Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Mary: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1)

Hillary Monahan. Los Angles: Hyperion, 2014. pp.248 
Rating: Decent + 5 Scoops


Goodreads Summary: 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.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?


When I first saw this title and read the blurb, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. A group of pre-teen/teen girls crammed into a tiny, dark bathroom chanting Bloody Mary while staring into the mirror is a childhood rite of passage. Oh, the many memories from my childhood doing this very thing. 

The cover promised creepy, scary goodness. At the first page I was hooked, but quickly my attention waned. I found the characters one-dimensional, especially Jess, and didn't connect with any of them. The lack of character growth in the novel irritated me to no end. Anna's resolve to set aside her anger with Jess is the only hint of character growth until Shauna's spurt of courage in the last few pages.  As I neared the end with no resolution in sight, it became apparent that this book marked the beginning of a series. Though there were parts that grossed me out and made me jump, this book wasn't what I expected.



Complimentary e-galley provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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