Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction

Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction

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by Carrie Ryan
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Gentlemen Send Phantoms by Laini Taylor starts the "fateful" collection off beautifully with a folklore-ish take on a single girl's timeless question of "who will I marry?" Thirteen Young Adult (YA) authors follow suit with their prophetic tales ranging in topic from religious zealots, in Diana Peterfreund's Burned Bright, angry bones in Lisa McMann's The Angriest Man and the power behind negative thinking in Matt de la Pena's The Mind is a Powerful Thing. Each story rises to the occasion whether it is about a carnival fortune teller in Kami Garcia's Improbable Futures, a badly burned Princess that must find the cure for her stepsister's ailment in Saundra Mitchell's The Chosen One, or a fateful day that will end the lives of the immortals, in Margaret Stohl's Death for the Deathless. The stories are each page turners and fit together perfectly in this anthology. One True Love by Malinda Lo delivers a twist on soulmates, while Michael Grant tells of the power behind a teacher/student relationship in This is a Mortal Wound. One of my favorite stories is The Killing Garden by Carrie Ryan, where a daughter follows in her father's footsteps as gardener to the Emperor as she trims down the "weeds" that overtake the land and yes, by gardener I mean assassin. Richelle Mead shares her well beloved dhampir characters Dimitri and Rose from her "Vampire Academy" series and their battle with a Russian Strigoi in Homecoming. Rounding out the mix is Simone Elkeles' Fate, a tale of RV park romance, Meg Cabot's Out of the Blue alien abduction story and Heather Brewer's Misery about growing up in a town of black and white proportions. I would highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy YA novels about tempting the fates. One never knows what their future might bring. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Pam Carlson
Romance, obsession, vampires, aliens, anger, a cult awaiting their rapture, and even fortune telling are the subjects of this collection of short tales gathered by editor Carrie Ryan. Some are hits: Laini Taylor’s Pippin is stunned when she discovers the identity of her true love after a night of visiting phantoms, while Malinda Lo and Saundra Mitchell provide two very different quests for love, and Kami Garcia’s tormented visionary yearns for freedom. Others are misses, such as Meg Cabot’s not-close-to-believable narrative of teens visited by aliens as children, and Richelle Mead’s flat vampire drama which refers often to earlier, more action-filled adventures of the hero and heroine. Michael Grant’s description of the worst teacher ever is just plain creepy, a possible Twilight Zone episode. Matt De La Pena penned the most frustrating character--birthday girl Joanna and her insistence on living in the world of tragic statistics and what ifs. What was missing was humor. Apart from the lighthearted tone of Taylor’s tale, the characters and their stories were most often full of doom, gloom, and more gloom. Was yet another recital of a female assassin necessary? Where is Louise Rennison when a reader needs her? Fans of the authors will find this a worthwhile collection. It also provides a taste of authors with whom readers may be unfamiliar. Ages 15 to 18.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385741309
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
327,328
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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