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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review/Giveaway - Transcendent: Tales Of The Paranormal


Title: Transcendent - Tales of the Paranormal
Authors: Lani Woodland, Melonie Piper, Rita J Webb, Wendy Swore, Melanie Marks, Heather McCubbin, and Even Joseph
Published: 2011, Robot Playground
Format: Print copy provided by Rita J Webb for review

Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the décor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.


Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.


Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

First let me say that I find it very difficult to review anthologies.  First, you might love one story and hate the next.  So they get a middle grade because of averages? Luckily I didn’t run into that problem with this book, because they were all pretty darn good!

In Transcendent you get 8 stories.  My favorites were the ones that were a bit longer and able to give a bit more detail. And those were Spectre by Wendy Swore, Pumpkin Thief by Evan Joseph, and Kiss of Death by Lani Woodland and Melonie Piper.

In Spectre we meet Marcella and Lissae, who are throwing a Homecoming Halloween themed party at Marcella’s house.  They go to a store to rent some decorations and find the staff there to be extremely accommodating.  They even set the decorations up the next day! The party is a smash hit, and then some uninvited guest show up and crash.  And they aren’t exactly what you’d call Welcome. 

I found this story to be great, perfect for a setting like a campfire (although I could probably say that about any story in this book), but this one had an extra level of creepy that I liked.  It reminded me of a B-Movie – and I totally adore B-Movies!

Second, Pumpkin Thief.  Another Halloween themed story.  Kira is getting ready for a party, and she is going as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Already I’m hooked.  She’s carved a pumpkin pretty elaborately for part of her costume, but someone has stolen it!

I’m not going to blow the surprise on this one.  But lets say that it mixes some of the very old with some of the new, and it throws in a dash of romance and a bit of chivalry.  It was a great blend of everything and I really enjoyed reading this one!

And lastly, Kiss Of Death.  In this story we are introduced to Scarlet, who has been very sick with cancer.  She knows her end is near, but she wants to live every girl’s teenage fantasy – Prom.  So she goes.  She dances, she socializes, she has the time of her life with her friends.  And then he arrives.

This story had a really great twist that I think YA PNR fans will really love and just snatch this story up.  Plus its written by two authors, so I think that in itself is pretty darn cool.  Again, I’m not going to tell the secret, but it certainly has a modern feel to the story. 

Overall, all of these stories fit very well into the YA category.  There was nothing that was too adult in nature.  This normally isn’t one of my favorite genres, but its starting to really grow on me with the more that I read - and this book totally added to that.


And here we go!  I’m going to give away my copy of Transcendent along with a Fictional Candy bookmark and magnet (I’ll even throw in some other swag!)  It is still in really good condition, I made sure not to break the spine cause I thought this would make a great giveaway prize!  Just enter your info in the Rafflecopter, and Good Luck!  


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18 comments:

  1. Some anthologies are okay and some are just over done. I think it depends on the content.

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    1. I haven't read a ton of them by any means, and when I do there are a lot of times I don't read every story. But this one was pretty good overall :)

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  2. I'm generally in favor of anthologies, so long as they print new content, not just the stories we've all seen a million times before in OTHER anthologies.

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    1. I can agree with that! Nothing worse than buying a book to find out you've already read part of it!

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  3. Anthologies are great so long as they are new material.

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    1. I agree! Good luck on the giveaway and thanks for coming by!

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  4. so far.. i never found an anthology that i like, in the meaning i like all story in it. usually i like one or two stories only. but i hope this one won't share the same fate :D

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    1. Hi Sienny! It is really hard to find one where you like every story! I usually have a couple favorites, and then the rest are just kind of so-so. This one is definitely a YA genre, but it felt very much like stories you tell around a campfire, so I did appreciate that :)

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  5. I really enjoy anthologies so far. Some authors best work comes in anthologies sometimes.

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    1. That's true, you can really get a taste for their writing and how they "flow" from the shorter stories within anthologies :) Thanks for coming by!

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  6. I love anthologies as they are a great way to find new authors.

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  7. I love anthologies because you get the chance to see some inbetween time in some series and you get to try out new authors.

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  8. I love anthologies because it lets me sample authors.

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  9. I have mixed feelings about anthologies; some I like and others I don't. It seems like one or two are good stories, while the rest are mediocre. It doesn't mean I won't read them. :) I welcome new material.

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  10. I enjoy them in small doses. I like them because it can introduce to many authors and with the short stories I can get a feel of their writing style. Often if the stories are good it leaves me wanting more!

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  11. It depends... But I usually love them! :D

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  12. I have mixed feelings on anthologies, there is usually always something that I will like and something that is not my cup of tea :) and occasionally I will enjoy all the offerings. One thing about them I do enjoy is finding new to me authors and sampling their work :)

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