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.
I read My Daylight Monsters awhile ago and loved it! It was great as a novella, but I still have a few unanswered questions. So, I was ecstatic when I found out that it will be expanded into a series! And it did not disappoint! (Just so you know, it is not necessary to read My Daylight Monsters before reading this book, but if you get a chance to read it, go for it! It is a really great novella!)
Mary Hades sees creatures whenever something bad is about to happen and death seems to follow her. Seeing these caused Mary to be put in a mental ward, then it turns out that one of the doctors was killing patients (and killed her friend there, who now 'haunts' Mary in ghost form). After this event, Mary's parents decide that a holiday in a small village will be perfect for recovery. Until a little boy jumps off a building and dies. It turns out that there's a ghost in the village, one that likes to kill men and grows more powerful with each kill. Mary needs to find a way to stop this ghost, especially when her new friend, maybe boyfriend, may be the next target.
I love ghost stories. Sure, they scare the hell out of me, but I find them so very interesting! This book is very similar to other ghost mysterious, but I still loved it! The ghost was very creepy and the tone of the book was dark. I actually loved the creepiness, I think it's a must for any ghost story.
The characters are really great in this book. Mary is a great main character. She has a very abnormal life, with seeing creatures, a dead best friend, and death following her everywhere. Oddly enough, I was able to connect with her. She is very strong-willed and , while she wishes she could be normal, she won't stand back and let a ghost destroy lives. All the other characters are really great as well. She makes new friends in this book and they help her with stopping the ghost. They even believe her when she talks about ghosts!
The romance was a nice addition, but more of a just there kind of thing if that makes any sense. It was just a little romance, but while it was nice, it wasn't long lasting. I did like the love interest though. And while the romance was small, I did like it. It didn't distract the plot and it wasn't annoying
This is a very good beginning to a new ghost mystery series. I get the feeling that each book will focus on a different ghost and I am actually very excited to see that! If you enjoy reading ghost stories, then this is your book!