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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 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.


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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 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com What do you get when five great authors come together to create a paranormal prom anthology? In a word - greatness! Meg Cabot starts off the collection with THE EXTERMINATOR'S DAUGHTER. When Mary shows up at Swig, an exclusive VIP club in Manhattan, it's not to socialize. No, she's on a mission to take out Sebastian Drake -- and by take out, I mean kill him with a crossbow. But when Adam, a fellow student at Saint Eligius, takes his own potshots at the dreaded Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com What do you get when five great authors come together to create a paranormal prom anthology? In a word - greatness! Meg Cabot starts off the collection with THE EXTERMINATOR'S DAUGHTER. When Mary shows up at Swig, an exclusive VIP club in Manhattan, it's not to socialize. No, she's on a mission to take out Sebastian Drake -- and by take out, I mean kill him with a crossbow. But when Adam, a fellow student at Saint Eligius, takes his own potshots at the dreaded Sebastian, things get a lot more interesting. Lauren Myracle, the author of THE CORSAGE, has written what is probably the saddest, and creepiest, story of the bunch. All Frankie wants is for her best guy friend, Will, to realize that it's his destiny to ask her to the prom. To accomplish that goal, she drags Will and her other best friend, Yun Sun, to visit Madame Zanzibar, a fortune-teller. She's sure that Madame Z will proclaim that Will is her one true love, and that will be that. But the psychic is short on information, but does end up grudgingly handing over to Frankie a dried up old corsage, which she says will grant her three wishes. Over the next couple of days, however, Frankie will come to realize that she'll have to make some requests that she never in her wildest dreams would have thought of making. MADISON AVERY AND THE DIM REAPER by Kim Harrison is the longest story in the group, and the most involved. When Madison ends up at the costume prom with a dud date, she's surprised to find one guy who can pick up the slack. Seth isn't like anyone she's ever met before. Unfortunately, before too long she'll find out why that is, and the picture it paints isn't pretty. There are deaths, white reapers, black reapers, grim reapers, and odd amulets. I really liked this story, and would be happy to see more of these characters in the future. Michele Jaffe's story, KISS AND TELL, was by far my favorite. Miranda has a secret. Not only is she a student and a part-time driver/chaeffeur, but she also fights crime in her spare time. It turns out Miranda has special abilities that allow her to do things most regular teens can't do -- like, say, knock over a lamppost just by leaning on it. This particular day turns out to be stranger than the norm, though, when she picks up young Sibby Cumean, a strange girl who has an even stranger habit of kissing every boy she can find. When weird things start happening, Miranda's day turns into an action-adventure movie beyond anything she could have expected. I LOVED this story, and I HAVE to read more about Miranda and Sibby in the future! Yes, Ms. Jaffe, that's me begging!! Last but not least is HELL ON EARTH by Stephenie Meyer. This is the story of Sheba, a demon on earth who loves bringing misery to others. Her plan is working pretty well, too, because nearly everyone at the prom is having a downright horrible time. Everyone, that is, except for Gabe, who seems not just happy but serene. By the time Sheba can figure out what's happening, it's too late, and prom just might end up having a happy ending after all. PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL is a great paranormal anthology that teens and adults alike will enjoy. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    Are you ready to own your future? Prom nights from hell is a collection of five short stories by five different writers revolving on or around prom night. Before diving into this, I had not expected much so it took me by surprise when I ended up enjoying this. A lot. The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot - 4 stars Mary's friend Lila is dating a guy named Sebastian but little does Lila know that Sebastian is a vampire and Mary is out to exterminate him. She wants to kill him and hopes that Dracu Are you ready to own your future? Prom nights from hell is a collection of five short stories by five different writers revolving on or around prom night. Before diving into this, I had not expected much so it took me by surprise when I ended up enjoying this. A lot. The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot - 4 stars Mary's friend Lila is dating a guy named Sebastian but little does Lila know that Sebastian is a vampire and Mary is out to exterminate him. She wants to kill him and hopes that Dracula will show up as Sebastian is Dracula's son. Mary is helped by her classmate Adam who unknowingly saves Mary's life and then they team up to take down Sebastian. I really enjoyed this story and both Mary and Adam made for good MCs. This story is told in dual POV and I loved both POVs. I would love to get an extended story of this. The Corsage by Lauren Myracle - 3.5 stars Frankie, Yun Sun and Will are sitting at Madame Zanzibar's house to ask the psychic a question each about their futures. Frankie wants to know if a special person will ask her a special question? Then they come across an old corsage and Madame Z tells them that the corsage was cursed and it grants three wishes but at a great price. Frankie wants the corsage thinking Madame Z is making everything up. Frankie makes her wishes but like Madame Z warned, they come at a great price. It took me a bit to get into this story but when I did, it left me feeling so so sad and haunted. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison - 4 stars Madison came to this town and school not too long ago and tonight it is the prom night and also her birthday. She isn't enjoying herself but when a sexy stranger sweeps her off her feet, she feels great. Then she finds out that she is dead and she comes across Reconnaissance Error Acquisitions Personnel Evaluation and Recovery. R.E.A.P.E.R. She also finds out that the stranger who killed her or culled her is no ordinary reaper and she takes his amulet which makes her solid again and she can pass for being a human. This was an interesting story about white reapers and black reapers and the whole R.E.A.P.E.R. affair. I'd like to get an extended version of this too and I am happy to know that there is an extended version of this available to read. Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe - 5 stars Miranda Kiss is a senior at a boarding school, Chatsworth academy. She gets Wednesday and Saturday afternoons off from her school and spends those afternoons working. Miranda is no ordinary senior. She has powers that she is trying to understand. She has amazing hearing and strength and other powers that are still showing up. One day whilst working her shift as the local town car driver, she comes across a fourteen year old, Sibby who wants to kiss as many boys as possible. When Miranda drops her off at her destination, something seems off and as annoying as she found Sibby on her drive, she wants to rescue her. Wow! this was the best of the bunch. I loved Miranda Kiss. I loved Sibby. I loved this unique story. This also I'd like to get an extended version of. Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer - 3.75 stars Gabe feels a weird pull from people when they need his help. When he asked Celeste out for prom even though she's not his type, it was the same pull that made him ask her out in the first place. Now, they are at the prom and she wants nothing to do with them. That's fine by Gabe because he feels a weird pull from a girl he's never seen before. He also finds out that only he and his friends are having a good time at the prom but everyone else is miserable. Sheba is the new girl but she's no ordinary girl as she's a demon and her job is to cause misery. She's having an amazing time by causing all this misery at the prom but then something strange happens and everyone is back to having a good time. I did not expect to like it as I have only read the Twilight series from this writer and I didn't like it at all but this story was quite good and I ended up enjoying it. That twist even though I figured it out was good. Even though some of the stories didn't have a lot to do with the prom theme, I still liked the way these were set up. Some of these stories were mysterious, some were thrilling and one of them was even creepy but like I said before, I ended up really loving these stories and I'd like to get extended version of most of these. And that cover is beautiful and haunting which is apt for this collection. Overall 4 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aisyah ♡

