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Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction [Hardcover]

Carrie Ryan
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Book Description

August 28, 2012 12 and up 7 and up
Richelle Mead, Lisa McMann, Michael Grant, Meg Cabot, Laini Taylor, and nine more of the hottest YA authors to hit the shelves explore the concepts of prophecy and prediction in this story collection edited by NYT bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan. 

Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate? It's human nature to wonder about life's twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it?

From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life's unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction's brightest stars.

This collection includes works from:
Malinda Lo (Ash)
Lisa McMann (Wake)
Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures)
Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures)
Laini Taylor (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Michael Grant (Gone)
Saundra Mitchell (The Vespertine)
Richelle Mead (the Vampire Academy)
Matt de la Pena (I Will Save You)
Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries)
Heather Brewer (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)
Diana Peterfreund (Rampant)
Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry)
Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth)

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The wildly popular YA paranormal romance genre should spur sales of this uneven collection featuring 14 tales by both powerhouse and lesser-known authors. Neatly setting up the collection’s premise of foretold events (that may or may not actually come true) is Laini Taylor’s lyrical “Gentlemen Send Phantoms,” featuring three young girls on St. Faith’s Day awaiting the phantom visits of the boys they will one day marry. Diana Peterfreund’s “Burned Bright” is a sparse, horrifying story of a doomsday cult and its youngest seer, the prophet’s daughter. Malinda Lo’s “One True Love” explores the surprising twists of whether or not a princess will be the downfall of her father, the king, as foretold at her birth. The brief but strongly written “Improbable Futures,” by Kami Garcia, delves into the hardscrabble life of modern carnies and fortune-tellers. Deliciously creepy yet hopeful is the tone in Carrie Ryan’s “The Killing Garden.” Richelle Mead’s “Homecoming” will appeal to fans of her Vampire Academy series but likely confuse anyone new to that world. Grades 8-12. --Julie Trevelyan

About the Author

   CARRIE RYAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy that includes The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places, and the original ebook Hare Moon. She has edited the short story anthology Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction and contributed to many other story collections herself, including Zombies vs. Unicorns, Kiss Me Deadly, and Enthralled. Her work has been translated into over eighteen languages and her first novel is in production as a major motion picture. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection September 4, 2012
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"Gentlemen Send Phantoms" by Laini Taylor:4/5 3 girls wanting to meet their intended follow a town tradition by making cakes and waiting to see what guys phantom appears to them.

"Burned Bright" by Diana Peterfreund:5/5 This one is about a cult, and a planned group death that goes wrong/ or right? and the ramifications of the ppl who do not die.

"The Angriest Man" by Lisa McMann:1/5 A boy who was told all his life that everything is his fault, and therefor he acts accordingly.

"Out of the Blue" by Meg Cabot: 3/5 2 twins (girl, boy) meet an alien as small children and then grow up and finaly share the story of meeting the alien. This one has a lot of personality, the reader gets to know the character of both twins.

"One True Love" by Malinda Lo: 5/5 This is about a princess being trapped away not getting to see men ever bc it will lead to his downfall. Just dont assume everyone is heterosexual. I love that!!

"This Is a Mortal Wound" by Michael Grant: 3/5 A smart ass boy who is living the good life and then is kidnapped and is made to do school work and at the end he is still a smart ass. What I liked about this story is that the writer is saying there is not always just one way to do something, different methods work.

"Misery" by Heather Brewer: 5/5. A story about a boy (and the rest of the town) who all get a present every year. This year the boy is nervous before he gets the present. Will he not like it? This is a non happy town, not unhappy, just blah. He is unique bc most ppl do not feel this way about their present. Which means he does not belong in this town.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review - Foretold December 18, 2012
I've been getting interested in short stories since taking fiction writing classes for my English minor. It's fascinating how much a writer can tell within a limited word count. At the same time, I'm a fiction reader at heart. There's simply not enough room in a short story to expand upon a world and fully develop it. Nevertheless, with fourteen stories in this collection, there are sure to be stories for different fans of the paranormal. I myself found several stories that I adored, and this collection is worth getting for the precious gems that you'll find in this book.

