Review: Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie || More misses than hits

because you hate to love me

ameriie + 13 authors & booktuber prompts 

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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!

Publisher: bloomsbury childrens

Publication Date: july 11th 2017

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2018 January A-Z Mini Challenge:

  • A book you bought based on the cover or author. 
  • A book told from the villain’s perspective.

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“Villains, the deliciously wicked. We love to hate them and they hate to be loved, if only because being hated frees them from having to be good.” 

 

The concept of villain origin stories and the excerpt that was shown pre-release was amazing. I would’ve read this earlier, but my mail got lost… FOUR TIMES O.O you see that dedication?

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The Introduction ✰✰✰✰✰

This in itself deserves five stars because I loved it so much.The Scarface quote that starts the page is probably the main thing (yes, more than V.E. Schwab) that made me want to read this with a passion when the excerpt was released. So I’m counting it. Don’t @ me.

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The Blood of Imuriv – Renee Ahdieh; Prompt – Christine Riccio

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I’m… conflicted? On one hand I’m confused about what happened (that could be a me issue) And on the other hand, I liked it? But, I have so many questions. I did predict the ending quite early and the story ended abruptly. I ended up morbidly liking Rhone, though. Being a male born in a woman dominated country, it reflects our society today in a way. I guess my biggest issue was I wanted more from the story seeing how it ended. It was only after I finished the story and read the prompt idea that I fully understood, which isn’t the best thing.

Trigger Warning

 

 

 Reference to Matricide, Ableist Language, Murder


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Jack – Ameriie; Prompt – Tina Burke { The Lushables } ✰✰✰ 1/2

Won’t lie, not the biggest fan of the Jack and the Beanstalk story… no real reason. And at first, I wasn’t a fan of this story. The modern day setting and the coming of age feeling the story had with the weird attempts at humor really bothered me. However, that ending caught me off guard. The villain was not the villain I assumed it’d be and I’m a little sad (actually, as time passed, I got really sad). I liked the story, but 75% of it was a bit of an issue, hence the rating.

Trigger Warning

 

 

Talk of Animal Cruelty/Death, Depictions of Gore, Murder


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Gwen and Art and Lance – Soman Chainani; Prompt – Samantha Lane                         

{ Thoughts on Tomes } ✰

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I was unfamiliar with the King Arthur story until I googled it and realized I saw the cartoon version of it as a kid. I still went in with an open mind because it was still kind of alien to me. But anyway, this story kind of pissed me off. I was so confused, I don’t even… the attempted character development for Gwen and the weird romance and the format and just everything. I didn’t have fun at all. After reading Samantha’s portion, I got even madder. How was Gwen a villain in the end? If she kept up her lies, chose one guy over the other –that would have made her the villain. Instead she learns from her mistakes…

Trigger Warning

Ableist Language


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Shirley & Jim – Susan Dennard; Prompt – Sasha Alsberg { Abookutopia } ✰✰✰

It was… okay? Again, the confusion of what was happening was there, but the end of course wrapped everything up and I understood. I did think the story was going to be much darker than it was, but that’s not an issue.  It was just a basic story.

Trigger Warning

Ableist Language


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The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni; Prompt – Sophia Lee  { Thebookbasement } ✰✰✰

This one was interesting. Sigrid felt like a person who was tipping dangerously close to villainy and something just.. snapped. I don’t have much to say about this story, some of the rules and magic stuff took a minute to comprehend but I like the development of the main character.

Trigger Warning

Mention of Multiple Deaths/Body Mutilation, Murder


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The Sea Witch – Marissa Meyer; Prompt – Zoe Herdt { ReadbyZoe } ✰✰✰✰

I was nervous about this one because of my dislike of Meyer’s villain origin story Heartless… but this was a good one. I now realize I have a thing for mermaid villain origin stories, I’ve only read two (the other by Leigh Bardugo) but damn are they good. Falling in love too fast, heartbreak, vengeance… I rooted for Nerit and her goals and her decent into villainy.

