Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Published September 2nd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Horror
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?
Actual rating: 3.5
I read this book when I decided at the last minute to read horror books for the last week of October. Bloody Mary is such a famous ghost that I was curious to see how the author put her own spin in this story. Also, note that I could only read horror when the sun is up cause LOL I’m too much of a scaredy cat.
On to the review! The story revolves around four friends who decided to summon Bloody Mary just for kicks. The first one was successful and they all lived to tell the tale. They summoned her again though, cause they wanted to get to know her more (yeah, like she’s just gonna spill out her whole life story to a group of girls). Only this time, the girls do something wrong and they unleash Bloody Mary from whatever thing was binding her to the mirror.
Honestly, these girls are just your typical horror movie stupid lol. Jess was mean, and only thought about what would benefit her, and she was so risky to the point of being stupid. She was the whole reason they got into this mess, claiming it would be fun to summon Bloody Mary, with the other characters not knowing she actually had a hidden agenda. I felt sorry for Kitty and Anna being bullied by Jess into doing anything she wants. The main character Shauna kept on badmouthing Jess, then defending her, coming up with excuses about “typical Jess behaviour“? And she agreed with Jess to summon Mary again cause she wanted to see Bloody Mary’s face? Like um, ok.
What I found weird was that the characters summoned Mary at odd hours? Like after school? Wasn’t it supposed to be at 3am or something? What I liked about the story though was that the author jumped right in to the creepy stuff, instead of slowly building it up. The book was creepy overall, giving me an overall feeling of paranoia towards reflective objects (like how paranoid I got of statues after watching that Doctor Who episode Blink). There was that one scene – the one in the gym that had me at the edge of my set for one second, then smirking to myself at the next second finding out how they were going to fight Mary cause it sounded absurd but I wanted to see if it would work.
Overall the book was really cool though, the perfect read for Halloween or if you just need your horror fix. The horror scenes were well written and did it’s job to creep me out. It had a bit more friendship drama than I liked, but it was tolerable I suppose.