Mary Hades has been admitted to the mental hospital after an incident at her school. She sees things, and for her the day time is when monsters are most real. Unlike most of us she isn’t afraid of the dark or what hides in the shadows. Her monsters are with her during the day and she sees them out of the corner of her eye. She is on a daily dose of anti psychotics to keep the monsters at bay. But sometimes even the drugs won’t keep her from seeing them.
After a week or so at the hospital Mary has made many friends and she still sees things. She sees a boy named Johnny, has conversations with him, and starts to learn that she isn’t afraid of the dark at all. What she is afraid of is the darkness, of being alone and without someone to be close with. Then the truth hits Mary hard when she learns from her roommate that Johnny died long before she arrived at the hospital. Now she knows she doesn’t see things, she sees ghosts and wonders why they appear to her and what they are trying to tell her. Mary and her friends have noticed that too many people are leaving the hospital, not alive but dead. She has become suspicious that they are not dying from natural causes. One of the others in her ward dies and now she is sure something is wrong.
My Daylight Monsters has a very good group of characters, all with their own quirks and oddities. They are in the hospital for various reasons and cling together in a tight group. Sarah Dalton makes their daily life with therapies come to life. The doctors and other patients fill in the background and make the hospital environment realistic. The tension as Mary works to discover why her friend died and what Johnny really is up to adds greatly to the story. Who can she trust and why are people dying more and more frequently is the question she is now faced with. I very much enjoyed the story of Mary and was invested so much I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
Length: 125 Pages
Release date: October 4, 2013
Blurb: I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I’ve never been scared of the dark. I’ve only ever been scared of real things: getting ill, having injections, physical pain… death. Those are my monsters, not ghosts or vampires or whatever else can hide under your bed at night.
I was wrong.
The dark makes everything worse.
When 17-year-old Mary Hades is admitted by her parents to a psychiatric unit, her worst nightmares are confirmed. How can she get better in a place that fills her with dread? Her friendships with the other patients — her wacky roommate Lacey, her protector Mo, and the mysterious, green-eyed Johnny — begin to fill her with hope, until she realizes that people in the hospital are dying without explanation. Something sinister stalks the corridors, and it’s up to Mary to stop it. But the closer she gets to the answer, the more perilous her situation becomes, and Mary discovers the only way to get out alive is to confront the things that scare her most.
Sarah Dalton is the author of the Blemished Series. Her fiction has appeared in Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. She grew up in the countryside of Derbyshire.
Summer is coming to an end and Mary is off to the county for a week of camping. She still sees the things, the warnings her minds conjures up when something bad is about to happen. Her best friend Lacey has decided to join her, even if she is a ghost. While on holiday with her family Mary meets Seth while she is at the carnival. He is just what she needs to distract herself from the long a horrible time spent at the hospital.
Just when summer is looking up there is a horrible accident at the campground. A young boy falls from a window five stories up and dies in front of Mary. She is rattled and almost cancels her date with Seth but decides to go in hope that it will ease her mind. While on the Ferris wheel she and Seth are stuck at the top and his best friend dies trying to get them down. Now two deaths in two days has Mary unnerved. She and Lacey learn that deaths of boys and men have been happening for the past five years. She starts to think that death isn’t following her but attached to her and starts to see the things again.
Mary isn’t the only one who can see ghosts, Seth can see them too and now the mystery has really begun for Mary. With Mary, Lacey, Seth and a few friends they work to uncover the cause of the deaths and why a ghost is following her. Mary Hades is a fun ghost story, it’s also about a tragic death and what it takes to set the ghost at ease. It’s a bit of a coming of age story mixed with an episode of ghost hunters. Lacey learns more about her existence as a ghost and where we go after death. I had a hard time putting this one down and became really wrapped up in Mary’s quest to help the girl who is now a ghost. This series is really a fun read and now after reading the first two books in the series I’m looking forward to what awaits Mary next. Sarah Dalton does a great job creating characters and when the book is finished you miss them and wonder what they are doing now.
Length: 286 Pages
Release date: April 30, 2014
Blurb: Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.
Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…
Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.
Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?
The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single ‘My Daylight Monsters’. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.
With some scenes of horror and some strong language, this book is best suited for readers aged fifteen and up.
Sarah Dalton, Biography-
Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.
Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in theMedulla Literary Review, Apex Magazine, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales,.
Sarah’s first series is the YA dystopian The Blemished, which is currently being translated into Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. Since then, she has penned the YA fantasy series White Hart, and YA Gothic horror series Mary Hades.
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