Mary Hades

Mary Hades

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by Sarah Dalton

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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.

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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.

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5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)
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1 - 17 Years

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Mary Hades 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Sarah Dalton and NetGalley.) “Standing like a scarecrow in the middle of a crop field, is one of them. Its skull shines through its face, and haunting sunken eyes stare at me, dark as night. A chill passes over my body. This is a warning.” This was a really good ghost story, and I really enjoyed it. I liked Mary in this story, I felt sorry for her with what she had gone through at the mental health care facility, but it was nice that she now had Lacey as a friend, even if she was dead. “Well, that was marginally better than our last hospital stay,” Lacey says. “Mainly because last time, I died.” The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked the mystery element. I didn’t think this book was all that scary again, but I did prefer it to ‘My Daylight Monsters’. I will say though that I absolutely hate Ferris Wheels, and if I had to jump off of one of them because a ghost was trying to kill me, I would not be happy. “We have to jump,” I shout. “What?” Seth replies. “Jump! Now!” There was some romance and it was kind-of sweet. Mary’s mother was an absolute nutcase though, and seemed to think that finding a boyfriend was just what Mary needed, to the point where she encouraged her to go out with anyone! “Oh, I can tell just from looking at your face. He’s downright gorgeous, isn’t he? Please tell me you used protection.” The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked the action. I wasn’t 100% convinced by the way the romance ended though. 7.5 out of 10
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
I started Mary Hades immediately after reading its prequel, My Daylight Monsters. Although this is not a necessary step I feel that reading the books in this order gave me a valuable insight into Mary's life, her friendship with Lacey and her gifts. In this book Mary's parents have arranged a caravan holiday to help Mary recover from the painful events which occurred during her time in psychiatric hospital. Unknown to them, Mary is accompanied by her best friend Lacey, who is a ghost! In the quiet Yorkshire town of Nettleby, Mary meets Seth, a local, but after a bizarre occurrence which puts their lives in danger, Seth is forced to reveal a secret he has kept for years. This news means that Mary, Lacey and their group of friends are forced to become ghost-hunters, for the angry and vengeful Amy. Sarah Dalton uses this story to explore the unconventional friendship between Lacey and Mary as Amy's presence means Lacey considers her future as a ghost and whether she can leave Mary to 'move on'. Lacey remains a mischievous character, but her mood is more variable than in the prequel. Mary frequently refers to previous events in My Daylight Monsters, affirming the lasting affect they had upon her body and her psyche, only now she appears stronger and less dismissive of her paranormal talents. Sarah Dalton adds elements of romance, horror and drama to create another bewitching story, which both shocks and touches its reader.
NovaReylin0 More than 1 year ago
YAY! A ghost story! When I was younger I used to read so many ghost stories. There were so many good ones and what’s sad is that it is hard to find stories that have that kind of scary appeal. This one, although I would not technically put it into the really scary category, definitely had some creep appeal! From page one too! First of all, I really liked Mary. For some reason I could feel a connection with her from the first page. Even though this is paranormal there is just something about her that is just downright ordinary. She’s different but her entire demeanor is engaging! The fact that she can see and even hangs out with ghosts just added to that appeal. The only thing that got to me was her attitude towards Lucy. Sometimes she’s a bit of a pain to her and that took away some of that appeal. I also really enjoyed that I didn’t quite figure out what was going to happen in this, especially with Seth. I kept debating on whether I liked him or not, and I did like him but I didn’t know if she could trust him! The one slightly negative but not really negative thing was that I didn’t know there was a .5 to this. I thought this was book one and I fully understood what was going on without reading that previous book but there is a lot in here that would have been helpful to understand. Sarah Dalton does explain it by glazing over certain events but I just kept thinking to myself that I wanted to know THAT full story first. Didn’t detract exactly just made me a little sad because I did enjoy this one so much. Ends not exactly on a cliff hanger… the ties are all tied and all but it does leave it open for more. Which I’m really excited about! On completely separate notes: THAT COVER! OMG!! AND this is set in England so the slang is totally British, which I also loved! .. Received book for an honest review.
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
There is a novella before this book (My Daylight Monsters)… you don’t have to read it first, but it will give you some background on Mary that might come in handy in understanding parts of this book and the characters motivations. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s sitting on my Kindle for that rare moment when I might have some free time :) This book didn’t scare me silly and I won’t lose any sleep after having read it, but it was definitely on the darker side of paranormal. It’s full of murder, death, murderous ghosts (who are graphically described…brilliantly so), and ghost “buddies”. But, I have a feeling that it wasn’t written to be a book that scares the daylights out of you or makes you afraid to walk into a dark room. If anything it makes you think about that darker side of ghosts and the paranormal. What are they capable of? Can a ghost really cause a live person’s death? Those are the things that this book makes you think about. Considering Mary’s past, it’s impossible not to feel for her. You want her to succeed… find yourself rooting for her. Even though she’s spent time in a mental institution, dealt with a murderous doctor, watched her best friend be killed by that doctor (and almost died herself), she still has a rather positive outlook on most things. