Sunday, October 16, 2016

{Book Review} Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Published: September 2, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Series: Bloody Marry #1
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery
Pages: 245

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?

I absolutely love horror movies.  I love feeling scared, jumpy and my heart racing…but I have not read a lot of horror books.  In fact, I have never read a really good horror book…until now.  I really enjoyed myself reading this book.  It got by heart pounding and my adrenaline flowing.  I found myself addicted to reading this story so I could find out what was going to happen next.  This book would defiantly be good to read during October or if you just want a good scare!

First off, I have to say that if you are looking for gorgeous, poetic writing with deep character development…then look somewhere else.  This book is typical horror movie fun.  It is fast-paced, with stereotypical characters that get themselves into a scary predicament and then they must solve the mystery of Bloody Mary to save themselves.  The pacing of this book was great!  It started right off with a séance to summon Mary and it just continues from there.  I never found myself bored while reading this and Mary makes many appearances throughout the book.

I would defiantly classify this book as scary.  I knew that if any book was going to scare the crap out of me, it would be one revolving around the Bloody Mary myth.  Mirrors give me the heeby jeebies and the fact that Mary could inhibit anything with a reflection pretty much made her able to be anywhere.  Also, the fact that she could climb out of mirrors reminded me of that one scene in The Ring (you know which one).  I would not recommend this to someone that is just looking to feel a little jumpy because this one is going to make you afraid to sleep at night.

My one gripe about this book would be the character development.  I find that this is really common in horror movies, but if this book would have made me care more about the friendship in this book…it would have put it over the top.  I did not feel like the characters really cared for each other, which made the deaths not mean as much.  I did like the main character, Shauna.  She was relatable, but was still pretty generic.  I wish that we could have seen some other aspects of the characters lives that did not revolve around Bloody Mary.

I did really enjoy the mystery aspect of Mary.  I liked the revelations made and was pretty shocked.  I absolutely hate stories that have the killer mindlessly killing without reason.  I am glad that there appears to be some reason why Mary kills and I am excited to pick up the next book to find out why.

Overall, I would recommend this book.  It was a quick, fun read that made it difficult to fall asleep at night.  This book would have gotten a higher rating if the character development and plot was deeper, but I took it for what it was and really enjoyed myself.  I will be picking up the next book closer to October and hope to delve deeper into the YA horror genre. 


“Mary stood to lean from the mirror, her head popping through the liquid glass as she moaned.  Her lips quivered and receded, showing her broken teeth and worm-ridden gums.
Mary blew out the candle on the vanity with a tiny puff of fetid air, plunging us into blackness.” -20%
“Mary smiled, showing us a row of yellow-gray stump teeth.  Slowly and deliberately, she popped a finger into her mouth, sucking it clean.  Her tongue ran along her knuckle and underneath her nail to capture ever last drop of my blood.” -53%

Also check out the sequel, Mary: Unleashed.

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