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Prom Nights from Hell by Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe & Lauren Myracle

Overview
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Title: Prom Nights from Hell
Author: Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe & Lauren Myracle
In: Prom Nights from Hell (Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe & Lauren Myracle)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Short story collections, Young adult
Dates read: 4th – 24th November 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Anthology
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2007
5th sentence, 74th page: We could have; my house was miles from town on an unmaintained dirt road, with no nearby neighbours to complain.

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Synopsis

Worried that prom is gonna bite?

In this collection, bestselling authors including Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and Meg Cabot (How to be Popular and The Princess Diaries) take bad Prom nights to a whole new level – a paranormally bad level…

Wardrobe catastrophes and two left feet are nothing compared with discovering you’re dancing with the Grim Reaper – and he isn’t here to tell you how hot you look…

From vampire exterminations to angels fighting demons, these five stories will be more fun than any DJ in a bad dinner jacket. No corsage or limo rental necessary – just great, sexy, scary fun!

Thoughts

This wasn’t too bad a collection. It was a bit soured for me towards the end since I don’t really like Stephenie Meyer. And she was the author who rounded out the collection. But, the other four novellas were still great, so, ultimately I really enjoyed this collection.

I’ve always thought that prom was incredibly stupid. I wouldn’t have gone to my own formal, if it wasn’t for the fact that the school told us we wouldn’t graduate if we didn’t go. Luckily for me, this collection proved that prom is stupid. And at least these stories featured some really entertaining and interesting proms. Ones that I might have even been excited to go to.

I liked all of the stories in this collection. I didn’t necessarily jump head over heels for each of them (with Cabot and Harrison’s being exceptions to this). But I did enjoy the majority of the stories. They were fun and quirky and took me on an adventure that I really wasn’t expecting.

Even though this isn’t my favourite anthology on my shelves. I would most certainly read it again.

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The Exterminator’s Daughter by Meg Cabot

Overview
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Title: The Exterminator’s Daughter
Author: Meg Cabot
In: Prom Nights from Hell (Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe & Lauren Myracle)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Vampires, Young adult
Dates read: 4th November 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher:Harper Collins
Year: 2007
5th sentence, 74th page: “Yes,” Adam says calmly.

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Synopsis

Mary knows one thing… that her friend’s prom date is evil. And it’s her job to take him down. But things don’t always go quite to plan… they can be better.

Thoughts

I most definitely want more of Adam and Mary in my bookshelves. I’m not sure that I’ll get more. But it’s most certainly something that I desire! They work so well as a cute teensy couple. Yet, Mary is also completely kick butt and more than a little damaged. Just how I like my heroines.

I’m still a big believer in the fact that prom is completely, totally and utterly boring. But, this one feels a little bit more fun. Mostly because it involves a cute boy and vampire hunting. Alright, I might be a strong, independent woman, and my own prom I did have a cute date… but not a cute date that would use a water blaster to kill a vampire. Or shoot ketchup at him…

This novella involved not only Dracula’s son, but the exterminator’s daughter. And she also happens to be the daughter of a mad scientist… which, honestly, what’s not to love about that? There is so much fuel in this story for more amazing tales, and it’s a seriously fun little journey. Particularly when the ending is so… full of future possibilities.

I’ve read a few books in the Princess Diaries series. So I’m used to Cabot’s fun, cute and easy to read teenage stories. This fit all of the usual bills and was definitely a story that I would read again and again. A bit like Cabot’s other stories…

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Princess in Training by Meg Cabot

Overview

Princess in TrainingTitle: Princess in Training
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #6
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading
Pace: Slow
Format: Novel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Year: 2006
5th sentence, 74th page: I’m hoping this means he is busy with the whole petroleum-running-out thing, and not, you know, that he’s breaking up with me because he’s realized I’m not exactly the Do it type.

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Synopsis

Princess for president!

Student body president, that is – nominated by her power-mad best friend, Lilly. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, but as usual, she has bigger problems to worry about, like Geometry. And now that Mia’s one true love, Michael, is uptown at college, what’s the point of even getting up for school in the morning? But the last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends… Really, it’s almost more than a princess in training can bear!

