

And look at that line-up of incredible authors. ((swooning))

I'm ready...but also must wait two years...
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682 reviews116 followers
Shelved as 'anticipated-releases'
June 22, 2020
Update: Patrice Caldwell, the editor, has confirmed there will be vampires!!!

No one, absolutely no one:

Me: but doeS IT HAVE VAMPIRES???
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491 reviews2,072 followers
January 22, 2023
1. undead ghoul meet-cute, kendare blake
2. a thousand more, chloe gong
3. who will save me, julian winters
4. in the eyes of angels, alexis henderson
5. my demon prince charming, sandhya menon
6. katrine and rowan’s exit interview, sarah gailey
7. bride-heart, marie rutkoski
8. if you give an asura a cookie, akshaya raman
9. kiss the boy, adib khorram
10. piano sonata no. 13, kalynn bayron
11. once upon a time in charleston, melissa de la cruz
12. pierce my soul, kat cho
13. banes and blessings, hafsah faizal
14. bloody, lovely, casey mcquiston
15. la bruja y la sirena, anna-marie mclemore


anthologies & short story collections, 2023
1. eternally yours, patrice caldwell
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169 reviews371 followers
Want to read
April 29, 2020
a YA paranormal romance anthology??? with THIS lineup of authors??? say less
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175 reviews146 followers
November 8, 2022
All gay anthology?? By queer and bipoc authors?? Absolutely yes give it to me.

4.5 stars. These stories were SO GOOD by my favourite is either Chloe Gong’s or Anna Marie McLemore’s.

Highly recommend if you like anthologies, or want short stories by authors that aren’t cishet and white
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2,408 reviews191 followers
January 3, 2023
Thank you to Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I meant to read this one a while ago, but I slacked! Since this has already been released I listened to the audiobook. I really enjoyed this collection of stories about monsters and other supernatural/paranormal creatures. I loved Patrice's other anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn and was so excited to see another one. I do wish this one had a story by her!

This anthology is a mix of BIPOC and queer (sometimes both) authors/characters. I definitely enjoyed the queer stories better, though I did highly enjoyed Akshaya Raman's story about the asuras! My favorite stories were Who Will Save Me by Julian Winters, Bloody Lovely by Casey McQuiston (which features a trans MC), Kiss the Boy by Adib Khorram, Piano Sonata No. 13 by Kalynn Bayron, Bride-Heart by Marie Rutkoski, and A Thousand More by Chloe Gong.

The only story I actively disliked was Hafsah Faizal's. The MC is a boy and it was very the prince saves a damsel energy which I'm not here for. I think the world needs more girl monsters and more girl monsters who love being monsters. So this story was a no for me.

I loved so many of these characters and stories. I definitely recommend this anthology.

CWs: Blood, death, gore, abuse, violence, cursing, past addiction mention, death of parent, murder, gaslighting.
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265 reviews27 followers
August 3, 2022
thank you to publishers for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!


umm.. i just don’t think anthologies are it for me 🥲

3 ★ - bland characters with a touching backstory, fun ghoul concept, cute but a little boring

5 ★ - charming characters with genuine connection, interesting soulmate plot line, perfect pace

WHO WILL SAVE ME by Julian Winters
2.5 ★ - so much instalove, painfully cringey, but lovable characters

IN THE EYES OF ANGELS by Alexis Henderson
3 ★ - interesting take on angels, but was a little strange.. characters had zero personality

3 ★ - lighthearted story, questionable romance, naive mc, felt straight out of wattpad

1.5 ★ - so confused. literally did not understand a single thing.

BRIDE-HEART by Marie Rutkoski
3.5 ★ - felt like a fever dream, no personality, a lot of plot holes, had an interesting, creepy twist

4.5 ★ - cute romance, funny, and characters had depth and development

KISS THE BOY by Adib Khorram
2.5 ★ - nice enough characters, but they literally said "i love you" and promised to spend eternity together literally only TWO DAYS after they first met.

