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.Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Genres: Horror, Suspense, YA
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 2nd
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Also by this author: His Hideous Heart
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?
Out of the four recent YA horror novels that I have read this is by far the best of of them all. It really had a creepy vibe that was fun even though I didn’t think it was incredibly scary but if your scare sensitive it probably will.
It’s about four friends who try and summon Bloody Mary and get more than they bargained for. Jess it seems for some reason is very obsessed with Bloody Mary and she talks her hesitant friends into doing the summoning. They had tried it when they were younger and it didn’t work but Jess has done more research as she is pretty sure she knows what needs to be done to make it work. Well, it works and scares the crap out everyone but Jess, she just gets more fascinated.
Jess wants them to summon Mary again but the other girls really don’t want too, but they do it again and this time something goes very wrong. Now Mary is haunting Shauna who is the narrator of the story. Now they have to try and find away to get rid of Mary but it won’t be that easy and she is not playing by the rules. The more Shauna tries to figure things out the more she sees that Jess is a little two obsessed with Mary and doesn’t seem to care about what is happening to her friends.
Who doesn’t like urban legends and Mary: The Summoning is based one one of the most popular urban legends. I remember hearing about Bloody Mary when I was a child and even though I didn’t believe in it I never wanted to tempt fate either. I love a good urban legend book and I think the author does a great job with her version of the story.
If you scare easy and still like getting scared then you will really enjoy the creepiness of this story. The author really blends in some scary stuff along with some oozing gross details. It had a lot of good action sequences when Mary was around that might give you a fright.
I really enjoyed Mary: The Summoning and I can’t wait to see what happens next. It doesn’t really leave you with a huge cliffhanger but it does leave you wanting to know what is going to happen.
Now if your a hard care horror fan then this book probably won’t scare you, so it might not be for you. If you get creeped out really easy and like getting scared then you will enjoy this book. So I would recommend this book to those who like light horror and urban legends.
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