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 CarrieRyan.com.From the Hardcover edition.