Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of Mary by Ann Haines

When Mary leaves her home in London she does it in silence. Moving to Bell House seems like the perfect fresh start for the Pendleton family, even if Mary isn't quite on board. But when things start to fall in to place, she finds that life in the village of Eires Green is better than she'd hoped. Her new friends are a breath of fresh air and Zach is the most gorgeous and charming boy she has ever met.
When she finds old photographs in her attic she is captivated by the age and history of Bell House and a strange feeling of familiarity sets in. She feels the same way about her kooky friend Peggy who seems drawn to Mary's Grandmother and far from happy about her feelings for Zach. But soon Mary is faced with the fact that Bell House has an even more dark and tragic past than her own.
Now Mary Pendleton is about to find out that running from your past is not an easy thing. Even if the past you're running from doesn't belong to you

My Thoughts

I requested this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Sorry it took me forever to read this. my computer was wonky for a while there. and then i forgot about it. Which is a bad thing to do. but i did finally finish it and i must say i am impressed. :)Mary is a sort of modern day twist on the childhood story of Bloody Mary. I loved the spooky in this book. If you want scary- don't read this book while you are home alone (stupid me!)- then you should read this book. I do not read a lot of ghost stories simply for the terror and this one will probably be my last for a long time. But it was very good. It is set in a small town in England and full of mysterious characters. you never know what a character's angle is or what side they are on. the main character, Mary, moves to the small town after some trouble with her family back home. When she arrives, she makes a lot of new friends. Then she finds out that someone might not want her in her new house. then all hell breaks loose. :) 
the only thing i did not like is the relationship development. The story is very fast- paced when it comes to Mary making new friends. Her romantic relationship even developed rather fast. She was kissing the boy after having only met him twice. I know it was not necessarily a long story, so there was not too much time to dwell on characters, when that was not the main focus of the story, but it still sort of bothered me. other than that, the book was A-ok. :)

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