    I bought this book on impulse years ago because it has stories written by some of my favorite authors (at that time). The book looked interesting enough, and I thought why not give it a try. (Ok I lied, it was because my 14-year old self was obsessed with Twilight and wanted to read more of Stephenie Meyer's work). Here's my review of a book that contains five short stories by famous and up-and-coming authors when Stephenie Meyer rules the bestseller list. *drum rolls* The Exterminator's Daught I bought this book on impulse years ago because it has stories written by some of my favorite authors (at that time). The book looked interesting enough, and I thought why not give it a try. (Ok I lied, it was because my 14-year old self was obsessed with Twilight and wanted to read more of Stephenie Meyer's work). Here's my review of a book that contains five short stories by famous and up-and-coming authors when Stephenie Meyer rules the bestseller list. *drum rolls* The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot The first story is so amazing I was hoping Meg would expand it into a whole new book. The story is told in dual POV by Mary, the vampire slayer, and Adam, a boy she knows from school. Basically what happens is Adam get caught up in Mary's mission of avenging her mother's death in the hands of the wicked vampires. For me, this story is classic Meg Cabot, if you love her other works, definitely give this one a try. But I hope you won't be too disappointed when the story ends like I did, the high standard it sets for the other 4 stories nearly ruined the book for me. Rating: 5 Ass-kicking Stars The Corsage by Lauren Myracle A very interesting and downright creepiest story compared to the others. Frankie, accompanied by her two best friends, Will and Yun Sun, visited Madame Zanzibar to have her fortunes told. But Frankie's real plan is to hint at the boy she's crushing on (Will) to ask her to the prom. Genius much?? If she had just straight told him "Hey, I really like you, wanna go to the prom with me as friends or more *winks*" they won't be in this shitshow in the first place *sigh*. Anyway, after some silly banters with Madame Z, Frankie's got her greedy, slimy hands on a mysterious corsage that is said to grant 3 wishes for the owner. Hmm... I wonder how this would go... 3 Spooky-but kinda-meh Stars Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison I gotta tell ya, five pages into the story, I kinda gave up. It was filled with boring monologue and yada, yada, freaking yadas... I couldn't even get pass the first chapter. Whatevs. 1 Zzz Star Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe Wow. Just wow. Probably my favorite after The Exterminator's Daughter. Miranda Kiss is a girl with super strength (think: supergirl) and is tragically boyfriend-less. She reads self-help books with the hope of finding a decent guy to fall for her and be her lover. Oh, the struggle~. But when she is suddenly thrust into these action-packed series of events, things got pretty interesting. I'm not going to spoil it (much) but the twist at the end is really cute!! I enjoyed reading this and wished it was longer, oh well. Rating: 5 Super Stars Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer This is the most disappointing out of all the stories in this book! I'm ashamed to say that when I bought the book, my motive was to exclusively read this story by Meyer. At the tender age of 14, what with Edward Freaking Cullen and all, she was my idol and I was expecting to be blown away/dazzled/sparkled(??) by the story. How very sadly mistaken I was. Honestly, it was downright boring. I don't know whether it's because I expected too much, or I was comparing it with the other (better) ones. Anyway, the story is about Sheba, a demon who is so evil her ultimate mission is to make everyone at freaking prom feels miserable as if that is so hard to achieve. I guess her power of misery is too much, because even I felt depressed reading this story. Rating: 1 Deviled Star

