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My Daylight Monsters

(Mary Hades 0.5)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  110 reviews
I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I’ve never been scared of the dark. I’ve only ever been scared of real things: getting ill, having injections, physical pain… death. Those are my monsters, not ghosts or vampires or whatever else can hide under your bed at night.

I was wrong.

The dark makes everything worse.

When Mary’s psychiatrist advises
Kindle Edition, 116 pages
Published October 4th 2013 (first published October 1st 2013)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This would be a perfect October dark night read. Mary Hades' parents and doctor decide she needs some time in the local psychiatric hospital. Reading as Mary's character I wondered why? She seemed stable to me. Then she starts admitting to seeing a "skeleton man."

"So, kiddo, what's it like in the loony bin? What have you been getting up to? Nurse Ratched been sending you for the ECT yet?" Dad says. Mum shoots him a hard stare the could kill the happiest unicorn in the world stone dead with pur
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good ghost story

My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton is a very good story about a gal that sees things that aren't there but they tell her what is going to happen. Her family then put her in a mental hospital. This is the suspenseful story of what happens there! Pretty good!
“I see people with things wrong with them, bones and wounds and deathly pale skin. They deliver messages to me. They help me stop bad things from happening.”

This was an okay story, but I didn’t love it.

Mary was an okay character, and I did feel a little sorry for her that she was being admitted to a mental health care facility. I have to say that she sounded like she needed admitting though based on the things she claimed to see, especially as she insisted that they weren’t hallucinations, the
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This was so bloody creepy!

My Daylight Monsters was a brilliant book. it really drew me in, I read it in one sitting. This is exactly why I'd never allow myself to be admitted to a psychiatric facility. Even if you're perfectly sane, the more you try to convince someone you're fine the crazier you seem. That in itself is terrifying.

While I really liked Mary, the whole cast of characters we
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'At 2am, a veil lifts. But what happens when you don't know the time? What happens when the light never goes off? That's what it's like, in the white room. It's limbo. It's neither real nor fantasy. It's not life and it's not death. Time doesn't matter here. I'm not sure what does, really.'

(view spoiler)
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
4.5 stars, but I’ve rounded up...

I received a copy of My Daylight Monsters from the author in exchange for an honest review. A copy of this review is also on my blog:

A while back I read Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton. My Daylight Monsters is actually a novella that prologues Mary Hades. Mary Hades works just fine on its own and I really enjoyed it, but I kind of wish I’d thought to read this book first as it gives a lot of background to Mary’s ability and everything she w
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5

Mary was an okay character, and I did feel sorry for her because of what she was going through, but I didn't love her character.
Her roommate Lacey really annoyed me at the start, as she was nosey and would not shut up! I could understand why she was so nosey when it came to Mary later on in the book though.

This was an interesting novella, and I'm looking forward to reading the main book.
Zed Whisper
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This was a fantastic read; one of my favourite books this year!

Oddly enough, one of my friends was asking me about mental disorders the other day. She read an article about how some mental illnesses are more commonly known than others. My Daylight Monsters explores a variety of mental illnesses suffered by teenagers in a rehabilitation centre; from depression, anorexia and drug addiction to unexplainable ment
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got his book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Sarah Dalton, author of My Daylight Monsters, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

Oh my God, what a great read but terrifying as well. I really enjoyed this story a lot and the horror scenes really scared me like hell. I couldn't sleep that night, fearing that the same Things will haunt me too. It’s that scary, folks. Try it and you’ll know. I wou
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book had an great atmosphere, equal parts spooky and intriguing. There were a few spelling and grammar errors, but these were easy to overlook because of the engaging story and characters.

Our story follows Mary as she is committed to a mental ward after a traumatic incident leaves her seeing visions. Mary is naturally apprehensive about this but soon befriends her room-mate Lacey as well as maybe developing feeling
Chris Torretta
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am absolutely loving this series. I am sad to admit that I did not come back to read this until I found out about it AFTER I read the last book. Of course! Even reading this late I have been able to fill in some holes that I had, and answer some questions. Nothing vital but there were some curiosities, like how Mary and Lacey met. I was extremely curious about the fire that Mary is in and of course how she comes about to get her "gift".

If you've read the stories this is a great filler and brin
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Daylight Monsters is a truly gripping novella; it's almost 'quiet horror' but definitely has not only it's horrifying moments but a kind of insidious chill that creeps through your veins as the plot progresses.

The plot is truly engrossing. By day, I'm actually an NHS administrator, and I have genuinely broached the subject before with (open minded!) colleagues that we might be 'medicating the ghosts' out of people. This instantly sprung to mind when I read My Daylight Monsters, and as such
Melinda Howard
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.**

What an amazingly spooky and intense thriller of a book. (Now I am done with all the cheese I promise) I love this book! I was not expecting this book or series to take as dark a turn as it did. However the mystery and said dark events were handled so well. I Am really glad I read this before the first book as it provided me the base upon Lacey and Mary's relationship. I found myself cheering for the ch
Princess Godoy
"I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I've never been scared of the dark."

