Vacations from Hell
Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Mlynowski
Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?
in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .
From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!
Kathleen knew that Cecily was jealous, and was enjoying every second of it. Maybe she doesn’t even like Scott that much, Cecily thought hopefully. Maybe she’s only with him to spite me. But there wasn’t much chance of that. Although probably Kathleen would do anything to spite Cecily, any girl would like Scott. Just when the sight of them together seemed to sear Cecily’s eyes, the image flickered out. The flames smothered, and where the ashes had been were only a few sprinkles of dust on the
heard you out. In future I will.” “Thanks, Mom.” “Which means you will never again have any excuse for laying hands on my Book of Shadows without my permission.” “Understood.” Mom tugged fondly at the end of Cecily’s ponytail. “You took a big risk, you know—and not just attempting the spell on your own. If Scott were any more—let’s say inquisitive, he would have realized that he had been under an enchantment. He would have realized that magic is real. Covering our tracks at that point
rising and falling like a wave as it grows angrier and angrier. My mother’s voice runs a faint point-counterpoint to his shouting: as his voice rises, hers gets more and more quiet. I watch a shining green beetle make its way across the stucco wall, its feelers reaching out delicately for something it can touch. We don’t go to Black River in the morning, of course. Phillip takes his book out to the pool and sits glowering in the shade. My mom stays inside, sunglasses over her eyes and a big
I was concerned. “Beware the easy answer, Poe Yamamoto. Look beyond the surface to what lies underneath. There is always more. Another explanation. A deeper, more frightening truth. But without truth there is no resolution. And without that the dead do not rest.” “Okaaaay. Anything else I should know?” I asked. “Yes. Don’t eat the pastry in the café car. That’s not fortune-telling. That’s experience—it’s always three days past stale and hard as brick.” She handed me her card. It read: MRS.
Something’s going down. Something big. It’s already started. Be ready. About the Authors Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, REBEL ANGELS, and THE SWEET FAR THING. Visit her online at www.libbabray.com. Cassandra Clare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of CITY OF BONES, CITY OF ASHES, and CITY OF GLASS. CITY OF BONES was a Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel and an ALA Teens’ Top Ten