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Foretold by Carrie Ryan
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Jun 13, 15

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Read from September 04 to 11, 2012

I am going to rate this according to the short stories inside and as a whole.

The main reason I really wanted to read this is because of Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bones) and Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy and Bloodlines). Though i haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bones, I have been hearing positive feedbacks so I am hoping that by reading this I will have a good introduction on the book. For Richelle Mead, Well i just missed Romitri. :>

Homecoming: Richelle Mead
1.5 stars

Well, it was an okay story. I really missed Rose's POV and RoMitri but I felt that it was lacking in the romance department. I was expecting some quality time with the family. I wanted to know more about Dimitri. Dimitri's past. How his sisters sees him. I expected more of a family bonding plus romance short story. That was what I was expecting. I also expected to have an insight of how some of the guys were doing at that time. So I was kind of disappointed when the story turned out to be another action filled vacation. Because come on, Rose's life was already full of action that i just wanted her to experience a normal love story life with a mix of that Rose perspective. You know it would be really interesting.

Maybe, Yes, Rose and Dimitri really are some people who can't avoid the action but It wouldn't hurt if Mead made the short story longer to add those aspect in the story. I really felt that RoMitri was just somehow used for promotional purposes, because really Homecoming could've been just an bonus feature in one of her books. Maybe an event from one of the Vampire Academy book in another character's perspective would've been more interesting. I think a story about Abe and Jeanine would've been better.

Gentlemen Send Phantom: Laini Taylor
5.0 stars

The story is about this village with their superstition that when teenage girl do this traditional act of baking a cake with special something a phantom of a guy will appear and this will be the one they'll end up with. This story revolves around this tradition and Pippin.

Awww. This was one of my favorites of what I have finished up to now. I have 5 stories left to read The story is so cute. I really love how their love story went. The whole superstition thingy really was a very nice touch. I just had some difficulty with the writing at first because all that rhyming was kind of annoying, but after a while I got used to it. I don't have so much to say about this story because I don't know, it just went so smoothly and I was fangirling over Matty and Pippin. It was good that for a short story, Taylor made me fangirl over the two lead characters. If a short story from Taylor made me feel all tingly inside and ship for her characters, then I am expecting a lot from Daughter of Smoke and Bones.I will expect a lot of feels from that book. haha. :)

Burned Bright: Diana Peterfreund
3.0 stars

This story is about Bright and a prophecy. The prophecy says that the end of the world is near and that it was Bright and his family's (well mostly his father's) job to deliver those who would believe them to salvation. But what if it was all a lie?

This story was very interesting. The topic really piqued my curiosity. This is certainly one of the most interesting story so far. The head jump also helped in making this story more interesting. The thing is the two perspectives are literally so different from each other which is good, which means you really had a distinct image of what is happening. Bright sees things as all part of God's plan. In the end, she really had that strong faith that it is her job to lead all these people to salvation. While Sam, sees the truth in all of it.
The story had an open ending but it is enough to make me decide that this story is REALLY CREEPY. I mean really creepy. Bright is creepy despite of all the goodness and her will of just to help her followers. She is just plain creepy. I mean she is already on my border line of crazy. o.O

Sam, on the other hand, is the total opposite of Sam. If Bright sees lies, Sam sees the truth, the only problem is, if Bright is so determined to do what it takes to redeem her people, Sam on the other hand, is a coward. So all in all, the story was okay. It is compelling but it's just plain creepy in my opinion. o.O

The Angriest Man: Lisa McMann
1.0 stars

This story is about a girl who believed that she is bad to the bone. She's abused by everyone around her, even her mother. So basically that's what I understood in the story. I don't know if it was just me, but I think the author was trying so hard to hide the story through symbolisms, and that for me was so uncool. I mean, okay fine, you want to be deep and put symbolisms in your story go ahead, just don't get carried away. I don't know if I just have to read this story again for me to be able to get the point of the story because frankly after the part where in she states that she was put by a jerk in her school in a closet, after that i'm really not sure about what's happening.
Though yes I can assume that it was about making peace with your inner demons in order to overcome them, but i don't know. I just didn't get it. o.o Maybe i'll re-read this just to get the point of the story.

Out of the Blue: Meg Cabot
5.0 stars

I love this! The story is about these fraternal twins who they claim that they saw an alien that stated that they are destined for greatness.

I loved everything about this story. The story was a series of interviews among the main and supporting characters of the story. What I love about this story is that the format gave each characters the opportunity to shine. It was like a short story inside a story. I also love that it was not just a story about aliens and stuff, but a cute love story too. haha. I love how Cabot kind of squeezed in that teenager life angle in the story and also managed to squeeze in the alien part. I also liked the idea implied in the story that telling the truth is always the best. :) It was amazing. One of my favorites so far. :)

One True Love: Malinda Lo
3.5 stars
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This Is a Mortal Wound by Michael Grant
4.0 stars

This story is about a guy named Tomaso Hockmeier, and his struggles with this certain Teacher Ms. Gills and his struggle with learning.
I love Tomaso, yeah despite the weird name, I really love him. He's witty, smart, and stands for his principles. The story is set in the near future specifically 2019 where in there were no actual school, where in you have just this electronic gadget that set-ups what you have to take up for today, your assignments and all that jazz. You face it on whatever time you want. I know isn't it awesome?

