I’ve been eyeing this book ever since it came out, but simply never saw it in the bookstore. Until the day that I did. And bought it. And then it disappeared in that huge TBR-mountain that I’m simply getting famous for.
Until that faithful day The House Cup Reading Challenge included a “book from the villain’s POV”-prompt. Score!
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 Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
The Blood of Imuriv – Renée Ahdieh ****
I haven’t read anything of Renée Ahdieh yet and even though the subject itself didn’t necessarily speak to me, I did enjoy her writing style!
Jack – Ameriie *
I honestly couldn’t focus on this story. I guess it’s normal not being able to connect with a villain when you’re reading from their POV, but during Jack I was completely detached. I even caught myself doing something I normally never do. Never! Skimming! I was horrified to be honest…
Gwen and Art and Lance – Soman Chainani ****
This one I really enjoyed! It might be because of the text messaging-format, which made it an amazingly quick read, but I also got pulled into it quite a bit. You had to keep your wits about you and keep checking who was texting who but I kind of liked that.
Shirley & Jim – Susan Dennard ***
I like chess. Chess is a part of this short story and that might’ve made me like it that little bit more. I didn’t really get what was going on though, that only became more clear at the end. Pretty sure I should reread this to actually get the full gist of things…
The Blessing of Little Wants – Sarah Enni***
Although I enjoyed the story, I didn’t really feel like I knew who the villain was. That only became clear to me at the end of this story. Although I did like the writing, the idea of this short story simply didn’t really speak to me.
The Sea Witch – Marissa Meyer*****
Like I expected I loved this story. This is the story where you get villainous behavior immediately combined with the reason why a character became a villain in the first place. The love, the love!
I couldn’t expect any less from Marissa Meyer anyway!
Beautiful Venom – Cindy Pon*****
Another one I loved! Although the villainous behavior isn’t really present in this one, I still enjoyed it an awful lot. There were unexpected twists here that I just adored. Love!
Death Knell – Victoria Schwab*****
I have some of Schwab’s work on my TBR-mountain, but I haven’t picked them up yet. Safe to say I kind of saw Death Knell as an introduction to her writing. God, I love her writing style so much!
This story gave me the creeps in all the best ways possible. A unique spin on death’s tale that might even make for a brilliant entire novel instead of just a short story.
Marigold – Samantha Shannon*
This story did absolutely nothing for me. I felt disconnected throughout the entire thing, didn’t like the characters at all. Isaac simply felt way too naive for my liking and that ruined a lot.
You, You, It’s All About You – Adam Silvera****
I really liked this one! Again I got the feeling that Slate’s story is definitely one that might be explored more to get a bigger, better and more villainous story.
In some way it did feel like there was something missing though. I would’ve liked her psychotic side to be brighter from the start.
Julian Breaks Every Rule – Andrew Smith*
If there’s a nope out there for me, this is it. I didn’t like this story at all.
It started with the narrator telling me I should hate a certain name, a certain character. Remembering me I should be hating that character. I don’t like to be told what to do or think.
Then the non-stop “foreshadowing”-thing got on my nerves as well. It practically made sure that I started skimming and… That’s something I rarely do.
Indigo and Shade – April Genevieve Tucholke****
I loved this story! Although it was predictable and, again, not really an actual villainous story, I did really enjoy reading it. It read fluently and I finished it before I realized!
Sera – Nicola Yoon****
I was immediately drawn into this story. The format was interesting and easy to read, the idea itself felt unique as well. I think this is one of the few stories in this anthology that really shows how someone became a villain.
Every story ended with something a booktuber had written. I honestly read only two or three of those and started skipping them after a while. They simply didn’t add anything for me and… Well, they could’ve been left out for all I care…
That means I’m going to decrease the average of 3.38 to a 3 for this book.
I expected more…