POSSESS (MARY HADES #2) by SARAH DALTON
Possess (Mary Hades #2) by Sarah Dalton
Publication date: November 30th 2014
Genres: Adult, paranormal, ghosts, horror
Mary Hades is drawn back into the world of the macabre as she moves with her family into the mysterious old house, Ravenswood. The mere mention of Ravenswood induces terror among the locals, and when strange things begin to occur, Mary and Lacey decide to get to the bottom of the secret hidden in the historic house once and for all.
As a dark power gathers, Mary finds her life becomes interconnected with the disturbing events that transpired in 1847 to eleven year old Liza Blair. The more Mary is drawn into Liza’s story, the more she realises someone close to her is in grave danger from the sinister energy at Ravenswood.
Set in the backdrop of an unsettling forest, and with strange neighbour Emmaline Delacroix obsessed with death and séances, Possess will take you even deeper into the murky depths of Mary Hades’s unusual life.
Book two in the Mary Hades series.
*MY BOOK REVIEW*
DISCLAIMER: The books/eBooks being reviewed were provided free of charge in return for an honest review.
Last year I got the chance to review Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton (you can read my review here). Since then I have been eagerly awaiting the second book in the Mary Hades series. At the same time I have also been a little nervous – second books can quite often be a letdown. Not this one though. Possess (Mary Hades #2) picks up with Mary moving into a completely-got-to-be-haunted old English house. The house needs work but it was bought at a bargain price regardless – what could possibly go wrong? The portal to hell is what!
Possess starts with an awesome prologue (yeah, don’t groan, prologues ROCK!) and just grows exponentially from there. Although, watch for a little hiccup as you move from the prologue into the story proper as the prose is just so beautiful to start with that you kind of sigh when the story starts without all the poetry. Once you get into the rhythm of the story though, you find you are pulled in and it is one of those books that consumes you, even when you aren’t reading it.
I loved the relationship development between Mary and her mother. It is completely flawed and absolutely realistic for both the age group involved and the fact there are ghostly complications. Their relationship was probably my favourite thing out of all the things I loved about this book. In fact, all the relationships between characters were wonderfully jagged around the edges.
Seriously, I couldn’t find much at all to fault about this one other than a scant few typos. Overall, I am giving Possess (Mary Hades #2) by Sarah Dalton 5 out of 5 stars.
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’.