*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Macmillan Publishing Group for giving me a chance to read it! While I had intended to publish a review before the book was released, life unfortunately got in the way.
There is only one vampire book that I was really excited about this year, and it isn’t Midnight Sun! Released earlier this week, Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite, edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, is a compilation of short stories about vampires that are diverse in race, body type, and sexual orientation. Authors include: Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
Vampires Never Get Old was a concept I loved and was really looking forward to reading many of the stories, however after getting the chance to read them, was a little let down as many of them were not for me. I didn’t feel like many of the stories clicked with me or caught my attention. That said, there were a few that I would have loved to read more of, or that I felt would be so much better as a full-length book. Some of the others felt a little too choppy or cut short in odd spots, though I do understand that as a short story, there are a lot of limitations like page count. I think that it is just me needing to adapt to various styles of writing however, as I am someone who prefers a more solid ending and a longer book.
One thing I did adore was the fact that even the vampires themselves were more diverse. It definitely made the stories feel more realistic and welcoming! Vampires Never Get Old was released on September 22, 2020. I definitely do think it’s worth checking out to explore different interpretations of vampirism as well as different styles of writing! You can order it from Indigo, Amazon, or from your local independent bookstore!