Blog Tour: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Q&A with April Genevieve Tucholke + Giveaway!)

July 14, 2017 // Posted by Lisa in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Interviews // 8 Comments

Blog Tour: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Q&A with April Genevieve Tucholke + Giveaway!)Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
by Ameriie, Renee Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon, Sasha Alsberg, Benjamin Alderson, Whitney Atkinson, Tina Burke, Catriona Feeney, Zoë Herdt, Samantha Lane, Sophia Lee, Raeleen Lemay, Regan Perusse, Christine Riccio, Steph Sinclair, Jesse George, Kat O'Keeffe
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Anthologies, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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!
Featuring writing from . . .
Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon
BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).


Q. Villains!! (Can you tell I’m a fan? *evil grin*) Can you tell us a bit about how the villains will shine in these short stories?

A. Well, I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading the other stories in the anthology, but in my story “Indigo and Shade” I focused on a character everyone loves to hate: Gaston from the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I took some of his characteristics and transferred them onto my young, wealthy, arrogant main character, Brahm Valois. Brahm lives in a small town in the Rockies—a place haunted by a dangerous beast that lives in the surrounding woods.

Q. I love that this is a collaborative effort involving Booktubers. Can you share with us a little behind-the-scenes fun while creating this book, or a bit about how the Booktubers were included in this process?

A. I was prompted by the Booktuber Whitney to write about Beauty and the Beast, focusing on the vain, brawny, sexist, thick-necked villain Gaston. I had a lot of fun turning this idiot antagonist into a character I could relate to, at least on some level.

Q. What would you like us, as readers, to take away from your short story, in particular?

A. My story shares some of the basic themes of the original fairy tale: exile, self-sacrifice, and the fact that appearances can be deceiving.

About April Genevieve Tucholke

April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, and Wink Poppy Midnight. She also curated the horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She has received five starred reviews and her novels have been chosen for the Junior Library Guild, Kids' Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she's not writing, April likes walking in the woods with her two cheerful dogs, exploring abandoned houses, and drinking expensive coffee. She has lived in many places around the world, and currently resides in Oregon with her husband.


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  • Hannah

    I haven’t read any of April Genevieve Tucholke’s books yet, so I’m excited to read her story in this book!

  • I am so excited for this one! I love hearing tales of the villians. I don’t know why but I’ve always been so curious about them, so it’s fun to see them as the focus of a story. So many great authors involved in this one too!

  • Tess Morgan

    I’m super excited for this book! I love villains and Victoria Schwab is my current favorite author, so this is a must read!

  • Emily

    I have always been in love with stories like Sherlock Holmes, Medussa and Jack the Ripper. Now that they are being placed at the center of a story, and are what the book revolves around I am more than excited to get and read this book!

  • kindlemom1

    I love the cover for this! It sounds like an interesting book full of tales for sure. Thanks for the giveaway chance as well!

  • This sounds like a great anthology. Thank you for putting this on my radar. I enjoyed the interview and will definitely check this out.

  • Danielle Hammelef

    I love the imaginative idea of retelling through the eyes of the antagonist. Super excited to read this book.

  • Fina Julianna

    Can’t wait to read it