Eternally Yours

Viking. Sept. 2022. 416p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593206874.
Gr 8 Up–Teens who can’t get enough of paranormal romances should look no further. This collection of 15 short stories has demons, ghouls, spells, and romances both straight and queer. Authors include mystical beings caught up in fantasy worlds as well as realistic situations of interactions with humans. Featuring contributors like such as Melissa de la Cruz and Sandhya Menon, the collection allows teens to sample favorite authors and discover new ones; they will not be disappointed if they read the book in its entirety. Nia Porter summons the perfect date in “My Demon Prince Charming” by Sandyha Menon. Her perfect date, however, disappears at dawn—can Nia find him again or is their love lost forever? Some entries are sweet and satisfying while others pack a good thrill. Tally Qiu in “A Thousand More” by Chloe Gong is befriended by a new student from Shanghai who claims to be her soulmate from another life. Even though Tally has no recollection of another life, she finds Nate to be irresistible and isn’t sure why. Each author has created an intriguing setting to match a paranormal creation worth reading. Characters throughout are of various descent with a variety of skin tones and sexual preference.
VERDICT Recommended; perfect for collections looking to add more paranormal or more romance, or both.

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