Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore

March 18, 2009
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Highway to Hell
Rosemary Clement-Moore

Delacorte for young readers
3/18/09
Hardcover/357 pages
ISBN: 978-0-385734639
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". . . a devilish treat with lots of substance."

One Seer + One Evil Genius + Spring Break Road Trip = Good Old Demon Fun.

Ever since Maggie Quinn started using the Sight, her life has been anything but mundane. She didn’t expect to spend her spring break cooling her heels in Dulcina, Texas, while her jeep is fixed. Then again, she didn’t expect to run over a dead cow in the middle of the night either.

Maggie and self-proclaimed “Evil Genius” D&D Lisa are going to have to get used to the supernatural finding them wherever they are, especially since boring Dulcina isn’t quite so boring, at least not with a chupacabra on the loose. It doesn’t take long for Maggie and Lisa to find out that a chupacabra, or goatsucker, is bad news. It starts killing puppies and ends up bringing down full-grown cows.

When Maggie touched the cow she ran over, it gave her a shock she recognized all too well and dreaded—like when she faced the demon, Azmael, Lisa raised. Goat sucker or fiend from hell, it looks like it’s up to Lisa and Maggie to figure out how to stop the evil from spreading. But first she must convince Zeke Velasquez, the handsome cowboy who helped them on the road, that what is killing the cattle is not a coyote.

Highway to Hell is Rosemary Clement-Moore’s third outing for Maggie Quinn and D&D Lisa, but it stands alone on its own two (or rather four) legs. With quick references to previous adventures deftly woven into the fabric of the book, no time is wasted getting into the thick of things and maintaining the hellish pace. Part mystery, part paranormal, and all pithy wit and cultural references, Highway to Hell is a devilish treat with lots of substance.

I approached Highway to Hell with reluctance, but was immediately caught up in the mystery. The rapid-fire dialogue and sometimes sarcastic tone provides the perfect fuel for this nonstop ride to hell and back. Clement-Moore has found an avid new fan looking forward to Maggie and Lisa’s next trip to hell.

Reviewer: J. M. Cornwell

 

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