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Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction

Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction [Kindle Edition]

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BB994WE
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (28 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M29VWC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richelle mead is awesome 28 Aug 2012
By neela
I have to admit, the only reason i bought this was to read the short spin off story by richelle mead. I have got to say it was fantastic but a plus point was the story about simone elkeles. I love her so bonus there. I have yet to read the others but so far so gd!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 10 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this anthology simply for the last short story, Homecoming.
While Homecoming wasn't quite as brilliant as I had hoped (I had high hopes), the rest of the short stories are equally as awesome. Every single one is different and engaging. Well worth a read, whether you have read other stuff by the authors or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great collection 4 Sep 2012
By R. Wilson - Published on
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"Gentlemen Send Phantoms" by Laini Taylor:4/5 3 girls wanting to meet their intended follow a town tradition by making cakes and waiting to see what guys phantom appears to them.

"Burned Bright" by Diana Peterfreund:5/5 This one is about a cult, and a planned group death that goes wrong/ or right? and the ramifications of the ppl who do not die.

"The Angriest Man" by Lisa McMann:1/5 A boy who was told all his life that everything is his fault, and therefor he acts accordingly.

"Out of the Blue" by Meg Cabot: 3/5 2 twins (girl, boy) meet an alien as small children and then grow up and finaly share the story of meeting the alien. This one has a lot of personality, the reader gets to know the character of both twins.

"One True Love" by Malinda Lo: 5/5 This is about a princess being trapped away not getting to see men ever bc it will lead to his downfall. Just dont assume everyone is heterosexual. I love that!!

"This Is a Mortal Wound" by Michael Grant: 3/5 A smart ass boy who is living the good life and then is kidnapped and is made to do school work and at the end he is still a smart ass. What I liked about this story is that the writer is saying there is not always just one way to do something, different methods work.

"Misery" by Heather Brewer: 5/5. A story about a boy (and the rest of the town) who all get a present every year. This year the boy is nervous before he gets the present. Will he not like it? This is a non happy town, not unhappy, just blah. He is unique bc most ppl do not feel this way about their present. Which means he does not belong in this town.

"The Mind Is a Powerful Thing" by Matt de la Pena: 4/5 A paranoid girl, who had a terrible experience watching her loved ones get murdered as a child goes out on her 16th birthday and gets a fortune cookie that makes her fear the whole evening. She then sets things into motion herself (maybe if she hadnt been so paranoid things would have turned out different?)

"The Chosen One" by Saundra Mitchell: 4/5 Sisterly love. The older crownded princess is dieing and the younger one follows a profecy to try and save her. She is a selfless girl and meets a boy who helps her save her sister. I cant say much more without spoilers. Basically if you are selfless and love something good might come to you in the end.

"Improbable Futures" by Kami Garcia: 3.5/5 A young fortune teller brought up in the circus life, disliking her life and is tired of lieing and giving out negative fortunes. But is she really lieing?

"Death for the Deathless" by Margaret Stohl: 3.5/5 (this author and the one before write together a series, but these shorts are not based on the series) This is about nostradomus and the imortals behind him. A man and a women (both points of view) and their having to tell the other imortals that the end of the world is today.

"Fate" by Simone Elkeles: 4/5 fluffy sweet romance between two teens. One a pessimist and one an optimist. With a happy ending.

"The Killing Garden" by Carrie Ryan: 5/5 Story by the editor of the collection. A young lady gardener who isnt just a gardener, she protects the kingdom and races the kings prisoners. If she wins the race she strangles them to death, if they win they are exhiled. She always wanted to prove she could handle it to her dad who was the previous gardener and so she took her job serious until she meets a man who changes how she feels about her life/ her job.