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but she’s not morose and downtrodden all the time either. Lacey is Mary’s best friend (the one who was killed) and can’t seem to move on… so, she hangs out with Mary. Most people still think Mary is crazy for having conversations with herself, but she’s not really…they just can’t see the other participant! Lacey, for the most part, is a great sidekick for Mary and helps her follow her instincts. They disagree, but always seem to work it out in the end. The pacing is great and makes this one a page-turner for sure. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. There are some really great secondary characters that I hope we see again in future books. The only downside I had, was the romance between Seth and Mary. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t particularly like Seth. I understand why he did what he did and I sympathize with what he’s had to live with…but I just didn’t care for him as a character and I didn’t like him for Mary. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who love the darker side of paranormal.
Carrie_A More than 1 year ago
As it was not told to me before I started this book, I'm telling you as a fellow professional reader: I STRONGLY encourage you to read the prequel novella before starting Mary Hades. This is the first book I've read that had a prequel novella, where the events that happened in that prequel were mentioned at all. In fact, the events are mentioned so much that while reading you kind of feel like you missed out on a lot. It's almost more like starting a second book in a series rather than a first. Anyway, I did come to understand what was going on, though maybe not as fully as I'd have liked to. Mary Hades (yes, her real name, poor thing) is a high school girl who was committed for psychosis, because she happens to be able to see ghosts. Mary left her mental facility prematurely because of some incident that happened with a doctor trying to kill her there (one of those prequel events!), so I'm assuming she never really got the help she should have. She is, as far as her parents know, controlling things with medication. But Mary doesn't tell them things are not under control at all. As a matter of fact, she talks to her dead friend Haley almost constantly. In spite of all this, Mary's parents think it will be a good idea for the family to take a vacation. Before they even get checked in, a death occurs, and Mary learns it's probably connected to the ghost of a little girl named Amy who was violently murdered in the area. With the help of a local, Seth, she sets out to learn the truth about Amy and maybe set her free from her earthly torment. Mary's parents are not at all the beacon of good decisions in this book. Their daughter, who not too long ago WAS IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION, is allowed to roam about freely. And when they learn she's dating a guy she just met, they encourage her to go out with him. This all really bothered me a lot, but as is done too often in YA, the parents need to be out of the picture so the main character can do whatever she is doing uninterrupted. Seth and Mary's relationship moves way too fast and though they have a couple of intense moments that may have made them feel closer than they really were, the chemistry was not at all there for me and I thought most of their interactions felt forced.  The idea of someone who can see dead people and possibly help them be laid to rest is very intriguing to me, but the potential of this was not fully realized by Mary Hades. As a matter of fact, there was a moment towards the end involving one of the spectres Mary sees that was completely out of left field, unexplained, and just left me wondering what the heck had just happened. The end of this book was actually the best part, but I don't think I will be continuing on this series. I couldn't connect with the characters at all, and it's sad when the ones you like the most are the ghosts.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
This book was creepy. Not as creepy as it could have been, but it still made me cringe because THE HORROR. It starts out with a bang that pulled me instantly into the story. Mary Hades is a girl that hasn't had an easy life. Her parents are great, she has an awesome best friend. But she's not...sane. Or, at least, that's what everybody thinks. She's been committed for seeing things that aren't there. And after a tragedy that happened at the mental hospital, Mary's parents decide that she needs a vacation. Something to take her mind off the fact that she almost died and her best friend was killed. But Lacey is still around. She's still here helping Mary, and she needs that. It was a little hard to connect with Mary, probably because she's a little disconnected with the world. Her best friend is a ghost, she's awkward in social situations, and she sees the things that no one believes in. It's made her not believe in herself. But she's also just trying to figure out how to go through life like this, stumbling along the way, and realizing that she's not crazy.  The secondary characters had some bright personalities, even the ghost of Lacey. I loved the friendship between her and Mary; they really stuck by each other when the going got tough. I liked the carnie, Seth, with Mary. Their relationship was cute and innocent and all about first love. It developed a little fast, but that's okay. It kind of fit them, because they are both experiencing a lot with each other. I liked her parents a lot, though I wish they'd been more involved. This book was creepy, but I wasn't scared. I think it could have had some major potential in the "horror" department, but it was a little underwhelming in that regard. Though there were some freaky scenes, and that cover itself is weird. And I was so underwhelmed by the ending and the big "showdown" between this mismatched group of sleuthing amateurs and the ghost that just won't let go. And I'm not crazy about a sequel, but I do know that I wouldn't mind more of these characters.  Mary Hades was a good book, and I liked it. I just don't remember much about it.
TheUndomesticFangirl More than 1 year ago