Thoughts

Although I like these stories, I can’t help but think that Lilly is a dick. EVERY TIME I READ THEM. Like, literally the worst friend a girl could ask for. And not even in an entertaining, she accidentally causes issues way. In a very irritating, self-centred, annoying way that makes me want to reach through the pages and smack her around. And then smack Mia around for letting herself be treated in this way. There is selfish. And then there is Lilly…

It’s also a little frustrating how Mia talks about Michael… I get the first love teenage thing. But I swear I would have punched myself in the face if I waxed on and off that much about my first love. Mia’s identity almost gets swallowed up by both Michael and Lilly throughout the story. Again. Frustrating.

Although Mia’s voice does get swallowed by those around her – I love how she manages to find it at the end of Princess in Training. And it gives this sense that in the next few Princess Diaries stories, she will actually be able to stand up for herself and become more strong and independent. At least, that’s what I hope for – because she’s an amazing character, she’s just being drowned out by the more pushy and confident…

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Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot

Overview

Princess in PinkTitle: Princess in Pink
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Chic litEasy reading
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Year: 2003
5th sentence, 74th page: I didn’t know my generation was the Materialistic Generation.

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Synopsis

Princess Mia is dreaming about the prom – and contending with a hotel workers’ strike – in the fifth, supremely hilarious episode of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries. This time, Mia’s in the pink about the upcoming Albert Einstein H.S. prom, and she’s crossing her fingers that Michael will ask her to go. (They’re in love, so why wouldn’t he ask her, right?) But during Seven Minutes in Heaven at her b-day party, Mia learns that Michael is not the prom-going type. Good grief, what’s a princess to do?

To make matters worse, Grandmere has gotten a busboy fired due to a mishap with her pooch, Rommel, at a swanky restaurant, so when all of the city’s busboys go on strike, it causes a chain of events that result in Grandmere crashing at Mia’s mom’s place, her pal Lilly Moscovitz picking up a picket sign, and the prom being brought to a screeching halt.

Thankfully, staunch yet boy-wise Grandmere has a plan to change Michael’s mind and put everything back on track, making Mia the happiest “prom princess” on this side of the Atlantic – and readers more starry-eyed than Molly Ringwald in her prettiest pink frock.

Thoughts

I really wasn’t bothered by my prom. Actually, I thought it was kind of lame and didn’t really want to go. I went to the dress shops once, got annoyed and used a hand me down dress. But, for us, it was a compulsory experience, and my high school boyfriend, for whatever reason, actually wanted to go. Which is probably why I couldn’t quite understand Mia’s obsession with going to prom with Michael was, well, so obsessive. Having said that, I also didn’t quite understand why Michael was so completely against it and convinced that the entire thing is lame and pathetic. Maybe something about not being American?

The experiences of American teenagers is a completely foreign experience / idea to me, especially the idea of being in a school so big that you don’t know everybody (at least in your year). So it’s always fun to read about it in stories. And, tracing Mia’s thoughts as she tackles what is a very real experience for some, and princess lessons, and a psychotic Grandmere (and best friend) is just entertaining and enlightening. Even though I’m sure not every American teen has similar experiences…

Lily managed to almost make me blow my lid in this story too. A teenager who runs her own protests and causes a city-wide strike against inequality. You’d think that I like that, but she is a little too pushy and a little too dismissive of everyone else’s feelings – including Boris’. But, the part that I did love the most was even Mia was annoyed at her for this and actually spoke up. She might not yet be self-actualised, but she’s certainly on her way to being a little stronger and more independent.

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Project Princess by Meg Cabot

Overview

Project PrincesTitle: Project Princess
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #4.5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Chic litEasy reading
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2003
5th sentence, 74th page: OUR TENTS!!!!!!!!!!

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Synopsis

What on earth is that princess up to now?

Most princesses would prefer to spend their spring breaks in Gstaad, or some other equally unpronounceable European hot spot.

Not this one, though. Hammer in hand, Princess Mia embarks on an epic adventure for one so admittedly unhandy: along with her cohorts from school, she’s off to build houses for the less fortunate. It doesn’t take Mia long to realize that helping others—while an unimpeachably noble pastime—is very hard work. Will her giving spirit prevail? Will the house collapse due to royally clumsy construction? And most importantly, will Michael stop working long enough to kiss her?

