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The music is pounding in time to my heartbeat. I can feel the bass in my chest—badoom, badoom. It's hard to see across the room of writhing bodies, especially with the fog from the dry ice, and the flickering light show coming down from the club's industrial ceiling overhead.
But I know he's here. I can feel him.
Which is why I'm grateful for the bodies grinding against one another all around me. They're keeping me hidden from his view—and from his senses. Otherwise he'd have smelled me coming by now. They can detect the scent of fear from yards away.
Not that I'm scared. Because I'm not.
Well. Maybe a little.
But 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 to be released at the merest pressure from my finger.
He'll never know what hit him.
And, hopefully, neither will she.
The important thing is to get a clean shot—which won't be easy in this crowd—and to make it count. I'll probably only get one chance to shoot. Either I'll hit the target . . . or he'll hit me.
"Always aim for the chest," Mom used to say. "It's the largest part of the body, and the spot you're least likely to miss. Of course, you're more likely to kill than wound if you aim for the chest rather than the thigh or arm . . . but what do you want to wound for, anyway? The point is to take 'em down."
Which is what I'm here to do tonight. Take 'im down.
Lila will hate me, ofcourse, if she figures out what really happened . . . and that it was me who did it.
But what does she expect? She can't think that I'm just going to sit idly by and watch her throw her life away.
"I met this guy," she'd gushed at lunch today, while we were standing in line for the salad bar. "Oh my God, Mary, you wouldn't believe how cute he is. His name's Sebastian. He's got the bluest eyes you've ever seen."
The thing about Lila that a lot of people don't get is that beneath that—let's face it—slutty exterior beats the heart of a truly loyal friend. Unlike the rest of the girls at Saint Eligius, Lila's never pulled an attitude with me about the fact that my dad's not a CEO or plastic surgeon.
And yeah, okay, I have to tune out about three-fourths of what she says because most of it is stuff that I have no interest in—like how much she paid for her Prada tote at the end-of-season clearance sale at Saks, and what kind of tramp stamp she's thinking about getting next time she's in Cancún.
But this caught my attention.
"Lila," I said. "What about Ted?"
Because Ted's all Lila has talked about for the past year, ever since he finally got up the guts to ask her out. Well, I mean, all she's talked about besides the Prada sales and back tattoos.
"Oh, that's over," Lila said, reaching for the lettuce tongs. "Sebastian's taking me clubbing tonight—at Swig. He says he can get us in—he's on the VIP list."
It wasn't the fact that this guy, whoever he was, claimed to be on the VIP list of the newest and most exclusive club in downtown Manhattan that caused the hairs on the back of my neck to rise. Don't get me wrong—Lila's beautiful. If anyone is going to be ap-proached by a random stranger who happens to be on the most sought-after VIP list in town, it would be Lila.
It was the thing about Ted that got to me. Because Lila adores Ted. They're the quintessentially perfect high school couple. She's gorgeous, he's a star athlete . . . it's a match made in teen heaven.
Which is why what she was telling me did not compute.
"Lila, how can you say it's over between you and Ted?" I demanded. "You two have been going out forever"—or at least since I arrived at Saint Eligius Prep in September, where Lila was the first (and, to date, pretty much the only) girl in any of my classes to actually speak to me—"and it's the prom this weekend."
"I know," Lila said, with a happy sigh. "Sebastian's taking me."
That's when I knew. I mean, really knew.
"Lila," I said. "Look at me."
Lila looked down at me—I'm small. But, as Mom used to say, I'm fast—and I saw it at once. What I should have seen from the beginning, that ever-so-slightly glazed expression—the dull eyes . . . the soft lips—that I've come to know so well over the years.
I couldn't believe it. He'd gotten to my best friend. My only friend.
Well. What was I supposed to do? Sit back and let him take her?
Not this time.
You'd think seeing a girl with a crossbow on the dance floor of Manhattan's hottest new club would maybe generate a comment or two. But it is Manhattan, after all. Besides, everyone is having too good a time to notice me. Even—
Oh God. It's him. I can't believe I'm finally seeing him in the flesh. . . .
Well, his son, anyway.
He's more handsome than I ever imagined. Golden-haired and blue-eyed, with movie starperfect lips and shoulders a mile wide. He's tall, too—although most guys are tall—compared with me.
