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Highly recommend as vour next read! If fantasy/sci-fi isn't your top fave genre, that's okay because each story is about a chapter BUT each one brings you into their world and the emotions…whew.
will be adding this to future book club reads and recommendations especiallv if vou need mentor texts for reading/writing at the middle school secondary level).
What I absolutely LOVE about this anthology:
1) the authors! Latinx representation of writers and their styles of writing comes through in every short story
2) the representation of Latinx characters and cultures
3) the genre (dystopias, intergalatic tales, etc.). Dystopias are my personal fave but the others were very intriguing and at times realistic for years to come!

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This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

All of the stories in this book flowed really nice with the theme, easy to read and understand, and displayed many cultural references which highlighted the significance of this book. i always get nervous with compilations or collections of stories because I always find at least one that is unrelated to the theme, and/or irrelevant to its target audience. There were at least five stories in this book that really caught my attention, and i know a few people that will be in extreme interest. in reading Reclaim the Stars. For the number of stories presented in the book, this book was exceptionally well-edited, and there were no major errors that deterred me from reading and finishing this book.

A compilation of fantasy, adventure, and various cultural highlights that will leave readers breathless. This book deserves 4 stars.

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Most of these stories were so incredibly bad that they overshadowed the very very few that were good. Rouge enchantments was delightful and pretty much every other story was absolutely lacking in any redeemable quality.

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A great collection of sci-fi and fantasy short stories! As it always happens with collections, I enjoyed some more than others so sometimes it was hard to return back to the book.

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I remembered this anthology to be intriguing and fun to read. I enjoyed many of the short stories. I recommend for a fun read!

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Pub date: 2/15/22
Genre: fantasy, young adult, own voices

RECLAIM THE STARS includes 17 stories that take place in fantastical realms, keeping Latin American voices and traditions at the forefront. As with any short story collection, some stories impacted me more than others, but overall, I was impressed by their quality. I loved the themes of magic, feminism, coming of age, and family, and it was cool to see how different writers created such different worlds - but the stories still fit together in a collection.

My favorite section of the book was Other Times, Other Realms (the last section of the book) - it contained a number of stories relating to the sea, one of my favorite settings.

If you enjoy magical realism and need a "witchy" read for spooky season, this is a fun pick!

Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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RECLAIM THE STARS had an excellent selection of stories, with equally excellent writing. I adored how each writer infused their story with their cultural backgrounds; it made reading each of these stories feel like reading a warm hug (even the truly terrifying ones). I will gladly recommend this anthology to my students!

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Unfortunately after reading 30% of this collection I have realized that I don't think short stories geared toward a young adult audience work well for me and have decided to stop reading this work. Nothing was bad but I could tell that a lot of these stories were going to be just shorter forms of long work, which is not what I love for my short story reading.

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This anthology is the most perfect addition to your inclusive, diverse classroom library! I loved this collection and will use them in my classes all year long!

Follow princesses warring in space, haunting ghost stories in Argentina, mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean, swamps that whisper secrets, and many more realms explored and unexplored; this stunning collection of seventeen short stories breaks borders and realms to prove that stories are truly universal.

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Please note that I skipped the stories included by the anti-Indigenous authors.

There were only one or two of these stories that I actively enjoyed listening to or wanted to be longer. The rest of these were not that great, mostly because of the way the anthology was divided. I was constantly comparing the stories within their section rather than just reading them as standalones. I also noted in my update that by having only one audiobook narrator, I found it difficult to separate the stories even with the announcement of which story we were listening to.

I wanted to love this a lot more than I did, but it just wasn't what I wanted from this type of anthology. As with many anthologies, there were some star stories and complete duds. It felt like there were more stories somewhere in the middle of this one.

I would probably just recommend picking up novels by the individual authors instead! Much more satisfying.

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A wonderful collection of stories. I loved the variety, yet how they call kind of seemed to go together. This collection will have me seeking out more from many of these authors.