Thoughts

As someone who grew up camping, I don’t think that there’s anything funnier than a city-slicker trying to camp. At university I remember teaching some of my friends how to pitch a tent – a skill that I had taken for granted. Which is probably what made me laugh so hard throughout Project Princess. The shock and unpreparedness that some people experience when camping is certainly akin to what Mia felt. The fact that she didn’t even really know that she was going to be camping just made it all the more entertaining and interesting.

One of the things that I did find annoying about this story though is Mia’s single minded obsession with Michael. Yes, we’ve all been there and it was kind of cute, but it was starting to grate on my nerves towards the end of the story. After all, she is a talented and independent girl who just wants to do things that involve her boyfriend. To be fair, probably something I would do at that age. Which is likely why it bothered me so much.

Throughout the series so far Mia has promoted her love for and obsession with Greenpeace and conservation. The allure of nature has been a large calling card for her throughout the story, but when she actually has to spend time in it, it becomes a much more realistic world. One that she maybe isn’t so keen to immerse herself in once she leaves high school.

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Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot

Overview

Valentine PrincessTitle: Valentine Princess
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #4.25
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Chic litEasy reading
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2006
5th sentence, 74th page: It’s just… I’m not used to having a girlfriend.

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Synopsis

Valentine’s Day means flowers, chocolates, and all-out romance.

That is, it usually means those things. But when you’re Princess Mia, nothing happens the way it’s supposed to. For one thing, Grandmere seems determined to prove that boy (or Michael, as he is commonly known) isn’t the right one for the crown princess of Genovia. And Mia isn’t having much luck proving otherwise, since Michael has a history of being decidedly against any kind of exploitative commercialization (Valentine’s Day, as it is commonly known).

Boris can declare his love openly to Lilly, and even Kenny comes through with a paltry Whitman’s Sampler. So why can’t Michael give in to cupid and tell Mia he loves her – preferably with something wrapped in red or pink and accompanied by roses – in time to prove he’s Mia’s true prince?

Thoughts

This is even shorter fluff than the rest of the Princess Diaries books. And by fluff I mean, mindless, happy, easy reading. It’s cute, it’s funny, and like the rest of the stories so far, this left me with a smile on my face, reminiscing about when I was a teenage girl thinking every drama was the end of the world. Of course, I didn’t ever worry about my boyfriend’s forgetting valentine’s day, and I certainly didn’t have to worry about being a princess. And the media. Bleugh.

As always, Mia is a slightly over-wrung basket case. This time, it’s over her first valentine’s day with Michael. Whether he will get her a gift, whether they will do something together, whether she should get him a gift. And, as usual, she lets her Gradmere influence her and this leads to all kinds of other chaos. I’m sure that at some point, later in the series, she will stop doing this and realise that her not-of-this-world grandmother doesn’t really help her be a normal American teenager… maybe MUCH later in the series.

The thing that actually annoyed me most about this story was Lily. I loved her archaic and independent attitude in the movie. She was difficult and pushy, but she also finally let Mia shine. She doesn’t do this so much in the book series. Maybe it’s because I personally love the idea of a day dedicated to love (regardless of its shady origins), but her dismissal of Mia’s feelings, and her inability to see why the day is such a big deal was kind of irritating.

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Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot

Overview

Princess in WaitingTitle: Princess in Waiting
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #4
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic litEasy reading
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Year: 2002
5th sentence, 74th page: In fact, between that and the whole not-thinking-Michael-suitable-consort-material, she’s laying it on so thick, I fully blame her for my zit – even though it’s gone now, thanks to the miracle of modern dermatology.

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Synopsis

Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia’s royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?

Thoughts

Princess in Waiting follows Mia’s first foray into the political world of Genovia and details her many responsibilities as princess. As always in the world of Mia, even with the best of intentions, not everything goes perfectly and she is constantly putting her foot in it. The added complications of her new love life and diabolical grandmother just makes it more fun and entertaining.

At the end of Princess in Love, Mia is finally able to be with the boy that she’s madly in love with (but, she’s fourteen, so that term is a little overwhelming for me… but anyway…). So, now that she has the boy, she is racked with insecurity. After all, they kissed, and then she left the country for over a month. I’m a lot older than Mia and I’m still racked with romantic uncertainty. After all, who hasn’t wondered why their significant other chose to be with them? And add that to her own insecurities… Mia’s romantic neurosis take on a whole new, entertaining level. Which of course brings forth her other self-esteem issues. And she spends the entire story wondering why he likes her and what her talent is.

