SCARY MARY By S.A. Hunter

Published September 26, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Scary MaryScary Mary by S.A. Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this before I started really searching for great YA Horror, but the book stood out to me even then. I believe I got it as a free download on Smashwords. If you’re searching for something to give to a future horror lover, this is a great ‘in-between’ read. What I mean is that it’s not too scary or disturbing for younger readers, but it’s not a childish ghost story, either.
I think this is one that is perfect to help you mould your future horror lover, a segue from R.L. Stine to Marissa Wood. You need to bring them over gently, can’t very well hand your kid a ghost story like THE SHINING and expect them to not wake up screaming for six months! (They do exist, those wonderful little horror readers who can read adult horror with the lights down low, but they’re few & far between.)
From doing a little research, I think that Neil Gaiman is going to be the ‘go-to’ segue author. “It takes a graveyard to raise a child…” But, I cannot say that with 100% certainty yet – I haven’t read ’em yet! I have read SCARY MARY, let’s get back to it, shall we?
Mary just wants to be left alone, but the cheerleaders, jocks, guidance counselors, and ghosts won’t stop harrassing her. When a new boy starts school, he surprises Mary by befriending her. That’s a rare thing for the school freak, but her unusual abilities put a rift in their budding friendship when Mary has to tell Cy that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost.
But it’s not the ghost that ruins the evening. That honor belongs to Vicky “The Hickey” Nelson with her borrowed Ouija board and stuck-up friends. They make Mary so angry that she uses the ghost to freak out everybody, Cy included. He orders her out, and Mary thinks she’s lost whatever chance she had with him. But there’s still the ghost to deal with. He’s mean, nasty, and possibly homicidal. She has to get rid of him or Cy and his family could be hurt. Or worse.
This book is still free on Amazon – and it has a nice, updated cover –
http://www.amazon.com/Scary-Mary-eboo…
AND… there are more books in the series now! I gotta get them, I’m disappointed that I didn’t know already. Bad Blogger!
Stalking Shadows and Broken Spirits are both $2.99. Based on the first book, I’d say that’s fair – I’d call it a bargain if it gets the kids wanting more!!
You don’t have to be a YA to enjoy this, go download a copy!

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