ARC Review | MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary Monahan

ARC Review | MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary MonahanMARY: The Summoning
by Hillary Monahan
Series: Bloody Mary #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Release date : September 2nd, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Source: BEA | Format: ARC
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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.

*I received this book @ BEA in exchange for an honest review.*

If I could name ONE thing that freaked me out as a kid, Bloody Mary would be IT. The “legend” of Bloody Mary has haunted generations, so I was all over this one. Who doesn’t like a good freak out, right!?

The story as a whole, was fantastic. You have four girls summoning Mary, the mystery behind who Mary actually is and how to get rid of her. There were many creepy scenes that had me walking fast away from mirrors, and the intensity of it was spot on. The intricate details and description of Mary leaves nothing to your imagination on just how horrific it would be to see her. She isn’t just freaky lookin, she is ruthless. I loved it.

One thing about ghost stories that has always bothered me was the lack of public knowledge. Meaning, it was always odd to me that only 1 or maybe just a few people knew what was going on. Even though Shauna was Mary’s “quest” she had no qualms about hurting others around Shauna or making herself known. No one was safe from her, and that adds to the terror of the situation as a whole.View Spoiler »

As I mentioned before, we learn about Mary’s life slowly as the story progresses. While I was entertained by this and was immersed in it, I didn’t get enough to satisfy my curiosity. It was just enough to get a look at her life. I wanted more. Since this is a series, I’m sure more will come out later on. Which brings me to my peeve.

My Peeve –

This could have been a solid, strong stand-alone. I may not be seeing the whole picture and story-arc could be larger than I believe it is, but what is with this trend?

Overall –

I quite enjoyed this. It’s well written, fascinating and creepy as hell. Even though I am a little perturbed it’s a series, I will read the next book. Highly recommend!

Rating Report
Overall: 4

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4 thoughts on “ARC Review | MARY: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary Monahan

  1. Wendy @ Book Scents

    Oh, I totally thought this was a stand alone. Weird. Also, I have this from BEA because I was intrigued by it but I’m also super scared to start reading it. Because umm HELLO the bloody mary story scared me when i was younger and I am still SO easily scared. There was a Supernatural episode involving bloody mary and even that freaked me out. Soooo we’ll see how I respond when I read this! Ha.
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