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Rosemary Clement-Moore. Hell Week
Delacorte  $19.99  ISBN 978-0-385-73414-1  336 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 15

She moved inhumanly fast. Her hand flashed out and hit me hard in the chest, knocking me backward onto the bare wooden floor of the closet.

"This will keep you out of my hair for now."

"Wait!" I lurched to my feet, and she swung the door closed so quickly that I ran into it, face-first. The latch caught, and the lock clicked into place with a fatal finality.

After having emerged in one piece after a very demonic prom, Maggie Quinn, aspiring journalist, is ready to head to college. She eventually decides on one close to home and eagerly begins her plan to work on the student newspaper. But there's a catch: no first-year students are allowed on the paper. Determined as ever, Maggie adopts the guise of a fledgling college student on the hunt for a sorority. The satirical article debuts to whispered conversations all across campus. It's a hit! But as Maggie gets herself entangled with her "prospective" sororities, she realizes that the Sigma Alpha Xis aren't all that they appear to be.

As a sequel, Hell Week has a lot to live up to. While definitely not the best book I've ever read, Prom Nights From Hell was an entertaining read with the perfect mix of drama and sarcasm. Would Hell Week be as good as the first book in the Maggie Quinn series? While still not the best book ever, I would have to admit that it was equal to, if not better than its predecessor. I found the way that Rosemary Clement-Moore built up the mystery to be intriguing and appealing; it kept me reading and wanting to know what was going to happen next. And Maggie's dry narrative kept the tale fresh and humorous. I even appreciated the dashes of romantic comedy as well as a few bits of gothic horror. With a strong mix of popular genres, Hell Week is surely going to be a hit with the legions of fans from the Twilight series, or anything like that. The only qualm I really had was the less than climatic climax. Compared to the last book's crazy (if not a tad unbelievable) prom night adventure with a demon, I was a bit let down with this book's otherworldly showdown. I felt that with all the suspense built up throughout the book the author had ample room to maneuver for a more exciting conclusion. But aside from that, I found Hell Week to be a huge step up from lots of other teenage fiction taking up space on bookshelves, and any girls ages 13 and up with a taste for romance and the supernatural will enjoy the story and look forward to the next.

I give Rosemary Clement-Moore's Hell Week four stars.


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