Still, if he is anything like his father, well, then, I get it. I finally get it.
I guess. I still don't—
Oh God. He's sensed my gaze. He's turning this way—
It's now or never. I raise my bow:
Good-bye, Sebastian Drake. Good-bye forever.
But just as I have the bright white triangle of his shirt front in my scope, something unbelievable happens: A bright bloom of cherry red appears exactly where I've been aiming.Prom Nights from Hell. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Posted November 14, 2008
What do you get when five great authors come together to create a paranormal prom anthology? In a word - greatness! <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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!! <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL is a great paranormal anthology that teens and adults alike will enjoy. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!
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Posted April 6, 2009
I had no idea that Stephenie Meyer had anything besides Twilight Saga and The Host published. And I just happened to come accross this book looking at a 3rd party website. So of course I had to run out and get it. I admit I didn't read it in order of the stories. I read Stephenie Meyers story first. It is what made me buy the book after all. I loved her story. Some of the others I didn't care for so much. But I love short story books and this is deffinitely a good one. It's worth owning it.
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Posted October 18, 2013
This was pretty good. A bunch of stories about prom going wrong by different authors. Some you'll probably recognize or heard of.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2010
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Posted August 10, 2009
i did not like this book. some of the stories i liked in the book and others i didnt like. for someone that likes vampires and that kinda thing will like this book. the book is written by some awesome authors. over all the book was alright.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
the first book of the series was sooo much better and it had better authors too. No offense to the authors that wrote this book. its so boring and they try to make it a cliff hanger but it really just sounds like a book poorly written. Sorry authors but you have to stick to books not stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2009
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Posted March 23, 2009
Some great stories. I got it b/c I love Stephenie Meyer but I was kinda disappointed with her story. There were some good ones in here and I would definitely recommend this, but nothing will ever be as good as a finished story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2008
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At first I only got this book because of Stephenie Meyer and Meg Cabot were some of the authors. I like the storys, Meg's story was my favorite. Stephenie's was cunfusing at first, but it makes sense after you read it agin. The other storys were good to. If you love supernatural storys this is the book for you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2008
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'Prom Nights From Hell'...When I heard that two of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot and Stephenie Meyer, each had entries in this compilation, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. <BR/>I think I enjoyed "Kiss and Tell" the most though. I had never read a book by this author before, and I found Meyer's story a little abrupt, leaving me with too many unanswered questions at the end. I must admit, though some of the stories were just a little too weird for my taste (and weird kind of is my taste), I liked the feel of the book. <BR/>A little Edger Allen Poe with a little Buffy the Vampire Slayer mixed in didn't make for a bad read. And thank you for not setting a scary story on Halloween. My own bizarre prom night dissevered a little explaining, and now I have some new theories rolling around in my head. Great stuff!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2008
Prom Nights from Hell: Various Authors- How would you feel if the grim reaper showed up at your prom? In Prom Nights from Hell, all of those authors tell paranormal prom stories that go on in teenagers¿ lives. From dancing with a vampire, to getting in a car crash with the grim reaper, this book goes beyond what you call a normal prom. This book is written by very famous authors, one known as Meg Cabot. This book is great for teens that are into scary stories, especially ones about prom. The writers of Prom Nights from Hell carefully chose what to put in their book. The words are easy to read, and the detail is outstanding. The way they write all of the stories is attention-grabbing and makes you not want to drop the book. The way they make the characters real is easy to understand: ¿I turned over on the couch and thought to my self `He¿s dead, He¿s really dead!¿¿ Due to the images put into your head about the detailed writing, the authors don¿t make it as vigor as the images show. They write the facts and let your mind show the images. ¿He wrote on the water tower, Frankie will you go to prom with me? Then he suddenly slipped and fell 300 feet from the very top.¿ Teens will enjoy Prom Nights from Hell if they are interested in scary stories. It is a book that tells you stories about prom nights gone wrong. Most importantly, this book is written to the point where you don¿t want to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2008
