Review: Mary Mary Quite Contrary by Cameron Jace

Posted March 9, 2013 by Sophia

Genres: Retellings

The Grimm Diaries Prequels #5
Author: Cameron Jace
Publication Date: September 13, 2012
The Fifth Prequel.

The Devil’s take on fairy tales, exposing the origins of some of the most important, yet never explained, elements in the fairy world. Darker things the Brothers Grimm didn’t want you to know about. More hints would just spoil the fun.

Let’s just say that at some point in the Dreamworld even the devil was about so sell his soul.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     At first, I thought it was going to be told by Bloody Mary. Apparently, I was wrong. It’s told by someone else. I should probably warn this review and story should not be read by kids 13 and under. Unless you can handle scary stories better than I can. Which is… pretty terrible from what I remember. No record of improvements. Yet.
     I found Mary Mary Quite Contrary to be more of a Fairy Tale and History Lesson of Legends. And a pretty entertaining one at that, what with the point of view the story is written in. With that thought in mind, I was hoping that I wouldn’t scream bloody mary murder in the middle of the night with my tendency of attracting nightmares like a magnet when I read a horror story. Those usually last for days… especially Bloody Mary’s legend.
     Coincidentally, I ended up reading the story of one of the characters mentioned. I just didn’t know about the devices that she used *shudders* but since I read only one source about creepy night creatures and legends, I give no comment (legends get twisted in so many ways from the actual). Besides the fact it’s actually pretty gruesome if you think about it if you actually look her up after you read Mary Mary Quite Contrary.
     I definitely don’t know about the actual legend with Bloody Mary, besides the fact that if you called her name three times in the bathroom in the dark, she’ll pop out and murder you. It also didn’t matter what age you were. In this case, it seems to be a room with a mirror instead and teenagers. Yikes. No wonder restrooms make sense with the twisting of legends. Then again, I heard other twists to that as well from fellow classmates when I was younger. It’s pretty typical with the twists.
     I don’t think I want to try it though. Like I mentioned earlier, that story haunted me for years. I blame my fellow classmates for even mentioning it. You guys have haunted me with a story for what might be eternity (it went away but you can rarely run from famous legends, especially scary ones, can you?). I still don’t get the nursery rhyme that’s mentioned though. Maybe I’ll ask Professor Google about it later.
     I once again found the Author’s Notes at the end helpful in a way, but with one of the notes dinging a warning bell in my head, I better be careful when I read the actual diaries. No, I’m not avoiding the actual diaries like the plague when they come out. I’m one of those peeps who gets the shivers when reading scary stories.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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