I received this book from the author from the YA spring fling.

This book feels like a combination of Fallen and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer to me.This is all your cliche stuff about going insane but then you're not. One thing these books with repeating theme thought me is. . . DON'T TRUST YOUR PSYCHIATRIST!! they're the one who wants to get you.

p.s the only thing i like about this book i
Erin Farwell
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I didn't have any real expectations of this book. I didn't know the author and am not a huge fan of horror. Instead I found that once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. While some of the plot twists were expected, others were not. More importantly, I found myself caught up in the story to the point that I realized my pulse was pounding and I was genuinely worried for the protagonist even though logic told me that she would be fine. If you want a quick, scary read, this is ...more
Good novella to start the series off. I knew what was happening to her because I saw the description to Mary Hades #1 before I saw this one on Net Galley. So make sure you don't make the same mistake! But, considering that, it was still an interesting book. I like Mary, Lacey, Johnny, and Mo as characters. I have Mary Hades #1 for review, as well, so I will be starting it right now!
Jul 31, 2015 marked it as tbr-lost-interest
Shelves: paranormal, kindle, ya, horror
31 July 2015: $0.99 on Kindle
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
My Daylight Monsters is the prequel novella for the Mary Hades series by Sarah Dalton. Seventeen year old Mary Hades is admitted to the psychiatric wars of the local hospital for the "hallucinations" that she has been seeing. When the medications make her numb and withdrawn, one of the other patients recommends that she stop taking them. As Mary's head clear, She realizes that something is actually amiss in the hospital. The patients in the end of life care wars across the hall are dying off far ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A riveting read!

Wow. Crazy, scary, tragic, touching and addictive! It was too short! I need more! I have questions ...It was frightening and suspenseful (and a little sweet), but not gory or gruesome . I'd like more details, but a story can have too much detail, I suppose.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read

It does not take twenty words to describe this book when only two words describe it accurately and it is a great read
Erasmo Giordano
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read on the young adult line.
Erika Reyes
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Got off to a slow start but by the end I couldn't put it down. A simple read for an adult but imagine young adults would love the thrill of the story.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got me hooked now to read the next.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I decided to read this novella as a distraction from another book I was reading and having problems getting into. I have been wanting to try reading something by Sarah Dalton for a while, I do have the first book in her The Blemished series sitting on my kindle awaiting me reading it. When I saw this novella and the first book of the Mary Hades series available on Netgalley I couldn't resist, so I requested them and received them within a few hours. I honestly don't usually read
When I jumped into My Daylight Monsters, it reminded me of Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning - Mary Hades being sent to a psychiatric ward of some sort after seeing ghost or something. She meets sane people inside. There's a lurking darkness inside the ward/hospital. It's really blending in quite well minus the whole paranormal stuff going on in The Summoning.

My Daylight Monsters try to be that thrilling horror novel. I have to commend it for trying. Mary sees things, she fears them. She was br
The Bookend Family
I have read my share of books set in insane asylums. Heaven knows I don’t want to go there, but I can definitely see its use as a setting; particularly when you want to scare the crap out your readers. That’s what Sarah Dalton does in My Daylight Monsters, a novella that starts the Mary Hades series.

Mary is a typical English teen, except for her ability to see ghosts. Except that isn’t what they are, exactly. They are frightening visions that come to her as harbingers of bad luck. She sees one b
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
My Review:
I was about to read Mary Hades when I realized you had to read this book first. I am so very glad I did. I think this books was fantastic it has an insane story and a great amount of creepy.

Mary is going into the psychiatric unit of the hospital, things haven't been the same since the fire that killed her friend and now Mary sees…well...dead people sort of. Strange things are happening but it gets even stranger when she gets into the hospital now Mary is not only trying to get better
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll try to keep this review short, like the book! My Daylight Monsters was a delightfully creepy little novella. It’s been a little while since I finished it, so I think I’ll forgo my usual pros and cons format – especially since I don’t have too many complaints anyway! The writing was very good, with lots of creepy imagery that, combined with the always-frightening topic of insanity, gave the whole thing a very u
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As seen on Caity Reads.

I loved this novella. Even though it's very short, there was a lot of interesting and creepy things packed into this novella. I've never read a book set in a psychiatric ward before and I thought it was very well done. I absolutely loved Dalton's writing style. The hospital and the characters were described very vividly. I was able to imagine the setting, the characters, and the things happening in the book, which definitely added to the eerie feeling you get while reading
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Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Liter

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