PIANO SONATA NO. 13 by Kalynn Bayron
4.5 ★ - an unexpectedly morbid, fascinating concept with a satisfying twist

4.5 ★ - beautiful writing, sweet romance, unique soulmate trope, vampires!!

4.5 ★ - swoonworthy romance, had a well-developed, clear plot, and vampires!!

3 ★ - characters had depth and development, lyrical writing, interesting mythology, just a little dull

BLOODY, LOVELY by Casey McQuiston
4 ★ - lovable characters, fun and unique plot involving Bloody Mary

LA BRUJA Y LA SIRENA by Anna-Marie McLemore
2 ★ - so confused. didn't understand what the plot was, who the characters were, what they were trying to do- literally no idea.

overall, a common theme was that everything felt a little forgettable and underdeveloped. some of the stories were really interesting and sweet, but most of them were kinda cringey and bland. however, i absolutely LOVED all the representation and diversity- it was so well done.
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341 reviews13 followers
October 14, 2022
AMAZING. some truly amazing names in this i did not know i just thought the cover and the premise were pretty. And OH MY GOD. SUPERNATURAL LOVE STORIES? YES.
vampire kai nation <3
Julian winters my beloved i loved the guardians one
None of them were misses, all Wins to be honest. GREAT READ. Season centric reads are going great so far.
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638 reviews59 followers
October 24, 2022
Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of Eternally Yours & PRH Audio for providing me with a complimentary audiobook!

This book is made for lovers of YA Paranormal Romance; young & old, alike. If you grew up loving The Mortal Instruments & maybe miss the feels that the series gave you, I definitely feel like this book is right up your alley! Eternally Yours is a collection of stories from well-known names in the YA Community & features several different Paranormal Romance tropes. There are ghouls & vampires, along with merfolk, angels, and demons. The stories in this collection are so much fun!
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82 reviews24 followers
December 31, 2022
The trouble with anthologies is that when the stories are so short, it can be tricky to write a fully developed plot.
A lot of the stories fell a little flat and there were a few cases of much despised insta-love as to be redirected from a YA collection.
Overall though, it had great representation for different sexualities and cultures.
Kendare Blake, Sarah Gailey and Hafsah Faizel were definitely the stand outs for me.

Undead Ghoul Meet-Cute, Kendare Blake
Ghouls in love!!!

A Thousand More, Chloe gong
A new student starts at Tally's school and he insists that they've met before.
I personally found the way this was written to be very juvenile, particularly when the characters are supposed to have been around since the qin dynasty?
Sorry to the Chloe Gong stans.

Who will save me, Julian Winters
A guardian angel is assigned to a terrible boy and works with his brother to help him. This needed to be longer to be fully fleshed out because there was a lot of exposition but a very cute story

In the eyes of angels, Alexis, Henderson
Biblically accurate angels. The plot esculated a bit too quickly.
I forgot everything about this as soon as I finished it which says a lot. 3/5

My demon Prince charming, Sandhya Menon
Wattpad story that was included here by accident

Katrine and Rowan’s Exit Interview, Sarah Gailey
An interview with a couple after their escape from an island. This was so good!

Bride-Heart, Marie Rutkoski
A Gaiman-esque style short. Probably the most polished short story within the anthology.

If you gave Asura a cookie
Two asuras meet on a rooftop every year. A lot of back and forth time jumps. Fell a little flat. 3/5

Kiss the Boy,
"Samir answers the door in a white tank top and a pair of rainbow-cuffed jorts" - 1 star for the jorts

Piano Sonata No. 13, Kalynn Bayron
A young pianist summons a demon when she plays. A little too brief to really stand out. 4/5

Once Upon a Time in Charlestown, Melissa de Lá Cruz
It's been years since I read the blue bloods series but this definitely reads like something written during the 00s. The main character was very much a Mary Sue 2/5

Pierce my Soul, Kat Cho
A girl makes a plan to kill a vampire for money. A lot of exposition, a little underdeveloped and a little convoluted

Banes & Blessings, Hafsah Faiza
“You killed those men.”
“It is the price for what they have done.”... “A girl exists, and man sees permission.”
5/5 Definitely going to read We Hunt the Flame soon.