“Death seems to trail me like the train of a wedding dress.” When I first saw the title, I thought that it was about marrying Hades. But when I read the synopsis, I was slightly right – at least about the dead part.  Normally, I wouldn't talk about the cover of a book but I think the cover of Mary Hades is very beautiful. The font, color scheme and graphic seems to fit the story. The book started with a bang. Narrating the story of what had happened in the ward that Mary was in, gave the story a grip. I kind of thought that I would've loved to read about her stay there and how & why it turned out like that. Also, I want to read about how Mary and Lacey became friends.  I didn't expect for Mary to be quite normal. She was troubled by things and I’m sure it will mess you up over time. So it’s a good thing she can still appreciate life and know how to trust her instincts when it comes to boys.*snickers* Some people think that endings are the best part  and sometimes they’re right. The turnaround of the story surprised me. It was pretty predictable in the beginning but the ending startled me. It’s always a good thing to catch the readers unexpectedly. That’s what this novel did. It will also make you want to keep reading the ghost hunting journey of Mary. Hopefully, there’s a reunion with the gang. Mary Hades is a hauntingly satisfying read that will thrill you with romance and horror.  “That’s your mum, isn’t it?” “How did you guess?” “You look alike.” I narrow my eyes at him. “I’ve killed people for less.”
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
I signed up to review Mary Hades, thinking it sounded pretty good.  And to be quite honest, the cover of this book really drew me in.  This is one book where the cover is perfect for the story. It was nice reading about a teenager that is more than just the average amount of awkward.  I mean, a girl that has a ghostly friend is pretty strange and different, never mind that she knew the girl in real life, albeit in a mental institution.  While we don't learn the whole story about how Lacey and Mary are attached in this extra-special way, that just gives the reader more impetus to go back and read My Daylight Monsters. I do have to bring up the fact that Mary's parents are okay with their 17 year old daughter hanging around with an almost 21 year old strange man they've never met before.  Maybe it's much different in Britain than it is here but I think my mom would have packed up and toted us all home at that instant if that had happened to me.  However, I do have to admit, I was a bit jealous of that 17 year old for getting to explore that young sculpted torso with all of the tattoos. I know there is another book forthcoming in the series called Possess.  I'll be sure to pick that one up once it's available as I'd love to learn how Mary is getting along in her hometown.  I'd also love to see her get back with Seth and make friends like the goth kids she hung out with at the caravan. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I have just found a new series to read.  Mary Hades is a true mixture of mystery, murder and ghosts that pleased me from start to finish.  Twists and turns in every chapter, but not to the point that was overwhelming.  A campfire type story that is built up to stand on its own and carry through an entire book. Mary Hades has been through a lot in her 17 years.  She's seen things that very few do, she's experienced situations that you wouldn't wish on anyone.  She takes this knowledge, using key elements as tools to what is coming.  On top of all this, her best friend is a ghost.  Between the two of them, they have the ability to outwit crazy spirits, bring others into their small circle and learn a thing or two about themselves along the way. This is a great story to start the series with.  It gives the reader the understanding of what Mary and her friend have experienced and what they have to look forward to.  I recommend reading the prequel novellas too.  The author gives the reader the information on their lives prior, but I feel that the prequels will fill in some of the blanks.  You don't have to read the prequels to read this book though, the author fills the reader in on past happenings quite well. The author got me on this one.  I thought I knew where it was going and in some ways that's where it did go, but on another count it wasn't.  I can't go into it because than I'd be giving the story away.  The detailed settings throughout the book really kept the pace moving and I felt like I was there, part of the surroundings, watching the story unfold.  My only dislike with this book was the character building of Seth.  I felt like there was something missing with him, there were times when he just felt flat. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story, mixed with horror, suspense, mystery and thrills.  I would say readers 13 and up would find this a great read.  In some ways, it reminded me of Anna Dressed in Blood, but not in a copycat way, but in a good comparative style, ie if you liked ADiB, you'd like Mary Hades.   I look forward to reading further books in the Mary Hades series, and plan on doing so in the very near future.  The horror genre is one of my favorites and Sarah Dalton is able to bring it to the reader through YA literature, leaving out a lot of the gore found in the adult horror books but still keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.
Seredetia More than 1 year ago
First I will state that you probably want to read My Daylight Monsters first before reading Mary Hades, though it's not necessary. This book is absolutely beautiful and brilliant. Ms. Dalton's endings are always heart-wrenching, and I'm left screaming at her books at the end -- this is all that I'll say about it. This is a continuation of My Daylight monsters, following the main character, Mary Hades, naturally, throughout her camping holiday away from home with her parents. She goes to the tiny town of Nettleby for a bit of rest and relaxation after her ordeal at Magdelena with her "ethereally challenged" friend, Lacey. Once there, she meets up with a guy named Seth who works at the local carnival and has a confusing attraction to him. Unfortunately, someone else has found them and isn't happy with Seth, leading Mary, Seth, Lacey, a gothic couple and a ghost hunter on the chase. Mary Hades is written in a style that only Sarah Dalton can get away with, leaving the main heroine tortured throughout the story and me on the edge of my seat. Her characters are a mix of deeply troubled teens and young adults that are richly detailed, described in as much detail as necessary for you to get attached while leaving a bit of mystery to their motives. Each has their own voice, and I love it. Sometimes authors get attached to a certain character style and will not deviate -- you won't find that with this author. The only unfortunate thing about Mary Hades is that I cannot tell much about the story without riddling this review with spoilers as the pace is quick, and I hate to spoil the mystery for anyone. Though this story is considered a novella, it has as much heart as a full novel and will not leave you disappointed for having read it. I received this novella directly from the author in exchange for my honest and fair review. I was not compensated monetarily, and all opinions expressed are my own.