Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ARC Review: Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1)

22455005Mary Hades (Mary Hades
 #1) by Sarah Dalton

Publisher: CreateSpace, 2014
288 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: April 30th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Supernatural
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

With some scenes of horror and some strong language, this book is best suited for readers aged fifteen and up.

My Review:
Mary Hadess really caught my eye because of the cover, I know we ain't meant to judge things by the way they look but this book caught my eye because of it. The cover was enough to catch my attention it is enough time to read the synopsis. I love Young Adult  and a really good Thriller,  but most times when reading ghost stories they seem to become victims of a bland plotting, not so great writing or stupid cliches. Yet Mrs Dalton hits all the right spots and hit the ball out of the park for a home run.

This book is a medium length read, on my kindle it says 288 pages, making this book a great companion for the car rides or a day out at the beach. Mary Heads follows an English teenager Mary who can see ghosts, on a week-long holiday with her parents and dead bestie, Lacey to a small town/village named Nettleby in North Yorkshire, England. Nestled between five moors Mary and Lacey stumble onto strange deaths and the ghost of a murdered girl hell bent on getting revenge on her killer, but together with new, living friends they must figure out who killed the girl before she claims yet another life, and there is a bit of a romance thrown in  there.

I am seriously really glad i read this novel. it is well written, set and paced just right and does not contain any plot holes. I like that it is set in England and read the whole thing with an in my head (Rihanna's accent even though i know she ain't from England). The characters were real and relatable, I could not stop laughing at how accurate Ms. Sarah Dalton pegged Mary's parents. I am already hoping with the next novel in the series is just as good. If you love paranormal,Young Adult then this book is for you, Grab it now you won't be sorry you made the right choice.

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