Scary Mary

Rated 4.45/5 based on 11 reviews
Mary just wants to be left alone, but the cheerleaders, jocks, and ghosts won't stop harassing her. When new student Cyrus starts school, he tries to befriend her. That's a rare thing for the school freak, but her unusual abilities put a rift in their budding friendship when she has to tell him that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost. More
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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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Reviews of Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

Philip R Benge reviewed on Jan. 11, 2019

a well written story of the paranormal by a great author
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Alysa H reviewed on March 24, 2014

The cover of this book probably draws in more eyeballs than the original cover, but it certainly does less justice to the heroine's actual style and personality! Mary is an unfairly ostracized goth teen with a hilariously caustic sense of humor, which she wields as a defensive weapon. I adored her, and even setting aside the "cute new boy in school" storyline with all its realistic awkwardness, I adored how much attention this book paid to Mary's relationships with her best friend, Rachel, and grandmother -- initially the only two characters who know about her supernatural abilities. This book is, like, "Mean Girls" meets "The Shining". It sows seeds for a sequel, but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
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Nora Black reviewed on Oct. 21, 2013

Cute, quirky and side-splittingly funny. This is one hell of an entertaining read. Scary Mary is different, she's intelligent, but also more than a tad bit odd-ball. Nevertheless, someone, in the form of Cyrus--the hot new boy at school--finally recognizes her merits and wants to be friends. That is, until she has to tells him that his house is haunted and that the wicked malevolent spirit living in it is intent on having on going conversations with her, and possibly killing him(no wonder no one at school wants to know her, he thinks!). For the sake of good, Mary wants to rid Cy, of his ghost hoping stoically that she won't face the same fate as the only fairy tale female hero she knows of, The Little Mermaid, who for love gave up her legs only to be left to melt into sea foam while her prince marries his princess. Dear, oh dear, if you haven't read this book you've surely missed something and since it's offered at more than one retailer free of charge I can only urge you to stay that delay-- And Rush Forth And Get It TODAY!
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Babus Ahmed reviewed on Oct. 7, 2013

I loved this short supernatural horror introductory book to the Scary Mary series. mary is a high school misfit with the ability to hear and speak to ghosts. A new boy at school shows her some interest but things go awry when Mary discovers a malevolent spirit is haunting his house.

I loved the strong female protagonist in this series and look forward to following it up with the sequel.
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Michelle Clover Hill Book Reviews reviewed on Feb. 13, 2012

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Shawn Pfister reviewed on Nov. 16, 2011

Definitely the best free book I've read in a long time. The characters were well-written and well-rounded. I could really identify with Mary and, as an adult, want to smack her guidance counselor.

A definite must read for young adults wanting something different.

I am only giving it a 4/5 due to a few minor grammatical problems, not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story, but the occasional "she" does take some figuring out as to who it refers.
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Julieta Johnson reviewed on Oct. 30, 2011

Although this is listed as a young adult book, I enjoyed it very much, and I'm pushing 40. Mary is funny, smart, and deals with her gift very well. The supporting characters are also fleshed out; everyone has a realistic personality. Loved this book and just purchased the sequel, Stalking Shadows.
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Anastacia Knits reviewed on Aug. 27, 2011

It's a young adult book, about a girl who can hear ghosts. It's extremely well written & edited, & is better then a lot of the books I get to review that you have to pay money for. The plot moves along very well, there are no slow parts, & the story wraps up very nicely in the end. It's well worth the read. I'd love to hear more about Scary Mary, as she's just a fun, scarcastic, great all around character.
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Tanya Contois reviewed on Aug. 12, 2011

Scary Mary definitely lives up to the title and I loved all of Mary's comebacks and sarcastic remarks.This is a book that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys a good haunted house story and to fans of the paranormal genre.
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mish reviewed on Dec. 7, 2010

Rating: 4 (I Really Liked It) 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 dismisses the popular crowd and immediately takes an interest in Mary, much to her surprise. Cy ends 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...
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