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Spirited: 13 Haunting Tales Paperback – February 13, 2012
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The Senet Box: 3.5*s Interesting.
Stained: 4.5*s I really liked this story. I was immediately drawn into it. It was sad but the message of the story was hopeful.
Thread of the Past: 4*s Kept my attention but left me with a lot of questions at the end.
The Cold One: 5*s This book had a really interesting concept. I definitely want to check out more from this author.
Death Becomes Her: 3*s This was just ok. I liked how it started, but didn't really think it progressed as well.
Oast House: 4*s This was a very compelling story. I liked it.
New Girl: 5*s I could be biased because this is by one of my favorite authors, bug this story was really good. It kept me reading and was short and complete.
Aftermath - 3.5*s I liked this story because it didn't necessarily feel like a short story and I could nit tell where it was going. The boyfriend kind of felt like an unnecessary part if the story. I was also a little confused on some parts. But it was well written so I would check out other stuff by this author.
Phantom of the prom - 5*s I really liked this story. It was well developed and the characters were likable. It had a good story line. I would definitely check out out stories by this author.
Night Queen - 4*s This was pretty good. It had a lot of tension throughout the story which kept me reading.
To Hel and Back - 5*s I really liked this story. The plot was different and interesting. I definitely want to read more by this author. I don't have a webcam so the pictures were pointless but they didn't seem that necessary.
The Story of Late - 5*s This was nice. It had a Gothic fairy tale feel to it.
What caught my eye about this book was the fact that it was short stories by a variety of authors. I enjoy different writing styles and different plot concepts, so I was interested in seeing how they handled this central theme of ghosts.
The stories ranged from historical to science fiction, avenging spirits to kind spirits. Several stories focused on putting the ghosts to rest. Each author did a good job describing the setting and making this reader interested in their characters. The words flowed well and I enjoyed the read. However, I would like to have seen either more variety or perhaps a couple of more throughly fleshed out stories. It just seemed something was lacking.
Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to stop. I went from story to story and each author gave me a short treat to read. There was a combination of scary and sweet in the collection. My personal favorites were the science fiction stories. They provided a different form of ghost story and even seemed a bit more believable because they were fantasy.
If you enjoy ghost stories, this is a nice selection that's easy to read and doesn't get too extreme at horror or romance. If you think you aren't into ghost stories, this is a good way to sample them and see which types appeal to you. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy and then you'll have opened a new genre to expand your reading. This collection has something for everyone.
Originally posted at LAS YA Reviews
Judith Graves is often described as a YA paranormal author with bite who`s best known for her Skinned series. However, after reading her Spirited contribution, Strangeways vs. the Wraith, I`m inclined to think that Graves will soon be well known for two distinct series, and after that, well... only time will tell.
Strangeways vs. the Wraith opens with a printed invitation inviting the recipient to the Specter`s Ball, a ghastly social gathering given by Mr. August Rumsay in honor of his daughter, Miss Nora Rumsay. Readers soon discover that Nora doesn`t fare well in such a spooky environment, and we`re introduced to the heroine, Amelia Strangeways, as she revives Nora with smelling salts and captures our attention with her thoughts, dialogue and Hylo Derringer.
What begins as a well-designed prologue soon descends into a literary torrent that races along as we follow Amelia, Nora and heartthrob/hunter Warren Fox through the Specter`s Ball as the truth behind August Rumsay`s evening unravels itself until the very threads of the mastermind`s sanity is laid bare.
I was really impressed with the re-readability of the story and the twists/turns that Graves included, especially as the tale was wrapping itself up. It`s well worth reading twice or thrice to get the full benefit of the story, characters and plotline.
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