Trigger Warning

Bullying, Animal Cruelty/Death


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Beautiful Venom – Cindy Pon; Prompt – Benjamin Alderson { BenjaminofTomes }✰✰✰✰

You know, this is the second Medusa story I have read where she is sexually assaulted. Though, the first story ended up with her finding her self worth and love, but I digress. I’ve always had a fascination for Medusa and her story,  and this one did it justice. The Greek mythology with an Asian twist worked so well together. Feelings of dread was inevitable as I saw what was happening, knew what was going to happen and again, I rooted for her. How could I not?

Trigger Warning

 

 

Sexual Assault, Rape, Victim blaming, Death


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Death Knell – Victoria Schwab; Prompt – Jesse George { JessetheReader } ✰✰✰✰✰

Here’s the one I’ve been waiting for, guys. Am I surprised? NO. This is such a unique take on Death, but I think my favorite part of this segment was Jesse’s letter. It may have evoked some emotion. Overall, this may be my favorite story who is surprised though?

Trigger Warning

 

 

Death, Alcoholic Parent


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Marigold – Samantha Shannon; Prompt – Regan Perusse { PeruseProject } ✰✰✰✰✰

I apologize for the lack of coherency here…

THIS. WAS. AMAZING. Another favorite, I am so surprised. I read Shannon’s Bone Season series thinking it was meh, but this has made me want to continue that series. Her take on fae and the plot twist. Of course I was expecting one person to be the villain but she whip-lashed me with that twist. I was expecting a certain death, but it’s okay, they’re okay and I’m happy.

Trigger Warning

 

 

Sexism, Abduction, Racism, Mention of suicide, Ableist Language


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You, You, It’s All About You – Adam Silvera; Prompt – Catriona Feeney { LittleBookOwl } ✰✰✰✰✰

I was on the fence between 4 1/2 and 5 stars, but this was great. I like second person POV and the villain was… I loved her, okay? It’s set in our world in the future, we have a badass drug lord and I 200% want more.

Trigger Warning

 

 

Drug Use, Mention of torture/Child Abuse, Murders, Suicide, Gore, reference to Patricide/Arson, Physical Assault, Reference to Bullying


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Julian Breaks Every Rule – Andrew Smith; Prompt – Raeleen Lemay { Padfootandrongs07 } ✰✰✰

More conflicting feelings. Because at first, I found the main characters voice humorous, but then I became annoyed. And I stayed that way until the last page, where I got a boost of Oh sh*t, I may or may not want more. Very conflicting feelings, but in the end I’m not upset at the story.

Trigger Warning

 

 

Death, Animal Cruelty/Death, Bullying, Ableist Language, Depictions of Gore


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Indigo and Shade – April Genevieve Tucholke; Prompt – Whitney Atkinson { WhittyNovels } ✰✰

Just a heads up: I love Beauty and the Beast, but this story was confusing… kind of? Did the guy turn into the beast? Is he waiting for another one? My rating was between a three and two, but it would’ve been a biased rating if I stuck with three  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .

Trigger Warning

 

 

Ableist Language, Animal Hunting/Death, Death(s), Murder, Gore, Sexism


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Sera – Nicola Yoon; Prompt – Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy                                                  { Cuddlebuggery } ✰✰✰ 1/2

As of late, I’ve been becoming really interested in the god of War. And though this story was alright, I was still interested. I felt upset at the injustice of Sera not being loved just because of what she is. The ending was abrupt, but it’s okay.

Trigger Warning

 

 

Murder, Suicide, Emotional Abuse


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It took me two days to finish this book (and that’s saying something for me). All the stories felt long yet unfinished.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie || More misses than hits

  1. Great reviews! I hear a lot of mixed things about this book. A lot of people say it’s not worth the read since only a few stories are actually really good and the others are just average. It really is a shame though. I expected that with so many great authors that it would turn out better.

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