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

S.A. Hunter
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Book Description

Mary has always been different. She’d like to be normal, but being able to hear ghosts means she’ll never be like everyone else. She starts her junior year of high school hoping to be left alone, but Cyrus Asher is new and doesn’t know or seem to care that she’s an outcast. They start hanging out and all is well until she goes over to his house. Cy’s house is haunted, and not by Caspar, the friendly ghost.

But it’s not the ghost that ruins the evening. That honor belongs to Vicky “The Hickey” Nelson with her borrowed Ouija board and stuck-up friends. They make her so angry that she uses the ghost to freak out everybody. Cy orders her out and Mary thinks she’s lost whatever chance she had with him. But there’s still the ghost to deal with. He’s mean, nasty, and possibly homicidal. She has to get rid of him or Cy and his family could be hurt. Or worse.

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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: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00400MQ9Y
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Mary: Hellion or Misunderstood? April 15, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so scary... give Mary a try. December 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One-Dimensional and Disappointing November 13, 2012
By Jenny
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm 22, so I'm a bit out of the target audience for this book, but I generally still enjoy young adult novels if they're well-written. That being said, this book definitely fell flat for me.

The characters are one-dimensional and simply aren't made into believable people. Interactions between characters are all hot and cold, routinely switching back and forth between the two without reasonable and well-developed justification. Perhaps this is the author's attempt to re-create the emotional turbulence of teen years, but in any event, the plot suffers for it.

In an of itself, the plot wasn't exactly strong either, and the story was rather predictable. The weak plot probably could have been carried with well-developed characters that the reader can care about. With these boring caricatures, however, the book is a waste of time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
It's more of a tween book. It was free so I thought I'd give it a shot. Not too bad if you can't find something to read in between looking for the next book.
Published 15 hours ago by Sadie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It could have been better proofread, but it was a good read. I. Liked the. Characters and the story plot.

Published 2 days ago by noreenmosley
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary Mary
Good little book, but not the usual type of book that I normally read. If you have a couple of hours with nothing better to do, you should read this book.
Published 20 days ago by Patricia Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and simply believable w/o teen.....
Love affairs that try to rival reality tv. Reactions teens would have, vs. (90210) plots played by adult actors portraying love and life that teens should never think about... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lisa Pritchett
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I generally read one chapter at a time but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down. Loved it.
Published 24 days ago by Dolores Christine Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this story line. This would make an awesome tv show.
Published 27 days ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good ghost story
This story is geared toward young adults but older readers will still enjoy it. The first page really gets you interested.
Published 1 month ago by KerryAnne Delaney
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read
Amazon has this for free for Kindle so I decided to give it a shot. This is a very quick read, I finished it in about two hours. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mandyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing! One of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the supernatural!
Published 1 month ago by jewelz castro
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The book's opening was entertaining but, as you reach the peak of the story, it seemed more and more disappointing. The scary Mary storyline has much promise, though. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ecw
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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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