Enthralled edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong

How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Paranormal

First Impression: Meh.

Synopsis: “Enthralled” is a collection of 14 original teen paranormal short stories from some of today’s bestselling YA talent, united with the common theme of road trips.

Giovanni’s Farewell: by Claudia Gray
Scenic Route: by Carrie Ryan
Red Run: by Kami Garcia
Things About Love: by Jackson Pearce
Niederwald: by Rachel Vincent
Merely Mortal: by Melissa Marr
Facing Facts: by Kelley Armstrong
Let’s Get this Undead Show on the Road: by Sarah Rees Brennan
Bridge: by Jeri Smith-Ready
Skin Contact: by Kimberly Derting
Leaving: by Ally Condie
At The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show: by Jessica Verday
IV League: by Margaret Stohl
Gargouille: by Mary E. Pearson
The Third Kind: by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Automatic: by Rachel Caine

200 words (or less) review:  Honestly the only reason I bought this book was because I found it in the bargain bucket at a local discount bookstore. I’ve never been a short story fan. Once I saw Carrie Ryan, Sarah Rees Brennan & Jackson Pearce had contributed stories I was a bit more enthusiastic.

Some of the stories, such as Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong’s contribution, I didn’t finish as it became clear that they were part of existing works by the author that I hadn’t yet read. Or only read the first book, so I felt like I’d spoil things by finishing them. I was pleasantly surprised by a few and actually liked Red Run and At The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show best.

The fact that quite a few of the contributions are part of existing works makes it harder to rate. Had I not read As You Wish by Jackson Pearce I doubt I’d have enjoyed Things About Love as much as I did.

Overall there are enough good stories and I’ll be a looking up a couple of authors on the back of this.

Recommend it?

If you already know and like the authors.

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