Book Review: Mary: The Summoning


Title: Mary: The Summoning

Author: Hillary Monahan

Genre/s: Horror

Pages: 245


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?


While I was shopping for my October to be read books last September, I decided to buy at least one “Scary” book, and when I saw this on the bookshelf, I picked it up and buy it without hesitation. I mean, look at the cover, it looks scary enough and a perfect read for Halloween.

Of course we all heard the story of the famous Bloody Mary. The version I heard was that at midnight go to your bathroom’s mirror and say “Bloody Mary, bloody Mary…” 13 times for the so called Mary to appear.

I read this book with one sitting, yes I did enjoy it but I did not love it. There are some creepy parts in the story, especially the part when the author describes Mary. The word “curiosity” is the very reason why it all started. Jess together with Shauna (the main character) wanted to summon Bloody Mary because they want to see her at least for once, since when they try summoning Mary ages ago, it did not happen.

The characters (Shauna and her friends) were okay, but I really didn’t connect with them. BUT can I say that I hate Jess’ in some parts for being stupid at times. You would love to have Anna and Kitty as friends in times like that. They were the good kind of friends in a story like that while Jess is really a total bitch (oops).

 And the twist of this story is good, I want to tell you but I don’t want to spoil you. This is a very light read. Better add it up to your TBR!

Rating: 3.5/5


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