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynchan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What.The.Hell. EXPECTATION: an exciting collection of dark-themed YA stories REALITY a collection of dumbest and most annoying female protagonists ever in the world of YA Don't get me started with Frankie (The Corsage) and that Madison girl (Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper) but well get into these characters later. The only decent story I find here is the Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot. It's the first story on the list (because you can't be disappointed and mad right away obviously) and sin What.The.Hell. EXPECTATION: an exciting collection of dark-themed YA stories REALITY a collection of dumbest and most annoying female protagonists ever in the world of YA Don't get me started with Frankie (The Corsage) and that Madison girl (Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper) but well get into these characters later. The only decent story I find here is the Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot. It's the first story on the list (because you can't be disappointed and mad right away obviously) and since it was Meg Cabot who wrote it, I decided to read it (a bad decision, yeah). Exterminator's Daughter- The story is short and it tells the story of Mary, who hunts down this gorgeous guy named Sebastian Drake. Sebastian is gorgeous with golden hair, movie-star perfect lips and a pair of unearthly blue eyes; but too mad, you cannot date him if you're a Christian and loves to bath in holy water (view spoiler)[ very obviously, he's a vampire (hide spoiler)] The story is told from alternate POV of Mary and Adam. Adam is your typical boy-next-door type: cute, nice and very much mortal. I like Mary and Adam's chemistry and I find it quite refreshing to know that the main girl doesn't have to always end up with the mysterious hot dude to make the romance interesting. The Corsage- Want me introduce the first annoying character in this book? Meet Frankie a.k.a the Frankenstein girl. She's a stuck-up, shallow-minded and selfish friend of Will. Speaking of Will, the poor boy happens to be Frankie's dream date for the prom. Since we are talking about dumb protagonists, expect silly love stories and more dumb. You know the saying, desperate times call for desperate measures? (view spoiler)[ Frankie wished for Will to be her prom date on a cursed corsage. Now, since it was cursed, poor Will died. He pancaked himself by falling off a three hundred feet water tower while sweetly proposing to Frankie. It was supposed to be the sweetest proposal, with Will spraying something along the lines of, "Oh Frankie, suddenly the love of my life, will you go the prom with me?" on the water tank. He died being sweet to Frankie, but of course, it wasn't the end of Frankie's dumbness 101. She made a second wish, that silly girl. She asked for Will to come back to life. Now, who wanted to date a zombie? Frankie then got scared and made her third and last wish, for Will to completely disappear (hide spoiler)] I fcking hate her to the hell and back and Will deserves better. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper- Another dumb story with a dumber prom night scenario with the dumbest main girl. Madison is the name of our main girl, and I strongly believe that the D in her name stands for Dumb. She's a total headache, a nightmare who doesn't have a single common sense. I dislike her character with passion for so many reasons: 1. She was ignoring her prom date the entire night because she wasn't interested in him. Madison was obvious that way. -2. Suddenly she saw a mysterious looking dude and thought he was the most charming and handsome man on the planet (I found it ridiculous since the guy covered half of his face with a mask) -3. Of course, she ditched her prom date. Poor guy deserves better. -4. Madison kissed Mr. Sexy Pirate guy (take note: She didn't even know the guy's name or seen his face because the dude's wearing a mask) And what the heck! She just knew him like, for a period of below sixty seconds! Seriously, Madison, you were like~"Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy! But you're so sexy, so kiss me, baby" B**c*! And the most-idiotic-thing-ever that she did, (and I bet no human with a normal, rational, or sensible-short for brain- would do) is letting a total stranger, who just mysteriously came out of nowhere while he hid his face behind a mask to ride you home. Really. What an idiot! And when she learned that Seth, the name of the Mr. Sexy Pirate guy, was indeed a lunatic, too late. Know what happened because of her super dooper major, major stupidity? (view spoiler)[She was K-O for real by this mad guy who turned out to be a black ripper or so I thought. This story was also one heck confusing! Another shortcoming, eh? (hide spoiler)] Kiss and Tell- A mixed up of annoying girls and dumb guys. Hell on Earth- Sheba and Gabe as a pairing is an epic fail and I'm not even sorry, Stephanie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This book is five prom stories by five authors. The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot *** This story is about a girl who is hunting and trying to kill the vampire that turned her mother. The chapters alternate back and forth in the point of view of Mary and Adam. I liked this story right away because it has a character named Sebastian. (My son's name.) But, I quickly became frusterated with the amount of times Meg used the word 'well'. ~I'm reading along and, well, there's another one. I get b This book is five prom stories by five authors. The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot *** This story is about a girl who is hunting and trying to kill the vampire that turned her mother. The chapters alternate back and forth in the point of view of Mary and Adam. I liked this story right away because it has a character named Sebastian. (My son's name.) But, I quickly became frusterated with the amount of times Meg used the word 'well'. ~I'm reading along and, well, there's another one. I get back into the story when I realize that... well, this is super annoying.~ She threw in a few 'let's face it'-s and a 'to be frank' for variety, but I counted 29 'well'-s altogether (I could have missed a few) in the 49 page story. My annoyance aside, I liked the story. It was cute. Boy meets girl. Girl is exterminator. Boy wants to help girl exterminate. Still, my favorite part is the name Sebastian. The Corsage by Lauren Myracle **** This story was inspired by The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs. I think this story is just as creepy. Frankie acquires a corsage that grants her three wishes. Her first wish is for the boy she loves to ask her to the prom. It felt to me like the first half of the story was too drawn out and the second half wasn't long enough. Very creepy. Makes you think twice about wishes. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison *** Okay. The first thing I want to say about this story is... Where is the ending?!? But, I sort of liked it because it reminded me of the show Dead Like Me. Seventeen year old Madison was taken (she died) before her time by a black reaper (or something). I didn't really understand a lot of this story... Anyway... She (her soul) takes, from the reaper who killed her, a stone necklace that keeps her solid. A white reaper, named Barnabas, and an old man (I don't know who or what he is) try to help her. ?? I don't understand this story! I hope she writes more about it! *UPDATE* SEE: Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1) Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe ***** The longest story in the book. And super fun. (Pun intended. LOL) Miranda Kiss is a super-powered teen who is still learning the extent (and limits) of her powers. All the while trying to reel in a guy that she likes with cheesy pick-up lines from a self-help book. Funny. Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer *** Sheba is a young, (186 years old) low level demon. Her job is to cause misery. So, that's what she is doing at the prom. Causing misery. Splitting up happy couples. Making girls jealous and boys full of lust. At least she tries... I liked this story okay, it was just a little slow for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews "3.5 stars" Overall I picked up this anthology mainly for the Stephanie Meyer story, because I’m a big fan. I thought that it was a collection of YA paranormal romance stories. However, for the most part, they only have a touch of romance in them if any at all and those that do are pretty open-ended rather than having an HEA. Instead these stories are a mixture of speculative fiction from urban fantasy to horror. The Exterminator’s Daughter by Meg Cabot - “The Extermina Reviewed for THC Reviews "3.5 stars" Overall I picked up this anthology mainly for the Stephanie Meyer story, because I’m a big fan. I thought that it was a collection of YA paranormal romance stories. However, for the most part, they only have a touch of romance in them if any at all and those that do are pretty open-ended rather than having an HEA. Instead these stories are a mixture of speculative fiction from urban fantasy to horror. The Exterminator’s Daughter by Meg Cabot - “The Exterminator’s Daughter” is roughly a novelette-length, stand-alone story about Mary, a teenage girl, whose best friend has fallen under the spell of boy, who isn’t really a boy at all. Therefore, Mary follows them with the intent of killing this creature who presents a danger to her friend. She tracks them to a club where she nearly has a clear shot, only to be interrupted by Adam, a boy who is one of her classmates. Although Mary finds Adam attractive she never thought they would ever go out, but he ends up being a surprising ally in her fight against evil and an equally surprising prom date. This is a really cute story that I enjoyed. Mary is relatable as a shy and awkward girl, while Adam is sweet and supportive even though he’s quickly initiated into a world he never knew existed. They end up being a great team. The main aspect of the plot surrounding Mary’s friend was resolved, but another not insignificant plot point was left hanging. I had hoped that perhaps this story was part of a series of shorts or a prequel to something longer, but sadly it doesn’t appear that it is. However, Mary and Adam fit together so well that I could see them ending up together long-term and successfully fighting to right the wrongs in her past by taking down the evil baddies. “The Exterminator’s Daughter” was my first foray into Meg Cabot’s writing, and I really enjoyed her style. I found it to be quite accessible and entertaining, making me very much look forward to checking out more of her work. Star Rating: **** The Corsage by Lauren Myracle - After carefully considering literary genres, I’ve decided to say that “The Corsage” is IMHO a YA horror story. The main character, Frankie, desperately wants her best friend, Will, to ask her to the prom, but when he seems reluctant to pop the question, she drags him and her other best friend, Yun Sun, to a fortune teller. She thinks that the medium will be able to give her hope that she’ll get her wish and that the visit might somehow light a fire under Will. Her plan seems to mostly be a bust until Frankie spots an old, dried-out corsage on a shelf and starts asking questions about it. Next thing she knows, she’s the proud new owner of this object that comes with a dire warning, but which is also purported to grant a person three wishes. However, when she uses it to wish that the boy she loves will invite her to the prom, she doesn’t exactly get what she’d hoped for. “The Corsage” is definitely a different sort of story for me. I’m not really a horror reader and although it’s pretty mild for a horror story – mostly relying on emotions and psychological reactions – it is extremely sad and tragic. It’s a cautionary tale that has an underlying message about being careful what you wish for. Frankie is just so caught up in wanting Will to be her prom date that she basically throws caution to the wind and doesn’t even think of the possible consequences of her actions until it’s too late. Overall, this novelette was well-written, but given the extremely unhappy nature of the ending, it just wasn’t really my kind of story. Star Rating: ***1/2 Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison - “Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper” is a YA urban fantasy novelette told in heroine, Madison’s first-person POV. Her parents are divorced and her mom sent her to live with her dad, where she’s having trouble fitting in at school. She’s not quite cool enough to hang with the popular kids, but she’s not geeky enough to appreciate the smart kids. The story begins with her attending prom, which she thinks is a total bust, especially when she finds out that the boy who brought her only did so because their dads set them up. Then she meets a hot guy she’s never seen before who immediately piques her interest. After dancing a while and getting some subtle revenge on her date, he offers to take her home, but things take a literal nosedive when he deliberately runs their car into a ravine. Next thing Madison knows, she’s waking up in a morgue, only to discover that she’s dead, but not quite all the way dead, and for some reason, the hot guy she was with is intent on destroying both her body and her soul. However, she manages to snag an amulet from him that allows her to take on corporeal form, leaving her in a weird limbo state. This story started off strong with the prom scenes drawing me into Madison’s world. However, as soon as she realizes Seth, the hot guy, isn’t what he seems and he runs them off the road, things became kind of confusing for me. Madison is suddenly catapulted from the real world into this strange afterlife that IMHO was a little too complex for this short format. There are multiple types of reapers and it seems that Madison may only be dead because of a reaper’s mistake. Then she snags the amulet from Seth, which gives her the power to take solid form, but she still isn’t really alive. Also, we meet Barnabas who is a white reaper, but he also receives the assignment of being her guardian angel. And then there’s a mystery behind why Seth decided to reap Madison’s soul and now also wants to steal her body that wasn’t even explored. It was just way too much info for my brain to process in such a short space of time, plus none of the questions raised are ever answered. I didn’t even realize that this novelette was part of a series until I flipped to the back of the book and found a teaser excerpt for the first full-length Madison Avery story, Once Dead, Twice Shy. “Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper” was OK, but it’s really little more than an extended prologue or teaser for the next book rather than a self-contained story with a satisfying ending. It should have whetted my appetite for more, but unfortunately, given my confusion with it, I’m not feeling particularly motivated to continue the series either. Star Rating: *** Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe - “Kiss and Tell” is a YA paranormal fantasy novella that appears to be a stand-alone story. It tells the tale of Miranda Kiss, a senior at an elite boarding school, who was sent there by her foster parents after the deaths of her biological parents. When she’s not in class, she can be found either competing with a local roller-derby team or at her part-time job chauffeuring important people around town. But in her spare time, she secretly uses her superpowers to foil crimes. In her capacity as a driver, she’s sent to the airport to pick up one Sibby Cumean, who turns out to be an annoying fourteen-year-old girl with a penchant for kissing every boy she sees. When Miranda drops her off at the address she was given, she senses something is amiss and rescues Sibby from people who seem bent on causing her harm. In an effort to keep Sibby safe and entertained until the girl can meet up with people she can trust, Miranda takes her to her own school’s prom, but trouble follows them there. “Kiss and Tell” is a fast-paced and fairly entertaining story that held my attention pretty well, but by the end, I found I had more questions than answers. It feels like this should be the beginning of a series, but I couldn’t find any more stories about these characters. I liked and related to Miranda quite well as a kind of awkward loner who has vulnerabilities and hang-ups that make her fond of self-help books. Her superpowers made her all the more intriguing to me. But there was so much more I wanted to know about her such as what happened to her parents. She also alludes to having a sister, but never says what happened to her either. How did Miranda get her superpowers? One of the bad guys says that some people believe she’s like Wonder Woman and there’s apparently a bounty on her head. What’s that all about? We eventually get a vague idea of who Sibby really is, but I felt like there was a lot more to explore with her character as well. And what about Will, the guy Miranda really likes, but who she thinks doesn’t like her? They finally start talking, but before they even get a chance to kiss, the bad guys swoop in. At least the final chapter shows them setting up a date, but I wanted to know what happened after that. If “Kiss and Tell” had been a prequel novella to a larger series, I would have given it a higher rating. However, as is, I felt I had to knock it down a bit to account for all the many tantalizing threads that were left dangling, apparently never to be resolved. Otherwise, “Kiss and Tell” was a decent read that made me care about the characters, but it’s precisely because I cared that I found the lack of a more solid resolution to the many questions I had rather frustrating. Star Rating: ***1/2 Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer - “Hell on Earth” is roughly a novelette-length stand-alone story that fully takes place at a high school prom. The hero of the story is Gabe, who has a knack for making people happy. He also has a psychic sense when someone is troubled and an overwhelming need to fix whatever is wrong, and it was because of this sixth sense that he asked his date to the prom. However, she ditched him for someone else – several someones in fact – and meanwhile most of the other students are having an increasingly bad time. Left alone, Gabe starts getting that psychic sense again and it’s far stronger than anything he’s felt before. What he doesn’t know is that those vibes are being given off by a demon named Sheba who came to the prom strictly to cause as much chaos and mayhem as she possibly could. But once Gabe finds her and she gazes into his eyes, all her best-laid, evil plans may fall apart. So far, I’ve greatly enjoyed everything else Stephenie Meyer has written, so I was pretty eager to check out this story. But I’m sorry to say that it ended up being just an OK read. I liked it, but I didn’t walk away with the same feeling I did when reading her other works. Gabe was a very likable guy, a real sweetheart who looks out for others and just wants them to be happy. Sheba on the other hand is unquestionably evil with her only goal to make everyone miserable. The romance here is pretty minimal with them not even kissing but merely gazing into each other’s eyes and dancing at the very end of the story. However, up to the point that they meet face-to-face, Sheba is so terrible, I couldn’t even think of her as a romantic-type heroine. If there had been more space to build her character in a sympathetic way, I might have been able to buy into it, but that didn’t happen. Maybe that’s why the author left the conclusion so open-ended, but in doing so, it also left me not entirely satisfied. There were also a few too many characters in the story, and I had a hard time keeping them all straight. Overall, this was a decent read, just not my favorite of Stephenie Meyer’s works. Star Rating: ***1/2

