March 20th marks the first day of spring! Today is that last day of winter, and might I be the first to say... ADIOS! Unfortunately it's more of an "Hasta luego" situation... Winter always comes back around but at least we can say "Bye bye for now".
Summer reading is only a few months away. *prepares celebratory balloons*
Today we have a REVIEW for S.A. Hunter's lovely YA paranormal "Scary Mary".
This book reads like one of my favorite paranormal TV series. So, I'm a fan.
Author: S.A. Hunter
Genre: YA Paranormal
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: August 8, 2010Pages: 144
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 Shy that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost. Mary has to get rid of the ghost, thwart the school bully, do her homework, and not get detention. Mary's sure she can do all of that except for the last part.
I wasn't expecting much from this YA Paranormal quick-read. I've been avoiding "dark" YA since FALLEN, honestly.
Yet there it was....Staring at me through my "recommended reads" list on Amazon. 144 pages? Eh, fine.
My expectations of a melancholy female lead with zero social skills and no self respect were dashed to bits when I was introduced to Mary. Mary isn't your average angsty teen, though you've got to expect a little bit of that from a clairaudient teen. She's a girl that understands her unique circumstance , accepts it (with a little complaining), and stands up for herself in the face other's confusion, discomfort, and hatred.
Being different isn't easy and Mary has had her struggles, but the Character the reader finds is one willing, DESPITE EVERYTHING, to stand up for what is right even when it's in favor of those who have done her wrong.
Style was engaging and some of the information presented is actually very insightful. The reader actually gets to learn about the differences between Clairaudient and Clairvoyant.
It doesn't go into any exact detail but it doesn't just graze the the top of the shallow end of paranormal knowledge, either. So, the reader doesn't get the "I can speak to the dead! I'm so inflicted." thing. Instead it's way more of the "It runs in the family. I understand what's going on...but ugh"angle.
Mary wasn't the only enjoyable character and I was pleased to find that I was making at least some small connection with each of the supporting roles. I was even MORE pleased with how the Romance progressed... simply because it's much more realistic an episode than what you might otherwise find in YA paranormal writes.
Final Notes: Mary's grandmother rocks and let's give a round of applause for ghosts of dead Scottish Terriers and their taxidermed anchors. (Read it. You'll understand).