Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here a Ghost, There a Ghost... WRI Reviews: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

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Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton 
(Mary Hades #1) 
Publication date: June 2014 
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

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 Review:
What a refreshing young adult novel. I enjoyed it. Mary has been seeing distburing Things for years. Unfortunately, she made the mistake of talking about them. She ends up in a physictraric ward. You would think that was bad enough but she nearly gets killed by a physico doctor.

Trying to force a bit of normalcy her parents decided to take a holiday (vacation for us Americans) to the middle of nowhere. Turns out that the middle if nowhere happens to be haunted.

Mary is a symphatic character. She is isolated because f what she can seedmade more complicated sinced her best friend is now a ghost. She is a strong female lead who takes hold of her sitatution without much of that 'woe is me where is my knight in shining armor to save me'. By the middle if the book I was hoping that she would take on her ghost whisperer role.

Lacey is the ghost friend. You feel for her because of the reason of how she became a ghost. Thiugh the two of them strike a deal, I have to say that I don't agree. Eventually in book 2 or 3, if there's a book 3, that agreement will have to be addressed. I guessing that when it get to that point it's going to be a big nasty hurtful deal.

Seth is the love interest but I'm glad that he was also part of the main plot other that a romantic love interest. The two friends she made Neil and Lemarr, who I'm thinking may make appearances in at least book 2, was hope to her that she doesn't have to go through seeing ghostly things alone.

Should you read it? Yes. Whiu should read it? Fans if Y.A. novels with the a paranormal twist.


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 and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story 'Vampires Wear Chanel' is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales available here:

Sarah's debut novel The Blemished is a fast paced young adult dystopia set in a fractured Britain. It follows the events of Mina Hart, a young Blemished girl who has a dangerous secret, as she tries to escape the dreaded Operation and get out of Area 14.

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