Every story in this book is filled with magic and legend and power. My favorite thing about a short story is when it captivates me so completely I forget that only a fraction of the book is dedicated to this one world, and Never Have I Ever accomplished this again and again. In one story, a woman befriends a kelpie while her husband convalesces in the hospital, in another a witch believes he has bespelled his boyfriend into loving him. Fans of folklore and myth will be swept up in this wonderful collection.
Yap's stories dance between horror and rom com, fantasy and cultural critique. These stories are haunted by magic and Filipino mythology and I just ate them up.
"Am I dead?" Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask. Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap's debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, "A Spell for Foolish Hearts" to the terrifying tension of the urban legend "Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.
About the Author
Isabel Yap (@visyap / isabelyap.com) writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She is currently completing her MBA at Harvard Business School. She attended the Clarion Writers Workshop and is the secretary for the Clarion Foundation. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Year's Best Weird Fiction.