Review: Mary: The Summoning

Oct •  13 •  2014

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Review: Mary: The SummoningMary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Adventure/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?

As  a little girl this game was always played at many slumber parties. I remember one time someone double-dared me to do it. I did it but man on the third time I said her name, I bolted towards the door. LOL! I don’t think I have ever been so scared in my life. When I think back at it, I realized how silly it was or was it?

Plot: If you are familiar with bloody mary then you know the story. A group of girls, summoning bloody mary and getting into a world of trouble. It has plenty of action, screaming and of course heart racing fear knowing she is in every reflection.

Mary: One thing that really got me into the story was the history on Mary. I enjoyed reading the letters into the past about Mary. Something awful happened to her that made her this way. I can only hope that in the second book that there is more information of what happened to Mary. The reader gets some information to help with the story now, but I think more questions will be answered later.

Ending: The ending is left at a good place. Not solved but sort of. Things are left still quite scary and I wouldn’t mind reading more.

This is a great halloween read. It carries on some great history and action. Exploring the myth of Mary the author reboots this tale into much more.

I give it 5 BITES!5bites

Happy Reading!


  1. Giselle
    Oct 13, 2014

    bloody mary freaks me right out and I thought this was super creepy! I also loved learning of the history behind her hauntings! Glad you liked it, too, Savannah! 🙂

  2. Not sure I could make it through this one Savy! The Bloody Mary urban legend has always been one that’s freaked me out, and even as an adult, I’m still not brave enough to say her name three times in front of a mirror:)

  3. Now this looks like something that may be too scary for me. I’ll have to read this one with every light on and cuddled next to my big dogs. 😀

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 14, 2014

    This looks SO CREEPY!! I am terrified of looking at mirrors when it’s dark. 😛

  5. Candace
    Oct 14, 2014

    Just looking at the cover could give me nightmares! I believe in all of this stuff so this would freak me out way too much!

  6. Christine
    Oct 16, 2014

    This sounds really good! I love reading freaky stories this time of year and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Blood Mary rendition before. Will have to read it!

  7. Wendy Darling
    Oct 17, 2014

    Bloody Mary scares the crap out of me! Eeeeee.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden