Because You Love To Hate Me Anthology Review

There may be some spoilers for the stories contained in the sense that I discuss what some of the stories are about.

So Because You Love To Hate Me was a relatively hyped book when it was announced because of its unique collaboration between Booktubers and some of the best known YA authors.

There was some discussion around it when it was relased but in all honesty it’s sort of fallen by the wayside. Now I don’t know if it’s because it had such high expectations or because Booktubers don’t want to promote something they were a part of due to their bias.

In all honesty it was a really interesting concept but it was just average in all honesty. I like really dark villains and after reading Now I Rise by Keirsten White this was incredibly weak for villains.

I did enjoy the different takes from the authors and some of the creative ideas that came from it but I think some of the prompts were unbeliveably simple and boring. The lack of creativity in some of the stories really did let the overall of this anthology down. I struggle to see that when you have such a cool opportunity that you pick a basic fairy tale.

The first story in this was maybe one of the most creative because it was an original idea and I can see the downfall of this being that you don’t get a full picture. I loved You You, It’s All About you again because of the original concept but Adam Silvera did such a good job of it and this coming from me who did not like More Happy Than Not. The best retelling was certainly The Sea Witch, you could tell it was a prequel to The Little Mermaid. I love how we see Ursula in a completely different light and how Marissa Meyer did such a good job of conveying a world and setting in such a short story.

My favourite was Shirley & Jim which was a spin of Sherlock Homes and a look at the young Moriarty. It was just such a breath of fresh air and it was a simple story but I just really liked how it was done.

The most unique story much have been beautiful venom which was a diverse take on medusa. It was such a cool Asian twist that felt so authentic and well researched. Will definitely be looking out for Cindy Pon’s books.

I don’t want to say the stories I didn’t like but would I say it’s worth a read? Yes, but for full prince, I’m unsure.


Now I Rise by Kiersten White Review

So  I’ve been away for a while. Don’t know if anyone has noticed? But I haven’t actually written anything in about 2/3 months. I used to use scheduled uploads and it just became too much for me. My priorities were just out of wack so I’m going to write when I feel like it and release it as soon as I finish writing it.

Sooooo I think it took me about a month to read this book even though I was really excited for it. I did take me write a while to read Now I Rise and I could kick myself for not getting to that book because I loved how dark and twisted it was. Especially as it was a YA book and Now I Rise kept this dark feel which I really loved.

God, I’m so out of practice with this….

So the book really takes a while to pick up because there’s a lot of political maneuvering in the world. What was really interesting is that we get two points of view that you will understand if you finished the first book.

There’s a lot of emotions and difficulties that our characters face. We finally do get to see the raw brutality of Lada in this book to represent the infamous Vlad the Impaler, but more interestingly we get her justification. It’s sort of hard not to be on her side when her justifications makes sense for the most part and that we get to be so close to her and in her head makes it difficult to fight against her. I don’t know about you but I always love the antihero (Deadpool for instance).

Radu is still the hardest character for me to make my mind up about. But he has such a change throughout this story after some events and that really makes him such a full character. I am upset about his choice at the end because I thought he had finally seen things for what they are but he is always fighting with his loyalty.

I am very interested to see where things are going in the next book because I can only imagine the insanity to ensue. I honestly cannot believe that this is only a trilogy because I can really imagine so many more books. I don’t know if this is because I went away and tried to learn about Vlad himself and seeing his life and all the shenanigans that he got up to made me realise just how much more could happen.

So I think that’s me! I actually wrote something!

Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you have fun in whatever you’re doing