Oct 11, 2011

Review--Enthralled by YA Paranormal Authors

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.

This has to be one of my fave YA anthologies ever! I haven't read too many of them honestly though, but when I saw the author lineup for this one I knew I had to have it! Enthralled was pretty amazing! And since this is an anthology, I'll just briefly break down the stories in super short reviews:

Giovanni's Farewell by Claudia Gray
Twins Ravenna and Cairo develop strange powers. While on a trip to Italy with their schoolmates--some field trip!--Ravenna's powers come into action and she and her brother must help a ghost move on by fulfilling his dying request. 3.5/5 stars

Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan
Margie and Sally are sisters on their own. The world is a different kind of place. It's unclear really what went wrong with the world. Only that it's unsafe and dangerous. Then a young stranger, Calvin, comes into their lives seemingly out of nowhere. Can they trust him or not? 3/5 stars

Red Run by Kami Garcia
Edie wants revenge of the ghost of Red Run who killed her brother. After learning things from some friends who are also ghost hunters, she puts her plan into action. Only it backfires! 5/5 stars

Things about Love by Jackson Pearce
Juliet is an ifrit trying to study the human emotion love. Lawrence is her guide so to speak. But things go awry when the guy Lawrence likes, like Juliet. 3.5/5 stars

Niederwald by Rachel Vincent
This one takes place before If I Die. Sabine and Emma have a misadventure with some harpies. All in order for Sabine to talk to a psychic who gives her some shocking revelations of things to come. Things that pop up in If I Die! 5/5 stars

Merely Mortal by Melissa Marr
Donia and Keenan plan a vacation together to try to escape their problems. Except while on vacation they encounter another kind of problem; exposure. 4/5 stars

Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong
Chloe and gang are back! Loved this story since I missed Chloe and her friends. Kit tells Tori the truth that was left hanging last time in Reckoning. She then runs off, Chloe tried to comfort her and explain things, but then someone else gets in her way. 5/5 stars

Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan
Christian is a vampire in a music band. He feels like an outcast among them at times, yet when things start getting scary, such as a vampire girl coming for him and being kidnapped, Christian will learn that a band is like family. 3.5/5 stars

Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
Logan travels with his brother and sister wanting to make amends with them, but they can't hear him. So he must look for someone born after the Shift to translate. 3/5 stars

Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting
Rafe is on a mission to find his girlfriend, Sophie, who is on the run from her insane father. But the dream and visions he's having tells Rafe he's running short on time. He must hurry, before the unthinkable happens. 4.5/5 stars

Leaving by Ally Condie
Sora has had a tough time adjusting since her father left. She's an outsider among her people. So she plans to leave like her dad did, but first she must get through a huge obstacle; the dance. 3/5 stars

At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday
Really enjoyed this one! Jane is a hunter from a family of hunters, wanting to prove herself, she goes out on her own to take down a flesh-eating group of girl scouts! She quickly realizes that she's in over her head. Things get worse when the people who pick her up are vampires heading to the Rocky Horror Picture Show convention--such a sad thing that Jane didn't know what that was--get a flat tire near a spooky old mansion in the woods. "There's a liiiiiiiight..." 5/5 stars

IV League by Margaret Stohl
Lola and her friend Hopper are Drinkers, they, along with a group of kids from their nowhere town, are on a trip looking at colleges. Having to fake and forge documents to apply for college makes things hard. Loloa will do whatever it takes to leave her small town life behind. 2/5 stars

Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson
Giselle is a gargoullie kidnapped and de-winged on her way to be sold to a duke. Her love, Etienne is determined to rescue her, but she doesn't want him harmed so she sends him away. The duke shows her kindness and offers her a job and home, since she can't remember anything about her life prior to arriving. Then the peasant who brought her to the duke brings along another man, one who's familiar but who Giselle can't seem to place. 4/5 stars

The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
It's the middle of the night when Jess is awakened by her sister Krissy telling her they have to go to San Antonio. So they do. But it's dangerous on the road. Strange people are after them. And the man they went to meet tells them of a strange prophecy that they will fulfill. 3.5/5

Automatic by Rachel Caine
Michael is one of the first to try the new canned blood at the center. At first it seems to be a good replacement for the plasma stuff. Yet he and his girlfriend Eve, both find that it has startling aftereffects. 4/5 stars

An amazing anthology! The stories were all good! Some deeply emotional and others a bit confusing at times, but a few of them may have been due to the fact that I haven't read any of the books prior to the anthology! My absolute faves got 5/5 stars! Those were the best of the best!

Overall rating 4/5 stars


  1. Wow, Jessica. Thanks for such a thorough review. I've wondering what Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia's work would be like if they wrote separately. Seems like for Stohl, it didn't work out so great.

    With so many authors represented here, looks like you can't go wrong with this anthology. It would give me the chance to read work by authors I have been meaning to try out for a while.

  2. Yes, thanks for such a great review! The only books I've read of those so far was the Melissa Marr series Wicked Lovely which I absolutely loved. I can only imagine how confusing it would be if you haven't read any of the other books in these series.

  3. This one sounds promising. I bought a copy when the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour stopped in my city because most of the authors on the tour as also in this anthology. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet but good to hear that yo enjoyed it!

  4. I LOVED Red Run! I'm not quite finished; I still have a few stories to go. I can't wait to finish, though. I agree some of the stories are confusing.

    So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the review!

  5. This sounds great. In particular, the Melissa Marr story. THanks for the heads up!



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