Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil)

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

First, I know that I’ve posted about how uber-excited I was to read Hunger Games and now here I am obviously having read something instead of Hunger Games. I’ve had a very stressful last couple of weeks and needed something lighter to read. I want to be in a fully engaged frame of mind when I read Hunger Games. Hopefully that will be soon! Now on to the review…

When we last saw Maggie Quinn (Prom Dates from Hell) things were looking up. She had just defeated an evil demon and had a promise of a date with cutie college-guy Justin. Well, things have changed a bit. Maggie has graduated from high school and is now in college. She is participating in sorority recruitment (aka rush) in hopes of landing a big behind-the-scenes story, but has no guaranteed spot with either the local or school newspapers. According to the school newspaper adviser, he does not accept freshman on staff. Also, Maggie and her best friend Lisa are fighting because Lisa is dabbling in witchcraft, especially since last time Lisa dabbled she resurrected a demon from hell. And Justin, who spent his summer in Ireland researching for his thesis, has been home for at least a week and has yet to contact her. Things begin to look a little better when the editor of the school newspaper offers to anonymously publish her sorority expose, but it means that Maggie must continue with the inanity of rush. Once Maggie actually pledges a sorority, Sigma Alpha Xi, she begins to notice some stranger-than-normal things about her new sisters. For one, everyone in SAXi is abnormally successful, even alumnae. Second, the rituals seem a bit more intense than the average sorority ritual; in fact, they seem more like spells and raise the hairs on the back of Maggie’s neck, a sure sign of foul play. Then there is the fact that ever since pledging SAXi, Maggie’s ever-present intuition dreams have been stolen. She knows she’s dreaming but there is always a hole in her memory where the dream was when she wakes up in the morning. Also, time has flown so fast for Maggie she barely knows what day it is. She forgets things she wants to research, especially things regarding her sorority. Maggie has also become incredibly lucky, with larger and larger roles with the school newspaper and a hot fraternity boy chasing after her. What is going on with the SAXis and will Maggie be able to figure it out before she is permanently caught in the web of sorority sisterhood?

Reaction: Thoroughly enjoyable supernatural mystery. While Maggie remains caustically sarcastic, it is not quite so over-the-top as in Prom Dates from Hell. For me, this was neither good nor bad. I loved the crazy Maggieisms from the first novel but the toned down Maggie was a bit more realistic. I enjoyed Maggie’s supernatural abilities more in Hell Week. In Prom Dates from Hell, I was not completely sold on Maggie’s supernatural powers. I thought they were ancillary and distracted from the rest of the story. In Hell Week, Maggie’s supernatural talent makes much more sense and is a more integral and important part of the story. Other than that, I don’t have too much to say about Hell Week. It was a fun, light read, fairly well-written, and exactly what my poor, over-taxed brain needed. Wow, what a short review for me!

Previously: (Obviously, since I’ve mentioned it a bunch) Prom Dates from Hell.

Next: Highway to Hell out 3/09

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About Casey

I am a librarian who loves all things reading, especially teen literature.
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2 Responses to Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil)

  1. Doret says:

    Thanks for the review. Do I have to read Prom Dates from Hell to read Hell week?

  2. bookworm4life says:

    No, I don’t think so. In fact I just read a review of Hell Week in VOYA and the reviewer had not read Prom Dates and she still was very positive in her review saying that it was one of her new favorite series. The only things that might be a bit confusing are the dynamics between Maggie and her bff Lisa.

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