As a student, I really am fascinated with this story. The set-up of the story is like a dream come true for every student. College, elementary or highschool alike. So in this story, Tomaso kind of offended one of his teachers which is Ms. Gills. He was put into trouble by getting information outside the prescribed reading list. So, as the time went by and Tomaso is now enjoying the easy set-up, he was suddenly kidnapped and put on Ms. Gill's "Troubled Youth" school were in teenagers the same age of Tomaso were put into a classroom set-up and force them to learn the way Ms. Gills wanted them to- by the book.
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Misery: Heather Brewer
3.5 stars

This story is about Alek and the town of Misery, where in everything is bland. You can probably call it "The gray zone".
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The Mind is a Powerful Thing
2.5 stars

How paranoid can you be? I mean seriously? The story is about a girl named Joana is celebrating her 16th birthday but she gets this mysterious fortune from her fortune cookie which made her believe that she's going to die on her birthday.

So yea, this story is just... WTF. I mean seriously. This girl needs to see a psychiatrist. She's so paranoid that I am really wincing every time she brings up something that might be dangerous. I mean, okay fine, you can be afraid because of some fortune but according to the story she's paranoid even before she received that fortune so, yea. i was kinda wondering how hard it must be to be her. She doesn't feel safe everywhere. I just wished someone told her that it's a fact of life and that it doesn't matter how hard you try to be safe if it's your time then you're gonna die. I so don't want to be in her shoes. I don't want to be like her. How can you enjoy your life being cautious every time. o.o

The Chosen One: aundra Mitchell
3.0 stars

The story is about a princess who went on a quest to find the fabled cup so that she can help heal her sister who was dying. Well the story was okay. But i kind of felt that the adventure part of the story was a little bit forced. It was lacked the excitement and the I found myself scanning the adventure part of the story. Though the cute love story redeemed it for me. I find the main character a little unappealing. I kind of liked her sister's cleverness better. I just hated the fact that she's so insecure and think of herself as no one. so yea. the story was okay.

Improbable Futures: Kami Garcia
3.5 stars

I liked that the story featured con men. haha. Well i really liked how this is a story about changing your fate. Ilina is a very strong character. Despite of all that she's been through, she still managed to stand up for herself. I really like the spunk.

Death for the Deathless: Margaret Stohl
4.0 stars

Really nice story, The premise of predicting the end of the world is once again used in this story but gave it a different take. I really like the characters, and the love story squeezed in the story. It was nicely done and though the major plot twist was a little predictable it was still nicely done. One of the best stories in the book :)

The Killing Garden: Carrie Ryan
2.5 stars

The story is about a girl who was trying her hardest to get his father's approval. At first the story was very good, the plot really did great to get my attention. It had a very good premise, but as soon as the author tried to insert that love story, I kind of felt that it was a little forced. I didn't feel the connection between the girl and Rete. after the resolution of defeating her father was semi-resolved, i felt the story went downhill from there.

Fate: Simone Elkeles
4.5 stars

I loved it!!! The characters are so adorable. Though at first I thought Carson was a girl, it turned out he was a boy. This story is a cute love story. It liked everything about it. The chemistry between Carson and Willow was off the charts. oh and the ending. Perfect.

So the book had it's strong points and weak points, but overall it was a good collection of short stories. The theme of prophecy and prediction can be clearly seen all throughout the stories.
Actual Rating: 2.5

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Reading Progress

09/04/2012 page 47
13.0% "Just finished reading both Laini Taylor and Richelle Mead's story. I must say I really like the one Taylor wrote. It's so cuuuuteeee!!! :> Matty and Pippin!"
09/05/2012 page 53
14.0% "That last story about Bright and Sam was a little creepy o_O"
09/06/2012 page 99
26.0% "Just finished Meg Cabot's story. I loved it! :>"
09/07/2012 page 99
26.0% "Lesbo story alert. Nice mix of stories. hahah."
09/07/2012 page 111
30.0% "Michael Grant I googled Tomaso hockmeier no results came out. haha"
09/07/2012 "after reading about someone eat a cookie i suddenly craved for eating one too. :/ i am in dire need of financial assistance."
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message 1: by Iae (new) - rated it 2 stars

Iae YAY! Finally got my ecopy from Shadowkissed.net

message 2: by Iae (new) - rated it 2 stars

Iae Lol! my progress is super duper slow. This is what I don't like with compilation of short stories. -__-" the world jump. haha! I'm having a hard time changing my mindset for every story which is the reason why my progress is super duper slow.

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