Prom Dates from Hell, Hell Week, and Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
My rating on all three books: 5 of 5 stars
Prom Dates from Hell
How much do I love Maggie Quinn? So much! This is the answer to my Buffy withdrawal. Finally! Maggie (intrepid photojournalist and resident psychic), Lisa (our future overlord), and Justin (knight in shining sneakers) are new-found friends that I look forward to meeting again. Clement-Moore can write snappy dialogue, intense plots, and true-to-life relationships (with a huge dose of paranormal) just as well as any of the Buffy and Angel writers. (I love that she constantly references those shows! Yes, I’m celebrating in my own special geekdom over here.)
I sped through this book immediately on the heels of Prom Dates from Hell, and enjoyed it just as much, if not more. Clement-Moore’s fast-paced and amazingly original story, as well as the characters I now love, have me hooked. I appreciated that she stuck true to the outcome and carried through with the consequences of the events in Prom, namely the damage to Maggie and Lisa’s relationship.
Highway to Hell
It’s Maggie Quinn vs. el chupacabra! Every series needs a good road trip, and Lisa and Maggie’s is a doozy. One notable addition is Justin’s priest-in-training friend Henry, only mentioned in previous books. Henry adds a nice skeptical balance to our trio of believers, and I sincerely hope he makes an appearance in the next book. Now we have our heroine (our chosen one–not capitalized!), our sorceress, our hero/knight, and our priest. Excellent! The second notable addition to this series is the intensification of Maggie’s role in the universe — clearly she has a Purpose (yes, that one’s capitalized). Can’t wait to see where this goes.
I haven’t mentioned yet how much I love the artwork for this series. I would love a set of posters with these drawings on it. Chris agrees that these need to hang in our house somewhere.