Book #69: Mary: Unleashed by Hillary Monahan


Mary in the mirror.
Mary in the glass.
Mary in the water.

Mary lurks in the emptiness, in the darkness . . . in the reflection. That is, until Jess unleashes her into the world. Now Mary Worth is out and her haunting is deadlier than ever.

No one is safe.

Shauna, Kitty, and Jess must band together to unearth the truth about Mary’s death to put her soul to rest for good. Their search leads them back to where it all began-to Solomon’s Folly, a place as dangerous as the ghost who died there a century and a half ago. Quick sand, hidden traps and a phantom fog are the least of their worries. To stop Mary, they need to follow a dark string of clues and piece together a gruesome mystery that spans generations.

But time is running out.

As chilling facts come to light, Mary inches ever closer to her prey. Can Jess, Shauna, and Kitty break Mary’s curse before it’s too late? Or will history repeat itself until there is no one left to call her name . . . ?

Mary: Unleashed by Hillary Monahan is the sequel to Mary: The Summoning. As the blurb and cover suggests, the books are young adult horrors. Since it is nearing october and fall is coming up, I’ve been on a horror kick and thought to go ahead and finish up a book I owned.

I’m big on urban legends. I love folklore and how it impacts people. My favorites are the darker ones and though I don’t know the legend of Bloody Mary all that much, I did love the first book enough to get the second one.

The writing is quick and fast paced. I was able to finish the book in one day and it could have been one sitting if I didn’t have chores. It is set a few weeks after the first book and follows Shauna as she and Kitty plan to stop Mary for good.

We learn more about Mary’s history and just how she stays so gooey after being dead 100+ years(It is a disturbing and wonderful fact). The horror is just as delectable and reminds me of the good creep value of Japanese ghost movies. Mary is very much like a Victorian hungry ghost.

I enjoyed this book completely. There wasn’t a part that I disliked . . . well, what I wasn’t supposed to dislike. I can see these two books as a good teen horror movie series and I wouldn’t mind that at all. And now, I may just pick up another teen horror book I have.

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