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Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

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by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray, Carrie Ryan

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A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.

Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami


A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.

Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.

Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The 16 short stories in this enticing anthology, written by today's most popular authors of paranormal teen fiction, showcase strong female protagonists (and a few guys) undergoing journeys both actual and spiritual. Readers will be happy to see familiar characters and settings from some of their favorite authors' novels. The selections feature ghosts, genies, harpies, faeries, necromancers, vampires, psychics, and Untouchables. In Carrie Ryan's "Scenic Route," set after "the Change," two teens living in a remote mountain cabin fight zombies and bandits while constantly dreaming about and planning their ideal road trip. Jessica Verday's lighthearted "At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show" features a kick-ass heroine battling cannibal Girl Scouts while trying to save defanged Rocky Horror-obsessed vampires after their car breaks down. Margaret Stohl's wryly funny "IV League" is about two not-so-bright "Drinkers" visiting East Coast Ivy League universities intent on getting admitted despite the fact that these institutions normally won't take "their kind." These consistently well-written stories offer something for every taste, whether it's dark, edgy, and violent or funny and sweet.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
VOYA - Rebecca O'Neil
Journeys are the unifying theme in this anthology of sixteen paranormal stories edited by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely, HarperCollins, 2007/VOYA June 2007) and Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning, HarperCollins, 2008/VOYA August 2008). Contributions from familiar names include Carrie Ryan's dystopic "Scenic Route"—the suspense and violence of which will please fans of The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Random House, 2010)—and Kami Garcia's "Red Run," whose ghost-story-with-a-twist begs to be told out loud. Jeri Smith-Ready's many-layered "Bridge" is told in verse, while Sarah Rees Brennan offers a self-deprecating showbiz take on vampires' popularity in "Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road." Some short stories can function as cliffhanging first chapters, while others are entire compressed novels, and Marr and Armstrong strike a good balance between the two types. Multiple characters and lack of exposition may trip up some readers, but the lure of favorite authors, characters, and worlds should be enough to overcome this. Fans of the paranormal will discover a rich primer of the genre's current offerings, from sweeping romance to grisly zombies, including some details that will date the book quickly (Ke$ha, time travel to the year 2011). Girls are more likely to appreciate the all-female author lineup and pink-tinted cover, but teens who enjoy story collections such as Vivian Vande Velde's All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006/VOYA December 2006) will want to take note, as will libraries where short stories circulate well. Reviewer: Rebecca O'Neil
Kirkus Reviews

A solid collection of stories that prove that all any supernatural creature wants to do is date or eat teenage protagonists.

These short stories are loosely connected by a very openly interpreted journey motif.Psychics, genies, angels and gargoyles join fairies and vampires to terrorize and romance their fellow characters. The diversity in authors allows for the sometimes-neglected horror implied in paranormal stories to be spotlighted, as in Carrie Ryan's zombie thriller, "Scenic Route," and Jennifer Lynn Barnes's "The Third Kind," about sisters with unavoidable compulsions. Many of the authors base their stories in the existing worlds of their other novels—luckily, most of these standalones work, though not all shake off that teaser taste. Sarah Rees Brennan's "Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road" follows a vampire in a boy-band and stands out with its perfect blend of snark and sincerity. It's followed in a one-two punch by Jeri Smith-Ready's intense and earnest "Bridge." While not every story's as strong as those (some are downright forgettable), in a buffet of so many flavors readers can always skip to the next story with a good chance of finding something more to their liking.

This collection is ideal as a sampler tray for paranormal readers looking to pick up new authors to follow or to further explore the fictional worlds they already know. (about the authors) (Paranormal. 13-18)

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Meet the Author

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland. After earning her master's in creative writing in New York and doing library work in Surrey, England, she has returned to Dublin, Ireland, to write. She is the author of the novels The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant, and The Demon's Surrender, and her short story "Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road" appears in the collection Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions.

