Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by 

Kristy's Rating: 4.5 stars of 5

Review: What I absolutely loved about this anthology is that is had some of my favorite authors and new authors that I must read more of! I bought this to read BRIDGE by Jeri Smith-Ready. Her Shade Trilogy is my favorite trilogy hands down. BRIDGE was from Logan Keeley's perspective and was about helping his brother Mickey cope with Logan's death. It was powerfully emotional for anyone familiar with the trilogy (I cannot get into detail due to spoilers). If you have not read The Shade Trilogy you will still like Logan's off the cuff style and wit...also go read SHADE and SHIFT!

GARGOUILLE by Mary E. Pearson
This was the second story that I fell in love with. I have not read anything by this author ( The Adoration of Jenna Fox currently sits on my shelf) before reading this story. I was immediately brought into the story of Giselle and Etienne. Both are deeply in love and about to be married when Giselle in a moment of elation over her engagement lets her wings spread revealing that she is a gargouille. She is captured and carted off by a poacher who wishes to sell her and her removed wings to a Duke. Giselle knows she will begin to lose her gargouille memories and with that her memory of Etienne.  Etienne finds her caged and Giselle must send him away for his own protection. She knows it is the only way to keep the few reamining gargouille safe. Etienne vows he will find her, make her remember him and they will be together. I will not reveal what happens but this story was heart-wrenching love and if it were a book I would be all over it!

A  simple story about two kids coming into their paranormal talents. Likeable characters and could easily be a full novel.

SCENIC ROUTE by Carrie Ryan
Wow! This dystopian short gripped me. Action packed and suspenseful, over too quickly.

RED RUN by Kami Garcia
Ghost story with a twist!

FACING FACT by Kelley Armstrong
I was happy to see Derek, Simon, Chloe and Tori are back! I read this trilogy so to see a little of what comes after the end of the trilogy was thrilling for me. It felt like this series could go another round and pick-up from this short. If you loved The Summoning Series then you will be happy to get a little more.

SKIN CONTACT by Kimberly Derting
After Rafe was introduced in Desires of the Dead, I think we were all intrigued. He was mysterious yet wounded. Here we see what talent Rafe has and how he came to work with the FBI and Sara Priest. Tragic story that puts Rafe into perspective.

All in all I felt this anthology was well done. All the stories are captivating in their own way and as all good books do...leave us wanting MORE!

1 comment:

Mundie Moms said...

I really enjoyed this book as well! There's such a fabulous collection of YA paranormal short stories.

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