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NetGalley Review: Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1) by Sarah Dalton

CreateSpace Published May 4, 2014 286 Pages
Published May 4, 2014
286 Pages

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When her parent’s decide to go on a holiday, Mary wasn’t too upset. After being scarred physically and mentally, Mary is ready for a break. Expecting a boring week with her ghost of a best friend, Mary is unaware of the evil that is waiting.

Despite the evil, Mary is drawn to local boy Seth Lockwood, who is hiding a dark secret that can ruin not only her trust but the entire small town. Determined  to find the truth about Seth and the evil lurking in this community, Mary enlists the help of a goth couple and her best friend in order to make things right.

If you read my review on the prequel of this book then you know I am decent fan of this series. The author can tell a really good story but the ending needs work.

I like Mary and the fact that she isn’t a brat and she has a realistic relationship with her parents. I like her honesty and despite the paranormal aspect of her life I enjoy how realistic it is. The flow of the story was perfect; I was sitting at the edge of my seat for most of the book and I was really into the story.

What I didn’t like (before the ending hit) was the judgement made towards Seth. (Slight Spoiler) People react differently to things and no one knows what their reaction will be until they are in that situation. I felt that the whole attack on him was too much of a focus and just sad.

I also felt that the mystery wasn’t much of a mystery at all. Because it was done so early in the book, it took away a lot of the story. However, the author was able to still keep me in.

Now the ending. . . . Predictable . . . like seeing the ending two chapters before it even happens. This pisses me off because the book was pretty good and the ending was just slack. This has nothing to do what I expected because what I expected was the typical in a YA novel; Mary & Seth begin a long distant relationship  or some kind of relationship considering she risked her life for him.

Overall, I recommend this book because the potential is huge in this series. But that ending . . . hope to never see it again.

2.8 Pickles.

NetGalley Review: My Daylight Monster (Mary Hades #0.5) by Sarah Dalton

Createspace Published Oct. 2013 124 Pages
Published Oct. 2013
124 Pages

Mary is going through a difficult time (to say the least). Her psychiatrist has just advised her that staying at a psychiatric unit for a short time could be the cure she is looking for. Highly unlikely for Mary but when she meets the other patients she begins to have hope that is until everyone begins dying at an alarming rate.

Mary knows that there is something deeper going on and she is the only person to stop it . . . that is if she can deal with her own monsters.

Firstly, this cover is pretty but extremely misleading to the story (it should be a lot darker). But anyway, this was a good novella.

It was perfect in the sense of length and information. What I mean by information is back-story.  By the end of the book I knew Mary and her issues. I was satisfied with her development and slight growth.

Mary in the beginning was hard for me to like because there was no understand at all to what her problem was.  Even reading it I still can’t see why she was in the psychiatric center anyway because there was truly nothing wrong. But despite that I did appreciate the underlying point to Mary’s story. Yes, there is a lesson at the end and it was a really good one in regards to mental health (which seems to be a constant topic lately).

What I really enjoyed about this book was the flow. Dalton has a good sense of time in which she doesn’t allow the back-story to become the complete story, therefore not causing a dull and boring scenery.

Because this book is a novella, it was a quick read and a good start to an interesting series,

Overall, 3.5 Pickles