Bloody Lovely, Casey McQuinston
"Aside from all the blood drenching her hair and face and nightgown, she looks pretty, well, normal"
Casey McQuinston didn't step as far out of the box as the other authors as this is very similar to One Last Stop but I'd give it a solid 4/5

La Bruja y la Sirena, Anne-Marie McLemore
A Little Mermaid retelling. Cool concept, awkward strange execution. 3/10.
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171 reviews
June 15, 2022
this was so much fun!!

all of the stories were so unique and enjoyable. there’s angels, demons, merfolk, ghouls, & soo much more. each author had such a creative approach, making this a joy to read! also soo many of my favorite authors were involved in this, i’m obsessed.

i loved every story in this and i highly recommend! 4.5 stars

thank you penguin teen for sending me an arc!
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680 reviews375 followers
August 23, 2022
This was a fun YA anthology that will be great for readers this spooky season!
It was a bit of a mixed bag for me personally, with some stories that I really liked and others that I didn’t like so much. Some of my favorites were from Chloe Gong, Sandhya Menon and Casey McQuiston!
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371 reviews41 followers
January 16, 2023
This wasn't bad-anthologies are largely hit or miss for me personally. Mentally, with the way it came out, I categorized it as a companion to the amazing "The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of of Folk Horror" collection, which unfairly got my hopes up a little high.

What I loved most about this book was the nostalgia it gave me for the used bookstore in town when I was a teenager, using store credit to buy out the paranormal romance books section (which was truthfully about 85% Twilight books in different states of loved). I enjoyed the general vibe of the stories but the majority of them felt like they needed to be full length novels, rather than broken down sketches. Character dynamics and personalities could have gone further with more page room to explore, along with challenging plot points. 'Bride Heart' and 'Bloody, Lovely' were absolutely fantastic and definitely the highlight of Eternally Yours, as they managed to maintain a solid balance of everything necessary for a good story, while contained as a short story format.

Would recommend if you wanted to scope out a really phenomenal line up of authors in a single anthology, read a really diverse collection of stories, and shriek about what a great "Bloody Mary" concept.

*I also have tremendous respect for getting rid of Emily Duncan from the original line up. This book had an extremely diverse panel of stories from gender to cultural background, and I'm so glad it wasn't shunted aside in favour of Emily Duncan with her 'professional performance'.
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373 reviews35 followers
August 15, 2022
I saw @bookwormbullet talk about this and instantly knew this would be right up my alley. This has vampires and merpeople. I'm a huge fan of any book that has MERMAIDS or MERPEOPLE OMG SIGN ME UP. Wow , this was so good and I also adored the chemistry between the characters. SO MANY OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS ARE IN THIS!!! This anthology is incredible.
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143 reviews141 followers
November 20, 2022
A sweet and diverse collection of paranormal romances - some that stand out more than others, but all generally quick and entertaining. Each story was unique despite recurring use of paranormal love interests (vampires, merpeople, etc.) and each author's writing style stood out. I particularly enjoyed Anna-Marie McLemore's entry La Bruja y la Sirena, and Adib Khorram's Kiss The Boy. Maybe it's just the queer merfolk lover in me that made these two stand out. Overall a fantastic collection with a lot of heart behind it. Caldwell's dedication to young queer POC who felt like monsters themselves is particularly touching.
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238 reviews9 followers
February 13, 2023
“Aside from all the blood drenching her hair and face and nightgown, she looks pretty, well, normal.”

I'd like to thank Penguin Teen Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

I've also posted this review on Instagram and my blog.

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Content Warnings: murder, violence, suicide, death, death of a parent, gore, homophobia, animal death, war, alcoholism, gender dysphoria, mention of cancer

Undead Ghoul Meet Cute by Kendare Blake (4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
This was a great story to start off the anthology! It was super cute and the background story was well thought out. Kendare Blake does not disappoint when it comes to spooky stories!

