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

S.A. Hunter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)

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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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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 381 KB
    • Print Length: 194 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00400MQ9Y
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,565 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    S.A. Hunter lives in Virginia, USA and works in a library. She is the author of The Scary Mary Series, a young adult, paranormal series, as well as other fantasy novels. Visit her online at or email her

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    82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ 25 May 2011
    By adele
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I only downloaded as was free but from the first page was hooked. Its a bit like the tv programme Ghost Whisperer, but she is a teenager and can hear rather than see the ghosts.

    If you enjoy this and want more he has written a sequel, Stalking Shadows, which can be found on his web page which I am currently reading, my kids and hubby are not too happy about this as I am hogging my laptop as the sequel is not currently available to download :( lol I would definitely recommend this book for both teens and adults who enjoy this genre
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Buffy-esque fun high school horror read 9 Jun. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The Kindle version of this book was going for free when I downloaded it, so I thought why not? It's a pretty pleasant way to pass the time. The story about a misfit high school girl who can hear ghosts and is something of a magnet for them, won't have any real surprises for any veteran horror fans. If you're looking for anything gritty or particularly dark, then you'll probably be disappointed. But if you can enjoy a fun, witty and friendly horror tale aimed at teens (or at least those who can enjoy a story that taps into the high school experience), then it's certainly a pleasing enough entry into that genre a good enough way of killing time for a few hours. It reminded me a bit of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series (and the line of novels based on the series) with it's mixture of teen angst, horror and humour. There's also a bit of A Nightmare On Elm Street to the villain of the piece, but probably not so scary if you're worried about that. A lot of the characters will be easily familiar - the bitchy snobby cheerleader or the well meaning but dreaded guidance councilor for instance. But everything reads enjoyable enough in it's own right. As the story goes on and Scary Mary becomes concerned about her new friend's haunted house, the story gets a bit more horror oriented. The climax is certainly energetic and mixes a real threat with the book's warm humour pretty seamlessly. I'd recommend the book if you're looking for a Buffy type experience or like horror stories with high school settings and a bit of angst, possible romance and a fair dose of natural humour and sense of fun thrown in. I like a variety of genres and styles. This book was a pleasant enough read, even though I'm certainly not the target audience (having stopped being a teen a long time ago), but it was enjoyable and a quick enough read in between other books, that if Scary Mary had more adventures, I would certainly be open to reading more of them.
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    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter is Chilling! Calling all horror fans.

    Author S.A. Hunter has achieved a quality horror story. It is easy relating to the characters and the reader will understand why they do what they do.

    The author does a very good job at building suspense and this book will bring you to the edge of your seat.

    Put this book on your "must read" list. Look for great things from this author.
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    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Mary.................................... 31 Jan. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This novel sees Mary struggle to cope with her gift and deal with life at school as she portrays a scary goth image to hide behind, she lives with her grandmother who has her own gifts which result into making a home for a ghost dog and one or two other unpleasant spirits that could prove to be a real pain.

    Mary is amused to learn a new student is showing interest in her not an easy person to befriend she lets her guard down this once and finds she enjoys the attention. When things become difficult Mary finds her loyal friends stand by.

    Marys has a strong sense of right and wrong, this shine's through with heartache along the way. An enjoyable few hours, which left me wanting to hear more of Scary Mary a girl with inner strength which she comes to use time and again. The author has left me wanting to hear more of Mary, the sequel is just as enjoyable.

    Aimed at young adults this novel form fourteen to to seventy would enjoy!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A decent little freebie 24 May 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have to say, I wasn't exactly feeling super encouraged by the blurb. The mention of "jocks" and "cheerleaders" had me grimacing. It made the book sound like what far too many people expect YA to be: formulaic, fake and full of school-yard niches which don't often exist in the real world.

    My worries about the book weren't exactly proven groundless. Many of the characters were typically two dimensional. "Cheerleader" Vicky was about as deep as a puddle. The "BFF" had so much impact on the story that I've completely forgotten her name. Cyrus, the "Hot New Guy" was too nice to evoke any realistic empathy. However, Mary wasn't half bad. She was a gothic-dressing, black-lipstick-wearing, clairaudient "freak". That in itself isn't exactly original, but there were aspects to her character which I got along with. My favourite thing about her was her ghostly pet dog called Chowder!

    The story itself was by-the numbers, but not in a really bad way. It was nice to have some bubblegum for my eyes to chew on. There were some nice, unpredictable elements thrown in along the way, too. I liked that Mary could only hear ghosts, but not see them. I loved the idea of haunted items (especially the haunted desk in then guidance counsellor's office) and the ending wasn't what I'd dreaded.

    Overall, if you're looking for a read that you can swallow whole in an hour after a busy, bookless couple of weeks, then Scary Mary might be for you. It's not great literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a nice little story with some nifty little quirks mixed in.
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