First I will state that you probably want to read My Daylight Monsters first before reading Mary Hades, though it's not necessary. This book is absolu...moreFirst I will state that you probably want to read My Daylight Monsters first before reading Mary Hades, though it's not necessary. This book is absolutely beautiful and brilliant. Ms. Dalton's endings are always heart-wrenching, and I'm left screaming at her books at the end -- this is all that I'll say about it.
This is a continuation of My Daylight monsters, following the main character, Mary Hades, naturally, throughout her camping holiday away from home with her parents. She goes to the tiny town of Nettleby for a bit of rest and relaxation after her ordeal at Magdelena with her "ethereally challenged" friend, Lacey. Once there, she meets up with a guy named Seth who works at the local carnival and has a confusing attraction to him. Unfortunately, someone else has found them and isn't happy with Seth, leading Mary, Seth, Lacey, a gothic couple and a ghost hunter on the chase.
Mary Hades is written in a style that only Sarah Dalton can get away with, leaving the main heroine tortured throughout the story and me on the edge of my seat. Her characters are a mix of deeply troubled teens and young adults that are richly detailed, described in as much detail as necessary for you to get attached while leaving a bit of mystery to their motives. Each has their own voice, and I love it. Sometimes authors get attached to a certain character style and will not deviate -- you won't find that with this author. The only unfortunate thing about Mary Hades is that I cannot tell much about the story without riddling this review with spoilers as the pace is quick, and I hate to spoil the mystery for anyone. Though this story is fairly short, it has as much heart as a full novel and will not leave you disappointed for having read it. Although, it could seem short because I devoured it very quickly!
I received this book directly from the author in exchange for my honest and fair review. I was not compensated monetarily, and all opinions expressed are my own.(less)
We is a confusing and delightful book that I thoroughly enjoyed! The concept is original and thought out as you are basically struggling right along w...moreWe is a confusing and delightful book that I thoroughly enjoyed! The concept is original and thought out as you are basically struggling right along with the character, Benedict, right from the beginning. I was left wondering (at first) what was going on between the odd protagonist(s?) struggling with, well, himself. What would you do if given the chance to change your own history?
This was a bit like the Butterfly Effect meets What Dreams May Come, but not exactly. The book painted a picture of the subconscious, giving life to Freudian aspects of the psychological, albeit crude, and integrated it with a lot of "what ifs." I can just imagine this poor child struggling through his life with this awful family. Benedict himself isn't even the most desirable person, in all honesty, but his childhood persona is still innocent and likable. He just wanted someone to cling to, and he found this in his sister, Sara. She was flawed, she was defiant, but she was worth saving. Even his nasty older brother, Charles, was worth paying attention to.
I wonder what it would be like to see some of my past childhood experiences through the eyes of my adult self. Better yet, I wonder if I would listen to what my "self of the future" would say, or if I would just watch everything replay as a movie. Great job, Mr. Landweber, you have my attention!
I was given this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not compensated monetarily for penning this review.(less)