Sunday, 15 June 2014

Seeing is believing by Kimmy

Hey all,

This post is a review for 2 books from a series called Mary Hades.  Enjoy:

My Daylight Monsters (Mary Hades 0.5)
by Sarah Dalton

Published Date: October 2013


Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1)
by Sarah Dalton

Published Date: 4th May 2014


**Disclaimer - I was given a free copy of these book in exchange for an honest review**


My Daylight Monsters:

I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I’ve never been scared of the dark. I’ve only ever been scared of real things: getting ill, having injections, physical pain… death. Those are my monsters, not ghosts or vampires or whatever else can hide under your bed at night.

I was wrong.

The dark makes everything worse.

When Mary’s psychiatrist advises a short stay at a psychiatric unit, her worst nightmares are confirmed. How can she get better in a place that fills her with dread? When she meets the other patients, she begins to gather some hope, until she realises that the death toll in the hospital is rising without explanation. Something sinister stalks the corridors and maybe she is the only one who can stop it…

Mary has to confront the Things that she sees if they are to stand a chance. But will she survive a confrontation with death itself?

Mary Hades:

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 first came across the author, Sarah Dalton, when reviewing the first book in her series White Hart.  I now have the privilege of reviewing another 2 of her books from the series Mary Hades.  And yet again, Sarah's books do not disappoint.  There is just something about all of Sarah's books, the covers just drawn me in immediately.  Perfectly chosen for the story inside each.

After reading the first book, I instantly fell in love with Mary.  Sarah's ability to enable us to do so is amazing.  Rarely expected from a novella.  The psychiatric ward is the perfect setting for the horror that unfolds.  A close to reality chilling tale.  Written at an excellent pace, allowing us to get to know Mary, feel the problems that she has to deal with on her own, but also her compassion to still feel the need to help others.  I just loved the friendship Mary and Lacey developed and Lacey's ability to make even me laugh when she was telling Mary how she never shuts up.  Each page left me wanting more, once I had finished the first book, I was ready for the next.

In the second book the adventure continues.  Mary's parents take her away on holiday to try and help her get back to normal after the psychiatric ward accident.  But where Mary goes, death follows closely.  Mary struggles to maintain the facade of a normal life.  Even with her best friend Lacey by her side, things just aren't the same.  A holiday romance, some newfound friends and strange deaths, makes for an addicting read.  The pace of the story and the details are so well done.  Sarah has ensured that once we start reading that first line, we become a part of Mary's world.

I highly recommend you getting both of these books.  This is the beginning of an awesome series, I cannot wait to read more about Mary Hades.

Congratulations to Sarah Dalton, may you have many future successes!

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