Prom Nights from Hell

Prom Nights from Hell

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by Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Lauren Myracle, Michele Jaffe

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amanda M. MacGregor
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.
Children's Literature
This compilation of short stories examines the challenges girls may face during their prom. Mary has a secret that she cannot escape, and she cannot ignore it. Sebastian is dating her best friend Lila, and Mary knows it will only end in disaster, but how will Lila act once Mary has murdered her hot new boyfriend? Frankie and her two friends go to see a fortuneteller, Madame Z, whose �predictions� seem random. Frankie finds Madame Z�s bookshelves and a corsage to be of much more interest; however, Frankie may wish she had never laid eyes on that corsage. Madison Avery goes to the prom only to dump her date for a handsome stranger with a magnificent sports car, but the ride home becomes more than she bargained for. Now she is stuck between helping calm her father down and saving herself. Miranda has been paid to pick up an underage minor and deliver her home, but the crazy kissing bandit is putting a wrinkle in Miranda�s plans. To make matters worse, someone seems to be trying to kidnap her charge. Gabe must save his prom before it goes up in flames. Celeste and Jezebel are not doing anything to help. In his efforts to save the prom, Gabe receives the surprise of a lifetime. This collection of stories proves that some proms are hell on Earth, literally. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell

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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.05(d)
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14 - 17 Years

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Prom Nights from Hell 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I happen to like these books that bring a bunch of popular writers together and they each do short stores on a similar subject. The great thing is I found out thru this book that I really wanted to get one of Kim Harrison's novels because the prequel to it is one of the stories here. The stories are all short, but really well written and they all have a great take on prom. Too bad my prom isnt going to have any vampires or demon's creating havoc. Oh well, a girl can dream cant she? Great if you want a something quick to read, but the stories really do hold your interest. Plus Stephanie Meyer's story has nothing to do with Twilight and is really entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short fun and all around romantic read. I find it amazing because im forever looking for new authors to read books by. With this i can smple a little bit of work from a lot of people. So now i have new authors to check. All the stories were intresting and contained an engaging plot. My only complaint is that i belive the book cost to much.
librachic More than 1 year ago
A good and quick read,I was attracted to the themes of prom which i am sure every girl is,Each story was unique with a twist but i felt all the stories were vague and only Stephenie Meyer's "Hell on Earth had dept but that does not mean the other stories were bad,A good read for that will not make you think too much and ponder also perfect for the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm assuming it is just a reprint of the one that came out in 2007. If you compare the synopsis.
Michelle Hurtado More than 1 year ago
This book is so good!!!!!:)
Emma Linares More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!! read bbout four times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i'm not that sure. i read a few of the "teaser chapters" in look inside, and they seem like continuations. the first copy from 07 ended like it would be a series, but idk. they're the same length, so i guess the only way to be sure is to go to the store and check it out.
craftychick More than 1 year ago
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.
Janae More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot (which is the reason I read it). I really loved her story: It was short, funny, and cute. Lauren Myracle was good and even more so if you know the story "Monkey's Paw". I felt like Michele Jaffe and Kim Harrison's stories were exciting but a little long for a short story. Stephenie Meyer's story seemed like it had something going for it but than it just got a little confusing with all the point of views of characters. But if you want to read some fun stories go head and pick this up.
Livlovesbooks 5 months ago
"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. 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.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good. A bunch of stories about prom going wrong by different authors. Some you'll probably recognize or heard of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey will you be my date?
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I only picked this book up to read cause it had Stephinie meyers name on it soi had ro read it because i love the twilight series. So when i read this i was impressed for something that sounded a little creepy turned to be unique and awsome. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title doesn't sound like a good book for an 11 year old. But Istill want to know if it is as bad as it sounds.
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Umm I dont know if this book is apropriate for me... what age would you recommend I read it at? I'm 12 Btw.
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This was a total sticky book i seriously could not put this down after my cousin gave it to me. Its a really good book.