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Saturday, August 23, 2014

{Book Review} Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Book Title: Mary hades
Author: Sarah Dalton
Publisher: Independent
Publishing Date: April 30, 2014
Length: 286 pages
Source: author via Xpresso Book Tours

Book Blurb
Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single 'My Daylight Monsters'. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure


Full Disclosure: Review copy requested at Xpresso Book Tours; granted in exchange for a completely honest review.

I opened this book a couple of hours ago and read it in one sitting. Despite being a ghost story, I found the book utterly refreshing and different from other books I have been reading lately. With a touch of romance, a lot of sadness, a bit of horror, and a touch of hope, this book kept me glued to my kindle, utterly wrapped in the story.

Mary Hades narrowly escaped death at the psychiatric hospital when a doctor went on a killing rampage. She was saved by the ghosts she could see, but she couldn't save her roommate, Lacey. Lacey sticks around in ghost form and continues to be Mary's best friend.

Mary's parents take her on holiday to a little town called Nettleby. Mary is nearly eighteen and not enthused about the trip. She is even more discouraged when, upon entering the town, she sees an apparition she calls a Thing, which usually appears to warn her about something bad...

The vacation starts off with the death of a little boy and rolls from there. Mary quickly makes friends with a couple people at the campsite and a local guy named Seth Lockwood, who she met when she went to the fair.

Seth has a secret, Mary has her secret, and the two of them will need to trust one another if they hope to survive.

The story was well wrought and gave you little glimpses just so, enticing you to read on. I liked how the story resolved and was left open ended for more. You could happily finish this novel and let it be; there is no cliffhanger, just an opportunity for more. And from what I can see on Goodreads...there is more! YAY!

YA horror/paranormal as it involves murder and ghosts, this would be appropriate for mature middle schoolers and up. I've added the rest in this series to my wishlist as I really enjoyed it! 

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