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mina

    What happens when fairly good YA authors try to write a collection of short stories together? 100% chance of Bad books. The cover is a big plus though, that rose is gorgeous. And I just get so happy when I manage to track one down... it gets my hopes up. There are reasons books are hard to find "Hell on earth" - No characterization at all: What we know Sheba->demon Gabe & Christen-sen(I'll give you this-it's indirect-still genes), half-angel ->the conclusion? Genes drew them together, you know? Lik What happens when fairly good YA authors try to write a collection of short stories together? 100% chance of Bad books. The cover is a big plus though, that rose is gorgeous. And I just get so happy when I manage to track one down... it gets my hopes up. There are reasons books are hard to find "Hell on earth" - No characterization at all: What we know Sheba->demon Gabe & Christen-sen(I'll give you this-it's indirect-still genes), half-angel ->the conclusion? Genes drew them together, you know? Like in "breeding". No psychology, no idea, no deeper meaning, no relation to the Prom theme. It's like the old story of the depressive couple who first met in a bar, as much meaning as that. "The Exterminator's daughter" - And it keeps going. I read the Mediator thing and it was fairly good. This is ... (words may leave me for a moment of recollection). Mary - no personality, Lila - an idiot, Ted - an idiot, Adam - clueless. Please remind me, why must I read this?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Disappointing stories with no endings PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL is an anthology composed of five paranormal romances from five young adult authors: Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle. I picked this up after reading the sister anthology, Love Is Hell, which I enjoyed a great deal. Unfortunately, as a short story collection about paranormal romance and the prom, this compilation fell short. Of the stories, only one contained a complete story arc from beginning t Disappointing stories with no endings PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL is an anthology composed of five paranormal romances from five young adult authors: Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle. I picked this up after reading the sister anthology, Love Is Hell, which I enjoyed a great deal. Unfortunately, as a short story collection about paranormal romance and the prom, this compilation fell short. Of the stories, only one contained a complete story arc from beginning to end (Myracle's "The Corsage") and only one was set entirely at prom (Meyer's "Hell on Earth"). Most of the stories finished with little to no conclusion. Instead of being self-contained, most felt like the first few chapters of a book. In some cases, it's now obvious this was intended, as is the case with Kim Harrison's story that later become her YA novel, Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book 1). For a short story collection, though, it was unsatisfying. Also, while it's not necessary that all of the stories be set at prom, a few of the selections were very limited in their relation to the theme. The writing came off as juvenile at times too. On the plus side, reading this anthology was a great way to sample the work of five popular authors. Without buying a book from each, I was able to get a taste of each author's writing style and characterization skills. Of the writing, Meyer's was the best written and was a bit riskier in content and description than her Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) series (though there's nothing salacious at all). If you're looking for quick, enjoyable reads of a similar nature, I would highly recommend checking out Love Is Hell instead.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brigid ✩

    i really luv this book! all the stories are really great... some are funny, others will scare you to death. it's terrifyingly awesome!!! i really luv this book! all the stories are really great... some are funny, others will scare you to death. it's terrifyingly awesome!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Francisca