A Thousand More by Chloe Gong (4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
I've never read a book before with reincarnated main characters but now I definitely need to! This trope is so cute and so was this story! I liked the dynamic between the main character and her love interest and their shared history was fun to learn about. The idea of a school project was a great way to incorporate this into the story!

Who Will Save Me by Julian Winters (2.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️✨)
I've been meaning to read more books about angels so I was excited to read this. Unfortunately this story needed more explanation of the magic system and world. Especially at the end, I felt like I didn't understand why certain things took place like they did.

In the Eyes of Angels by Alexis Henderson (2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️)
This story had a good concept but left me confused. I would have liked more descriptions about the magic system of this world.

My Demon Prince Charming by Sandhya Menon (2.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️✨)
The idea of summoning a demon for your date to a party sounded like a fun idea. Unfortunately, this story was very cliched and had the insta love trope which I'm not a fan of. The ending also felt unrealistic and worked out a bit too nicely.

Katrine and Rowan's Exit Interview by Sarah Gailey (2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️)
Another story where I wasn't 100% sure exactly what was going on. The island setting was interesting to read about and I was intrigued by the mystery of what was happening to the stranded sailors. However, I would have liked more explanation of what happened at the end.

Bride-Heart by Marie Rutkoski (2.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️✨)
This story started out strong but lost momentum by the end. It had me wanting to try a strawberry pretzel pie for a while after finishing 😂. I would have liked for some scenes to be more drawn out (like the end).

If You Give an Asura a Cookie by Akshaya Raman (3.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨)
I was excited to read a story about an asura because I haven't read much about them before! This story's romance was also cute but predictable. I appreciated the message of self love!

Kiss the Boy by Adib Khorram (3/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️)
Our mermaid story! At first I was worried this story would also feature insta love but it wasn't as much as I thought. I enjoyed reading about the merpeople culture and community. My favourite character in this story was the love interest's sister, she was adorable and so supportive of her brother!

Piano Sonata No. 13 by Kalynn Bayron (4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
Another great story! I recommend this short story to everyone that just wants to read a book where the villain gets what they want. This one was definitely more on the creepy side and it had a moral dilemma aspect as well.

Once Upon a Time in Charleston by Melissa de la Cruz (2.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️✨)
I really enjoyed the set up and descriptive writing style of this story but felt that it ended too soon. There was a lot of potential and I would have liked to read more about the characters and the café.

Pierce My Soul by Kat Cho (2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️)
The idea of a world that knows about vampires was interesting to read about. Unfortunately this story felt a bit cliched and there was miscommunication between the main characters that took away from the plot.

Banes and Blessings by Hafsah Faizal (3/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️)
The beginning of this story intrigued me right away. However, as time went on I couldn't understand why there was a romance between the main character and the love interest. I also felt the ending could have been more developed.

Bloody, Lovely by Casey McQuiston (4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
This was another great story! It was very cute and I enjoyed the romance element, but what I also enjoyed was the character development! I had a lot of fun following the main character's journey towards self love. This story also had the most satisfying ending.

La Bruja y La Sirena by Anna-Marie McLemore (2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️)
Unfortunately, the writing style of this story made it hard to follow. I was confused while reading but was able to piece together what happened at the end.

My favourite short stories of this collection would have to be Undead Ghoul Meet Cute by Kendare Blake, A Thousand More by Chloe Gong, Bloody Lovely by Casey McQuiston, and Piano Sonata No .13 by Kalynn Bayron. Undead Ghoul Meet Cute, Bloody Lovely and A Thousand More were very cute and had fun supernatural/spooky elements. Both stories were fun to read and left me wishing they were full length books. Piano Sonata No. 13 was more on the creepy side but I really enjoyed it! I recommend it for people who love stories where the villain wins.

All in all there were some stories I found confusing or wished there was more development, but others I had a lot of fun reading. Overall I gave the anthology 3/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
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236 reviews437 followers
July 22, 2022
most of these stories just didn't do it for me. they weren't bad, but i just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters or what was happening to them. sad because the diversity in this was great!
March 21, 2023
As a fan of anthologies and the paranormal, I was disappointed.

