Reviews, rants, and tidbits from an overpassionate novelist

Story #4:  The Mirror House by Cassandra Clare

Again, I have to say I was more relaxed in the skin of this main character. Violet is good but not too good. She’s flawed in the ways that make us question ourselves. I like that. It makes for a story with impact.

This story’s impact dosage is mediocre–a nice try but somehow insufficient. I expected better from Cassandra Clare, author of City of Bones. It would have had a much stronger effect with better buildup of drive. If I had come to deeply fear for the boy’s life and for the happiness of Violet’s family, the story would have been much stronger. As it was, it was a pretty picture–just lacking in color.

Overall:  Three & 1/2 Stars.

Story #5:  Nowhere is Safe by Libba Bray

I only love this story a little. Okay, I love it a lot.

I absolutely adore the voices of this smartass Asian protagonist and his cheeky friends. Their reactions to the creepy world around them is thick-skinned, brave, and a little too skeptical. For a moment, I had started to think of them as typical horror-movie airheads, which was disheartening. They were funny and I liked them. I didn’t despair for long, however. When the paranormal becomes real to them, they get smart. Well… most of them do.

I also love how this writer can take cliches and turn them on their heads and make you love them again. That’s a talent. The plot of this one is pretty gripping, but toward the end it started to lose me in the “This happened, then that happened, I’m running out of words” tone. The Youtube thing was cool, but obviously unbelievable.

I did believe, however, that the story could end with all of them as mincemeat. That’s good. It ups the horror and drive by tons. Good job, Ms. Bray! =D

Out of the five, this was my favorite. My favorite characters and the most laughs.

Overall, I give it: Four & 1/2 Stars.

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Comments on: "* VACATIONS FROM HELL – STORIES 4-5 *" (3)

  1. Aussie T said:

    If you want more teenagers’ holidays or trips from hell look at the four-part novel Dangerous Days: The Autobiography of a Photojournalist by J. William Turner

  2. I noticed that you were reading the Prom from Hell series too. Just FYI the second story is a lead in to that authors new novel, Once Dead, Twice Shy. I hate that. When a “short short” is really just the first chapter to a new series, but make the decision for yourself if you like it or not. Just thought I’d let you know about the novel. Plus, of all the Hell series, my favorite is Love is Hell. The last story is quite the best of all the books. Definitely worth the read.

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