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    "Prom Nights from Hell" (yet another of my book bazaar finds) had five short stories from five different authors. I'm often hesitant to buy a collection like this because it tends to 1) end too abruptly, leaving you wondering what the heck will happen next or 2) is a novella connected to an on-going series by the author. Still, I went ahead and bought the book, anchoring my hopes on the names of Meg Cabot and Stephenie Meyer. Of the five shorts, my favorite was Michelle Jaffe's "Kiss and Tell". N "Prom Nights from Hell" (yet another of my book bazaar finds) had five short stories from five different authors. I'm often hesitant to buy a collection like this because it tends to 1) end too abruptly, leaving you wondering what the heck will happen next or 2) is a novella connected to an on-going series by the author. Still, I went ahead and bought the book, anchoring my hopes on the names of Meg Cabot and Stephenie Meyer. Of the five shorts, my favorite was Michelle Jaffe's "Kiss and Tell". No vampires, no demons, no angels. Just a teen Wonder Woman and her embracing of her superpowers. It kept me interested and actually made me want to learn more about the characters once the story ended. The four other stories were okay. Nothing earth-shatteringly great but acceptable enough if you've got some time on your hands. I'm happy I was able to get this during the bazaar because I just spent Php75 (a little more than US$1.50) instead of the original price of Php359 (about US$9).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hadia

    Only liked 3 stories out of the 5, hence, 3 stars. I was very nervous to read something from the author of my favourite paranormal series's author, Stephenie Meyer, but thanks be to God I really liked it! It was a take on demons and angels and I was pleasantly surprised by the story. And because a lot of people read it for Stephenie Meyer, her story was the last one! (Sad) The second story I liked was The Corsage by Lauren Myracle. It had nice touch of fortune telling and a tinsy bit similarity to Only liked 3 stories out of the 5, hence, 3 stars. I was very nervous to read something from the author of my favourite paranormal series's author, Stephenie Meyer, but thanks be to God I really liked it! It was a take on demons and angels and I was pleasantly surprised by the story. And because a lot of people read it for Stephenie Meyer, her story was the last one! (Sad) The second story I liked was The Corsage by Lauren Myracle. It had nice touch of fortune telling and a tinsy bit similarity to Aladdin. The final story I loved was about some badass female characters. I kinda want to say it was my favourite. It's called Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Wallace

    The Exterminator's Daughter: Whoa, can you say unsuspenseful?! Meg Cabot, if you can't write a story with an actual problem, just don't write in a book called Prom Nights from Hell! And the plot was so recycled. Girl has a problem, girl is a tough girl, guy gets involved, nothing seems like it will work out, voila it does. Sooo expected. And at the end, they're all like "oh, Dracula, no big deal now I'm in love!". And I thought other Meg books were bad! (no offense to Avalon High) The Corsage: Ah The Exterminator's Daughter: Whoa, can you say unsuspenseful?! Meg Cabot, if you can't write a story with an actual problem, just don't write in a book called Prom Nights from Hell! And the plot was so recycled. Girl has a problem, girl is a tough girl, guy gets involved, nothing seems like it will work out, voila it does. Sooo expected. And at the end, they're all like "oh, Dracula, no big deal now I'm in love!". And I thought other Meg books were bad! (no offense to Avalon High) The Corsage: Ah, Lauren Myracle wrote the only truly creepy story of the bunch ... ish. I have read an abridged version of the Monkey's Paw (the story which the Corsage is based on) and it most definitely gave me the willies. The problem is, this did not. But maybe that's because I knew it was coming. Nonetheless, I liked it because Lauren Myracle is pretty awesome. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper: Okay, very long story. I almost wish it were full length, because that's the only way that Kim Harrison could end it well. Then again, she might not be able to end it well at all. I may have to look for some more Kim Harrison books because she has very unique ideas. Kiss and Tell: Superhero/love/prom story. What more can I say? Hell on Earth: Stephanie Meyer has actually outdone herself. This time she's not writing about true love, she's talking about forced love. But I won't say anything else, you absolutely have to read it yourself. If I were rating only this story, I would absolutely give this book five stars, no prob. Unfortunately there are other stories ... Okay, I said I wouldn't give it away, but if you can imagine writing about demons plus absolute genius, you underestimate this story. (Now I just have to read the Screwtape Letters!) WARNING: DO NOT GO FISHING AROUND FOR REVIEWS THAT GIVE MORE DETAILS ABOUT HELL ON EARTH, YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT SPOIL THE PLOT!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennica

    Jennica Munden Short Stories Critical analysis: It is an irrational collection of tales that will draw you in if you are interested in the kinds of literature produced by these authors, or if you are already a fan of these authors. However, if you have no interest in strange tales about youths trying to be normal prom dates while having to cope with insanity worthy issues concerning the undead and damned, skip this one. Opinions: I could not get into it. Perhaps it is the genre of the authors, thei Jennica Munden Short Stories Critical analysis: It is an irrational collection of tales that will draw you in if you are interested in the kinds of literature produced by these authors, or if you are already a fan of these authors. However, if you have no interest in strange tales about youths trying to be normal prom dates while having to cope with insanity worthy issues concerning the undead and damned, skip this one. Opinions: I could not get into it. Perhaps it is the genre of the authors, their styles, or the whole prom night aspect, with which I never had the experience, but I could not like it. I struggled to read the whole thing. Summary: A collection of a handful of short stories by a handful of popular teen authors. Each stays true to their own genre while telling of a prom night in their respective imaginary worlds. This is about proms gone supernaturally, horribly wrong. While you're concerned about shoes matching your purse, the girls in these stories are worried about crossbows and vampires, zombie dates who've been dead for weeks, and a devil in a red dress who causes chaos by snapping high heels and breaking up couples.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I bought this book because it had a short story by Stephenie Meyer. However, her story was my least favorite of the five authors featured. The story I enjoyed most was Michele Jaffe's 'Kiss and Tell'. Not only was the story interesting, but it had a nice touch of comedy. "Are you wearing space pants?" Miranda asked him. "What?" How did it end? Oh, right. She said, "Because you butt is fine." He gazed at her in that way he had like he was measuring her for a straitjacket. "I think---" he started, the I bought this book because it had a short story by Stephenie Meyer. However, her story was my least favorite of the five authors featured. The story I enjoyed most was Michele Jaffe's 'Kiss and Tell'. Not only was the story interesting, but it had a nice touch of comedy. "Are you wearing space pants?" Miranda asked him. "What?" How did it end? Oh, right. She said, "Because you butt is fine." He gazed at her in that way he had like he was measuring her for a straitjacket. "I think---" he started, then stopped and seemed to be having trouble talking. Cleared his throat three times before finally saying, "I think the line is 'because your butt is out of this world.'" "Oh. That makes a lot more sense. I can see that."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Exterminator's Daughter was cool but I was kinda begging hoping for more. The Corsage freaked the hell out of me, especially that I was reading it at night. I was totally creeped out by the part wherein fresh-from-the-grave Will was trying to enter Frankie's house. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper was kinda okay, but it was the one I liked the least. Kiss and Tell was also cool. I totally loved Miranda being some kind of a teen Wonder Woman. Not only was she a kick-ass babe but also a smart one The Exterminator's Daughter was cool but I was kinda begging hoping for more. The Corsage freaked the hell out of me, especially that I was reading it at night. I was totally creeped out by the part wherein fresh-from-the-grave Will was trying to enter Frankie's house. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper was kinda okay, but it was the one I liked the least. Kiss and Tell was also cool. I totally loved Miranda being some kind of a teen Wonder Woman. Not only was she a kick-ass babe but also a smart one. Hell on Earth was the best. It was kinda cliche, a demon falling for an angel blah blah. Except that the guy in the story was not a full angel but just an offspring of one. But still, it was a good read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Princess Godoy