If Mia’s own talent for getting herself in trouble isn’t enough, her Grandmere continues to throw a spanner in the works. Everytime Mia is on top of her experiences and thinks she has everything under control, Grandmere decides to get involved for some diabolical reason. Primarily throughout this book it’s about sabotaging Mia’s relationship and encouraging a new one.

As with the first three books, Princess in Waiting left me smiling at the sweetness of the story. It also made me remember what it’s like to fall in love for the very first time.

 <- Princess in Love Review Valentine Princess Review ->
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October 2017

October 2017

October has been a super weird month, I’ve had a tonne of assignments due (finals here we come), quit a job and just generally felt a little lost and aimless. It’s meant a bit of reading since I tend to read when I’m overwhelmed, but I’m still feeling a little lost…

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Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

Overview

Princess in LoveTitle: Princess in Love
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic litEasy reading
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Year: 2001
5th sentence, 74th page: Use transitive verbs to create brief, vigorous sentences.

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Synopsis

Princess Mia may seem like the luckiest girl ever.

But the truth is, Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nerve-racking entree into Genovian society, slogging through the congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooches from her hapless boyfriend, Kenny.

For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy tale it’s supposed to be… or is it?

Thoughts

Yet again, Cabot manages to make this a fun, smiley, cute story. It’s a great, easy read that had me giggling and smiling throughout. Something that helps to bring a little light into the days when I feel slightly down and just need an easy, happy pick me up.

In Princess in Love, it feels like Mia finally begins to recognise who she is as a person (or at least, she does towards the end). Yes, she’s still heavily influenced by basically everything around her (like every other teenager), but she’s starting to recognise her own strengths and abilities. After all, she’s only supposed to be fourteen, so I completely understand why she’s a little scattered… I know what I was like at fourteen after all. And I didn’t have to deal with any politics!

I completely understand Mia’s confusion about what to do with Kenny. I remember (ironically when I was about fourteen) a friend asking me out in front of everyone. I said yes out of embarrassment, and then couldn’t figure out how to get out of the predicament I had found myself in. It took me twenty-four hours, for Mia, it was a lot longer, but I completely recognised the internal monologue. Which, I think is why this is such a popular series – after all, even ten years after my own confused adolescence, I could completely relate to what was happening.

Mia’s passion for conservation and saving animals is still slightly twisted towards that teenage naivety (again, see fourteen-year-old me, and my sister…). But, there’s so much potential for her to develop this passion. I love that it brings to light some of the animal rights needs and arguments that were around then and now.

 <- Princess in the Spotlight Review Princess in Waiting Review ->
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Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

Overview

Princess in the SpotlightTitle: Princess in the Spotlight
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic litEasy reading
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Year: 2001
5th sentence, 74th page: I honestly don’t.

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Synopsis

No one ever said being a Princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there’s an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmere arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letter from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn’t been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.

Thoughts

I love Mia. Like me, she is incredibly adept at putting her foot in it. She also overthinks everything and just seems entirely incapable of doing anything in a sane, collected manner. Yet, no matter how much trouble she seems to find herself in (and since this is a teenage girls’ voice, it was amplified), Mia seems to find a way out of it at the end. And there is, again, a beautifully profound moment of self-realisation at the end.

I’ve definitely been a huge fan of the Michael-Mia relationship (that hasn’t actually happened) since the movie. But there is something better about reading about Mia’s completely clueless perusal of her best friend’s brother. It’s completely clear that he likes her, and Mia spends most of Princess in the Spotlight obsessing over him, but she is still oblivious. Even Lilly is aware of the crush. Although she is kind of psychotically and pushily intense, so it’s hard to know how much she understands. Again though, it’s the view lens of a teenager – I wonder what the words about my best friend (if I chose to write them) would say. Especially when I was a more self-absorbed teenager.

Although there are so many very, very good things about this story. Including the wit, humour and sass, I think that one of my favourite things is that it is incredibly easy to read. It is a nice, fun, enjoyable story that makes you believe in family and friends. I can see that it’s a story that I will be able to read again and again, and have it leave a smile on my face.

 <- The Princess Diaries Review Princess in Love Review ->
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