Thursday, 26 July 2012

Prom Night From Hell by Meg Cabot, et al.

Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: 1st April 2007
Pages: 320
In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot ("How to Be Popular"), Kim Harrison ("A Fistful of Charms"), Michele Jaffe ("Bad Kitty"), Stephenie Meyer ("Twilight"), and Lauren Myracle ("ttyl") take bad prom nights to a whole new level--a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper--and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look.
From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.
An awesome anthology of short paranormal stores by great paranormal writers. Let's go through them one by one, that might be easier.

So, Meg Cabot's The Exterminator's Daughter was everything I expected from Cabot: an amazing female protagonist, a hero waiting to prove himself, well written teenage dialogue and a sweet but equally exciting plot line. A very clever story about vampires and hunters, with pure-hearted motivation. Plus the alternate chapters between Mary and Adam allows for delving into motivations and the all important inner thoughts.

Lauren's Myracle's The Corsage was both interesting and scary, a re-writing of The Monkey Paw. Bit of a quick ending with little explanation but the build-up was good, the story was intriguing: a flower that grants wishes but not always what you want. Sad in parts, little bit horrifying in others but worth it.

Kim Harrison's Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper was the longest story, with lots of characterisation and a complex story line. Because this is longer, the story goes further than prom, exploring Madison's character, her family and of course the mythology of angels. Side note, was I the only one that really wanted Seth to be good? He was hot!

Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe had to be one of the funniest stories. Miranda has some weird vampire-like powers, Sibby is a typical annoying 14 year old with future-telling powers, put the two together, add in Miranda's addiction to crime-fighting and a corrupt Deputy, and you've got the makings of an awesome story.

Finally Stephanie Meyer's Hell On Earth was a little confusing at first but got good pretty quickly. The mayhem Sheba tries to cause at prom makes way for a romantic distraction with Gabe, the truly good guy, an angel, only trying to save her. Disgust rolls into sweet, mayhem into happiness. Honestly better than I expected. 

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