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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 CarrieRyan.com.




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  • File Size: 3347 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M29VWC
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By R. Wilson on 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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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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If you get caught up in a book and stay up all night trying to finish it, this is the perfect book to get you to sleep on time. A great variety of short stories, I would only consider one dark. With a theme of prophecy or prediction, these 14 writers did a wonderful job of creating unique and interesting stories. They cover a variety of tastes and genres. Personally there was only one story I did not like and one that would not make much sense if you had not read the author's series. I enjoyed the latter, but thought it would not mean that much to someone who had not read the Vampire Academy series. There were a couple stories that were so unique and well written, I wished there were more. This was a great find.
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I love the this book. I just wished that Richelle Mead made her part bigger because I am a VA fan (which is why I bought this book). Richelle's part of the book continues off from Last Sacrifice (which is her final book from Rose's point of view).
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By Adair Lee on November 17, 2015
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The short stories in this collection were hit and miss with me. I bought the book entirely for "Homecoming" by Richelle Mead, which I enjoyed despite its shortness. I give the book all together a 3-star rating because I could've skipped most of it and not missed it.
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Firstly, I'd like to state I'm not a short story fan, but I was curious about this compilation as the stories in it have a common starting point - prophecies (I love these). Also, I was curious about the story by Richelle Mead, and the reviews were good enough.

I was positively surprised about some stories. Most of them are well written, at least half of them were supremely enjoyable. If it weren't for some of them that were too gloom and depressing for me (still well written), I'd give Foretold 5 stars. I wouldn't read the whole compilation again, just some parts - so one star less. What further sunk my rating was too high an expectation of Homecoming by Richelle Mead clashing with the story's average writing. Instead of the grand finale, I was left with "okay then, we've seen it before, what's next," except Homecoming was the last story.

Each story in a few words:
1. Gentlemen Send Phantoms - Parallel world with supernatural elements and a lovely, happy-end romance. (5 stars)
2. Burned Bright - Either a fantasy parallel world or a possible outcome in our world - open to interpretation. (4 stars)
3. The Angriest Man - Quite a depressing story but well written. (3 stars)
4. Out of the Blue - A bit of a cliche, well developed story, aliens. (3 stars)
5. One True Love - Sad and sweet and cruel fantasy world - and a twist in the hero/heroine perception. (4 stars)
6. This is a Mortal Wound - Why do we need to learn a certain way? Thinking of a young mind, put into future world. (4 stars)
7. Misery - A story that seems to be a part of a larger story. Slightly reminiscent of the Stepford Wives kind movies. (3 stars)
8. The Mind is a Powerful Thing - The story that explores a self-fulfilling prophecy and what our fear can bring us to.
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