I LOVED this anthology. Short story anthologies are generally hit or miss with me, and I tend to be very picky about them. But this one I absolutely loved Every. Single. Story. I don’t know if it was the focus on diversity, but every story was so fresh and new and bold.
I haven’t read a Darker Shade of Magic, but it’s definitely moved up my list after the background story in this volume. It’s been years and years since I read the Gemma Doyle books, but I was immediately sucked into the related story and actually was shocked out of the book, blinking, when it ended and I remembered that I was reading a story in an anthology and not another full novel. I would definitely read a full novel about Gemm and her friends after the original trilogy.
For that matter, I would read an entire novel about pretty much all of these stories and will be searching out full novels from all of its authors.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Childrens Books for providing an e-arc to review.