Undead Ghoul Meet-Cute

Had the first-story-in-the-anthology syndrome

A Thousand More

-immortal soulmates
Well paced, well written and well rounded story.

Who Will Save Me

-guardian angels
-racial undertones
I would have enjoyed more context or worldbuilding explanations.

In the Eyes of Angels

-fallen angels
This didn't go well with my reading slump.

My Demon Prince Charming

-ritual magic?
predictable but somewhat fun read

Katrine and Rowan’s Exit Interview

Uhm, I don't actually know. I was confused with this one when it began but I surprisingly really loved it. I understood enough to love it and the think the interview format was creative.


-immortal monster (I'm sorry, this is the best I can do)
Started off well, the writing had a creepy vibe to it, but I'm not sure I understand the ending? Does anyone want to explain it to me, please?

If You Give an Asura a Cookie

-hidden identity
I think this was favourite out of all 15 stories. It was fun, well developed and well written.

Kiss the Boy

Kinda instalove, but well explained.

Piano Sonata No. 13

-cursed notes
This was morbid but enchanting.

Once Upon a Time in Charleston

The writing was okay and so was the story. Didn't care much. I enjoyed the hopeful ending though.

Pierce My Soul

-second chance romance
It had dystopian vibes. I enjoyed the first half more than the second though🙈.

Banes and Blessings

Everything (writing, characters, plot) was perfect, except the romance. I found it lacking. Oh, and the ending. Which was a shame since I looked forward to this one the most.

Bloody, Lovely

-blood mary
-trans mc
Nothing revolutionary, but it did have the more unique plot.

La Bruja y la Sirena

The plot and theme of the story was wonderful, I loved how it was executed. However, I hated how it was written.The format was not conductive at all (for me) . For the most part I was confused and when I finally figured out my way around the format, I was practically at the end.

Abit uncertain about this one.
The anthology, Eternally Yours, was okay. Some stories were intriguing but either became disinteresting or the ending made no sense. Others either fell flat or were just confusing.
Im going to let this stew for a while before i settle on a rating and hopefully write a pointer review on the individual stories.
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5,883 reviews119 followers
August 25, 2022
Oh my dear! You know when you get one of those anthologies in your hands and you read the first page and then the first short story and you just KNOW that the WHOLE thing is going to be off the charts? That's the way Caldwell's anthology is with it's dark mystery, fantasy, scifi mashups, romances, and dead people!

Each one dripped with mood and created an atmosphere that was wholly its own but also part of a collective of literary beauty. (And I'm a fan also of the endless scroll of the digital format arc.) But let's get down to business about some of the highlights and favorites-- going backward.

McLemore's ending to the anthology with the verse interspersed as the main character took control of her bruja merfolk lifestyle instead of endlessly keeping the cycle of abuse with a boy was powerful in "La Bruja y la Sirena".

"Bloody, Lovely" by McQuiston included a trans character with the Bloody Mary sleepover party game and a little twist at the end.

"Piano Sonata No. 13" by Bayron created an atmosphere that while I have no idea what it could/would sound like, I felt like I had a symphony playing in my head when I kept repeating "don't do it, don't do it" but then she LIKED it and like Death Note, decided to mete out justice.

Who wouldn't love Khorram's happy/longing love story a merfolk in "Kiss the Boy"?

"My Demon Prince Charming" is the kind of fake-boyfriend trope that I would expect out of Menon having to write a fantasy or scifi rather than her usually contemporary romance with humor. But humor it had.

"A Thousand More" by Gong was just the kind of tragic love story through the ages where he must convince her of their soulmate status not only in this lifetime but their history of other lifetimes where he finds her and they fall in love each and every time. It can happen to a straight A student like Tally, right once she looks up from her books?

"Undead Ghoul Meet-Cute" by Blake hit all the right notes for a first story in an anthology with a mix of creepy (walking around with a head!) to the love story that makes them forever connected because they grew fond of each other.
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251 reviews140 followers
October 25, 2022
CW: paranormal entities, blood, gore, beheading, assault, homophobia, racism.
Rep: lots of POC and queer rep throughout the entire thing (but not every story).