    First of all, let me say that I hate prom!! so it may affect my liking for this book (just a little bit.) I bought this book at a sale and I immediately bought it because of the 'big' authors that I love/like. However, I should've expected that since this book is different from what they usually write. I will be serve a different dish that I didn't want to be serve. What I like about short stories is you can see a glimpse of what the author's usual plot like in Meg Cabot's story, there's always an First of all, let me say that I hate prom!! so it may affect my liking for this book (just a little bit.) I bought this book at a sale and I immediately bought it because of the 'big' authors that I love/like. However, I should've expected that since this book is different from what they usually write. I will be serve a different dish that I didn't want to be serve. What I like about short stories is you can see a glimpse of what the author's usual plot like in Meg Cabot's story, there's always an impulsive kick ass MC that's always present. There are other authors here that I haven't read yet but somehow they peak my interests.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol Scott

    Some interesting concepts with terrible executions and no endings. "Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper" is my favourite of the bunch (and the only one I remembered from reading this in middle school), but it definitely feels like the first four chapters of a book. I just looked it up and apparently the author did extend it into a series, but that doesn't make for a good short story. "The Corsage" is the worst of the bunch, essentially just a retelling of "The Monkey's Paw" with a YA paint job. Not Some interesting concepts with terrible executions and no endings. "Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper" is my favourite of the bunch (and the only one I remembered from reading this in middle school), but it definitely feels like the first four chapters of a book. I just looked it up and apparently the author did extend it into a series, but that doesn't make for a good short story. "The Corsage" is the worst of the bunch, essentially just a retelling of "The Monkey's Paw" with a YA paint job. Not sure how this got the okay for publication. "The Exterminator's Daughter" feels like Buffy/Xavier fanfic that was rewritten to avoid copyright infringement. The other two are fine but not great.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    This is one of the worst books/bind up I have ever read. The only good thing was that it was a quick read. All of the stories were weird, horribly written, and some did not make sense at times. Ratings: The Exterminator's Daughter: 1 star The Corsage: 1.5 Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper: 1 star Kiss and Tell: 1 star Hell on Earth: 1.5 This is one of the worst books/bind up I have ever read. The only good thing was that it was a quick read. All of the stories were weird, horribly written, and some did not make sense at times. Ratings: The Exterminator's Daughter: 1 star The Corsage: 1.5 Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper: 1 star Kiss and Tell: 1 star Hell on Earth: 1.5

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aleetha

    Not bad. I enjoy reading some of them. I think I will read another series of these short stories from hell. I hope there I will not meet another angel and demon story. Not a big fan. I found it weird.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Roxane

    This book was a massive disappointment. I hate to rate something one star, but this was just a mess. The writing in every single story was just not good, and the stories themselves weren’t good either. I’m not going to bother rating each story as I gave every story 1 star. This is not a book I’d personally recommend.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    More like a 3.5 A light fun collection of YA paranormal stories revolving around Proms. I think the biggest surprise from this collection is that I actually thoroughly enjoyed a story by Stephanie Meyer. Highlights of this collection are: Kim Harrison's, Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper and Michelle Jaffe's, Kiss and Tell. Really enjoyed the likeable characters and the snappy, witty Dialogue in Kiss and Tell. Will be looking for more of Jaffe's stories. Also really intrigued by Kim Harrison's wri More like a 3.5 A light fun collection of YA paranormal stories revolving around Proms. I think the biggest surprise from this collection is that I actually thoroughly enjoyed a story by Stephanie Meyer. Highlights of this collection are: Kim Harrison's, Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper and Michelle Jaffe's, Kiss and Tell. Really enjoyed the likeable characters and the snappy, witty Dialogue in Kiss and Tell. Will be looking for more of Jaffe's stories. Also really intrigued by Kim Harrison's writing and the characters in her fast paced story. Also definitely worth picking up a copy as proceeds went to First Book (www.firstbook.org). This is most decidedly more for the intended YA audience, more so for than someone of my advanced years, who is so over the angst stage, but still enjoyable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Annancy

    I have always felt that short stories give me a sense of incompleteness but this book has been the total opposite. All the stories we worth reading, captivating and really interesting. A special shout out to 'the Corsage' by Lauren Myracle, this story was really interesting! I have always felt that short stories give me a sense of incompleteness but this book has been the total opposite. All the stories we worth reading, captivating and really interesting. A special shout out to 'the Corsage' by Lauren Myracle, this story was really interesting!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Talia Castro

