ISBN: 006125309X
Pub. Date: April 2007
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

I have chosen this book for the R.I.P. II Challenge (which stands for Readers Imbibing Peril) hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings. I am really looking forward to reading the other books for the various reading challenges.

The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot
Rating: 4 stars

Mary is on a mission to take down Sebastian Drake, for he is no ordinary human but a vampire. And what's more, she wants to make sure Drake is keeping a distance from her best friend, who seems to be "smitten" by him with his charms.

So she shows up at a club looking for Drake, but things didn't go well for her. Fortunately a fellow student at Saint Eligius saves her from committing something foolish. Although Mary is pissed off for not getting her aim, she is grateful that Adam saves her life. She begins to take notice of him, and wonders how on earth she has missed him in the first place.

The Corsage by Lauren Myracle
Rating: 3.5 stars

This is probably one of the creepiest tales I read amongst this anthology.

Frankie wants Will to take her to the prom. So she drags him and her best friend, Yun Sun to visit a fortune teller. She is hoping Madame Zanzibar will proclaim Will as her one true love so to make Will aware of their "destiny". But Madame Z didn't answer to Frankie's request, until her eyes rest upon an old and crumpled corsage which Madame Z desperately tried to hide. Frankie and the rest don't take no for an answer, Madame Z has no choice but to give in, telling them it would grant them three wishes but they have to be careful what they wished for. They dismissed it as a joke, but Frankie decides to try it on herself and asked for a date from Will. She got her wish, but the outcome is not what she has hoped for.

Madison Avery and The Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison
Rating: 4.5 stars

Madison isn't happy with her date at the prom. She thinks Josh is a jerk, and he asked her because of her father. She is thinking of leaving the prom without Josh when she stumbles upon a mysterious stranger who comes to her rescue. Madison hasn't never seen Seth around, but she has never met anyone like Seth and moreover she wants to spite Josh.

Unfortunately, Seth turns out to be a black reaper and he is there to take her life. Soon Madison meets more than one reaper, and Barnadas being one of them (although he is not a black reaper). Madison will have to stick around Barnadas no matter she likes it or not for he is designated to be her guardian angel.

I enjoyed reading this and am hoping that Kim Harrison will write a full length story on this.

Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe
Rating: 4 stars

Although this is my least favourite story amongst all, the good thing is the author has created engaging characters and their dialogues are witty which I find it highly entertaining. I also like the twist of outcome towards the end of the story.

Miranda is not your ordinary student. She is also a part-time driver (or chauffeur?) and she likes to do justice whenever she can help it. By the way, she has the ability of hearing things at a distance, and she thinks she is responsible for protecting Sibby when chauffeuring her. Sibby is opposites of Miranda; she loves fun and she adores boys. Then, bad things start happening and Miranda has to save not only Sibby but herself.

Hell On Earth by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: 4 stars

I admit I bought this book because of Kim Harrison and Stephenie Meyer. Stephenie Meyer has written a wonderful debut in Twilight that has got me hooked to the series, so I am very curious to know what she has written in this story.

Unlike the Twilight series (which has vampires and werewolves in them), Hell On Earth is about angels and demons. Sheba is the new girl in school, and a demon who loves to bring misery to others. So on the prom night, she created chaos to everyone. From ripping of the girls' dresses to romances turning ugly, she felt a sense of accomplishment every time she did something until she meets Gabe. And she doesn't understand why Gabe appears unaffected by the chaotic scenes around him. Feeling curious about him, she tries to figure him out but by the time she knows what he is, everything is too late for her.

I like the ending in this story. And I love, love reading stories with angels and demons in it. Overall this is a great anthology, I am glad I picked this up.
9 Responses
  1. Becky Says:

    Interesting review! Astonishingly, I haven't picked this up b/c I knew it didn't have Edward, Jacob, and Bella in it, but I should have more faith in Stephenie! I might have to check this one out! =)

  2. Julia Says:

    Great review, Melody. I can see you enjoy the books :)

  3. Debi Says:

    I definitely think I want to pick this one up. What can I say, the title alone makes it worth it! Thank you, as always, for your wonderful review, Melody!

  4. Alice Says:

    Interesting book, this one. As always, you write stellar reviews, Melody! :)

  5. Melody Says:

    Hi Library Girl! I hope you'll pick up this book soon. ;)

    Hi Julia! Thank you! Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book.

    Hi Debi! I like the title too, and not to mention the cover is beautiful! Let me know once you have read it!!! :D

    Hi Alice! Thank you! I'm hoping that the reviews I have done will do justice to the books! :P

  6. Marina Says:

    I like your review/rating format! You've done a good job with the content, too.

  7. Bookfool Says:

    I love the way you separated the stories, reviewed them and scored them individually. What a terrific idea!

  8. Melody Says:

    Hi Marina! Hi Bookfool! Thank you both for your kind words and for visiting my blog. :) Do drop by more often, and here's wishing you all a great weekend ahead! :D

  9. I do not think I will pick it up. I don't like the genre!

    Great review!

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