All five bestselling authors of young adult books were able to express a portion of their strength of writing in Prom Nights from Hell, by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Lauren Myracle, and Stephenie Meyer. This book consists of five fictional short stories about a mixture of frightening and romantic experiences before, during and after a prom. In the first story of the collection, Meg Cabot begins with ¡°The Exterminator¡¯s Daughter¡± which is about Mary who is determined to kill Sebastian Drake and his father who are both vampires of the Dracula family. When Adam, her classmate from Saint Eligius, comes, also to ¡°kill¡± Sebastian by means of squirting ketchup from a water gun, they work together, on a mission to exterminate the vampires. Like Meg Cabot¡¯s previous pieces of writing, she is always able to show what the characters are thinking throughout the story. Through dialogue and various movements of the characters described by Meg Cabot, I, as the reader, was able to fully understand the emotions the characters, such as Lila, Mary and Adam, felt. In the second story, ¡°The Corsage¡±, by Lauren Myracle, three friends named Frankie, Will and Yun Sun visit Madame Zanzibar, a fortune-teller as Frankie hopes that with Madame Zanzibar¡¯s readings, Will will be convinced to ask her to the prom. Instead of doing as Frankie hoped for, Frankie begs for Madame Z to give her the old corsage sitting on her shelf, which will enable her three wishes. As she finally uses her corsage to fulfill her wishes, things that Frankie wished to happen will happen in a deadly and unexpected way. Lauren Myracle writes in a different style than she usually does in this short story. In this depressing prom story, she gives her writing a new twist by writing more descriptively and by adding more suspense in her writing. The only negative part about this story is that the idea of her story is almost the exact same one as from ¡°The Monkey Paw¡± by W.W. Jacobs by changing the name of the characters, and the setting of the story, these two stories were overall the same, plot-wise. Lauren Myracle could¡¯ve showed exceptional depth in this piece of her writing if she hadn¡¯t copied the idea of ¡°The Monkey Paw¡± by W.W. Jacobs. Kim Harrison writes ¡°Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper¡± for this collection which is about Madison Avery going to her school costume prom with a boy named Josh, who she finds out to be going with her because his dad made him. Angered by this, she is about to leave when she meets Seth who is very different than anyone Madison has ever known, his beauty is memorizing and he seems to be flawless in all aspects of being a person. She finds out that this perfect guy that she meets will lead her to her death, where grim reapers, white reapers, black reapers and amulets that allows Madison to be able to see her dad once more, will be involved. Of all five stories, this one provides the reader with the longest story and the most details as Kim Harrison describes Seth, the perfect guy, and the situations that Madison ends up with after she leaves with Seth after the prom. Overall, she is able to describe the characters, settings, and include tension very successfully. Even though I have never read any of Kim Harrison¡¯s pieces of writing before, this mere short story is able to show that she is an author that will interest me with her writing style. ¡°Kiss and Tell¡± written by Michele Jaffe was my favorite of all the stories in this collection. This short story is about a student, Miranda, who works as a part time driver realizes she has ¡°special powers¡± that enables to see, feel and hear things that regular humans can¡¯t as she uses these ¡°powers¡± to defeat criminals in the world. When she meets Sibby Curnean, a passenger who enjoys kissing every guy she sees, she will use her ¡°powers¡± to save Sibby in different ways where they will both be risking their lives. One aspect of this story that made iWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2008
This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be....Two of the authors 'Meg and Stephenie' where the ones that got me to read them in the first place....the only stories out of this book I liked were Meg's, Stephenie's, and whoever wrote the 2nd one. The 4th story was way too confusing, I didn't understand any of it....even the stories that I did like weren't the best they could have been. I had read a lot of reviews on this book saying that it was outstanding, and that they wished the stories would be made into books, but I didn't see where any of them should be made into individual novels. Just not the best book I've ever read....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2008
I didn't finish it but so far i love it!!!! I was so interested in it because my all time favorite author Meg Cabot! I LOVE this book so far and i hope u enjoy it as much as i do!!! :'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2008
Posted August 31, 2008
I got the book because my fav author Meg Cabot wrote a story in it but hers wasn't my fav. My fav's was Kim Harrison's story!! i loved her it actually made me cry!!! wow i wish i could forget what i read so i could read it again!!! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2008
Posted June 28, 2008
I had origionally bought this book because my all time favorite author, Stephenie Meyer, had a story in it. I just got the book in the mail today, and I haven't been able to put it down! It's an amazing book and a great read for anyone that loves vampires or stories like that!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.