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Im not usually a fan of short stories but I really loved this collection. I enjoyed all 17 stories from each author and while I love some more than others, every story is unique and beautiful in its own way. I loved the diverse representation and loved how they all centered around a particular theme or idea. We need more representation in literature and I think this was a great step in the right direction, I will definitely be checking out the authors in this collection to read more of their works.

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I’ve taken my time on this book, there has been several stories I’ve liked and some that haven’t kept my interest hence why it’s taken me so long to finish this. Two stars.

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Reclaim the Stars was out of this world! I love short story collections and this one was fantastic! I love how inclusive the stories were and reflected a diverse group of contributing authors!

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Like most anthologies, this book had some stories I feel head over heels for, and some that were just okayish. The breadth of these stories is amazing - princesses in space, speculative fic, sirens and ghosts, I am not Latina so I can't speak to the representation, but there were some very interesting perspectives here for me to read about. There is some talk about some of the authors of this anthology being problematic? I do wish there had been more sci-fi in this sci-fi & fantasy anthology, which leans really heavily towards fantasy.

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What a great collection of short stories. I rated each one in my head 3-5 stars and ultimately decided that overall it was well worth 4 stars. I had some favorites for sure as well as a couple I could've honestly skipped but I found something in each one that I liked. I liked the Spanish in it but I didn't know the meaning of some of it so I do think that Spanish-speaking youth (the audience intended) would probably appreciate the stories just that much more. But there was not so much that any of my understanding was stumped.

My favorites were probably "This Is Our Manifesto," "Color-Coded," and "Magical Offerings." I gave a short review of each short story here as I did a buddy read for it: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/22174557?page=1

I'd like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-ARC of the anthology in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

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Anthologies are one of my favorite ARC requests, and this one did not disappoint. Overall this was a really magical/fantastical read and I read the entire collection in one sitting. It was a great variety of stories that brought a diverse range of voices and genres to make a really amazing collection. I think one of my favorites was White Water, Blue Ocean. Looking forward to reading even more anthologies in the future!

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These 17 short stories were pretty good. There are some definite hidden gems in there that I'd love to read more of (and really hope I see longer versions of them!). By far, the last one was my favorite and I hope we get to meet them again in a much longer version. The goat was the best.

Anthologies are great for getting you out of reading slumps because they are fast and often times really fun reads. I'm so glad I gave this one a shot.

I read this one with friends and reviewed each story here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

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Reclaim the Stars is a collection of science fiction and fantasy Latinx short stories. The compilation by Zoraida Cordova is wonderfully put together and includes stories by a number of well-known Latinx authors. Stories ranged from setting in space to setting in magical realism alternate universes of the Caribbean and Latin America. Claribel Ortega's story of witches killing El Chivo is set in an alternate Domincan Republic during the Trujillo era while others take place in post-apocalyptic space. The stories tell tales of love, magic, power and strength. This was a truly enjoyable anthology.

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Gr 10 Up—Justice, prison reform, polyamorous love, feminism, toppling dictators, and other timely topics populate the pages of this collection of short stories set in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, magical realms, and distant planets. While the characters in each of these stories are children coming of age, the apocalyptic and magical settings force them to become wise before their time. "The Tin Man" puts Alida in the desperate position of either remaining on Earth where she has memories of her family or getting into an ark destined for unknown parts and beginning again. In "Killing El Chivo," Yesenia, Zaria, and Milagros are left to fend for themselves under a dictatorship that kidnapped and killed their parents. The teens becoming adults in this short story have to grapple with the difference between justice and revenge, and how both still twist the survivors into something they don't want to be. Yesenia learns that to destroy a monster, one must become a monster as well. "Leyenda" by Romina Garber revisits the domain of werewolves and witches, and in it, the main character, Zaybet, tackles patriarchal systems of oppression. In each of these entries a sacrifice is negotiated in order for the protagonist to evolve into a hero and a survivor.

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