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Spirited: 13 Haunting Tales

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Leap Books has summoned some big names in fiction to help put together 13 ghostly stories to support a good cause. Spirited drops this October, with all proceeds to be donated to 826 National. 826 offers free after-school tutoring, workshops, and in-school programs because they believe that "strong writing skills are fundamental to future success." The authors featured in ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 13th 2012 by Leap Books (first published October 24th 2011)
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Maria V. Snyder
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes I know I'm biased as I have one of the stories in this anthology. But I read through all the stories and really enjoyed the variety. The book is broken into stories set in the past, present and future. They're all very good and some are really creepy. I especially liked Judith Graves's heroine Amelia Strangeways - reminded me of Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger's Parasole Protectorate. Another standout was Shannon Delany's dystopian world in To Hel and Back. But really not a bad egg in th ...more
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Cover: I love the cover. There’s the feel of something eerie in it. Plus it was lovely in a way that it really speaks of what’s inside the anthology.
Praise for Kat O’Shea, the editor. The lay-outing was superb. I love the fonts, the designs. The whole book was well-thought of.

Spirited is a haunting collection of thirteen ghostly tales from Leap Books. The stories were divided into Past, Present and Future. Honestly, the stories were not really that sc
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Strangeways: 4*s This was a steampunk story. At first the language felt forced but this quickly went away. I liked Amelia and Warren and would be willing to read more about them.

The Senet Box: 3.5*s Interesting.

Stained: 4.5*s I really liked this story. I was immediately drawn into it. It was sad but the message of the story was hopeful.

Thread of the Past: 4*s Kept my attention but left me with a lot of questions at the end.

The Cold One: 5*s This book had a really interesting concept. I definite
Judith Graves
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Hey guys, I'm thrilled to announce my steampunk short story appears in this anthology! Spirited also features NY Times bestselling authors such as Maria V. Snyder and Candace Havens, as well as a bevy of other wicked talents. Please consider reading and reviewing this title as all proceeds go to 826 National, a literacy-based charity and YOU can help. 'Cause illiteracy is one scary beastie. ;) Thanks! Judith ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have never been one to like short stories, except by Ray Bradbury, until I found these anthologies for my Kindle. Reading this book also reminded how much I enjoy a good ghost story. All 13 of them are spine tingling.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of light ghost stories, fans of short story collections
Shelves: short-stories
This was a pretty quick and easy read. Usually I stay away from ghost stories--I'm the sort of person who can't sleep after reading Sherlock Holmes, let alone anything with paranormal elements--but I doubt any of these stories are going to trouble me like that. This was a light and fun read; the stories were on the whole good.

The first story, "Strangeways vs. the Wraith" (by Judith Graves)is about a girl named Amelia Strangeways, who is a necromancer-in-training but forbidden from entering the H
An entertainig collection. This anthology has some scary stories, some not-so-scary ones and some inspiring ones. There's all sorts in here. There's historical ficition, futuristic, and some that are mixed with well known tales and myths. I really love that there's such a wide range of genres. It has allowed me to read stories in genres that I wouldn't normally read, and might now consider exploring further. However, like everyone, not every genre or story is for me. So naturally there are some ...more
Feb 26, 2012 marked it as to-read
Why does this book and Reincarnate, beloved Reincarnate, Beloved by Loren Manns have the same cover? I love the cover but I've never seen one cover on two different books before! Can anyone explain??? ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Sierra Faith
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, disappointing
Here are individual reviews for each book:
Strangeways vs. the Wraith 2/5
The Senet Box by Jill Williamson 3/5 Stars, the ending was left really open and it was confusing.
Stained by Mark Finnemore 3/5 stars
Thread of The Past by Dawn Dalton 3/5"
The cold one by Candace Havens 2.5/5
Death Becomes Her by Kitty Weswick. This was definitely a Cinderella re-telling! 3.5/5
The Oast House Carmen Tudor 2/5 stars
New Girl by Maria Synder 3/5
Aftermath by Halli Dee Lirurn 1.5/5
Phantom of the Prom by Linda Joy Sin
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This well-written book of short stories by 13 writers has a balance of 1st person narratives and 3rd person narratives. There is good dialogue. The stories are organized by past, present, and future settings. One story boasts six augmented reality markers embedded in it, for 3-D viewing.
The stories have been selected wisely.
I received this book free through the goodreads FIRST READS program.
Kitty Keswick
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Great collection of short stories and the money goes to a good cause. I am a bit biased...since I have a short story included in it, (Death Becomes Her) but take mine out and it's still an awesome read. I had alot of fun writing it. I enjoyed them all but, really like Candace and Maria's stories. Buy a copy and decide for yourself. ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do not usually like short stories. but this collection was the best I have read. there was only 1 story that I didn't like because it was too sifi for me. There was difinatly a creepy factor in a few of the stories. overall good collection. ...more
Feb 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
Short stories! Anthology! Ah. Need to read.
Mar 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
I would love to own and read this book...look at all of the awesome authors!!!! :)
Pre-review: Won a (signed) copy from the incomparable Maria V. Snyder :)

Review: Like most anthologies this was filled with the good, the bad, and the bloody freaking mediocre and stereotypical.

But it did give me shivers while I read by myself at night in the dark.

And I did find a few authors I'm definitely checking out.

So kind of like every multi authored anthology I've ever read.

Short stories spanning genres, ages and ability. Most of the stories were pretty good. My favorites were the first and the last. I would've loved to read both those stories in full novel form. Some were a little bizarro. One was about this guy falling love with a machine girl and then going to find her in a computer. I didn't really get it. All proceeds go to a charity group that promotes literacy. I believe it's only $0.99 on Kindle for the month of April. ...more
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads first reads giveaways.

This is a collection of 13 ghost stories. As a whole, I found that most of these stories set-up a good story and then ended quite abruptly once the reader got wrapped up in it. Some, of course, were better than others. All in all, it was an entertaining anthology, and a fast read, but I do with the stories were slightly longer and more developed.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Great set of authors for an anthology, enjoyed all the stories and I think that any book that does donations or gives away portions to causes is even better also. So with that said I would definately check out some of the other authors that I had never read. Great read!
Shirleon Sharron
There were a few stories in this collection that were only okay. The rest were interesting enough that I wanted more and more!
They were definitely spooky enough to make me consider sleeping with the lights on!
Mark Finnemore
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
A good selection of tales
Amy Gilson
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This collection of ghost stories was disappointing. A couple good stories mixed among a bunch of poorly written, forgettable short stories.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This was perfect to get me in the mood for Halloween!

Some stories were awesome, some were weak and some were just okay - so I'll round this out to 3 stars. It was a fun collection, though.
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