Tuesday, December 14, 2021

#BookReview: Vampires Never Get Old : Tales with Fresh Bite Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker

Synopsis: Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!

In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.

Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.

Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: As the fashion for most anthologies some of these stories were freaking amazing and some of them well they just weren't for me at all.  My favorites were 
The Boys from Blood River, A Guidebook for the Newly Sired Desi Vampire, Bestiary, Mirrors, Windows & Selfies, The House of Black Sapphires and First Kill.  I think that anthologies work well for new readers to try out a new author.  But overall unless you die hard love short stories I would steer clear of them. As they always feel like they are lacking in story arc.  

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Gathering a range of voices and narrative styles, this collection centers stories in which vampire tropes are reimagined with an eye toward diverse intersections of identity. To name just a few, there is an advice guide for the recently-turned Desi vampire, including suggestions about maintaining close family ties and feeding on colonizers, by Samira Ahmed; queer tales of the tangled attraction between slayers and vampires, one from Victoria "V.E." Schwab and another from Julie Murphy; and an exploration of the power and risk of online friendship with a vampire by editors Córdova and Parker. Each story is followed by a short interjection from Córdova and Parker commenting on an aspect of vampire lore that is explored in the story, making the collection appealing for young adult scholars as well as adolescent readers. With dark humor and compelling narratives, this collection invites readers to reconsider what they know about vampires. The stories are bite-sized and well-crafted windows into various vampiric worlds that will leave readers wanting more. VERDICT Fans of the paranormal will sink their teeth into this one.-Jen McConnel, Queen's Univ., Ont.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Proving that vampires never go out of style... Vampires Never Get Old is perfect for any and all lovers of vampires, be it Twilight stans or Dracula fans!" ―The Nerd Daily

"This boundary-pushing collection seeks to upend the default with 11 toothsome stories that stake a new claim on old tropes, centering an intersectionally diverse range of protagonists." ―Publishers Weeklystarred review

"With dark humor and compelling narratives, this collection invites readers to reconsider what they know about vampires. The stories are bite-sized and well-crafted windows into various vampiric worlds that will leave readers wanting more. Fans of the paranormal will sink their teeth into this one." ―School Library Journal

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