Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vacations From Hell - Libba Bray et al.

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. When vacation time comes, you definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!

Title: Vacations From Hell
Author: Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
My Rating: 5/5

1. Cruising - Sarah Mlynowski. An excellent short story. Very humorous and concise. Not your average vampire. I wouldn't mind reading more from this author.

2. I Don't Like Your Girlfriend - Claudia Gray. I quite enjoyed this short story as well. Witches and spells galore. Wrapped up quite efficiently in a small potion err package.

3. The Law of Suspects - Maureen Johnson. I found this story very well-written. It creeped me out completely! Definitely a great short story. The ending leaves you going uh-oh!

4. The Mirror House - Cassandra Clare. What would you do for someone you love? An excellent question answered in this short story. Sometimes you find out difficult things about yourself and are okay with it. Loved this one as well.

5. Nowhere is Safe - Libba Bray. Nowhere really is safe. Very intriguing; creepily so. Reminds me somewhat of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village", they both seem to have the same vibe. Excellent short story.

This book counts toward the 2010 100+ Reading Challenge over at J. Kaye's book blog.

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