    ok well this book had interesting stories! I like the last two better than all of them. Meg Cabot starts off the collection with THE EXTERMINATOR'S DAUGHTER. When Mary shows up at Swig, an exclusive VIP club in Manhattan, it's not to socialize. She's on a mission to take out Sebastian Drake -- and by take out, I mean kill him with a crossbow. But when Adam, a fellow student at Saint Eligius, takes his own potshots at the dreaded Sebastian, things get a lot more interesting. this one was meeeh. no ok well this book had interesting stories! I like the last two better than all of them. Meg Cabot starts off the collection with THE EXTERMINATOR'S DAUGHTER. When Mary shows up at Swig, an exclusive VIP club in Manhattan, it's not to socialize. She's on a mission to take out Sebastian Drake -- and by take out, I mean kill him with a crossbow. But when Adam, a fellow student at Saint Eligius, takes his own potshots at the dreaded Sebastian, things get a lot more interesting. this one was meeeh. not so interesting but not so boring. Lauren Myracle, the author of THE CORSAGE, has written what is probably the saddest, and creepiest, story of the bunch. All Frankie want is for her best guy friend, Will, to ask her to prom. To accomplish that goal, she drags Will and her other best friend, Yun Sun, to visit Madame Zanzibar, a fortune-teller. She's sure that Madame Z will proclaim that Will is her one true love, and that will be that. But the psychic is short on information, but does end up grudgingly handing over to Frankie a dried up old corsage, which she says will grant her three wishes. Over the next couple of days, however, Frankie will come to realize that she'll have to make some requests that she never in her wildest dreams would have thought of making. Now this book, reminded me about the Monkey's paw. MADISON AVERY AND THE DIM REAPER by Kim Harrison is the longest story in the group, and the most involved. When Madison ends up at the costume prom with a dud date, she's surprised to find one guy who can pick up the slack. Seth isn't like anyone she's ever met before. Unfortunately, before too long she'll find out why that is, and the picture it paints isn't pretty. There are deaths, white reapers, black reapers, grim reapers, and odd amulets. Michele Jaffe's story, KISS AND TELL, was by far my favorite. Miranda has a secret. Not only is she a student and a part-time driver/chaeffeur, but she also fights crime in her spare time. It turns out Miranda has special abilities that allow her to do things most regular teens can't do -- like, say, knock over a lamppost just by leaning on it. This particular day turns out to be stranger than the norm, though, when she picks up young Sibby Cumean, a strange girl who has an even stranger habit of kissing every boy she can find. When weird things start happening, Miranda's day turns into an action-adventure movie beyond anything she could have expected. I LOVED this story, and I HAVE to read more about Miranda and Sibby in the future! They are an awesome couple! Last but not least is HELL ON EARTH by Stephenie Meyer. This is the story of Sheba, a demon on earth who loves bringing misery to others. Her plan is working pretty well, too, because nearly everyone at the prom is having a downright horrible time. Everyone, that is, except for Gabe, who seems not just happy but serene. By the time Sheba can figure out what's happening, it's too late, and prom just might end up having a happy ending after all.  and obviousely all these stories happen in prom. PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL is a great paranormal anthology that teens and adults alike will enjoy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I decided that due to the fact that two of the author's I had read and enjoyed at least one of their books prior to opening this book (Stephenie Meyer - The Host and Meg Cabot - Jinx)- that I had to read this. I must say it was rather disapointing overall, only two of the stories had the plot structure to be able to stand alone in such a small short story, those being: The Corsage and The Exterminator's Daughter. The other's realisitcally would have been better if only they were longer and the p I decided that due to the fact that two of the author's I had read and enjoyed at least one of their books prior to opening this book (Stephenie Meyer - The Host and Meg Cabot - Jinx)- that I had to read this. I must say it was rather disapointing overall, only two of the stories had the plot structure to be able to stand alone in such a small short story, those being: The Corsage and The Exterminator's Daughter. The other's realisitcally would have been better if only they were longer and the plot had more time to develop. Each has been individually reviewed below: The Exterminator's Daughter - Meg Cabot: This story served as the perfect opening to this book, it was fast paced and different from any other book I have ever read making it captivating and interesting, I particularly loved Cabot's take on the vampire legend, which each author tends to make their own, that of which she has done and to her credit done well. This would be my pick for my favorite story of the entire book. The Corsage - Lauren Myracle - I loved this! Scary and frightening I could almost feel the narrator's shock when she made her final wish, shock that was enough to keep me thinking of this story well and truly after I had put down the book for the night. It's not very often that you find a story like this but it was certainly well worth the read. Maddison Avery and the Dim Reaper - Kim Harrison: Perhaps the reason I could not relate to this story is I never went to a prom. I never experienced for myself what it means to be involved in such a thing, however still I never had any other issues reading stories involving proms. This may have been a bit of a stretch for me to read unfortunatly. To it's credit it was well written and the author has used a wonderful idea yet the relationships seemed unrealistic to me, which ruined what could have been a perfect story. Kiss and Tell - Michelle Jaffe: I didn't understand this story at all. I really could not understand the young girls obsession with kissing random strangers and that made the story incredibly difficult to relate to, I know it was part of the storyline it just seemed rather unnessecary, however the story was the longest of all five and the plot progressed which overall made it an enjoyable read. Hell On Earth - Stephenie Meyer: Personally I found this the most strange of the five stories, it had potential but it seemed rushed as though a potentially brilliant plot was squashed into a story too big for what it could have been. If this were ever to be extended beyond just a prom story I would certainly want to read it, the writing was interesting and exciting but the story just didn't flow as nicely as I had hoped. Overall, it is worth hiring from a library for a read, all the stories a worthy of a read in their own way and each author has fitted the prom theme into their work wonderfully, although I did not enjoy all the stories I found them readable and each had it's moments. 2 Stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    BOOK BUTTERFLY

