Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil Series)

Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil Series)

by Rosemary Clement-Moore


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“[Teens] will devour Hell Week.”—School Library Journal

Maggie Quinn has battled an ancient demon, faced down psychotic cheerleaders, and saved her best friend from certain death, but nothing can match this. Formal sorority recruitment, otherwise known as rush.

And after facing hellfire, infiltrating sorority rush should be easy. But when she finds a group of girls who are after way more than “sisterhood,” all her instincts say there’s something rotten on Greek Row. And when Hell Week rolls around, there may be no turning back.

“Maggie’s snarky humor and quirky personality keep this novel’s first half light, but the second takes a dark page-turning twist as Maggie is forced to figure out the ancient source of the sisters’ power.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385734158
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Series: Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rosemary Clement-Moore lives and writes in Arlington, Texas. You can visit her at www.readrosemary.com.

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Some people think that Texas has only one season, that it's summer all year long. In fact, the Lone Star State does have four seasons: Hot, Humid, Horrible, and Hellacious. But when I decided to road-trip with D&D Lisa to South Padre Island, I didn't think that last one would be so literal.I shouldn't have been surprised. I'm Maggie Quinn: Psychic Girl Detective. Lisa is an amateur sorcerer. We aren't exactly normal college freshmen. Yet there we were, doing the normal college thing, setting off on a Rite of Passage: Spring Break at the Beach.An odd choice, since I hate any water deeper than a bathtub, I already have a boyfriend, and if you couldn't tell from her nickname, D&D Lisa isn't the beer and boobfest type. Neither am I. But we'd wanted to take a road trip, and the destination had started as a joke. Then I pitched an article to the editor of the Bedivere University newspaper-who seemed amused by the whole World's Least Likely Spring Breakers angle-and to my surprise, Lisa went along with it.In the end, our reasons don't matter, except to explain how we came to be cruising down State Highway 77 in the smallest hour of the morning, even though we knew-better than most-what kinds of things go bump in the night.I flexed my hands on the Jeep's steering wheel and sank lower into the seat. It was a long drive, which hadn't seemed so daunting until I realized how much of it was through landscape so desolately featureless, it made me think Dante must have visited here before he wrote The Inferno.“If I owned Hell and Texas, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell.”Lisa paused in fiddling with the radio. “What's that about?”I shrugged. “Something I read once. Like . . . Did you know Velasquez County has more cows than people in it?”There was just enough light from the dashboard to see her roll her eyes. “Remind me to never go up against you on Jeopardy!”Under a nearly full moon, the coastal plain was as flat as a silver-gray sea, cut by a black ribbon of highway and a smaller thread of railroad tracks running alongside. Now and then we'd reach a crossroads, where there might be a grain silo, a water tower, or a tiny fruit stand, deserted for the night and only adding to the barren atmosphere.It seemed like there should be more traffic-other spring breakers, semis on their NAFTA routes, minivans loaded up like the Griswolds' station wagon in Vacation-but since we'd passed Corpus Christi, the signs of civilization had dwindled to zero. We'd passed the last minimart an hour ago, and with nothing on the horizon but more road-and eventually Mexico-I was beginning to regret the twelve ounces of Coke I'd downed to keep alert in the unrelieved boredom.