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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 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 2 days ago by ecw
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly funny, and I only noticed 2-3 typos
Tightly written, surprisingly funny, and I only noticed 2-3 typos. I downloaded it as a free book but it's good enough to pay money for. Only downside was that it was pretty short.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT
AWESOME. AMAZING. HUMOROUS. (This is not a formal review) This book is great for teens who live reading about the paranormal things like ghosts. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tyrah
5.0 out of 5 stars cute fun
Great fun, kept me going the whole time. I look forward to reading more in the series. I like girls that can kick ass rather than just be passive.
Published 25 days ago by T. Rodgers
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for mature audiences
Mary is a high schooler who can hear ghosts. The book initially appealed to me because Mary is a school outcast, with an opponent wiling to make up stories to make her seem more... Read more
Published 29 days ago by realmjit
3.0 out of 5 stars I like that it kept me interested in what might happen ...
I like that it kept me interested in what might happen next, and what would happen with Mary and cy, but it lacked character development and did get a little boring here and there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book good read just loved it
Published 1 month ago by ivy moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
A quick read. Easy to follow. I think most can relate to the main charater. The kids liked it.
Published 1 month ago by KitKat
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Mary
I love this book did u know the what u wrote is true because I have seen a ghost before it was my grandma she told me that a was going to be a special girl so don't worry about it
Published 1 month ago by Tl Brown and Tara Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Mary
Mary, the main character isn't all that scary. It's funny how people are scared of what they don't understand. This is a great book and I can't wait to read the sequel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cora
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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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