Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Enchanting Review: Hell Week

Paranormal Young Adult
Delacorte Press
327 Pages
Hardcover—Available Now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

In HELL WEEK, the second book in Ms. Clement-Moore’s Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, Maggie’s now a freshman at Bedivere University and doing her best to get a job on the school paper, The Ranger Report, even though they don't usually allow freshman on the paper. Hence, The Phantom Pledge is born. The sorority rush isn’t her biggest problem, yet, it seems her sight is gaining in strength as she’s getting visions while wide awake. Now she's being recruited by the SAXis’, a bit of a mysterious sorority on campus, if she pledges, she could get her biggest story so far, that is, if her cover as the Phantom Pledge isn’t blown…

HELL WEEK is a great follow up to Prom Dates From Hell. Maggie is still the same enjoyable character, still dealing with accepting her newfound abilities and struggling to deal with the latest addition as well, the visions that aren’t just sticking to dreams anymore. Things at school are going well, except for the fact she’s pledged herself into a sorority that if she wasn’t the Phantom Pledge, wouldn’t have been her first choice. But there’s something odd, almost – about the SAXis’ and Maggie’s determined to get to the bottom of it, even if it means bringing a whole new definition to ‘Hell Week’. Maggie’s a really great character, with a Buffy-like wit that makes her fun to follow as she tries to unravel the mystery that is the SAXis and keep up with her schoolwork as her social life goes on an unexpected upturn, Justin might even have a little competition in the potential boyfriend department.

What I really loved about this book was how it drew me in right from the start and kept me turning the pages well into the early morning hours. Ms. Moore takes the story down unexpected paths that will leave the reader’s jaw dropping in shock once they reach the second half of the book. HELL WEEK is the perfect companion to the first book in the series. ‘Highway To Hell’ the third book, releases March 2009.

Rosemary Clement-Moore loves history, Jane Austen, vintage embroidery, Dance Dance Revolution, BBC America and the Sci-Fi channel. HELL WEEK is Rosemary’s second book for young readers. Her first book, Prom Dates From Hell is also available from Delacorte Press. Rosemary lives in Texas with her husband and her dogs. She loves to hear from readers. You can visit her website at www.readrosemary.com

Enchanting Reviews
September 2008

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