“You didn't have to come with me,” I pointed out.Lisa had given up on the radio and plugged my iPod into the adaptor. “Is it so weird to want to do something normal?”I glanced at her silhouette, arching my brows wryly. “For you? Yes.”“I'm taking a break from my sorcerous studies. It will be just like the old days, except that instead of sitting around in the caf mocking the jock-headed and lame, we'll be sitting on the sand mocking the drunk, sunburnt, and slutty.” She bent her long, denim-clad leg to an impossible angle and propped her foot on the dash. “Besides, I'm ahead on all my coursework, so what else am I going to do? Sit around and play World of Warcraft all week?”Our friendship had endured four years of high school, freshman semesters spent at colleges half a country apart-not to mention the forces of darkness. In the past year, one of us had summoned a demon, one of us had vanquished it, and our friendship had nearly fallen apart. Then we'd had to team up to defeat a sorority who had the devil on speed dial. Lisa had saved my life, which went a long way toward reestablishing trust between us.That's a grossly abbreviated summary of events, of course. The important thing is, Lisa isn't a bad person, though she sometimes thinks she is. Really she's just . . . complicated. Which I guess you would have to be to summon a demon, even sort of unintentionally, in the first place.So I could see her wanting a break from that for a week. As for myself, a feature article for Bedivere U's Daily Report was just an excuse. My real reason was tiny, pink, colicky, and possessed of a wail like an air-defense siren.I'd been an only child for eighteen years, and while I didn't mind sharing the bright center of my parents' universe, I'd been completely unprepared for the disruption that my infant sister brought to the house. Lately I spent long hours away on campus, or at my boyfriend's apartment. But with school out for the week, and Justin going out of town, too, I was at loose ends. I would have jumped at a chance for a trip to the moon.Lisa clicked through my playlists, looking dissatisfied with the selection. “You're going to have fun this week, right?”I glanced at her doubtfully. “Surrounded by the drunk and disorderly? We are going to study the natives, not to become them.”“Which does not preclude having a good time. You're not going to be all goody-two-shoes?”“What does that mean?” Since I had already taken the unprecedented step of lying to my parents about our departure time in order to avoid the “Two girls driving alone at night” speech, I really didn't appreciate being called a killjoy.“Don't get pissy. I just don't want you to mope around because Sir Galahad isn't there.”“Sir Galahad” is my boyfriend, Justin. He and Lisa had started off on a bad foot, though they've since reached a kind of détente. Lisa, in her D&D terminology, says that Justin is a Lawful Good Paladin. She doesn't always mean it as a compliment, but it's absolutely true, so it's hard to take offense.“Just because I have a boyfriend doesn't mean I require a guy to be happy. And if I ever do, just shoot me.” Needling me was Lisa's way of breaking up the monotony of the drive, but that didn't stop me from getting defensive. “Besides, it's good to have some time apart.”“You're sure?” She prodded me like a bug under a microscope. “It doesn't irk you he's spending the week with this buddy of his?”The only thing more provoking than Lisa in a good mood was Lisa in the throes of boredom. “Why should it irk me?”“It's your first school break as a couple.” She was fishing, and I was determined not to take that bait.“Henry's been his best friend since forever. They're going to hang out and do guy stuff. It's not any different than you and I going off to do girl stuff.” I shot her a look. “Not that I can remember why that seemed like a good idea.”“Because we're best friends.” Lisa unplugged my iPod and replaced it with hers. The screen cast her face in a cool glow, at odds with her devilish smile. “And when I take over the world, I'll appoint you to a place of distinction in my Council of Evil.”“Can't wait.”

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Hell Week 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
amysisson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fun, well-written book, especially because it helped pull me out of my post-hurricane funk. In this second volume of Maggie Quinn: Girl Vs. Evil, Maggie goes through sorority rush, but only because she intends to write an anonymous exposé column for the college newspaper. Naturally, she finds much more than she bargains for. One of this series' strongest features is Maggie's voice, and if you've met the author, you just can't help but picture her as Maggie because they have the same spunk and humor. I also particularly enjoyed this story because I was once in a sorority myself, although it was a local instead of a national. Being in the sorority was good and perhaps even necessary during the rather anti-social period that comprised my first two years of college life, but I ultimately "deactivated" from the sorority at the beginning of my senior year, in part because I just couldn't face the ridiculousness of Rush, which if I recall correctly was dragged out over several weeks. I felt I had outgrown the rituals and structure of sorority life, although certainly not the friendships, by that point. But I digress. In any case, Hell Week also treats Maggie's relationships in a touching but not overly sentimental way. And I adore the cover -- Stepford Sorority Girls! I'm looking forward to next year's Highway to Hell, when we'll see what Maggie gets up to on her Spring Break.
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A few short months ago, Maggie Quinn defeated the seriously evil demon that was trying to take over her senior prom. Now Maggie's back in Hell Week, and she can't even crack the staff of the Bedivere College newspaper. What gives? But Maggie's luck suddenly changes when she goes undercover as a pledge to Sigma Alpha Xi, the campus' most popular - and most secretive - sorority. Her Phantom Pledge articles are a hit, and that's not the only place where Maggie's life has taken a turn for the lucky. It's not long before Maggie starts to question whether there's something supernaturally lucky about the Sigma Alpha Xis - even beyond their abnormally perfect hair.In Highway to Hell, which will be released in April 2009, Maggie and Lisa take off on a totally demon-free roadtrip. They're going to spend Spring Break on the beach at Cabo San Lucas - ironically, of course. But thanks to a middle of the night encounter with a dead cow in the middle of a deserted Texas highway, the girls are stuck in a tiny town with some very unusual characters. (Luckily, one of those characters is a devastatingly gorgeous real-live cowboy.) Things quickly take a totally unsurprising turn for the supernatural, and once again Maggie is hot on the trail of some unusual demonic activity. After making inquiries at the only bar in town about what animal could have gruesomely killed the cow that totaled their jeep, Maggie and Lisa are becoming more and more sure that the mythical chupacabra is very real - and very nasty.The second and third books in the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series stay true to the super-sarcastic, laugh-out-loud funny voice of Prom Dates From Hell. But now Maggie's well past her early skepticism. She's accepted that there are demons hanging out in her neighborhood, and that as the local psychic investigative journalist with a spellcasting best friend and a love interest who studies supernatural mythology, she's the one who's going to have to deal with all the evil beasties that pop up in her area. And as Maggie acknowledges her psychic powers and begins to learn how to use them, they no longer feel like a tacked-on plot point - they're an integral part of both books.These books start to dig further into the how and why of the demons and magic that are popping up around Maggie Quinn, and the mix of folklore, religion, and superstition are a strength of Clement-Moore's. Maggie's boyfriend brings the theoretical knowledge, and her sorcerer friend Lisa brings the practical application. It's Maggie who pulls it all together, using both her natural curiosity and her psychic Spidey-sense. Highway to Hell brings some traditional brujas into the picture, as well as the intriguing addition of a priest-in-training to their crew of demon-battlers. The young priest is a great foil for Lisa the sometimes-evil sorceror, and he also has his run-ins with Maggie, whose relationship with religion is pretty well summed up in Hell Week:"Facing Evil with a capital E makes a convincing argument that somewhere, in some shape or form, there was Good with a capital G, too, and I wanted no mistake about which side I was on.I'm not saying team Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the only team in the G league, but it's what I defaulted to when I needed to get my spiritual ducks in a row. Even so, I'm not exactly what you would call a reverent traditionalist.'Okay, God.' I stared up at the dark ceiling. 'Maybe you could throw me a bone here. I'm going in circles and could really use a signpost.' I paused, trying to sound at least a little supplicant. 'So. . . anytime you're ready, that would be great.'"-Hell Week, page 166The question of where God falls in all this mix of magic and mayhem is a welcome addition to the world of the books, and I hope that the priest character will be back in future Maggie Quinn adventures.With their fast-paced action, sharp tongues, and quick wit, Maggie and her friends are a great match for any teenage Buffy fans in yo
