Thursday 17 July 2014

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton Review!

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Title : Mary Hades
Author : Sarah Dalton
Pages : 286
Published : April 30th 2014
Source : From Author

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 Thoughts : 

After the events that happened in the psychiatric hospital, Marys' parents think that what she needs is a break. They decide on a little village near the moors where they rent a caravan. To Mary, the idea of being stuck in the middle of nowhere with her parents is hell, but she knows she doesn't have a choice. Little does she know that this holiday isn't going to be a boring as she thinks. 

When Mary gets to Nettleby, a little boy throws himself off the hotel roof. Mary sees his ghost and all he says is "I don't want to leave" before being sucked away. Why would a little boy who doesn't want to leave, throw himself off the roof? With the death toll rising and something trying to kill Mary, she has to find answers before its too late. 

Ok, before I start I will recommend that readers read My Daylight Monsters before reading this. Its not technically necessary but it does make you understand a lot more about what happens in this. 

This was an awesomely creepy read!! Again Sarah Dalton sets the tone and pace perfectly!! Anyone who has been to any moor knows how beautiful and desolate they can be, especially at night!! Its not somewhere Id be at night anyway;) 

Mary has so much to deal with, seeing Things, having a dead friend and trying to come to terms with what happened her in the hospital, yet she gets on with her life as much as she can. She is such a strong character. When she hears that a ghost is causing the deaths, she knows that since she is the only one who can see them, she is the only one who can help. I loved her strength and perseverance no matter how "troubled" people think she is. 

Seth works in the carnival and when Mary asks him to join her on the ferris wheel he says yes. He has no idea why he said yes, only that he feels drawn to her. Seth was another awesome character. From the start you know he has secrets and I enjoyed seeing them unravel. I enjoyed also seeing Seth and Mary's relationship grow. 

So overall we have another winner from Sarah Dalton. She delivers a deliciously dark and creepy read. From the very chilling ghost to her devastating story, from the characters to the setting, Mary Hades is a must read. Its a fast paced, well written creepy ghost story and one that Ill revisit some day. I highly enjoyed this and cant wait for more. 


  1. This book is already on my TBR. I need to read it! :D

  2. I have to read this one!!!!! Fab review.

    Sio (Totally Bookalicious)

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this Nat. I'm not a horror fan but i guess I should try it one day.