Reviews for Prom Nights from Hell


Booklist Reviews 2007 May #2
Far from gauzy, rose-colored clichés, the prom nights depicted in this anthology are surreal, scary, and often populated with monsters and zombies. A well-known author for young adults contributes each of the five long stories. In Meg Cabot's, "The Exterminator's Daughter," a high-school student chases down a vampire before he can claim his next victim on prom night. In Stephenie Meyer's "Hell on Earth," a prom is nearly destroyed by warring biblical demons; then dreamy half-angel Gabe comes to the rescue. The tone in each story wavers between glib camp and chilling terror, just like a teen horror movie. Several stories include some sexy innuendo; in Michelle Jaffe's "Kiss and Tell," the narrator reads about "Tantric tongue tricks" and imagines a handsome older man "without his shirt but with a pitcher of maple syrup and a big . . . stack of pancakes." Like many anthologies, this one is uneven, but there is plenty here to amuse older horror fans, particularly those with a cynical view of prom night. Ed: add price to imprint.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Vampires, superhero princesses, and demons populate the five stories in this collection by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle. The situations are paranormal, but the protagonists have the usual prom concerns and the combination often produces highly comical results. Some of the plot lines are hard to follow, but the breezy dialogue will appease fans of these popular writers. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Vampires, superhero princesses, and demons populate the five stories in this collection by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle. The situations are paranormal, but the protagonists have the usual prom concerns and the combination often produces highly comical results. Some of the plot lines are hard to follow, but the breezy dialogue will appease fans of these popular writers. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 September

Gr 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.--Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library

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VOYA Reviews 2007 October
In this collection, five popular authors put a unique twist on prom. Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, and Stephanie Meyer's main characters have more to worry about than what dress to wear. Their prom nights involve demons, vampires, and the walking dead. Cabot's story, The Exterminator's Daughter, is the most successful. Narrators Mary and Adam try to save their friend from Sebastian, a cute guy who happens to be the son of Dracula. The story is paced perfectly for its length and has a lighthearted ending. Myracle's story, based on the tale The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs, involves a magic corsage that grants wishes. Frankie's first wish seems innocuous: She just wants Will to ask her to prom. When tragedy occurs, her next wish is made in hasty desperation and proves that one should truly be careful about what one wishes. Harrison's tale, Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper, of a girl killed by a black reaper but allowed to spend one year among the living, feels confusing and rushed. The plot would be better served drawn out in a full novel. Jaffe's Kiss and Tell is filled with action and trickery, when a girl with super-hearing meets up with a prophet to thwart multiple crimes. The collection ends with Meyer's story, Heaven and Hell, in which Sheba, a demon, is ensuring that everyone has a miserable time.Although the stories are loosely tied to the theme, each author fills her tale with vastly different nightmarish characters and circumstances, making certain that there is something that will appeal to every reader.-Amanda M. MacGregor $9.99 Trade pb. ISBN 978-0-06-125309-6. 3Q 4P J S Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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