Book Review: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

August 28, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 1

Book Review: Mary Hades by Sarah DaltonMary Hades by Sarah Dalton
Series: Mary Hades #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 4th 2014
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 286
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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.

My Thoughts

YAY! A ghost story! When I was younger I used to read so many ghost stories. There were so many good ones and what’s sad is that it is hard to find stories that have that kind of scary appeal. This one, although I would not technically put it into the really scary category, definitely had some creep appeal! From page one too!

First of all, I really liked Mary. For some reason I could feel a connection with her from the first page. Even though this is paranormal there is just something about her that is just downright ordinary. She’s different but her entire demeanor is engaging! The fact that she can see and even hangs out with ghosts just added to that appeal. The only thing that got to me was her attitude towards Lucy. Sometimes she’s a bit of a pain to her and that took away some of that appeal.

I also really enjoyed that I didn’t quite figure out what was going to happen in this, especially with Seth. I kept debating on whether I liked him or not, and I did like him but I didn’t know if she could trust him!

The one slightly negative but not really negative thing was that I didn’t know there was a .5 to this. I thought this was book one and I fully understood what was going on without reading that previous book but there is a lot in here that would have been helpful to understand. Sarah Dalton does explain it by glazing over certain events but I just kept thinking to myself that I wanted to know THAT full story first. Didn’t detract exactly just made me a little sad because I did enjoy this one so much.

Ends not exactly on a cliff hanger… the ties are all tied and all but it does leave it open for more. Which I’m really excited about!

On completely separate notes: THAT COVER! OMG!! AND this is set in England so the slang is totally British, which I also loved!


The Author

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’.

Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahdalton

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