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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review: Prom Nights From Hell by Stephanie Meyer, Meg Cabot and more

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen (April 10, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 006125309X

ISBN-13: 978-0061253096

Prom Nights From Hell  By Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephanie Meyer,  & Lauren Myracle

Grade 9 Up—This exciting collection of short stories by popular teen authors—Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle—embraces the dark side of a revered tradition. It starts with vampire-hunting Mary, who takes her mission of revenge on Dracula seriously enough to evoke his wrath by killing his son at her high school prom, and ends with the horned demon Sheba, who tries to wreak havoc at her prom. With edgy writing designed to hook and captivate even the most reluctant of readers, each story is filled with strong, appealing characters who work their magic on the senses by appearing to be strong, daring, and passionate. Readers are taken on an exhilarating ride through the terrifying side of an otherwise common event, and the mood is cleverly sustained with an aura of fast-paced yet somber writing. One distinct highlight of the collection is the well-orchestrated balance between the different aspects of horror that each writer addresses. Sure to have appeal for older teens, this book will undoubtedly make the circuit of fans of demons, ghosts, vampires, and gothic love stories.—

My Review

Finding a really good book is hard.
It's especially hard to find a good book that has something to do with Halloween.
Because, lets face it, most books that involve "scary" topics, are just stupid.
Now, I don't mean that about ALL books. So calm down Stephen King fans.
I have tried to read about 7 books for Halloween, and all of them failed.  
Except one. (Epic build up huh?)
I actually enjoyed Prom Nights From Hell.
Some of it anyway.

- The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot 

I kind of didn't want to like Meg Cabot. Because of all the super girly books she's written, but I frikin' LOVED this story. It was my favorite. I loved how it just got to the point. I mean in 50 pages it had a really good story line, character development, and dialogue. 
It really takes skill to do all that in just 50 pages. It even switched chapters back and forth from Adam and Mary. 
I really hate it when a book takes forever to get good. Here's the opening line for the first chapter:

"I have my Excalibur Vixen crossbow 285 FPS with me, with a twenty-inch-long Easton XX75 (the tip, formerly gold, now replaced with hand-carved ash) already cocked and ready t be released at the merest pressure from my finger." 

Uh, yeah. I love that. 

- The Corsage by Lauren Myracle 

This story was definitely not my favorite. It just didn't keep me very entertained.

- Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison

I liked this story okay, I thought it had some cheesy moments. It had times where I would roll my eyes. But it had a pretty good storyline. 

- Kiss and Tell by Michelle Jaffe

I felt like this was more of a chick-lit than a Halloween book. Other than that, the writing was pretty good, but it was a bit too dramatic. 

- Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer

I was expecting this to be my favorite story, just because I absolutely LOVED The Host, and at the moment of reading it, I loved Twilight! (But the fad killed it for me)
Hell on Earth was, of course, well written. The story was awesome. I really loved how she took on the whole angel/demon thing, I liked reading her take on that. But, I felt like she shoved too many characters into this short story. There was just to many names, and I started getting confused. But other than that, I really enjoyed Stephenie Meyers story. 

Happy Halloween!


  1. I'm glad you liked the book. I was excited to read it, but pretty much hated it. I don't love short stories, but I was surprised by how much I really disliked these ones. Some of them were good ideas for longer stories, but overall... I was not a fan.

  2. you think Meg Cabot's books are girly?

    well it might depend on your definition of "girly"
    but her books ALWAYS have a strong girl as a character, in fact her books have the most kickass girls I've ever read, (except for the princess diaries, which is her most famous series ): )

    But I strongly recommend you to give her books a try, they are really awesome, believe me I've read A LOT of books in my life, and there's no other author I enjoy more than Meg Cabot

    The Mediator series is an amazing start (:


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