Review and Give-Away: Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong et al.

Posted 12 September, 2011 by Danny in / 53 Comments

Enthralled
by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Claudia Grey,

Carrie Ryan, Kami Garcia, Jackson Pearce, Rachel Vincent,
Sarah Rees Brennan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kimberly Derting,
Ally Condie, Jessica Verday, Margaret Stohl,
Mary E. Pearson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Rachel Caine
(authors listed in order of appearence)
Publishing: September 20, 2011
Links: IndieBound
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Amazon, Barnes & Noble
(available as Kindle/Nook editions)
ARC provided by publisher for a fair and honest review

Synopsis from Goodreads

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 landscapes 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.

Review

When I first heard about this anthology half a year ago, I already knew this would be high up on my to read list. And I was not disappointed!

This book of short stories has a little something for everyone. While there were stories by authors I absolutely adore in here (I mean, hello!?!?!? Carrie Ryan, Kami Garcia, Margie Stohl AND Melissa Marr???? *dead faint*) there are stories also by authors I’ve heard about and have wanted to read but haven’t had the chance. This is one of the things I love about anthologies…you get a little taste of the works and worlds of lots of different authors and it’s a great way to get to know them and see if their style meshes with your tastes. And while I adored the works by the aforementioned authors that make me fangirl squeal with delight just by typing their names, I equally enjoyed the stories by the other authors.

For example, there’s an amazing story, Gargouille, by Mary E. Pearson about gargoyles. But really what it’s about is love and loss and the lengths one will go to be with the one person they’re fated to be with. It’s beautiful! I want so, so much more on this topic please, Ms. Pearson. And, if I may, yes please to lots more of Etienne!

And then there’s The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This is an extraordinary story about sisters and possibly the end of the world. It’s epically awesome! I mean we’ve got supernatural forces, a fun, not-so-allowed road trip, McDonalds and broken necks all in the same story. And these sisters, Jess and Kissy, they’re hysterical together. Very real, very funny, very much made me want to know more about their story.

*Pushy looks out across the interwebs to Jennifer Lynn Barnes* Allow me to take a brief moment to address Ms. Barnes personally…why oh why is this not an excerpt from a fully written series?????? How can you taunt me with a story this rich and detailed and holy chimichanga gripping and NOT have more for me to read about these characters?????? Please tell me you’re not this cruel and that you have plans for a quartet of books about Jess, Kissy and what happens next! Pretty please??????

*back to the review* And these are but two of the sixteen amazing stories in this book. I want to gush about each and every one of them, but the post would get too long and let’s face it…you don’t want to take my word for it, you need to find out for yourselves.

Bottom Line

Run like a ninja and get this book as soon as you can! You WON’T regret it!

I give it 4.5 out of 5 books

Final Notes

You know how I said you should run like a ninja? Yeah…. the thing about that is, if a very special woman hadn’t worked her MAD book ninja skills for me at BEA a few months ago, I wouldn’t have this book in the first place. So, I would like to thank the awesometastic mother of Jenny from Supernatural Snark for going to bat for me during the insanity that was BEA and getting me a copy of this much wanted anthology. Mama Snark, I owe you BIG TIME!!!! Feel free to collect the next time I’m up your way in TC. I owe you at least a couple of drinks!

Give-Away

Oh, yes! Mama’s Snarks work doesn’t just benefit me but all of the blogosphere!! Enter the form below to win one of two ARCs of this book, one of which Mama Snark elbowed people out of her way to get signed by none other than Melissa Marr!!!! That’s right, I will not be the only one to benefit from Mama Snark’s fierce ninja skills, you can too!

And don’t forget to leave a comment telling me which of the authors in this compilation is your favorite and why! US/Canada only. Winners will be announced Saturday, September 17th.

Now go and get lost…in a book!

Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
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53 Responses to “Review and Give-Away: Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong et al.”

  1. ladyvampire

    Kelley Armstrong is my favorite out of all the authors listed but I know and enjoy reading most of these author's books. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  2. Steph

    I am excited to read the story by Ally Condie, author of Matched, because she said it was one of her favorite things she was written.