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BookHounds More than 1 year ago
Here are the stories contained in this anthology which all take some form of a detour. I ran out of room, so some aren't complete! Giovanni's Farewell by Claudia Gray This will leave you wanting more: twins develop supernatural powers while in Rome and have an adventure. Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan You will be extremely familiar with the post apocalyptic world here if you have read Carrie's previous zombie books. This one is just as creepy and follows two sisters who are barricaded in a remote home and are found by brothers who get quite a surprise by the older sister. IV League by Margaret Stohl Southern Gothic moves to the Northeast as a vampire tries to attend Harvard with her "normal" friend. Red Run by Kami Garcia Seriously, seriously creepy. A girl is searching for her boyfriend and comes face to face with a ghost who is haunting Red Run Road. The story has a nice and unexpected twist when the ghost turns out to be something else. Things About Love by Jackson Pearce Something new! This is a nice little romance with a twist that is told from the point of view of a genie and the boy she is sent to protect. I adored this sweet story. Niederwald by Rachel Vincent Ahhh, yes! Sabine and Emma take a road trip from Soul Screamers. Sabine is one of my favorite characters and her bad attitude is almost put in the background in this story. A must read for fans of the series since a bit more about Kaylee is revealed. A Mortal Winter King by Melissa Marr Donia and Keenan take a vacation! They try to make it normal, but of course that doesn't work out when Donia tries to be human again. This left me wanting more. Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong I haven't read the last book in the series with Chloe but this one brings out a bit more of Derek and explains what happens to Tori when she finds out what happened to her father. Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan ADORED this one! I am a huge fan so to read more words by Sarah Ress Brennan is a pleasure. This one follows a boy band with a vampire lead singer and the corrupt manager that treats him like a second class citizen. Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready The first story I immediately turned to was Jeri Smith Ready's Bridge where Logan contacts his brother, who is deeply depressed and considering suicide since he feels responsible in part for Logan's death. The story is told in free verse which is amazing considering the effort it takes to contain a lot of thought in so few words. This is a must read for any Shade/Shift fan. Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting I haven't read this series yet, but the story was a nice start for me. I will have to go back and check this one out. Leaving by Ally Condie I liked this one as well. I haven't read anything by her before and this was a nice introduction. At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday Anyone who can take girl scouts and make them into cannibals, a van full of cross dressing vampires and evil ghosts, well, that has my vote! This one is very humorous and amazingly action packed for a quick read. I want more! Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson A new type of love story for me in which gargoyles are the main feature. This is a very sweet story about a girl gargoyle who find love. The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Jess' sister Krissy needs to follow her impulses even if that means
Obxgirl7 More than 1 year ago
I originly got this book because Kelley Armstrong had a story in it. I love Kelley Armstrong. I was also looking for some new authors I may enjoy and I did. One or two of the stories I didn't care for but enjoyed it none the less. I'm glad I bought it because after the first few stories I was hooked. I was left wanting more. I highly recommended for anyone looking for a paranormal thriller! :)
ZodiacBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Every story in Enthralled, as the summary states, takes the characters and readers on a journey of some kind. Whether it's a journey of survival, love, hope, forgiveness, or any number of other things; every story, some more than others, will leave it's mark. I really enjoyed reading the stories like "Niederwald" by Rachel Vincent and "Facing Facts" by Kelley Armstrong that return to the worlds of their bestselling series. We get to see what happens with our favorite (or least favorite) characters outside of the main plot. There are a few of the stories that left more of an impact on me than others. Sarah Rees Brennan's "Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road" shows that even those you're not close to at first can become family once all the barriers are removed. Jeri Smith-Ready's "Bridge" shows us the healing power of forgiveness. Ally Condie's "Leaving" shows that even one person who's willing to reach out to you can change everything. And Mary E. Pearson's "Gargouille" shows that nothing can stand in the way of love. These four stories stayed with me even as I went on to read the next story. With moments of happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, heartbreak, and loneliness, this anthology is an emotional journey any fan of paranormal YA shouldn't miss out on.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
This is a charmingly packaged Anthology published by Harper Collins. Whom, it must be said, is just outstanding in its choices of YA literature and authors. The cover of this (and most of Harper's books) is wonderful and appropriate for the content. What I like about it is the nod to the sophistication of the young adult reader. There's no scared little girl looking out at us here! I've perused the book like a bandit. Absolutely love the feel of paper they've used which reminds me of the old (maybe still used) paper of the short story mystery anthologies I used to get, small packaged as magazines. Somehow, it makes me feel like this is a secret book I can hide and read in bed like a Halloween precursor; which it is in fact. Just love it for my bedside table this Fall. After having read a couple of stories, my favorite is "Gargouille" by Mary E. Pearson. I wasn't familiar with Ms Pearson's books or writing, so decided to try her story for that reason alone. This is a wonderful story! I enjoyed it from the first sentence. Mary's descriptions are fascinating and made me smile with the anticipation I've always had when reading a fairytale. I love her French names and hinted connections in the story. Great writing and a really good short story. This one makes me certain I'll be going out to find one of her novels to read very soon. I want to recommend "Enthralled" to everyone who reads and enjoys YA fiction. Great with a coffee mocha before sleep... Deborah/TheBookishDame
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This was a very great story and I enjoye the storyline because of what happened to them affter they said that they dinot believe in ghosts. Kami Garcia did a wonderful job and her books are very good and the film of Beautiful Creatures and the four novels and her new novel The Unbreakable (I think that's what it is called) is aboit to be a major motion picture as well as Beautiful Creatures. In one word superb.
Pika_ More than 1 year ago
Very dark. I'm an adult reader who reads "teen fiction" from time to time, particularly when one of my favorite adult genre authors writes it. I bought this anthology because I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong's adult Otherworld series. I was excited to see Rachel Caine had contributed a story since I enjoyed her adult Weather Warden series as well. And what a beautiful cover. I love the composition and the colors. But what's inside the covers is very very dark. Much darker than the adult fiction I usually read. I read one story each night before bed and had to take several nights off and read something else cause it was so depressing!!! They stories are very well written. It takes real talent to make your heart drop in horror, I actually physically cringed in pain for the characters a few times, like you could feel your heart ripped out by the tragedy along with the characters. And not just stupid overblown hormones drama, real tragedy. I scared to death of what the sequel anthology Shards and Ashes with its darker title and more desolate cover art will hold. Let's be honest I'll probably still purchase it. My compulsion to complete my collection is just too strong but it'll be a while. I need to recover from the darkness in this one first.
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terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought all the stories but 1 was excellent. It's hard to get involved and interested in short stories, but these authors did it! Even though they were short stories, it had a beginning, middle, and ending. After reading each one I felt satisfied, where normally I'm left with "what the hell". I haven't read most of the authors from these stories, but I definitely will now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Psychics, amgels, genies, gargoyles join fairies and vampires. Very intriguing, loved reading this book it kept me guessing throughout the whole book. It's suspensful, romantic, and HILARIOUS! And it has almost all my favorite authors. I TRULY recommend reading this book.
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This book has so many of my favorite authors and others that are capturing my attention. I serioisly recommand this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed all of these stories. All of them kept my interest and the variety was great!
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Unlike some anthologies, I found all of the stories entertaining and gave me an opportunity to check out some other authors that I will definitely read in the future.
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theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I am sure will not miss this. Love those authors, love their writing.
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