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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?


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)

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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Meet 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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Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
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. It's about love, insecurities, and pride almost standing in the way of true love. In a way, Pippin reminds me of Anne of Green Gables with her insecurities about her appearance and her silly pride. I also enjoyed "Misery" by Heather Brewer. Misery is a dark and creepy town where everyone acts pleasant but never smiles. Alek knows that there is something wrong with the place, but he doesn't know what to do about it. Then the resident fortune teller makes a prediction and things get freaky after that. This is a clever, creepy story. Some may guess the twist before it's revealed. I had some guesses, but I got too absorbed in Alek's fate to worry much. This is a short story and gets into the heart of the plot without dawdling much. Another story that I really liked was "The Killing Garden" by Carrie Ryan. It's about girl who beats her father in a race and takes over his position as the Emperor's Gardener, pruning both his garden and his court as the official executioner. She does this to win her father's acceptance only to learn that he never wanted her to take over his duties. The story follows her as she finds herself and learns what a father really wants for his child. It's a morbid story of a girl finding her self-identity. Other stories I want to bring up: "Burned Bright" by Diana Peterfreund was strange but interesting. "Out of the Blue" by Meg Cabot is funny, delves a little into the absurd, and not to be taken seriously. "Improbable Futures"by Kami Garcia is about a fake fortune teller's unfortunate predictions coming true and wrecking havoc around her. I liked it, though it isn't my usual kind of read. "Fate" by Simon Elkeles is a silly, sweet romantic story, also not my usual kind of read, but refreshing. I really thought that Willow was a child from her way of talk, which threw me off at first before she grew on me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mainly bought the book for the short story about Rose and Dimitri called Homecoming from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I read the rest of the stories anyway and they were all good, but Homecoming was my favorite, of course!(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also bought it for Richelle Mead, but a special note that Liani Taylor rocked too! Definitely worth buying!
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