Mary, Will I Die? By Shawn Sarles

Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Mary, Will I Die?

Author: Shawn Sarles

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: Lesbian MC, sapphic romance

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, paranormal, horror, Mystery

Genre: YA Paranormal Horror

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 296

Recommended Age: 14+ (Death, Gore, Bullying, Catfishing)

Explanation of CWs: There’s a fair amount of blood and a good bit of death in this book. Bullying is a central arc to this story.

Synopsis: It starts innocently enough. Four kids – three girls, one boy – are at one of their houses, playing games. One of them has read about “Bloody Mary” and the idea that if you look into a mirror and say her name thirteen times, she will show you the future. Some legends say she’ll show you your one true love or a skull to mark your death within five years. Others say that conjuring Bloody Mary will bring her into your world.

Both sets of legends are true. The kids go through with the act, saying her name thirteen times. One girl looks in the mirror and sees her longtime crush. One girl looks in the mirror and sees the boy in the group. But she pretends to see something else. One girl looks in the mirror and sees a girl she’s never seen before but can’t get out of her mind. And the boy . . . he sees a skull. But he pretends to see something else. They try to laugh it off. And mostly they forget about it. Or at least they don’t talk about it. Yes, over the next few years, whenever they look into a mirror, it’s like there’s always another figure standing in the background, getting closer.

Just short of five years later, the four of them are no longer friends, having gone on separate paths. The girl whose house it was has always tried to avoid the mirror they used – because she always sensed someone in the background. One morning as she’s passing by, she sees much more than her own reflection – it’s a scary figure taunting her. She startles and breaks the mirror. When the pieces are put back together (barely), the figure is gone.

That day in school, a new girl arrives. Her name is Mary…

Review: For the most part I really like this book. I thought that it was a really good introductory read into the spooky season and I really liked how the author broke up the book into multiple points of view. I thought that the character development was pretty good and the plot was really well done.

However, I did think that the World building was lacking in this book and that the book was a bit too fast-paced for a horror book. The book isn’t really that long either so it’s a very quick read if you’re looking for that, but I kind of like my horror books to be a little prolonged and antagonizing.

Verdict: it was good! I’m ready for spooks.

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