Mary Hades Summary:
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?
Mary Hades Review:
I did not read My Daylight Monsters before reading Mary Hades, so I was a little lost, because the characters were built up before this book. But you don't have to read the novella, because the book is quite self explanatory.
I am an avid horror movie fan, but sadly movie's aren't scary anymore, and it seems neither are books. I still love horror books but the scare factor isn't there anymore. I was going into this book thinking it wouldn't be something special. It seemed a very basic ghost story, that was just trying to be a thriller. What I felt after reading was the opposite. I loved reading the book and within a few hours had finished the book. The characters were relatable, the story was intriguing and the whole book was very interesting. Actually, I did get freaked out at one point, which was the Ferris Wheel scene. Being afraid of heights, that just freaked me out trying to imagine it.
The ghosts were a little different than I expected. It focuses on the idea that souls don't just get extinguished, they stay on the human plane after death. But unlike others they can play a significant role in the lives of living, forcing them to kill themselves. And from this the ghosts can become even more powerful. With the main protagonist being able to see these ghost and save them, she is considered a freak. Following the normal idea of going into a mental asylum, this was one of the reasons I thought it would be the average book, but the author made Mary very captivating and owned the plot. I was also happy that romance didn't play a heavy role in the book. It was mostly mystery and I commend her for not only making the mystery interesting but also, not flat out predictable. Furthermore, the mystery helped to notch up the creepiness factor and making the book a lot more darker. The book was filled with action, but I was a little disappointed in the end because it was going to for a very climactic conclusion but it never reached that peak.
I did like the characters. Mary was a good main character. She had a very abnormal and hard life, but she is strong willed and a great friend. Death follows her everywhere, but she holds her head high and fights for what she believes. She was a little annoying at times by being a bit selfish and arrogant, but you come to expect that everyone has flaws. Lacey was a funny character at ties, and a good balance/best friend to Mary. An example, “Well, that was marginally better than our last hospital stay,” Lacey says. “Mainly because last time, I died.” She is more of a serious thinker than Mary in a tough situation, while still joking around at the right times. I was glad that the there were two female main protagonists and they weren't focused on a love story. Seth was an interesting character that provided Mary with a little happiness. I'm a little sad that they might not work out.
Overall, the book was fairly good, much better than I was expecting to. I hope to read the next book as well.
Thanks you Netgalley for letting me read this novel for an Honest Review!