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Scary Mary (The Scary Mary Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 194 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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What are people saying about Scary Mary?

"Color me hooked." Indie Paranormal Book Reviews.

"Go read this now." Donna Sirianni, Web Fiction Guide

"I fell in love with Mary Hellick on page one." LK Gardner-Griffie, LL Book Review

"The story is finely crafted, solid entertainment," Clayton Bye, The Deepening

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  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00400MQ9Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,736 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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S.A. Hunter lives in Virginia and works in a library. She is the author of the YA series Scary Mary as well as other fantasy novels. Visit her online at or email her

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By LK Gardner-Griffie on April 15, 2009
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fell in love with Mary Hellick on page one and nothing through the course of the book caused me to change my mind. Mary is a prickly teenager who is an outcast at her school. Shunned by most of the students who taunt her and generally make life hell for her, Mary tries to keep to herself and not draw any attention to herself, but sometimes strikes back. This means that Mary has regular sessions with the guidance counselor, Mr. Landa. Mary is your typical awkward, rebellious teenager, with one exception. Mary is also clairaudient, which means that she can hear the dead, and that tends to complicate her life.

We meet Mary on the first day of Mary's junior year in high school on her way to Mr. Landa's office.

Mr. Landa greeted her with an already weary smile. "Welcome back, Mary."
Mary put her fist on her hip. "Who gets called to the guidance office on the first day of freaking school?"

I love a character with attitude and Mary has it in spades. Orphaned, Mary lives with her maternal grandmother who is a fortune teller/psychic. Mary fiercely loves her grandmother and looks to her as the only person in her life who understands Mary's abilities. Her grandmother is teaching her to live with the abilities that she would rather not have, as well as teaching her the responsibility that comes along with such a gift. Mary deals with prejudice against her on a daily basis because she is different.

S. A. Hunter brilliantly takes us into Mary's mind. We see things from her unique perspective throughout the book. I found myself chuckling over some of Mary's thoughts. Hunter has truly captured the teenage mind and how it reacts when not believed by adults.

She clenched her fists to keep herself in check. It wouldn't do to get emotional.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amy L. Clark on April 23, 2011
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I know it's for teens, but this is a good book. As soon as I finished I went searching for more and found Stalking Shadows on the authors website, which I am now reading. This story would make a great young adult series and I hope that's what the author plans. Not violent, not gory, really not scary, but a nice story about a special, misunderstood girl with something of an attitude and an unusual ability. I can even see this as a tv series on Nick or Disney. That's all. Oh wait, I want the ghost dog, he's cute.
Oh, and by the way I was going to give this 4 stars, but 5 might encourage more people to read it. And you should, especially if you are a teen female. Has all the school stereotypes in it, the snotty cheerleader, the outcast, the nice boy, the jock, grandma and the guidance counselor, and of course, the ghosts! I mean, haunted furniture? How cool!!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PMBL on December 16, 2010
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As soon as Mary opened her mouth, I knew I was going to like her character. She is the school "freak" but doesn't take guff from anyone, even the adults...or the ghosts. Then there is Cyrus, the new kid. I loved it when he totally dismissed the popular crowd and immediately took an interest in Mary, much to her surprise. Cy does end up taking a trip to asshat land when spooky things happen in his house and he blames Mary for it. But then he has a redeeming moment that brings his character back into my good graces. I did think the whole jerk phase was a bit out of character for him so I felt it was only a matter of time before he came around.

Don't let the "Scary" in Scary Mary fool you. The cover has a dark tone and it is not something I would have been drawn to normally, but it really isn't that scary. This novella starts out with a light and snarky tone then takes a wee bit of a darker turn when the malevolent spirit in Cy's house enters the story. However, there are some lighter paranormal elements like the playful ghost dog that takes a liking to Mary and just wants to play catch (I guess dogs don't change much in the afterlife). There are also some other ghosts that are not so mean and actually help Mary along the way.

The dialogue is snappy and snarky and helps the story move along at a good clip. The writing style was comfortable and it was easy to fall into the story. You have all the normal YA features: high school angst, mean girls (and boys), he likes me/he likes me not moments, and a quirky BFF. But wait, you also get a ghost dog and a fortune-telling Grandma.

Color me hooked -- I want to know what happens next!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LovecraftLass on July 10, 2011
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I found this book to be quite well-written. Especially the dialogue. I loved Rachel and Mary quite a lot and I'm hoping to read more of them. It lacks a five star rating because of a few developments that I thought were a little meh.
The boy who seems so cool and likeable at first does a complete 180 on poor Mary for reasons I didn't quite get. He seems intelligent and even though he was scared he should have realized that Mary would have no way to set up her "prank". Ok, fine, so he's not as cool as I thought he was. But then he does another 180 and decides out of the blue to be civil to her again. The star is deducted for all of this happening for no apparent reason.
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Another star was detracted for Mary herself becoming a little thick-headed at a pretty big plot moment. I'm sure it was for the element of surprise but anyone who has read at least one or two horror or ghost stories could see what was happening. I All in all a pretty good, solid ghost story that I greatly enjoyed. I don't know if this was self-published or not but if it was kudos on the grammar and spelling! Future writers take note: nothing ruins a good story more than constantly stumbling over misused or misspelled words.
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