Bloody Mary, Book 1: Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Genre: YA - horror
I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for a fair review. This title will be released on September 2, 2014.
Synopsis: 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?
Review: Who hasn't tried this when they were a kid? But what would happen if it actually worked? Shauna finds out quickly when Bloody Mary starts haunting her, following her with the smell of her blood, and terrorizing her and her friends. This book is everything I love in this type of YA book, creepy with some mystery and of course friendship drama.
Hillary Monahan has a way of making you want to cover the mirrors when you walk into the bathroom and double check all the shiny surfaces in your house. But beyond the creepy stuff is the mystery of why is Mary so creepy and why is she stalking people. As Shauna and friends research her history to find a way out of the haunting and to keep more people from getting hurt the information they uncover points to murder, torture, wicked priests and jealousy. I can't wait for Book 2!