This is a review for the ARC.
Who doesn’t know the legend/story of Bloody Mary? It a very known story, and lots of kids try to summon her by chanting: Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary. Most of the time nothing happens, but in this book, the summoning goes all wrong.
Now I read the book for the following reasons:
1. I love horror books (zombies, ghosts, hauntings, I love them).
2. The cover (after all I still judge books by their cover).
3. Mary (since I love her legend).
The characters are awesome, I especially loved Shauna, she was a true fighter and I loved how real she seemed. Everything she does, trying to get rid of her friends for their sake, to trying to find out what happens, to her terror and fright when Mary pops up everywhere she goes.
The only character I didn’t like was Jesse, I already had my suspicions regarding her motives, and I was right. Jesse is the kind of girl who would do anything to get what she wants, if that means sacrifices a few lambs, um friends, so be it. I truly hated her attitude, I wouldn’t call her a friend. Friends don’t sacrifice friends to get to a goal.
So when the ending came, I was at one hand horrified, at the other I was cheering. She got what she deserved. Though I do think no one deserves the wraith of Mary.
My oh my, Mary was super scary, we get lots of details on her looks, details on what she does, and her scary practices. It really creeped me out, especially since I read part of this book while it was night. Now it is day, and well, I am still creeped out, and I think I will avoid mirrors and such. 🙂
Because that is what the book was, creepy, horrifying, gruesome and at times a bit gory.
Of course the book isn’t all about Mary, Mary, but also about friendship and how that goes under stress when this kind of event happens. There was drama (also some boy drama), but I think it fitted, it made the characters more real, more alive.
For one thing, thanks to the author for that Bronx thing, I was worried it would go one way, but it ended up in the right way. Thanks.
The book ends with a cliffhanger, which was a shame, but seems logical since we still have a book 2 or 3 coming. Still, I hope those won’t take long, I am not sure if I can stand years of waiting to find out what happens to Shauna and her friends. I also really want to know more about Mary’s past, how did she come to be as she is now (though we already found out something, and my, I can imagine someone would turn in a lunatic and start haunting people).
Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would. Though I would recommend this one to the ones who can handle horror books. Like I said, there a bit of gore and it is pretty creepy/scary.