Review by Ner:
Author: Sarah Dalton
Release Date: May 1st, 2014
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Pages: 157 (ebook)
Genre: YA | Ghost | Paranormal
Series: Mary Hades #1
Read: from July 27 to August 10, 2014
Source & Shelf: Sent by author | Kobo
ISBN: 9781496109828 (Paperback)
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.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author, Sarah Dalton, herself in exchange for an honest review.
Mary Hades tells the story of Mary, a young English girl whose best-friend is a ghost, a girl she couldn’t save when the events of her past in the psychiatric hospital burns in her memory. On her summer vacations, she’s off to the countryside with her parents and when she thinks things couldn’t get worst than seeing ghosts everywhere, she finds out that someone, or something, is killing people off.
This book was creepy… not creepy as looking around the house whenever I hear something strange but creepy with the idea of what a ghost could do to you. There were a few moments in the book when I got chills down my spine with the tone of the book. I have to admit that Sarah Dalton really knows how to create the perfect environment for a horror story.
Mary was a nice character to meet. She has to deal with so many things I was surprised she didn’t break down straight away. Not only is her best-friend a ghost with no solid body, she’s faced with parents who don’t really understand her and things happening around her that she cannot explain. Now wrap that with a boy she just met who saves her life from being crushed.
Seth, who saves her, is drawn into Mary’s world of creepiness but his life is also deep within secrets that we slowly unveil. Though I didn’t particular like the insta-love and the too-short/summer romance, I had hoped for a different ending for both Seth and Mary. His character is mysterious, dark, and eerie and I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to him than what Sarah Dalton allowed us to see.
I also loved changing setting for a while. Normally the books I read are set in the United States on present days. Only the ones with a gothic-vibe to it or historical themes are set in Europe so reading something that is actually set in England felt really nice.
Mary Hades is a quick, fun, peculiar and quite mysterious read. The writing is easy to follow, the characters believable and the ghostly atmosphere sinister enough to have you enthralled in the plot. Hopefully I will be able to continue Mary’s supernatural adventures.