Saturday, February 2, 2013

Book Review: Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Predition

Title: Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction
Author: Various
Publisher: Delcorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Length: 368 Pages
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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)

Foretold is a book of short stories focusing on prophecy and fate, written by popular young adult authors. The thing I loved the most was that the stories were so different. It was great to change it up from story to story. I will admit I did not like every story, but with 14 to choose from everyone will find something they like, and probably some stories they do not. 

Out of all the stories, Homecoming by Richelle Mead is my favorite. It is a short story set in the Vampire Academy Universe. It takes place after Last Sacrifice. It does have a few spoilers for those who have not finished the series. Rose and Dimitri take a trip to Dimitri’s home in Siberia. While there, they are asked to hunt down a deadly Strigo. I really loved seeing Rose and Dimitri together away from their Guardian duties. 

Some of the other ones I liked included Out of the Blue by Meg Cabot, and Gentlemen Send Phantoms by Laini Taylor. There are many great stories in this collection. It is a perfect read to pick up while have a few minutes to spare, because each story is a quick read.  I have not read an anthology before, but I think that I may start picking them up more often when I am looking for a change of pace or just a quick read here and there. 

Foretold is a great way to get introduced to new author, and get a feeling for their writing style. I know that there are some authors I found in Foretold, that I will be reading again in the future. While the major pull for this anthology at least for me is the Vampire Academy story, there is a lot to more to discover in Foretold.

**Unabridged Bookshelf borrowed this book from the local library**

Do you enjoy anthologies?
If you pick up the book for one author or story, do you try out the other stories?

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