Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
Publication date: May 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
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 Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.
I really, truly loved the classic urban legend spookiness of this novel. Mary Hades draws you in with her flawed characters that are so human in their rawness that you never doubt the author for a second. The main character, for example, is your typical self-centred teen. At times she is very egocentric in her opinion that rings completely true for someone her age, which is refreshing as so many YA novels these days seem to have characters that are beyond their years in wisdom. And the relationship between Mary and Lacey is developed beautifully, with Mary, at times being so completely selfish that I just want to shake her!
There is a sort of ‘comfort food’ feel to this novel, and I suspect it has something to do with the out there in your face English-ness (I know that’s not a word) of the novel. It hasn’t been bled out to make it appeal to a wider audience, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar terms either. There is also a rich thread of black humour running through the novel that had me giggling with glee as well.
Many of the descriptives in this book are so evocative that there is no way you can not get caught up in the moment. Author Sarah Dalton manages to spin such beautiful words at times, yet, at others, they fall short. However, when she nails it, she absolutely nails it!
To be honest, this novel could have done with one final edit. There are a few missed or incorrect words and paragraphs that contain sentences beginning repeatedly with the same word, but, even considering this, it was a bloody great read.
Overall I am giving Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton 4 out of 5 stars
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About 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’.