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The Mary Shelley Club

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  7,701 ratings  ·  1,668 reviews
New girl Rachel Chavez is eager to make a fresh start at Manchester Prep. But as one of the few scholarship kids, Rachel struggles to fit in, and when she gets caught up in a prank gone awry, she ends up with more enemies than friends.

To her surprise, however, the prank attracts the attention of the Mary Shelley Club, a secret club of students with one objective: come up w
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by Henry Holt & Company
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
"The brain does curious things when suddenly presented with something it cannot comprehend."

Finally, a new release that I've been highly anticipating that lived up to the hype! While I wasn't expecting so much of the plot to be filled with contemporary YA day-to-day drama, I still enjoyed the creepy vibe this story gave out. If you're a fan of the Scream franchise, this book is a must read. Dare I say it left the door open for a sequel? Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part, but I wouldn
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars

So, even though the ya twats got on my nerves, I liked it and hope to get the hardcover.

If anyone knows of any awesome adult books written like this, please comment below 😘

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Eva B.
Well, I am severely disappointed.
I can say two positive things about The Mary Shelley Club:
1) Between the text size and the pacing, I couldn't put it down.
2) Goldy Moldavsky knows her stuff when it comes to horror. It's glaringly obvious when a character has an interest or love for something the author couldn't care less about, but you can tell that she has a love for horror films herself. Every name-drop felt intentional or was explicitly relevant to the plot as opposed to it coming off as th
Larry H
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Mary Shelley Club is an excellent YA thriller about a group of horror movie-obsessed students, with dashes of Gossip Girl thrown in for good measure.

“There’s nothing more visceral than being scared. It’s why some people love watching scary movies. I love being scared.”

Rachel is a scholarship student at tony Manchester Prep. It’s a fresh start after a tragedy forced her and her mother to leave their old home. But rather than dwell on traumatic memories, Rachel has taken to watching ho
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

Honestly, there is absolutely no way I could give this any less than a 5 star rating. I started it today & just could NOT put. It. Down. It was all sorts of messed up, but I loved it! It actually scared me... which is HARD for a book to do! It had a few small issues for me, but nothing significant enough to pull down my rating!

But this YA contemporary thriller/horror novel was also SO FUN & witty and to my glee, filled with horror film "easter eggs" & facts. It was amazing
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ok..... seriously I have been dreaming about a YA thriller like this!!

Goldy... you're my new favorite author and I absolutely LOVED this YA thriller.

BUCKLE up ladies and gentleman. OH my guacamole you're in for a serious wild ride with this one. I am SOO lucky to have gotten an early copy of this masterpiece.

Let's meet Rachel... she has been attacked early on by two masked men when she is home alone. She is terrifed and is trying to recover from this horrible event. She transfers to a new schoo
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Sooooo good...

First things first, I'm not a kind of person who would be overly enthusiastic about a blurb mentioning One of Us is Lying. Scream? now we are talking. Mary Shelley? oh, yes, please. I love Frankenstein (with its monumental influence on our popculture) and I love the story behind its creation. In this case, the publicist's description was spot on and I enjoyed every minute of this wild ride.

Rachel Chavez is the proverbial new girl in a new school. Something bad happened to
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
I loved the idea of a character using horror films to cope with their own trauma. As an avid horror reader, I can certainly relate to finding comfort in the genre. My biggest complaints about this book come from my usual issues with YA novel. I found the characters to be young and immature, going to parties and worrying about trivial relationship issues. If you enjoy meta horror books and don't mind reading in the YA age category, then you might enjoy this one. 
Katie Colson
DNF at 30%. I just really really don’t like it. I so want to. The title and the cover is absolutely stunning. But I can’t get through it.
Amy Imogene Reads
Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
A self-aware horror movie trope-fest with intriguing drama and action to keep any mystery/thriller fan satisfied throughout the entire journey... Nice.

Concept: ★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Mystery(s)/Reveal(s): ★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★

So let's be honest: this is not the most unique concept in the world. It wasn't supposed to be.

The new girl at school becomes embroiled in something bigger than herself and finds herself consumed by a secretive group of students who do devious things at their prep school for the thri
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

This one's a bit of a rollercoaster. It starts out pretty solidly, has a strong middle, and then kind of descends into shaky melodrama at the end.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's skip back to the beginning.

Rachel Chavez and her mum have just moved to a new house in New York. Their reason for fleeing the old house? Rachel killed a home intruder, who later turned out to be a boy from her school. Now she's ready for a new start.

But one night at a party, she notices something weird. Ther
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

The synopsis stated this book was "Scream meets Gossip Girl with a dash of One of Us is Lying" and I'd say that was a pretty apt comparison.

Rachel Chavez has overcome a tragic ordeal and her go-to coping mechanism is horror films, the gorier and the ghostlier the better. Few in her new school understand her obscure references and those who do seem to want nothing to do with her. Rachel is determined to infiltrate their ranks, but when she manages to do so she discovers
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I thought this was just okay. I liked the premise, but was hoping for it to be a little creepier. I also felt like it was pretty predictable. It does seem like it set up the option for a book two, though I’m torn on whether or not I’d read a sequel or not!
Erin Craig
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
That was glorious!
Helen Power
This book isn’t quite what I was expecting. It’s a bit more of a high school drama, a la Pretty Little Liars, than a horror novel. That said, horror lovers will LOVE this book. The characters are all just as obsessed with horror movies as I am, and there are so many references to both popular films and the more obscure.
I loved the author’s voice. She writes like how a teenager talks, but it still has that level of carefully crafted linguistic style that really immerses the reader into the story
Sayantoni Das
Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you understand what addiction is? Just like any other feeling, this too is pure, raw and exponential when fed with the right fodder.

