Review: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Review: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Review: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Series: Mary Hades #1
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Published by Sarah Dalton
Publication Date: April 30th 2014
Pages: 286
Format: eBook
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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 novella 'My Daylight Monsters'. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.With some scenes of horror and strong language, this book is more suited to readers over the age of fifteen.By Sarah Dalton: The Blemished series - YA dystopiaThe Mary Hades series - YA horrorKeywords: teen, fiction, novel, series, book two, horror, young adult, creepy, ghost, powers, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy, romance, holiday romance, creepy, mystery, suspense, contemporary, spine tingling.

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Someone who has read fewer romances and watched almost no ghost movies, probably would have enjoyed Mary Hades more than I did.


When the book begins, it is after Mary was terrorized by her doctor and badly scarred in a fire at the mental facility she was sent to. It was like this was a sequel to another book, and I needed to read that first book in order to be invested in what was happening.


There were some spooky scenes that I enjoyed, Mary was likable enough, and I liked the last few chapters, but for the most part, the story was too rushed and disjointed for my taste. It was a short book that tried to tell a very long story.


I think Mary has been able to see ghost for a long time, and her parents sent her to a mental hospital because they thought she was crazy. While at the mental hospital, Mary meets her best friend, Lacey, and Lacey gets killed by some psycho doctor. But of course that doesn’t end their friendship because Mary can see Ghost.


The real story begins when Mary goes on vacation with her parents and meets a cute boy named Seth.


I could tell you some more stuff about the plot, but it would spoil the mystery, and the mystery is just about the only thing I liked so I don’t want to ruin it. Basically, Seth and Mary have a lot in common, and they team up to stop a homicidal ghost.


The mystery had me guessing, and I didn’t know who the murderer was until the last couple of chapters, and Mary and Seth had a cute holiday romance.


I really think this book is better suited for someone who is a lot younger than me and isn’t so familiar with ghost stories. I wanted more scary and intense moments.


If you want to read something light that has a few spooky moments, this would be the book for you.

Because of language and mature themes, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up. There was no sexual content.

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Author Biography

About Sarah Dalton

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'.

Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahdalton

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2 thoughts on “Review: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

  1. I am someone who has watched almost no ghost movies (horror creeps me out too much) so I am actually pretty happy about that one! I do think it would be fun to read a book like this. I own another one of this authors books but I have yet to get to it. This review makes me want to push it up the list.

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