Book 81 of my 2016 Reading Challenge
read from October 09 - 12
Prom Nights from Hell
Summary (via Goodreads)
In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle take bad prom nights to a whole new level - a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet are nothing compared to discovering you're dancing with the Grim Reaper - and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look.
From vampire exterminations to angels fighting demons, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.
I've actually read (and liked) all these authors before which is unusual for me. Mini reviews for each story.
The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot
This was more like a chapter from a book than a short story but I would read a full length story of them to find out the rest of what happened.
Quote: "Because I know now that I've found her: my future partner in the inevitable struggle to survive in post-apocalyptic America."
The Corsage by Lauren Myracle
That was predictable but good.
Quote: "As for me, I haunted the halls like the living dead. I would have ditched, but then I'd have been corralled by the counselor and forced to talk about my feelings. Which wasn't going to happen. My grief was my own, a skeleton that would rattle forever within me."
Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison
There was a lot, almost too much, going on in that short story. Again, it felt more like a chapter of something bigger than a full story on its own.
Quote: "I blinked as the lights spun madly and the music continued, loud and untouched by our kiss. Everything was different, but only I had changed."
Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe
This one was painful because the narrator had the most annoying stereotypical "teenish" traits.
Quote: "She'd spent the three days following the convenience store incident in bed, curled in a ball, trembling. She told Kenzi she had the flu, but really what she had was terror. She was terrified of the powers she suddenly couldn't restrain."
Hell on Earth by Stephenie Meyer
This one was fine. I don't have anything else to say about it.
Quote: "No, she couldn't force the humans to do anything. They had their innate free will, and so she could only tempt, could only suggest. Little things - high heels and seams and minor muscle groups - she could manipulate physically, but she could never force their minds. They had to choose to listen. And tonight, they were listening."