The story that interested me the most by far was "Homecoming" by Richelle Mead. I confess. I'm a big VA fan and was super excited to find out that this story is set after series ended. Rose and Dimitri visit his hometown for the first time since the last time they were there, and the mood is very different in a nice way. The story is centered on Yeva's predictions, which always result in confrontations with Rose that had me laughing. Fellow VA fans know how headstrong Rose can be even when she knows that she's on the losing end of an argument.

A story that surprised me was "Gentlemen Send Phantoms" by Laini Taylor. The beginning had me thinking that is was going to be some kind of chick flit with a supernatural angle with the girls' belief that baking a cake can help them learn who their future husband will be. My mom and her friends once did a similar thing with a hairbrush, candles, and a mirror when they were younger for the thrill. It didn't show them anything, and I was thinking that maybe this would be similar, except that the visions might be real. It is a bit of a chick flick. There aren't major changes in character, and the plot is fairly straightfoward. However, it's sweet at the same time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've always been fascinated by the theme explored in Foretold: prophecy and prediction. I remember various instances throughout my childhood when my mother told me that, for better or worse, something was meant to be. Later, in middle school, I fell in love with the epic tale of a boy fulfilling a prophecy in David Eddings' The Belgariad. Then, in high school and college, I was intrigued by the idea of self-fulfilling prophecy I studied in my psychology course. So, when I picked up this collection of short stories, I was curious see what others would connect to the mysterious concepts.

In addition to my initial curiosity about the theme of this collection, I was interested in the concept of a collection of short stories. Though I'd glanced at them before, I'd never actually sat down and read a collection of short stories... or any short stories at all apart from those assigned in my literature seminars. I found it curious that many readers appeared to have purchased or read this collection specifically for Richelle Mead's short story, Homecoming, which centers around Rose and Dmitri the Vampire Academy books, which was worrisome to me because I never finished that series and hadn't picked one up in years.

The anthology begins with Laini Taylor's Gentleman Send Phantoms, which I immediately adored. For me, that story set the tone for the entire collection. Whimsical with gorgeous imagery, this story set the tone as anything is possible. Each story had an entirely different feel and tone, yet they were all connected by thread extending from Taylor's story.

The anthology ends with the Richelle Mead story based in the world of the VA books. For me the story didn't shine as bright as it might have if I still read the VA books or had read them recently.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
I have only read a few of the shorts in this novel, but they are really good. I mainly got it for 1 story but found myself reading others.
Published 2 months ago by Rachael Danley
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - From Jazmin Jade Reviews
Gentlemen Send Phantoms by Laini Taylor - 4 Star

Girls summoning the phantoms of their true love. This was a very very cute and simple love story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jazmin Jade
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
several interesting stories; will be checking out some of the authors featured in this book; really enjoy carrie ryan story
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Homecoming
It is great to have a glimpse if what happens to Rose and Dmitry after the LS ) and it is good to know, that there might be wedding after all )
Published 10 months ago by ck_me
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I'll admit I only purchased Foretold for the Richelle Mead story, Homecoming. Strangely enough that was one of the hardest ones to get through. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leah
4.0 out of 5 stars collection of short stories
I am really glad I read this collection of short stories. It provided an opportunity to experience some authors that I am unfamiliar with and revisit a few that I adore. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative collection from a wide array of authors
Have you ever wondered who truly controls your future--the universe or yourself? That's the question that Foretold sets out to answer. Read more
Published 14 months ago by thehydrogenpoptart
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty goood
i loved how the book did not take a long time to come, im pretty sure all will love this book
Published 14 months ago by Aidee
4.0 out of 5 stars Only read parts of this
I only read parts of this. I got it because I loved the Vampire Academy Series and wanted to read about Rose and Dimitri. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MM
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, on the whole
A variable collection, all in all; some of the short stories I still can't figure out. But those that were good, were VERY good, and that was the majority of them.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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