This book was my addiction and the Mary Shelley club its fodder. I was compelled to spend nights, awake, looking like a zombie in the dark, devouring this book like one devours a late night snack. Was the horror fanatic in me overindulged? Definitely. I just can't give horror the sole bragging rights though. For someone who has the attention span of a fly, I did
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS FOLKS! Let me tell you about the best book you’ve never heard of. Thank you so much to Macmillian/Henry Holt and Goldy Moldavsky for the pleasure of reading this book that comes out on April 13. The Mary Shelley Club is a HIT! You will be hearing about this book in the future.

There are three things everyone knows about a good horror movie.

1. Avoid abandoned buildings at all times
2. Don’t split up - stay together, even if someone wants to “check something out”
3. If there is a
Mar 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I think The Mary Shelley Club might have the most horror movie references that I have ever read inside a book. If you're someone who loves or has a lot of knowledge about both old and modern horror movies, then this book is the perfect comfort read. While it may not deliver the best scares, the characters, setting, and instantly grabbing concept make a book that could easily be read overnight.

What I enjoyed the most is how The Mary Shelley Club had a very structural storyline. We have this secre
Aug 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really try with YA novels, believe me, I do, but no matter how hard I try I can’t really connect with them and see what everyone else seems to do.

The premise of this one sounded so interesting. A mysterious club doing horror movies inspired pranks? Sold! Great premise, not so great execution.

I found the characters pretty bland. They were mostly rich, spoiled kids behaving obnoxiously like rich, spoiled kids just because they could. T
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, that was an eventful roller-coaster! I completely steam rolled through this book, it grabbed me from the first page and refused to let me go again, even now after I've finished it I'm just sat here staring at it like "umm, what"?!? Such an unexpected ending! ...more
Katie T
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 very promising and fun, not a fan of the narrator.
Joan He
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
goldy promised a bodycount and she did not disappoint
Stephanie (Bookfever)
YA thrillers are definitely not a genre I usually go for. I can't remember the last in the genre I've read or even if I've read one at all so signing up for this blog tour was kind of a spur of the moment decision for me. The title as well as the cover initially caught my eye and the synopsis made me sign up immediately. And guess what? I loved loved loved looooved this book. It was such a good read and I need to get my hands on more books that are similar to The Mary Shelley Club as soon as pos ...more
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
Do you hear that sound? That is the sound of my high pitched scream as I hurl this book across my living room (this is one of two times I've ever thrown a book in my life). I think this is quite possibly the absolute worst book I've ever read. It doesn't even deserve 1 star in my opinion.

Oh god, where to even start with this one? Do we start with Rachel, the absolute EMBODIMENT of a "pick me" girl? As if she wasn't already the worst, most annoying, "I'm not like other girls (moms), I'm a cool g
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
DNF at 35%

The premise of The Mary Shelley Club is interesting (new girl and outsider at an elite high school joins a secret, horror obsessed club pulling pranks to inspire real fear in students), and I think this book will work better for other people. Unfortunately I don't think this is the book for me. Where I stopped was after the clown prank (for those who have read the book) because it was cruel and deeply uncomfortable to read. Plus I already wasn't liking or rooting for any of the charact
Nicole Wuthering Vines
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was such a chilling and atmospheric read and i really enjoyed that it felt like a fun tribute and love letter to the horror movie genre!

Where does Mary Shelley come from you might ask? Well, she’s the brilliant and equally dark mind behind the creation of one of the most well known monsters, Frankenstein!

This story was so gripping and I was hooked from the beginning to the very last page! I throughly appreciated the perfect balance of creepy and fun that Moldavsky created with this one an
Cortney LaScola Hornyak -  The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I really loved Kill the Boy Band, and this book sounded so good, but it was just OK. It dragged on for entirely too long (it was 470 pages) and at the end of the day, I just wanted MORE. I didn't really care about or particularly like any of the characters and the mystery was just boring and predictable. ...more
Inés  Molina
Apr 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
It was so good, i was intrigued from the start. I couldn't put it down. It's well-written. A rollercoaster you'd want to ride with horror and drama. ...more
Jul 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Okay so this was a back and forth sort of thing for me. But I decided that even though it certainly wasn’t perfect, I did have a really good time and so it’s being rated accordingly. Especially since my relationship with YA has not been the best lately.

Like I said it had flaws. The main character was incredibly annoying, not only was the plot a bit over the top (because how would a bunch of high schoolers get away with all this when they were barely careful in the first place I mean the MC figu
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
After a traumatic experience Rachel turns to horror movies for comfort, and as she's thrust into a new school, she becomes involved in a secret horror movie and prank group called the Mary Shelly Club and things start to get out of hand. I liked the commentary of turning to the genre as a trauma response and as something therapeutic. I wanted to like this a bit more than I did. For starters, I didn't quite get along with the writing style. Its a good intro for non-horror fans to some great hidde ...more
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Goldy Moldavsky was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Brooklyn, where she still lives. Her novels include the New York Times bestseller, KILL THE BOY BAND, NO GOOD DEED, and the upcoming THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB (Henry Holt Books, 2021); her love of 80s movies, 90s boy bands, and horror flicks hugely influences her work. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @goldywrites.

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