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Prom Nights from Hell by Meg Cabot
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This anthology of five stories from different authors contains five very different prom-themed stories. The creepiest is definitely "The Corsage" by Lauren Myracle, a modern take on "The Monkey's Paw", with the same sad, creepy factor. Stephanie Meyer's "Hell on Earth" pits a mid-level demon bent on destroying all happiness and good relationships at a high school prom against a half-angel unaware of his own legacy. In Meg Cabot's "The Exterminator's Daughter", new-girl Mary finds her best friend throwing away her perfect relationship to go out with Dracula's son and knows that she's found the perfect bait to rescue her mother form Dracula's clutches. Kim Harrison's offering "Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper", also deals with the new girl in school. When Madison discovers that she is a "pity date", she takes off from the dance with the mysterious Seth, who turns out to be there to kill her as she turns seventeen. When Madison refuses to stay dead, she finds herself in possession of a strange amulet and a (reluctant) guardian angel. More than any other of the stories in this book, this one feels incomplete. Michelle Jaffe's "Kiss and Tell" pits a young superhero missing two years of her memories against the evil forces trying to kill the fourteen year old prophet she has befriended. This story also feels like it could be a setup for more stories about the main character.

All in all, the book was a good young adult collection of stories - it made me feel that no one's high school prom could possibly be as bad as the ones here :)
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