Say Her Name Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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Spine chilling and witty * New! magazine * Bedwettingly scary, with pitch-perfect writing * Metro * This book is truly gripping and incredibly popular with young adults who like their scare to have a bit of wit and verve thrown in * Warrington Guardian *
Spine chilling and witty (New! magazine)
Bedwettingly scary, with pitch-perfect writing (Metro)
This book is truly gripping and incredibly popular with young adults who like their scare to have a bit of wit and verve thrown in (Warrington Guardian)
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Everyone in the UK knows the story of Bloody Mary. Say her name five times in front of a mirror and she will appear and try to kill you. Bobbie and two others are dared to do so - thinking it's all just a joke. Nothing happens, or does it? The morning after Bobbie finds a message on the bathroom mirror: "FIVE DAYS". She and her friends are now on a race against time before Mary comes for them, as she has done for countless others...
I loved the setting. Set in the real world, in a boarding school for girls, there was a real sense of mystery with all the secret passages. The parts of the book involving Mary were REALLY creepy - think of the grudge crawling out of a mirror at every chance they could get. Mary's backstory was quite interesting, and I couldn't really work out why she was haunting everyone who had summoned her. Once her character is explored, you find this out. Even the parts of the book where she was alive, she seemed really creepy.
I loved all the other characters. Bobbie was a strong female who was determined not to give up, and wanted answers. Her love interest, Caine, was likeable. Whilst there was a little bit of romance, it wasn't a huge part in the story. I was so glad of this - I'm not really a person who looks for romance in a book. Her best friend, Naya, was really likeable too. She was so funny at points, always making jokes despite their predicament. I thought the other characters, like Grace and Caitlin were a bit cliché at first, sucking up to the teachers and Grace in particular revelling in her power as head girl, but then I suppose that every school has people like this.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't the best book in the world, but it is really entertaining. Far-fetched and exciting, there were no parts of it where I was bored. The descriptions of things and people aren't that detailed, but this is something I don't mind as I was able to imagine them however I wanted. I don't actually think I've read a book before that has given me the heebie-jeebies as much as this has.
All in all, a good, quick and easy read. I will definitely check out more by the author.
Author: Juno Dawson (formerly James Dawson)
Genre: YA, Horror, Ghost Story
A few starting notes:
I read Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson ages ago because a paperback copy in my local library had purple-edged pages.
So I picked it up because, y'know, I'm easily amused/attracted by pretty colours. Lucky for me, that book rocked.
So, since then, I've wanted to read the rest of Dawson's books - and I eventually got around to this one! (Again, lucky for me!)
People fool around with it all around the world - say 'Bloody Mary,' five times, in front of a mirror, at midnight, by candlelight.
Then her ghost is meant to show up... apparently.
People do it all the time. Nothing ever happens... right?
So, when Bobbie and her friends agree to it as a dare, nothing will come of it... right?
Or so they think. But time's running out.
In five days, she will come.
I loved this book - hands-down loved it!
It could have been soooo clichéd - but instead, every time it started to ever-so-slightly veer in that direction POW! - a new twist.
(Yes, I just used 'POW!' - In a book review. Deal with it.)
The characters were fab, believable, and not intensely stupid. (Which is always good.)
Bobbie? I loved her. She was really relatable and quite bookish (yay!) without being pretentious.
She's also really sweet - which is always nice - but not boring, which was a relief (yay for nice-but-not-boring characters!!!!!)
(Yes, I've had coffee. Coffee is good.)
The plot a) keeps you guessing, and b) refuses to be held down by all the urban legend Bloody Mary stuff that came before, while also not ignoring it.
(Which is skilful - and impressive. *Nods approvingly.*)
This was one of those books which was like: one more chapter - just one. And six chapters later, you're still there, and still reading.
And while it is creepy, it's not so creepy that you want to give up half-way through. (But then, I like horror, so other people may have a different opinion.)
I'll say it again: I loved it ;)
Not so great bits:
There's not a lot of things I can really argue with here...
It does deal with subjects that a lot of people may find distressing: references to self-harm, abuse, murder, suicide, etc. etc. But it doesn't feel overly-heavy with it.
And if you have a mega-fear of ghost-girls, mirrors, and/or ghosts in general, this is probably not your book.
There's some mild violence, gore, etc.
There's also some mild swearing (cr*p, etc.) Honestly, I doubt it'll bother anyone, but if I don't mention it, someone's bound to come back on me about it. Because that's usually how my luck goes.
Oh, and there's some references to sexy-times, but nothing overtly graphic.
I guess my only real issue is the whole absentee-parents thing that YA gets away with a lot.
But as that trope goes, I really can't argue with the way it's handled here - the boarding-school deal-y neatly sidesteps the issue.
I loved this book - it's fresh and original where it could've been clichéd and rusty, it draws you on, it has great characters...
Basically, this is a great YA horror. And I definitely recommend it.
(This review was originally posted on Diary of a Reading Addict (DORA))
I’d first like to point out that incredible cover. It’s super-scary and reflects the book’s contents perfectly. But more importantly, that contents is completely addictive. There are so many twists and turns you’ll struggle to hold onto your hat, and the familiarity of the Bloody Mary story mixed with the unexpected turn of events is the perfect recipe if you’re looking for a fright.
I loved that Say Her Name is set in a boarding school, something that I’m still a sucker for, and I also really enjoyed the romance between Bobbie and Caine, which was sweet despite the sickly circumstances they had found themselves in.
If anything, I’d say that some of the characters lack in depth a little bit, but that’s completely okay because the storyline more than compensates and it would have been tricky to fill out the characters much further without taking away from that great story.
Say Her Name had my heart pounding and I couldn’t look in a mirror without scaring myself for at least a week. What a great read. Highly recommended.
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It was such an interesting twist on Bloody Mary! It's such a perfect read for Halloween time
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