I read this one via audio - thank you libraries!!

I always find it hard to rate anthologies, but this one was good. It was solid. There were some stories I liked more than others, and some I was squicked by - because of the paranormal aspect, not just because they were hetero.

The best one, in my opinion, was Kalynn Bayron's Piano Sonata No. 13 - I loved that from the start and was sad when it was over.

Bride-Heart by Marie Rutkoski was also fantastic, and the longest one there.

I didn't enjoy the first one (by Kendare Blake) at all, and I almost DNFed the book from that one alone. But kept on because it's "spooky month" and why not.

Also, La Bruja y la Sirena by Anna-Marie McLemore did not come across well via audio. I just downloaded an eBook version and having a quick look at that one, it's no wonder I was so confused the entire time listening to that one. Which is sad, because that one was really good.

On the whole, this anthology was okay, but nothing life changing for me, so a solid 3 stars.

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517 reviews28 followers
January 30, 2023
1000th book logged as 'Read' on Goodreads since I've started using it, can I get a wahoo?

• Undead Ghoul Meet-Cute by Kendare Blake [2☆]
The initial idea was kinda fun and original, I had never read anything about ghouls before. However, the execution was really poor, I did not like the writing and the ending honestly pissed me off a bit.

• A Thousand More by Chloe Gong [5☆]
I loved this and I need miss Gong to make it a full length novel with all their past lives and shit. I enjoyed every second of it, I know Chloe Gong can write, but I wasn't this engaged while reading TVD. This short story was a banger and I want to reread it A Thousand More times (ah, see what I did there?).

• Who Will Save Me by Julian Winters [2☆]
Eh, this wasn't great. I've read another book by this author which I did not particularly care for and I just remembered it, but I think this story had potential. It just wanted to be too much for such a short novella. Like Good Omens meets TBDATE, but crammed into a few pages. Also did not like the ending.

• In the Eyes of Angels by Alexis Henderson [1☆]
I fell asleep while reading this story. Multiple times. I am not kidding, there was just something so boring about it and it took me forever to finish it. It isn't even that long, but it felt endless and I have nothing good yo say about it, to be honest. I am beginning to think this author just isn't for me, because I didn't like House of Hunger either. I am sad.

• My Demon Prince Charming by Sandhya Menon [3☆]
This was cute. When I first read the title I was very skeptical, but I ended up enjoying the short story. I am not the biggest fan of mates and similar concepts when it comes to romance, however I think the main characters in this had a lot of chemistry for how short it was and I would actually read more. I also liked the ending, even though I would have preferred something less cheesy. But then again, I am reading a meet cute anthology, so.

• Katrine and Rowan's Exit Interview by Sarah Gailey [4☆]
Oh, this one was good! I have always wanted to read something by Sarah Gailey, I have lots of their books on my TBR, but I am glad this was the first thing I read. It was very original, both in the way it was written and in the plot itself. I also really enjoyed that some bits of it were left to be interpreted by the reader. My only complaint was that it was a bit slow in the beginning and a bit too long.

• Bride-Heart by Marie Rutkoski [1☆]
Nopety nope. The only good thing about this story was that there were lambs. I don't think it really had anything interesting to say, to be honest, and I also felt like I was reading something I'd read a thousand times before, with the same tropes and structure even. The story was too long and the ending not only extremely predictable, but also too rushed for a plot that had dragged up until that point. The writing style also was not for me, I am sorry but it was awful.

• If You Give an Asura a Cookie by Akshaya Raman [4☆]
Super cute and wholesome. It made me think of Ms. Marvel, probably because she was even quoted, and that is my favourite Marvel show! I would have really liked to read a full length novel about Rupa and her mysterious asura boy meeting once a year on the roof. It was really nice and, as I said, wholesome. I liked both of them, and I think the author did a good job at making it a short story.

