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Vacations from Hell Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 26, 2009
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Sarah Mlynowski, author of the Magic in Manhattan series, opens the book with "Crusin,'" the story of Liz and Kristin on a cruise. Kristin is determined to lose her virginity and envies the ease with which her friend and roomie picks up dates so quickly. Liz is always disappearing with hot guys or off for meetings. They meet fun girl Hailey and enjoy food, sun and dancing on the ship while Kristin keeps choosing the wrong guys. Rumors abound about people who have recently gone missing on cruises and the supernatural creatures that may have caused those disappearances. By the end of the cruise, readers will find multiple layers in the quests of the girls in this mysterious and very surprising story.
EVERNIGHT author Claudia Gray takes readers to the Outer Banks for a gathering of witches. Cecily Harper's mother has been training her for her powers for years in a coven at home, but each summer their family gets together with her mother's college friends. The fathers and brothers are told nothing, and sent to sporting events and activities. All the men think it's just a vacation where the female friends gather. But Cecily is no friend of Kathleen Pruitt. Kathleen is about her age and each year finds some way to torture Cecily. This year Kathleen brings a boyfriend who is gorgeous, interested in being a chef like Cecily, and seems to be the only male she's ever met who really gets her.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a great compilation of short stories. Nice and short but leaving you wanting to read more.
I'd like to read more by these authors.
Very interesting collection of short stories. Did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by this collection of short stories.Published 23 months ago by Mena M Nieft
The rest were so dumb I can't believe I wasted $8 on this! Horrible really bad and boring!!!! Enough saidPublished on June 11, 2014 by Amanda C Dreyfuss
I will admit that the reason behind my picking up this book is because I noticed that Cassandra Clare (one of my favorite authors...TMI, duh!) wrote a story for this. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Lili Lost in a Book
Fast easy read liked the last story the best. The others were ok. Short stories aren't that developed. Lack of plot.Published on June 7, 2013 by Fantasy reader
Give me holy water, sunscreen and cute guys to kill for, and I'll have the perfect creepy vacation I always dreamed about. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Shirley Ortiz
This collection is light entertainment, junk food for the brain. Two of the five stories are written in the present tense, which I find distracts me from the storyline. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by AnneD
I did not recall ordering this book and found it in my room. I'm glad I found it! It was different, but a fun read. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Teri Lewis