  3. Davina Potter

    i LOVE Melissa Marr's books! and i'd love to read the other author's selections as well πŸ™‚
    (1st post )

  4. Linda

    Oh, I have wanted to read this book for some time now, I would love to get a copy (cant wait any longer :p )

  5. I love Melissa Marr! She took old old material and put a great modern spin on it. I appreciate that her fiction tends to no have gratuitous language or violence and she is a fantastic wordsmith in her own right!

  6. Cambriana

    There are soooo many authors in here that are my favs. I can't wait to get this book! Thank you so much for this giveaway!! I love Melissa marr and many of the others as well and then there is some i have never even heard. this book sounds AMAZING!!! Thank you so much!<3

  7. Cambriana

    Kelley Armstrong is my favorite out of all the authors listed but I know and enjoy reading most of these author's books. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. Cambriana

    So excited for this anthology! I love reading short stories, and paranormal at that. When I learned the line-up of authors for Enthralled (esp. Melissa Marr!) i immediately noted this one! thanks for the review. ;D the only author they are missing is L.J. Smith to make this book out of this world!!

  9. Cambriana

    This is the book I've been trying to get my hands on!!!! =) Can't wait to read it. Im so happy for the chance to win a copy!!!!!!! XD<3 i will be refering this contest on to many others πŸ™‚ Thanks<3

  10. Cambriana

    i love melissa marr's writing style she draws you in slowly at first then "SNAP" your hooked! You can't put it down. You should never read her books before you go to bed because one chapter leads to two chapter and before you know it It's 4a.m and you now have a finished book. <3 i cant wait to read this book there is so many authors i have never heard of cant wait to sample what they've got. Oh and thanks Bewitched Bookworms & Momma Snark and her MAD Ninja skills for giving us a chance for this new wonderful book!
    – Cambriana

  11. Kelly

    I don't know why, but I thought always thought this book was already out. No wonder I couldn't find it at the bookstore. Just read Jackson Pearce's "Sweetly" was awesome. Currently reading "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting.

  12. Nancye Davis

    This sounds like a very interesting book! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. Cassy Hansen

    I love every single one of these authors especially Melissa Marr ! This is an amazing lineup of authors and im so thankful to have a chance to win.

  14. Jules@OneBookShy

    That is a tough question. A lot of talent there to choose from. I guess I would have to say Melissa Marr because I have enjoyed everything I have read of hers. Thanks,Jules

  15. Jules@OneBookShy

    That is a tough question. A lot of talent there to choose from. I guess I would have to say Melissa Marr because I have enjoyed everything I have read of hers.

    Thanks,
    Jules

  16. Susan Light

    I don't usually like anthologies but I am super excited for this one. The first story I am going to read is a toss up between Kimberly Derting and Melissa Marr. Both completely interest me.

  17. Jennelle S

    My favorite author in this anthology is by far Kelley Armstrong, though I also really like Carrie Ryan and Ally Condie.

    sablelexi

  18. Candice J

    This anthology is like a best of the best, but my favorite author has to be Carrie Ryan. Her Forest of Hands and Teeth series is hands down the best zombie books I have ever read.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I actually haven't read any of these authors before, but their books are all on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  20. Tina

    It's hard to pick my fav author from that amazing list!! But if I HAVE to I'd pick Melissa, no…Kami…well….Jackson….Rachel…crap…I can't choose!!!

  21. Rachel Caine is one of my favorite authors! I started out reading her YA series, The Morganville Vampires, and then moved on to her Weather Warden series. Both series have such amazing characters! And I don't care who you are, if you don't have a crush on both Michael and Shane, you should re-read every book in the series and rethink your guy choices!
    My recent post Remember

  22. Jordan

    I love Melissa Marr! She has taken time old material and put a great modern spin on it. I appreciate that her fiction tends to no have gratuitous language or violence and she is a fantastic wordsmith in her own right! I am also excited to read the story by Ally Condie, author of Matched, because she said it was one of her favorite things she was written. Thank you so much for a chance to win! <3 <3 <3 <3

  23. Jennifer Rayment

    Love kelley Armstrong, strong female characters and she is just a born storyteller, I always get lost in her stories

  24. Shae Carcar

    The cover is so cool looking! I love Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr so this book should be awesome!

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