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After her mother becomes surprisingly pregnant, Maggie Quinn, college freshman, elects to stay home and attend nearby Bedivere University. Wanting to break into the difficult world of college journalism, Maggie goes along with the excitement of sorority rush, in order to write an anonymous column exposing the inanities of the tradition.It¿s not long, however, before Maggie gets into things that might be way over her head. Sigma Alpha Xi, the sorority that has selected her¿actually selected snarky, disbelieving, disenchanted her!¿to be a pledge, is comprised of a bunch of young women and alumni who seem to be uncommonly lucky in all aspects of their lives.Is this just a natural byproduct of being part of a desired college group, or is there something more sinister working here¿like a Faustian contract with the devil? With the help of Justin, her not-quite-just-a-friend yet not-a-boyfriend, and some new and old friends, Maggie races to discover the secrets behind SAXi¿before it¿s too late.With her trademark wit and humor, Rosemary Clement-Moore delivers another crowd-pleaser in her Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, though I¿m beginning to think the story may be falling into a rather predictable rut. The characters, especially Maggie and those closest to her, are lively, and don¿t fall into stereotypical categories of ¿MC¿s steadfast best friend, ¿MC¿s perfect unrequited love,¿ ¿The Villain,¿ and so on. Maggie¿s parents keep dry wit constantly on hand, and Justin, Maggie¿s love interest, is realistically adorable as chivalrous to the point of chauvinistic.What bothered me most about HELL WEEK, however, was its absolute similarity to the first book in the series, PROM DATES FROM HELL. If by the second book I am already sick of Maggie¿s routine of Cluelessness, Sudden Realization, and Valiant Vanquishing of the Demon, how am I going to keep on reading her future books? I found it too easy for me to put this book down, which was probably why it took me several weeks to finish.If you¿re looking for a light, funny, and feel-good paranormal read, then HELL WEEK is for you. Otherwise we should all hope that Rosemary will start branching out from Maggie¿s world: it gets old quite fast.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maggie made it out of high school alive so what does she decide to take on next? Sororities! Maggie decides to go through Rush, undercover, in order to get her foot in the door at the college newspaper.With the hectic schedule of a new college freshman, participating in Rush, and trying to figure out what is going on with her sort-of boyfriend Justin, Maggie is burning the candle at both ends. But it isn¿t until she realizes that she is losing time that she starts to worry that something of an evil nature is at work. Maggie was lucky enough to survive high school and the prom, but can she survive a sorority? HELL WEEK is an interesting story, but it lacks some of the humor that was so enjoyable in PROM DATES FROM HELL. If you watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and liked the episode, Reptile Boy, where Buffy goes to a frat party with Cordelia and gets chained in the basement to be sacraficed to the lizard demon, then you¿ll like HELL WEEK.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Smart and sassy Maggie Quinn is back and she's in college. In an attempt to join the staff of the local newspaper, journalism student Maggie infiltrates the sorority rush, writing anonymous pieces under the name "The Phantom Rushee". As Maggie goes through rush, she uncovers something sinister going on with one of the sororities and it's up to her to squelch the evil blossoming on campus. If you need a Buffy fix, pick up Maggie Quinn. It's bursting with sarcastic humor and has a dash of romance. I enjoyed it quite a bit and am looking forward to the next one!
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maggie is a freshman in college and wants to make her mark with the town or at least the school newspaper. To do this she decides to rush soroities and write a series of articles about the corrupt greek system. This is a great idea except instead of being completely rejected for the nerd she is, Maggie attracts the attention of the most powerful sorority on campus. What could they possibly see in her? Could it be her supernatural powers?? But that would mean they have powers. Sorority girls with magical powers? Be afraid, be very afraid.I really enjoyed this second book in the series. Maggie is funny in a snarky way that is cool. The supporting characters are fun and the budding romance is sweet. Thoughout the book we see Maggie's dedication to family, friends and doing the right thing. It is a good read for older teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story follows, nonother than, maggie quinn into her next adventure with D&D Lisa and her white knight Justin....blah blah....blah bet u read alot of reviews lile this well i cant tell u about it but it would be easyer.if u read it ur self!!! I have to say i suspect justin has his own power.....but if i told u i would ruine the book but it has to do with when he kisses someone........ima just say it.............i think when he kisses someone he gains there knowlege it dosnt have to do with wat happens to maggoe in the book but the little detail that he might have kisses someone els in the begining and how he quoted "i can read people, espasially if.....i know them well" think for your self but i ,oght be delusional so JUST READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT UR SELF!!!!!!!!!!!! I PROMISE IT WONT DISAPOINT
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's so nice to find an author who writes with such a skill that it speaks to all age levels.

I found myself hooked from the first page on this fast-paced adventure. The magic felt realistic, the voice is believable, and the characters well drawn. I was a bit shocked by some of the language (they allow the use of the word f**k in books for kids?) but after I got over that, I again found myself emersed in the story.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Maggie wants to be a reporter for the college newspaper. When the professor turns her down because she's just a lowly freshman, she goes undercover for a behind-the-scenes look at sororities and Rush.

Soon, she's making friends and enemies among the other pledges and asking questions that could seem suspicious. When Maggie finally decides on one house, she comes to realize that there's more to the sisterhood than meets the eye.

When the leaders of the sorority make it clear that they like her power, Maggie realizes that there's something supernatural going on behind closed doors. Maggie's curiosity leads her into trouble time and time again, especially now that there are secrets spilling.

Can Maggie figure out what's going on and stop it before people get hurt, or will her undercover act be blown wide open?

HELL WEEK picks up shortly after PROM DATES FROM HELL. Maggie gets her Nancy Drew on and the suspense adds great tension to the novel. Add in a dash of romance and it's the perfect teen book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the first book by accident but I ended up loving it! I cant wait to read this one!