"Homecoming" by Richelle Mead: 4/5 The only short story based from a novel in this collection. Vampire Academy (dont read short unless you read series) I loved getting to see Rose and Demitri together again. :) they go back and visit his family and his crazy grandma makes another prediction, and so they are off again to kill a strog. who is killing towns ppl. lots of wittiness as usual and the last pages were amazing, no more books on them, but i think the last pages give enough hints.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review - Foretold 18 Dec 2012
By Kris @Imaginary Reads - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully imagined collection of prophecy and prediction 4 April 2013
By Sara - Published on
I've always been fascinated by the theme explored in Foretold: prophecy and prediction. I remember various instances throughout my childhood when my mother told me that, for better or worse, something was meant to be. Later, in middle school, I fell in love with the epic tale of a boy fulfilling a prophecy in David Eddings' The Belgariad. Then, in high school and college, I was intrigued by the idea of self-fulfilling prophecy I studied in my psychology course. So, when I picked up this collection of short stories, I was curious see what others would connect to the mysterious concepts.

In addition to my initial curiosity about the theme of this collection, I was interested in the concept of a collection of short stories. Though I'd glanced at them before, I'd never actually sat down and read a collection of short stories... or any short stories at all apart from those assigned in my literature seminars. I found it curious that many readers appeared to have purchased or read this collection specifically for Richelle Mead's short story, Homecoming, which centers around Rose and Dmitri the Vampire Academy books, which was worrisome to me because I never finished that series and hadn't picked one up in years.

The anthology begins with Laini Taylor's Gentleman Send Phantoms, which I immediately adored. For me, that story set the tone for the entire collection. Whimsical with gorgeous imagery, this story set the tone as anything is possible. Each story had an entirely different feel and tone, yet they were all connected by thread extending from Taylor's story.

The anthology ends with the Richelle Mead story based in the world of the VA books. For me the story didn't shine as bright as it might have if I still read the VA books or had read them recently. I remember really loving Rose and her world, but the details were hazy and I didn't feel as invested in Rose and Dmitri's story after being away from it for so long.

Unless you are a diehard fan of their story, I can't imagine buying an entire book and never reading the other stories. Because they are amazing. Even the ones that wasn't entirely captivated by were interesting. I have read full length books by many of the authors in this anthology, so I'm familiar with their writing, but I was blown away by what I read in Foretold. The style of each author was present, but shaped in a completely new way.

I was particularly drawn to the stories that featured magic and fantasy than those that were more science fiction or realistic... Still there were a couple in the latter categories that ended up being favorites as well:

Laini Taylor / Gentleman Send Phantoms
Malinda Lo / One True Love
Heather Brewer / Misery
Saundra Mitchell / The Chosen One
Margie Stohl / Death for the Deathless
Simone Elkeles / Fate
Diana Peterfreund / Burned Bright
Carrie Ryan / The Killing Garden
Lisa McMann / The Angriest Man

Many of the stories that ended up being on of my favorites felt very connected to other things I'd read by them, like the stories by Laini Taylor, Malinda Lo, Richelle Mead, and Michael Grant. Others, however, showed side of some of my favorite authors that I wasn't as familiar with, like Saundra Mitchell, Simone Elkeles, Diana Peterfreund, Carrie Ryan, and Lisa McMann, and I wanted more. Plus, I experienced some writers for the first time, like Matt de la Pena, Margie Stohl, Kami Garcia, and Heather Brewer.

Not only did I love the stories in this collection, I closed the covers with a hunger to read and reread a number of these authors. It felt like a nice little snack to help decide what I wanted for my main course: whatever full length novel I chose to read next, perhaps by one of the authors in this wonderfully imagined collection.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag 30 Dec 2012
By Alexia - Published on
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This is one of those books that made me fall off my book buying ban again, as how could I be expected to resist such an incredible collection of authors? That being said, I found this a mixed bag, as some of the stories did not live up to my high expectations.

Short stories are not easy to write, as you have to pack a lot of punch into a limited amount of words. We already know that these authors are talented writers, but some of the stories work better than others.

My biggest complaint is that several of the stories didn't seem to fit the theme of this anthology. I was expecting more stories about seers, oracles, fortune tellers, psychics, etc.

