Thursday 28 August 2014

Mary:The Summoning by Hillary Monahan Review!

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Title : Mary:The Summoning
Author : Hillary Monahan
Pages : 256
Published : September 2nd 2014
Publisher : Disney Hyperion
Source : Netgalley

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?

My Thoughts : 

When Jess suggests that Shauna, Kitty, Anna and herself call Bloody Mary the girls are hesitant at first but Jess can be very persuasive. Its a harmless Urban Legend, right? Wrong!!! The first time they do it they see a figure emerge from the fog. They don't get a good look at her because they freak out and Jess sends Bloody Mary away. Once isn't enough for Jess though. She convinces the girls to do it again and this time try to talk to her. The girls are even more hesitant this time but Jess got rid of her once and she can do it again. 

This time though the circle is broken and Bloody Mary pushes through the glass. Shauna is closest so Mary grabs her and tries to pull her in to the glass. She escapes and they manage to force Mary into the glass by throwing salt at her. Shauna is injured and bleeding and the girls cant get rid of Mary. Now that Mary has the scent of Shaunas blood she wont leave until she finishes what she started. Shauna and her friends need to find out how to get rid of her before its too late. 

All I can say is wow, this was on heck of a creepy ride!! I think everyone knows about Bloody Mary. The idea alone is creepy but to try summon her is just dumb! I grew up with that legend and the legend of Candy Man. Both scared me so much when I was young and there's no way you would catch me saying those names into a mirror. NO WAY - *Shudder*!! 

Anyway. This starts pretty much straight away we the girls summoning Mary. They manage to glimpse her but freak and send her away. From the very start you are hooked with the authors style. You feel like you are one of the girls, the author makes you feel the terror, the tenseness and the creepiness of the situation. I wanted to hide under the covers when I was reading this!!! From the first time Mary is called you are sent on the creepiest ride and it doesn't let go till the very end. 

Shauna, Kitty and Anna never knew what could happen if they managed to call Mary, while Jess knew some things. One thing I loved about the book was how the girls never turned their back on Shauna. They tried everything they could to find answers and to help her. They were all very strong characters. Shauna especially. She is tagged by Mary and now Mary can appear through anything shiny. Shauna could break down but she doesn't. She knows she has to find answers and a possible way of getting rid of Mary forever. But the deeper she digs the more secrets that unravel. Can she figure out Marys story and stop her??

The authors vivid descriptions of Mary were just down right shudder inducing!! I could picture everything that she described and if I was watching it on the big screen (which I could totally see this as a great movie) I know Id be hiding behind my hands ;) I absolutely loved how you could almost feel the atmosphere as the author described it. She can sure write creepy!!! I also loved reading the letters from Mary to her sister. We get a glimpse of how Mary went from being a nice girl to the horror she is today. 

From the creepy atmosphere to the scary Mary, this book is a must read. Its a non stop, edge of your seat, heart pounding, thrilling story. I flew through the pages and didn't want it to end. I can not wait for more and this book is one that will stay on my favourite shelf forever. Scarily creepy and hauntingly brilliant, I finished this a few days ago and I'm still scared to look in a mirror ;) I would highly recommend to everyone. 


  1. Ooo this looks great. The Bloody Mary/Candyman Urban Legends always freaked me out too. I really want to read this, but I usually read in bed at night and I think I'm a bit too much of a wuss!!! haha great review

    1. I had to stop reading parts because it was so creepy!! Lol. I loved this, though I would never say her name in a mirror!!!!