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Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?

in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and ...

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Overview

Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?

in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .

From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sarah Hill
Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudie Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mylnowski each contribute a short story to this collection about teenagers on vacation experiencing the supernatural. In Mlynowski's Cruisin', a high school graduate is seeking to lose her virginity on a cruise ship, but a vampire twist changes the plot. Gray's I Don't Like Your Girlfriend follows a teenage girl on vacation to North Carolina's Outer Banks with her family and her mother's coven. Johnson's The Law of Suspects includes two sisters on vacation in France, where a local legend leads innocents to murder and mayhem. The Mirror House by Clare focuses on a young American girl visiting Jamaica and her struggle to keep her stepbrother from the clutches of a local witch. Bray's Nowhere is Safe focuses on teenagers backpacking through Europe and their stop in a small town during a haunted festival. A portion of the proceeds of this book's sales will be donated to College Summit, an organization that helps send students to college. An editor is not listed, and one would have helped this story collection tremendously. Gray is the only author who uses humor in her story, and the stories are predictable, like urban legends on vacation. Vampires are present in one story and witches appear in two others. The authors are extremely successful in fantasy and chick lit, but this collection does not live up to the quality of their novels. Reviewer: Sarah Hill
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The all-star lineup of authors of these supernatural tales will attract readers, but none of the selections truly surprise. The settings range from the French countryside to a Jamaican villa and the protagonists include a vampire, a witch, and a couple of normal girls whose vacations turn into nightmares. The most winning entry is Maureen Johnston's "The Law of Suspects," in which two sisters are exposed to a story that turns its listeners into killers. It succeeds more as a black comedy of errors than as a chilling horror story. Bray's "Nowhere is Safe" is refreshing because the narrator is male and the characters don't fit the blond-haired, blue-eyed mold. But the author makes such a to-do about her characters' Haitian, Japanese, and Jewish identities that it feels sort of like an after-school special, and the Slavic village's sacrifice ritual is neither funny nor particularly scary. Overall, this is a good beach read for some, but the collection won't attract a diverse audience.—Emily R. Brown, Providence Public Library, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061861697
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 712,784
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 376 KB

Meet the Author

Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, both of which have appeared on ALA's Best Books for Young Adults list.


Cassandra Clare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. City of Bones was a Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel and an ALA Teens' Top Ten winner. She is also the author of the upcoming YA fantasy trilogy The Infernal Devices. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her boyfriend and two cats.


Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans–based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.


Maureen Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Name of the Star, Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, Girl At Sea, The Key To The Golden Firebird, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. She lives in New York City, but travels to the UK regularly to soak up the drizzle and watch English TV.


Sarah Mlynowski is the author of Gimme a Call and the Magic in Manhattan series, which kicked off with Bras & Broomsticks. She is also the co-author of How to Be Bad and has written several novels for adults. She currently lives in Manhattan.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Did you ever think you had the worst possible vacation ever? Well, pick up VACATIONS FROM HELL and realize that what you think was horrible is just icing on the cake.

    Five of today's most popular paranormal young adult authors combine their talents in this collection of short stories. This is a compilation that is sure to appeal to everyone. I will admit at the beginning that I've only read works by Sarah Mlynowski and Maureen Johnson in the past, but will definitely be looking forward to reading works by the other three authors now.

    This collection has something for everyone. For fans of The Blair Witch Project, check out Nowhere is Safe by Libba Bray. Four thrill-seeking teenagers on a trip around Europe stumble across scary things in a dark and dangerous forest. For anyone that hated that other girl for one reason or another and wanted to get even, check out I Don't Like Your Girlfriend by Claudia Gray. If you like those twisted ghost stories that are handed down from person to person, then The Law of Suspects by Maureen Johnson is for you. Got a hankering for a bit of dark witchcraft? The Mirror House will make you think twice about looking in mirrors again. And my personal favorite was Cruisin' by Sarah Mlynowski. It was one of those stories where I totally didn't expect the ending. You have to love when a story can do that!

