- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 486 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (23 May 2009)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002AU7MR2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 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!--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I Don't Like Your Girlfriend - Claudia Gray : This one I really liked. Cecily is a witch in training and off on a trip with her family and the families of the other members of her mother's coven. There's one particular girl there who is really not very nice and Celcily hates the thought of having to spend so much time with her. She is even more unhappy when she meets Kathleen's boyfriend, a guy that seems just perfect for her! This tale is humorous and has a few twists and turns that keep you guessing. Very well written and enjoyable.
The Law of Suspects - Maureen Johnson : I bought this anthology because of this author and I wasn't disapointed.... It is bizaare to say the least and I often had no clue what was going on but it was an interesting story that kepy me entertained. I'm not sure I fully get the ending though.
The Mirror House - Casandra Clare : A creepy little tale, the writing style really emphasised the creepyness and the isolation of the holiday location. I didn't figure this ending out wither. This was very well written but at times difficult to read but the author created the horror effect very well.
Nowhere is Safe - Libba Bray : This is easily the best story in the whole anthology! A story about a group of friends travelling through Europe before starting college and end up getting involved in a years old sacrifice at an isolated village. I'm keen to read other books by Libba Bray after reading this . Full of suspense and twists and turns and this book is worth the money for this story alone.
Overall a pretty good anthology, a great way of trying out new authors without committing yourself to a full length novel.
Warning: this one may cause your 16year old a bit of blushing.
Surprisingly enough, even though I'm a huge Cassandra Clare fan, two of the stories I found the most enjoyable were from authors I was previously unfamiliar with. For me, Sarah Mlynowski's CRUISIN' and Maureen Johnson's THE LAW OF SUSPECTS, were the most interesting because they were the least predictable. Although, the most entertaining award (and the most gruesome) goes to Libba Bray's, with her special breed of humor and sarcasm that present and shinning through all the creepy of NOWHERE IS SAFE.
When all is done and read, VACATIONS FROM HELL is a pretty good collection of vacations gone supernaturally wrong and a fun little worthwhile read.
What was interesting was also that I was aware of a one of the other authors from reading her previous works - such as Libba Bray (I adored her trilogy, beginning with A Great and Terrible Beauty).
In reading this collection of short stories, I've developed an interest in the other authors involved, as each story was pure brilliance.
I really recommend it for anyone who is a fan of ANY of the authors who worked on this novel - Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mlynowski - as each author brings a new and interesting twist to a vacation that goes wrong when the supernatural intervene. It's a great way for anyone who is a fan of any of the aforementioned authors to get a chance to see the work of some authors who write in a similiar genre to the one you enjoy.
The book is rather short compared to most fantasy novels out these days - it's just a collection of short stories after all - and I was able to read the entire thing in one sitting, but it's a great collaboration and I recommend it strongly.