Reviews, Awards, and Lists

Awards and Lists

“This fantasy anthology absolutely must be listened to instead of read; otherwise, one wouldn’t get to actually hear editors Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) bicker about which fantastical creature reigns supreme.”

Winner, AudioFile Earphone Award

A 2010 School Library Journal Best Book

A 2011 Tayshas Reading List Selection

A 2012 ALA Rainbow List Selection

A 2010 Locus Recommended Reading Selection


“Without a clunker in the bunch, this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There’s no clear winner, unless it’s readers.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This amazingly well-put-together anthology [is] a must-have for fantasy collections.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“Who is the victor in this epic smackdown? Readers, of course.”


“Reading this book is like gaining exclusive access to a super-cool club of YA authors and personalities: Holly Black, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld, Alaya Dawn, Justine Larbalestier, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan and Diana Peterfreund.“


“This one book encompassed stories by so many of my favorite authors. There was tongue in cheek humor, there was chill-inducing realism, there was hope, and there was romance. This is a book that I would highly recommend to all fantasy readers. Even if you only read one or two of the stories, you would still be guaranteed a great time!”

— Jessica at Read to Relax!