Enthralled: Paranormal Divisions Anthology - WARNING! I cannot review this short story without spoiling the books in the series it comes from. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoiled for you.
A collection of fourteen original teen paranormal short stories from some of today’s bestselling YA talent, united with the common theme of road trips, and edited by bestselling authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.
Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong
Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Rachel Caine, Carrie Ryan, Jessica Verday, Rachel Vincent, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jerri Smith-Ready, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kimberley Derting, Jackson Pearce, Ally Condie. From Amazon UK
Niederwald by Rachel Vincent - Set between My Soul to Steal and If I Die,
I read this short story for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. The story follows a road trip back from a cultural fair that Emma and Sabine had to go on for extra credit for school. However, the only reason Sabine went was to make a stop on the way back - at Niederwald. She wants to talk to Syrie, an oracle that lives at Niederwald, guarded by a group of harpies.
I LOVED this short story. Why? Because Sabine is the narrator and I love her! It's great to get inside her head a little and to be reminded that she's not all bad, and she does care for those other than herself and Nash.
I'm so glad I waited until after reading If I Die to read it, because I know Sabine's visit to Niederwald would have put ideas into my head and ruined some of the surprises in If I Die - at least it would have for me. I wouldn't want to make guesses on what happens in a book by the short story set before it. However, It's still cool to know now what happened with Sabine in this story and how it relates to If I Die - sorry, I'm trying not to spoil this story or If I Die.
It was great to read about the Harpies and Syrie too. Harpies seem really creepy, and I think they'd be a great cause for conflict in a full length novel, some how. Syrie, it would be good to find out more about her too. I don't know if she's human or not. I'd like to know more about her story.
Over all a very cool and intriguing short story, and it will be cool to see if the events of this story come up again in future books.
Thanks to Harper Collins Children's Books for sending me a review copy.
Published: 1st September 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books UK
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Rachel Vincent's Website
Other reviews from the series:
My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers Prequel)
My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Book 1)
My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers Book 2)
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers Book 3)
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers Book 4)
If I Die (Soul Screamers Book 5)