Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy ed. by Ameriie (review)
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Reviewed by
Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Ameriie, ed. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy. Bloomsbury, 2017 [368p]
ISBN 978-1-68119-364-9 $17.99
Reviewed from galleys Ad Gr. 7-12

In this collection by Grammy-nominee-turned-vlogger Ameriie, thirteen authors share stories about villains, some familiar (the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, Medusa, Death, etc.) and some totally new (a vigilante teen who uses memory drugs as her power and wears a mask of the skinned flesh from her father’s hand). The collection is solidly appealing, with each tale offering inventive takes on the nature and motivations of the baddies. Soman Chainani relays the story of Camelot and of Guinevere’s (maybe) betrayal through text conversation; Victoria Schwab chronicles a world where Death takes the form of young children over generations; and Andrew Smith gives a characteristically quirky take on murder by telepathy. Unfortunately, the responses to the tales, each from a different book vlogger, disrupt the flow of the entire collection, ripping the readers from a sea of interesting villains back to the rather boring world of reality; while a few of their additions are humorous, most take away the readers’ chances to form their own opinions and thoughts. Still, there’s always the option to skip those elements, and if readers do so they’ll be rewarded by a pretty wicked collection of wicked deeds. [End Page 4]

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