I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
Published by Henry Holt & Co. BYR on April 13, 2021
Genres: YA Thriller
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
New York Times-bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror.
When it comes to horror movies, the rules are clear:
x Avoid abandoned buildings, warehouses, and cabins at all times.
x Stay together: don’t split up, not even just to “check something out.”
x If there’s a murderer on the loose, do not make out with anyone.
If only surviving in real life were this easy…
New girl Rachel Chavez turns to horror movies for comfort, preferring stabby serial killers and homicidal dolls to the bored rich kids of Manhattan Prep…and to certain memories she’d preferred to keep buried.
Then Rachel is recruited by the Mary Shelley Club, a mysterious society of students who orchestrate Fear Tests, elaborate pranks inspired by urban legends and movie tropes. At first, Rachel embraces the power that comes with reckless pranking. But as the Fear Tests escalate, the competition turns deadly, and it’s clear Rachel is playing a game she can’t afford to lose.
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This one sounded so good that I was excited when I saw there was going to be a blog tour for it. And in the end, it did not disappoint even a little bit! The Scream movies came out when I was first out of college and I loved them. I’ve always loved horror movies, I think I get it from both my mom and dad loving them. From when I was about 9 or 10 and my dad took me to the drive-in movies to see Friday the 13th, The Car and Blood Beach, then when he brought me back to my mom’s that night, I had nightmares all night. My mom was so mad at my dad. But I’d told him I could handle it. My mom was the one who read Stephen King books and forbid me from reading them until I remember the summer before I started high school and she just happened to leave one of her books laying around when she went to work and I picked it up and started reading it, and I was hooked!
However, I love scary books and movies. But I do not like Haunted Houses really. Not sure why, but that’s me. So I don’t know that I’d enjoy any part of the club in this book, other than the movie watching and discussions. My love of these types of stories though made this book a total winner for me! It was the perfect scary story, and would make a perfect horror movie along the same lines as the Scream series.
There was a lot of suspense and definitely tension for Rachel both with being the new girl, as well as what had happened to her at the beginning. The little bit at the beginning was even just like the beginnings of the Scream movies in its own way. And while I wanted so bad for Rachel to finally be fitting in and things to be on the upswing for her, I knew with this type of story, things weren’t going to be all roses and candy, things were going to go badly. And then did. I had a teensy inkling back of my mind though that something like what happened at the end was going on all along, but all the things I thought would prove it kept being swept away as not really happening. So the author did a great job with this!
And, the way it ended, exactly like a horror movie would end, just perfection from the beginning to the end!
About the Author:
Goldy Moldavsky was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family. She is the New York Times–bestselling author of Kill the Boy Band and No Good Deed. Some of her influences include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the esteemed works of John Irving, and the Mexican telenovelas she grew up watching with her mother.
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