Book Review: My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton

February 12, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: My Daylight Monsters by Sarah DaltonMy Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 2013-11-12
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 126
Source: Purchase
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I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I've never been scared of the dark. I've only ever been scared of real things: getting ill, having injections, physical pain... death. Those are my monsters, not ghosts or vampires or whatever else can hide under your bed at night. I was wrong. The dark makes everything worse. When Mary's psychiatrist advises a short stay at a psychiatric unit, her worst nightmares are confirmed. How can she get better in a place that fills her with dread? When she meets the other patients, she begins to gather some hope, until she realises that the death toll in the hospital is rising without explanation. Something sinister stalks the corridors and maybe she is the only one who can stop it... Mary has to confront the Things that she sees if they are to stand a chance. But will she survive a confrontation with death itself?

My Thoughts

I am absolutely loving this series. I am sad to admit that I did not come back to read this until I found out about it AFTER I read the last book. Of course! Even reading this late I have been able to fill in some holes that I had, and answer some questions. Nothing vital but there were some curiosities, like how Mary and Lacey met. I was extremely curious about the fire that Mary is in and of course how she comes about to get her “gift”.

If you’ve read the stories this is a great filler and brings you more of Mary and the other fantastic characters. Being able to read about them again was great. But especially Mary. There’s just something about Mary (ha) that I really enjoy reading about. And Sarah Dalton has a great way of mixing the creepy with slowly building intensity. This is probably the creepiest book that I’ve read in a while and since I LOVE horror that is saying something! But if you do not love horror, do not let that push you away. This IS creepy but it’s not bloody and definitely doesn’t have the characteristics of the horrors of today.

Mary really grew with this one and her character makes even more sense! I enjoyed this so much I am now tempted to go back and re-read everything!

There were only a few characters that I did not fully connect with (hence the 4.5 instead of a full 5) but I completely recommend this series. It’s deliciously creepy!

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.6 / 5



The Author

About Sarah Dalton

Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine, Apex Magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales.

She is the author of the popular YA dystopia series 'Blemished' and the gothic novella 'My Daylight Monsters'. She is currently working on a YA Fantasy series titled 'White Hart'.

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