• Kiss the Boy by Adib Khorram [3☆]
As I have already stated, mates/soulmates kind of stories aren't usually my thing, unless done a certain way. In spite of that, this short story was kinda cute. I didn't like how rushed the whole love thing was, but other than that it was entertaining and I think the two main characters had decent chemistry. My favourite thing was the world building and I'd read a full length novel with this premise.

• Piano Sonata No. 13 by Kalynn Bayron [5☆]
Yes to morally gray unhinged villains in YA. I loved this and I am very sad it was only a short story. If you liked either the Monsters of Verity or the Villains duologies by V.E. Schwab you'll love this one, I can tell you that. It was beautifully written and very savantly paced, it made me want to read something else by this author, and I'd never been interested before. Possibly my favourite so far, even more than the one by Chloe Gong. Possibly.

• Once Upon a Time in Charleston by Melissa De La Cruz [1☆]
So, apparently this is a short story set in the same universe as a book series by this author from 2006. It should have stayed in the early 2000s, thank you very much. The writing style was definitely not for me, and the plot was kinda useless. I don't know whether it made sense if you read the original series, but as a novella in an anthology it doesn't work.

• Pierce My Soul by Kat Cho [2☆]
Meh. This was pretty basic, I am really not impressed. I am very picky when it comes to vampire fiction, and this one didn't work for me. Also, the main character is extremely stupid and she managed to annoy me in very few pages. I don't usually feel strongly towards characters in short stories, especially negatively, but she sure did a great job at getting on my nerves and staying there...

• Banes and Blessing by Hafsah Faizal [2☆]
There wasn't anything really wrong with this story, I just found it boring. What I liked about it was that I got to learn about a different story I'd never encountered before. It is always nice to discover folklore from different countries, and this Moroccan tale was very beautiful. I would love to read the "original" (I mean, I believe is a popular tale and there's no real original, but you get what I'm trying to say).

• Bloody, Lovely by Casey McQuiston [5☆]
Gays, gals and non binary pals, this is the moment I have been waiting for. I read this entire anthology for this short story, to see if Shara Wheeler was a case, or if I don't like CMQ YAs in general. I think we can safely say Shara Wheeler can be forgotten and Dylan and Rosemary can get the spotlight. I loved this story, which is now officially my favourite one tied with the Sonata one. Such a cool plot, with a dash of OLS in it. Amazing.

• La Bruja y la Sirena by Anna-Marie McLemore [2☆]
And with this, we come to the end of this anthology. I have read four stories by this author in four different anthologies, I believe and I am pretty sure I have disliked at least two of them, so maybe they just don't write things I enjoy. Which is mainly why I haven't tried any of their novels yet. This story was just kinda boring, I don't have much to say.
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301 reviews45 followers
August 4, 2022
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for sending me an early copy of this book! All opinions are my own!

From the moment I saw the cover for this book, I just knew that I needed these vibes in my life! And I was oh so right! This was a group of amazing stories from some of the most amazing authors, and I adored literally each of them. There was not a single story that didn't hit the right spot in one way or another. I absolutely the way that they were all paranormal but they also feel so real, so human. They each had such a connection to the soul and the human experience, and it was amazing!

My favorite part of this book is how diverse it was. There were characters of all backgrounds and identities, and it made the beauty of it that much better. It made it so much more relatable and gave much more depth to the collection as a whole. The stories covered some very deep topics, such as identity, self-love, feminism, family/home, and so many others. I loved that it was able to go into these kinds of topics and really be so touching even in such short stories.

Not to mention that the writing in each and every one was so beautiful!

If you're a fantasy/paranormal fan, make sure to check this book out! You won't want to miss what these amazing authors have presented!
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1,958 reviews5 followers
July 20, 2022
Stories that fit all types of romance readers. Young adult based, adults can appreciate as well. With a mix of mortal love and supernatural love, and everything else in between, multiple voices are heard. All races, genders, and even different species come to life.
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168 reviews956 followers
February 24, 2023
chloe gong how could u create someone so perfect like nate !!
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