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Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions - Jeri Smith-Ready, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary E. Pearson, Rachel Vincent, Ally Condie, Sarah Rees Brennan, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Carrie Ryan, Kimberly Derting, Jackson Pearce, Jessica Verday, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong Here are the stories contained in this anthology which all take some form of a detour. For an anthology, it is amazing since I didn't skip any stories! I usually find one or two that I just can't read. Giovanni’s Farewell by Claudia GrayThis will leave you wanting more: twins develop supernatural powers while in Rome and have an adventure.Scenic Route by Carrie RyanYou will be extremely familiar with the post apocalyptic world here if you have read Carrie's previous zombie books. This one is just as creepy and follows two sisters who are barricaded in a remote home and are found by brothers who get quite a surprise by the older sister.IV League by Margaret StohlSouthern Gothic moves to the Northeast as a vampire tries to attend Harvard with her "normal" friend. Red Run by Kami GarciaSeriously, seriously creepy. A girl is searching for her boyfriend and comes face to face with a ghost who is haunting Red Run Road. The story has a nice and unexpected twist when the ghost turns out to be something else.Things About Love by Jackson PearceSomething new! This is a nice little romance with a twist that is told from the point of view of a genie and the boy she is sent to protect. I adored this sweet story.Niederwald by Rachel Vincent Ahhh, yes! Sabine and Emma take a road trip from Soul Screamers. Sabine is one of my favorite characters and her bad attitude is almost put in the background in this story. A must read for fans of the series since a bit more about Kaylee is revealed.A Mortal Winter King by Melissa MarrDonia and Keenan take a vacation! They try to make it normal, but of course that doesn't work out when Donia tries to be human again. This left me wanting more.Facing Facts by Kelley ArmstrongI haven't read the last book in the series with Chloe but this one brings out a bit more of Derek and explains what happens to Tori when she finds out what happened to her father. Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees BrennanADORED this one! I am a huge fan so to read more words by Sarah Ress Brennan is a pleasure. This one follows a boy band with a vampire lead singer and the corrupt manager that treats him like a second class citizen. Bridge by Jeri Smith-ReadyThe first story I immediately turned to was Jeri Smith Ready's Bridge where Logan contacts his brother, who is deeply depressed and considering suicide since he feels responsible in part for Logan's death. The story is told in free verse which is amazing considering the effort it takes to contain a lot of thought in so few words. This is a must read for any Shade/Shift fan.Skin Contact by Kimberly DertingI haven't read this series yet, but the story was a nice start for me. I will have to go back and check this one out.Leaving by Ally CondieI liked this one as well. I haven't read anything by her before and this was a nice introduction.At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica VerdayAnyone who can take girl scouts and make them into cannibals, a van full of cross dressing vampires and evil ghosts, well, that has my vote! This one is very humorous and amazingly action packed for a quick read. I want more!Gargouille by Mary E. PearsonA new type of love story for me in which gargoyles are the main feature. This is a very sweet story about a girl gargoyle who find love. This would be wonderful to be a full feature.The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn BarnesJess' sister Krissy needs to follow her impulses even if that means racing off in the middle of the night. I wish this one had a bit more conclusion.Automatic by Rachel Caine.I have Caine's whole series sitting here and I haven't read them. The story goes into detail about Michael and a new machine that dispense blood like a coke machine at Amelie's request. The blood's preservatives have interesting effects on Michael.

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