    The stories are all well-written and blend together perfectly. Each story is the perfect length to sit down and read in a sitting. After reading VACATIONS FROM HELL you will never again complain of a bad holiday!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Ugggg HORIBLE

    I did not like it very much I felt the characters weren't devoleped enough and that the stories were cut off short and needed to be longer. I just thought the stories were short. I excepcted more because some of the authors are very good and unforgetable. But this was some of there worst works I ever seen I didn't like it.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

    First off, I¿m not a huge fan of anthologies, but I wasn¿t going

    First off, I’m not a huge fan of anthologies, but I wasn’t going to miss out on anything written by Cassandra Clare. So, I picked this up and finished it in little over a day as I simply couldn’t put it down. I loved this book! It’s an anthology of horror stories and, of course, my number one favorite genre is horror. “Vacations from Hell” exceeded my every expectation, and as I’ve always wondered what Libba Bray’s storytelling was like, I was overjoyed to find included in this anthology a short story written by her. And yes, I’m definitely going to read more of her books. Another author’s short story included in this anthology, and whose books I’ve never read before, is Maureen Johnson. You can be sure I’ll be adding her books to my reading list as well.

    I enjoyed the first two short stories in “Vacations from Hell”, but my favorite ones turned out to be the last three. I can see why these authors’ books sell in the thousands. All three of them – Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Libba Bray – are exceptional storytellers! Each of them wrote a tale that, for me, was refreshingly different from what I’ve read before, but reminded me of earlier works by two of my favorite horror authors, Dean R. Koontz and Richard Laymon. All five authors kept to the vacation theme and presented me with tales of which the outcomes were completely unpredictable. 

    “Vacations from Hell” is a wholly captivating compilation of short horror stories written by extremely talented authors. It kept me glued to the pages, sent chills up my spine, had me breaking out in goosebumps, and is a book I will undoubtedly read again, and share with my bookworm friends. I highly recommend it to fans of horror or readers looking for a thrilling read. Fans of these authors will be delighted by these stories, so of course I would recommend it to them as well. I happily give this book five stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Spoiler Alert!

    Was anyone else sickened by reviewer #6 review? They ruined the story for anyone reading it (Cruisin) by giving away who the killer is! Unbelievably stupid of that poster! If you can, avoid reading that review, as it will ruin the story for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

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    I had reluctantly bought this series because of an authors I'm awfully fond of. Cassandra Clare, author of the well-written Mortal Instruments series did not disappoint. However, if you are truly interested in one if the From Hell series, I suggest Kisses From Hell. Rachelle Mead's story of Sunshine is my personal favorite and a spin-off from the amaing, well-thought out, Vampire Academy. Alyson Noel also given some time into her story, which was fairly a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Vacations from Hell make you never want to take vacays!

    Scary and shocking,that's what what Vacations from Hell was,All the short stories was so frightening and they sucker punch you,that's how much warning I got for any of the conclusions of the stories.I love Cruisin by Sarah Mlynowski for the twist in ending,all along I assumed that the main character wanted to lose her virginity but whoa,Sarah M goes all out and flips and twists everything!Others I enjoyed were the Mirror House by Cassandra Clare,catchy storyline but not her finest work.Nowhere is Safe scores points for being so scary but realistic and right now I feel very against visiting Europe.For Now, though.The other two were good reads but average.Romance is not the key here so I do not really recommend this for romantics.But good fro taking along to your vacay for some spicing up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Adore it!

    I love this book. Read it all on one night! A must

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    So-so

    Well i really enjoyed the first and last story they were great but all the storriies inbetween i could do without because the plots werent rich enough for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    :D

    This series is great. I recomemd it(:

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    I like

    I liked the first two but therd was boring

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    perty darn good! haha tthis book is really good but the only thing i didnt get was that in the first book she said that was her first cruise but how could it have been if she was the one killing everyone?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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