Here's a quick recap of my impressions:

Malinda Lo -
Had mixed feelings about this one. It's sort of a tale of a self-fulfilling prophecy, but with a twist. Different enough that I liked it, despite a few cliches.

Lisa McMann -
This was one I didn't really care for. Didn't really "get" it or enjoy the story. Next!

Kami Garcia -
This one had it's good points, and I liked that it was told from the point of view of a fortune-telling grifter. Big John was a little confusing, but overall I enjoyed it.

Margaret Stohl -
Didn't really care for this one and it just didn't work for me.

Laini Taylor -
This was one of the better entries, as I really enjoyed the mythology she wove involving dreamcakes and the phantom of your future husband.

Michael Grant -
This story was a little silly. And I don't really see the tie-in with the theme of the anthology.

Saundra Mitchell -
Really enjoyed this one! From the mythology created to the characters to the plot. Very well done!

Richelle Mead -
A Rose and Dimitri short story. Fans will not be disappointed!

Matt de la Pena -
Didn't really care for this story. Another self-fulfilling prophecy, but I can't see a 16 year old girl being that paranoid to begin with...

Meg Cabot -
Liked the twist in this one! Add it to the plus column!

Heather Brewer -
Not really sure about this one. Don't really understand what the town of Misery is, but I have my suspicions. And it's a tenuous tie-in for the theme, but a well-done story!

Diana Peterfreund -
Another really good entry! This one is about a cult preparing for their ascension into Heaven, and the aftermath when things don't turn out as planned.

Simone Elkeles -
I enjoyed the story, but don't think it fit into this anthology.

Carrie Ryan -
I enjoyed the story and liked the world Carrie created, but again, I don't see how it fits the theme.

Gave this collection a 3/5 rating as I liked it, but didn't think it lived up to the theme. I'd recommend borrowing it from the library instead of buying, as it was expensive for an eBook.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars perfect bedside book 27 Oct 2012
By kimbacaffeinate - Published on
The collection Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction offers tales by some of today's most popular young adult authors. From witches to aliens these short stories are sure to have something for everyone. I love collections like this because it offers me the chance to explore new authors. I found it to be the perfect bedside book and each night I read a different tale.

The stories all deal with prophecy and prediction. There are witches, an oracle, gypsies and tales of judgment day. With the Mayan end of the world date approaching these tales are sure to make you shiver. Some offered lessons and most will make you think.

Gentlemen Send Phantoms by Lani Taylor takes us to a village on all Faith's Day. The Chosen One by Sandra Mitchell is the story of two princesses; one is destine to be queen. Burned Bright by Diana Peterfreud deals with the consequences of judgment day. Homecoming by Richelle Mead has Dimitri and his family. Misery by Heather Brewer takes us to a town called Misery which closely resembles purgatory. The Angriest Man by Lisa McMann deals with a young teenage boy who growls when he speaks. Out of the Blue by Meg Cabot is a series of interviews about two fraternal twins and events that occurred on their sixth birthday. One True Love by Malinda Lo is about a princess prophesied to bring down the king and what he does. This is a Mortal Wound by Michael Grant is set in the future and deals with a boy being expelled. The Mind is a Powerful Thing by Matt de la Pena shares the power a prophecy can hold. Improbable Futures by Kami Garcia has gypsies and psychic readings. Death for the Deathless by Margaret Stohl deals with immortality. Fate by Simone Elkeles is a love story. The Killing Garden by Carrie Ryan tells the story of the emperor's stranglers and a young woman.

Overall I enjoyed these tales. As with any collection some I really liked and others were meh. Noteworthy reads for me were Gentlemen Send Phantoms, the Killing Gardens, Misery, Burned Bright and Out of the Blue. Homecoming was interesting, but I kind of felt like something was missing, largely because I have not read this series. I found some new authors and would really like to see the Gentlemen Sends Phantoms developed into a full story *hint*

I want to thank Random House for sending a finished copy in exchange for my unbiased review. originally posted at caffeinated book reviewer dot com
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