    This is a collection of short stories from popular teen authors that takes the revered tradition of going to the Prom and gives it a dark twist. From a vampire hunting girl named Mary whose mission it is to take out Dracula, to the demon Sheba delighting in wreaking mayhem at the prom, these stories take the reader on an exhilarating ride of action and suspense with strong, appealing characters. The Exterminator’s Daughter by Meg Cabot was my favorite. It’s about Mary, a young girl who shows up This is a collection of short stories from popular teen authors that takes the revered tradition of going to the Prom and gives it a dark twist. From a vampire hunting girl named Mary whose mission it is to take out Dracula, to the demon Sheba delighting in wreaking mayhem at the prom, these stories take the reader on an exhilarating ride of action and suspense with strong, appealing characters. The Exterminator’s Daughter by Meg Cabot was my favorite. It’s about Mary, a young girl who shows up at a ritzy downtown Manhattan nightclub with a mission to take out her best friend’s date Sebastian with a crossbow! Things go a little awry when fellow classmate Adam takes his own shot at Sebastian. I was sorry to see this story come to an end, and hope Meg Cabot considers revisiting the characters again in the future. Lauren Myracle's story, The Corsage was by far the creepiest story of the bunch. It’s about a young girl named Frankie who gets a corsage from a psychic with the knowledge that it will grant her three wishes. What Frankie wants most in the world is for her best guy friend Will (who she has a crush on) to ask her to the prom. Should be so simple right? As they say, though- "Be Careful What You Wish For". And for Frankie, this will be a painful lesson learned. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison is the longest story and most involved. When Madison winds up stuck at her prom with a real dud for a date, she ends up taking off with the mysterious Seth whom she just me that evening. Only Seth isn't like the other guys at the Prom. When she finds out why, it's too late, and it's not pretty. Note: Kim Harrison recently released Once Dead, Twice Shy, which is a continuation of this back-story. Michelle Jaffe's story, Kiss and Tell was another solid contribution. It's about a crime fighting student/part time limo driver named Miranda and the strange passenger she picks up named Sibby Cumean. Sibby has the oddest habit of kissing every boy she can find. Strange occurrences ensue with lots of action/adventure. Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer was another well executed short story about a demon named Sheba whose sole mission was to bring misery to others. Her plan to ruin the prom was working pretty great- everyone there was having a horrid time. Gabe was the only person at Prom who she could not affect though, and it confounds Sheba. By the time she figures it out, it's too late and prom just might have a happy ending after all. BOTTOM LINE: Prom Nights from Hell was a great paranormal anthology that both teens and adults will enjoy reading and I’d highly recommend it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    Overall Rating: 4.0 The book is comprised of five stories. The book itself was great. I really enjoyed it. I thought some stories were better than others. My favourite was Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe because of the humor and the female character. My least favourite was Hell On Earth by Stephenie Meyer because the pacing was slower than the others. As a whole, each author made each story intriguing and different. The stories were great and I can't wait to read more books from each author. Ove Overall Rating: 4.0 The book is comprised of five stories. The book itself was great. I really enjoyed it. I thought some stories were better than others. My favourite was Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe because of the humor and the female character. My least favourite was Hell On Earth by Stephenie Meyer because the pacing was slower than the others. As a whole, each author made each story intriguing and different. The stories were great and I can't wait to read more books from each author. Overall, a great read. Meg Cabot - The Exterminator's Daughter Actual Rating: 4.0 I found this story intriguing and unique. I really liked the fact that the vampire hunter turned Vampire daughter was stalking Dacula's son to the prom. I was actually finding myself enjoying it. I hope I can read more of her books. Meg Cabot Is a great author and I really enjoyed this read. Overall, a great read. Lauren Myracles - The Corsage Actual Rating: 3.0 This was an okay read. The story is about Frankie getting a corsage that makes three wishes. However, there are consequences for the wishes. The first half of the story was a bit boring and difficult to get into. However, things picked up in the second half. I wish the story was longer as it did creep me out to the point of closing my eyes every once in a while. Overall, a decent read. Kim Harrison - Madison and the Dim Reaper Actual Rating: 3.0 This was a decent read. The story was interesting. However, there was no conclusion to the story. The story was about a girl who was taken and killed by a dark reaper. However, the white reapers allow her to return from the dead with a guardian angel. I like the story, but I would like to know how the story really ends. Not with some cliffhanger. Overall, an okay read. Michele Jaffe - Kiss and Tell Actual Rating: 5.0 This was an amazing read. I loved every minute of it. It is the longest story in the book, but this book had me laughing so much. I do not think I have ever read a book with this many cheesy lines. I loved Miranda and how she was trying to learn her powers and the limitations that her powers have. She was a funny character and she was quirky as well. This story makes me want to read more of Michele Jaffe's book. Overall, a fantastic read. Stephenie Meyer - Hell On Earth Actual Rating: 2.75 This was an okay read. I did not love the characters, but I thought they were okay. Also, I thought the pace was slower than the last four stories. I found it to be a bit boring as it dragged for me. Overall, a read that was not for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Livia

    "The Exterminator's Daughter" by Meg Cabot I skipped to this first short story after I finished reading the anthology's closing novella, Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer. I knew going into to this one that I might be hit with an abrupt ending. Fortunately, it had a more solid ending than Hell on Earth and left me feeling a tad more satisfied. I still would have liked more story though. Rating: ★★★★1/2 "The Corsage" (an adaptation of "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs) by Lauren Myracle I was reluc "The Exterminator's Daughter" by Meg Cabot I skipped to this first short story after I finished reading the anthology's closing novella, Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer. I knew going into to this one that I might be hit with an abrupt ending. Fortunately, it had a more solid ending than Hell on Earth and left me feeling a tad more satisfied. I still would have liked more story though. Rating: ★★★★1/2 "The Corsage" (an adaptation of "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs) by Lauren Myracle I was reluctant to read this one because of the warning to readers about the inspiration for this version. I wasn’t as uninteresting as I thought it would be, however I thought the ending was disappointing. Rating: ★★ "Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper" by Kim Harrison I really liked this one and need to remember to read the full series (the Madison Avery trilogy) that it introduces. Rating: ★★★★1/2 "Kiss and Tell" by Michele Jaffe I loved the live ITM (aka in the moment) advice Miranda's buddies gave her. And I sympathized with her over her "crazy mouth" syndrome, lol! I should have read a book on how to meet guys in high school so I could say silly lines like her, "Are you wearing space pants? Because your butt is fine." Only Will had to correct her and the last line should have been, "because your butt is out of this world." I almost want to reread this one from beginning to end, but I had a $5 late fee already and needed to finish and return it. This one was really clever and would make a good full length novel as well. Rating: ★★★★ "Hell on Earth" by Stephenie Meyer I skipped to this one to read it first since Stephenie was the main draw for me to read this anthology. I liked this short story, but the ending took me by surprise. I flipped a few more pages wondering if there had been an error in printing because that couldn't have been it. But alas, yes! That really was the end. It definitely left me wondering. Rating: ★★★★ In general, I think this anthology would have been a faster read if an audiobook format had been available.

  29. 5 out of 5

    rafael david

    Hell to the fucking no

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    There's 5 different authors, 5 different paranormal prom stories in a collection. 1. Meg Cabot: the Exterminator's daughter Mary's new in town, and currently her only friend is caught in a vampire spell. Something's going to happen at prom-night, and she needs to stop it. Rate: 5 stars. Of all five stories, this was the best one. Ofc, it's Meg Cabot! 2. Lauren Myracle: the Corsage Frankie's waiting for her crush to ask her to prom. She comes over a magical corsage, probably cursed, and her three wish There's 5 different authors, 5 different paranormal prom stories in a collection. 1. Meg Cabot: the Exterminator's daughter Mary's new in town, and currently her only friend is caught in a vampire spell. Something's going to happen at prom-night, and she needs to stop it. Rate: 5 stars. Of all five stories, this was the best one. Ofc, it's Meg Cabot! 2. Lauren Myracle: the Corsage Frankie's waiting for her crush to ask her to prom. She comes over a magical corsage, probably cursed, and her three wishes is the corsage's command. Not good. Rate: 2 stars. It was odd. I just read quickly through the story. I didn't really read it; didin't quite catch my interest. I hope I described it right above. I DID get the main point though. 3. Kim Harrison: Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper Madison, at prom, kinda got ditched by her date. She hooked up with a random boy, who appeared to be gorgeous and totally handsome. But something happens on her way home... And she believes she's dead. Rate: 4 stars. Not bad. Though a little bit confusing, maybe, but the plot was good. I want to continue to read this! Seems like there's a novel/series...? Hmm. 4. Michele Jaffe: Kiss and tell Miranda has some kind of power. And her mission is to protect a girl. At prom-night, some bad guys invade the halls, and they have to escape the evil... Rate: 3/4. This one was kinda funny, but also a little confusing too. 5. Stephenie Meyer: Hell on Earth There's demons on earth, sent to cause pain and disaster. At prom, there's a demon, a girl, who's really enjoying herself, for ruining everybody's prom-night, causing trouble everywhere she looks. Except when her eyes lands on Gabe, sky-blue-angel-like eyes. He's date abandoned him, but that was her plan. Gabe is the only one who doesn't really suffer, even after his date left him. What the hell is the demon going to do about it? Rate: 4/5. I'm a huge fan of Meyer, ofc, and this one was really good, brilliant! ----- All those rates put together: 5, 2, 4, 3/4, 4/5, O guess it's about 4/3, closer to 4

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