Reviews

PRAISE FOR IT CALLS ME

Katie uses her pen like a paintbrush, coloring our minds with vivid pictures, and shifting our emotions at her whim. You know you're in skillful hands when you read a Katie Coughran book. -Janet, Barnes & Noble Reviewer

IT CALLS ME is a wonderful anthology full of beautiful prose and poetry. I especially loved “The Ghost that Wore Rouge” and “The Riverwalk.” I also really appreciated the exploration of emotion through story and verse. With everything from romance to magic, this is one anthology that you’ll likely reread again and again. -Vanessa, Amazon Reviewer

PRAISE FOR WILLOW MARSH

I loved that I could sit back, cuddle-up and get scared without the story going to dark or evil. I had a hard time putting it down when it was time to go to work, so I took it with me to read at lunch time! I also loved Tessa's strength to never give up. I highly recommend this book! -Debra Wyatt, Amazon Reviewer

I loved that I could sit back, cuddle-up and get scared without the story going to dark or evil. I had a hard time putting it down when it was time to go to work, so I took it with me to read at lunch time! I also loved Tessa's strength to never give up. I highly recommend this book! -Amazon Reviewer

Well. If you want a good read, have a look at this. Jo has a way of keeping an awesome edge to the tone of the book. Always leading to more. Nothing is settled or ended. Just keeps pulling you in. 
Her attention to atmosphere and details is amazing. I am a stone cold fan for life. I promise you will love it!!!! And I read it in one day. Yup. I am a true fan!!!! Get your copy!!!!  -Toni, iBooks Reviewer

PRAISE FOR GOOD GIRLS STAY QUIET

I had so much to get done this week and reading Good Girls Stay Quiet was not at the top of that list. I ordered the paperback but then amazon offered me a few chapters to read while I waited for my book to come. I was hooked from the first page. I couldn't wait for my book to ship to my house. I went ahead and ordered the kindle version too! I had to explain to my husband why I bought two of the same book in the same day! I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish reading it. I loved the character. She's so self reliant on this dysfunctional relationship because sometimes what you know seems better than what you can imagine. But I love the sassiness and strength that slips out when she lets her guard down. In fact her adaptability to survive her circumstances is just a testament to her strength. This was a page turner for me. The mystery had me suspecting everyone. I've talked my new book club into reading this book and I'm excited to talk it over with others who have read it! -Amazon Reviewer

     I’ve always had an interest in psychology and have made it a mission of mine to try to understand people and why they are the way they are. I found the phrase “hurting people hurt people” to be accurate here as well as in every other facet of life.
      Good Girls Stay Quiet is an interesting exploration of generational abuse and Stockholm syndrome. Because of the frequent violence and isolation, Cora is naive and seems almost child-like, especially in the relationships she has with her stuffed imaginary friends. Daddy’s actions—and Cora’s too near the end of the book—are irrational and unpredictable, further results of their abuse and seclusion.
     There’s evidence of Cora’s future struggles too, which I found to be true to life.
     This book is an insightful read for those who are interested in the psychology of abused victims and their abusers. -Vanessa K. Eccles, Bound & Brewed

PRAISE FOR HUSH, NOW FORGET

Hush, Now Forget is a good blend of mystery, paranormal, and romance. It is a clean read, nothing crude in it. I feel good about recommending it to my friends – a quality that many books in this genre don’t possess.-Amazon Reviewer ccc2072

Paranormal, but not anti God. Sexy, but not sexual. Loved this book! From beginning to end, with every chapter, I felt like I was Eva and then Frost. Their feelings became my feelings. The book is written in a way that takes you right into the minds of the characters. The paranormal references were fun and interesting, but still had their own twists. -Amazon Reviewer 

Frost, Eva and their Aunt Maggie are wonderfully drawn, feisty women.  The dialogue these three characters have with one another really brings the story to life. -In'Dtale Magazine

PRAISE FOR OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE

This beautiful look at a frightening time in history opens the reader’s eyes to brilliant revelations: the fragility of the mind, the strength of family unity, the need for satisfaction in the form of revenge. Tempeste is a study in a broken mind. Although she needs to be healed, she must first exact revenge. As her dual personalities fight for supremacy they keep her teetering on the edge. Mary Gray’s attention to detail in crafting this character is superb. The quirks of a shattered mind are a delicate dance to perfect, and Ms. Gray has done  it with aplomb! Deft character creation continues for  the entire ensemble, providing a rich tapestry of detail to the novel. The mixture of the mystery with history is well drawn out and leads to a solid climax. The truly unique romance, blossoming as it does from vengeance, guilt and family allegiance, is heart rending. Adjusting to certain quirks in Tempeste’s character is the only issue that could potentially cause reader’s concern. “Our Sweet Guillotine” as well as Tempeste and Gabriel will stick in the mind and heart! – InD’tale Magazine

Mary Gray is a master at writing authentically broken characters, people who are so haunted by their pasts that their present decisions are infected. Readers of dark, gritty, gothic tales with a romantic spin will enjoy this twisted story. This book will appeal to people of all ages who enjoy exploring the dark side of humanity through the comfortable safety of a book, but who also crave redemption and forgiveness. -Vanessa K. Eccles, Executive Editor of The Faithful Creative Magazine and Amazon Bestselling Author

Our Sweet Guillotine is delightfully dark. Gray describes revolution-era France so brilliantly it’s like a nightmare you don’t want to wake from. -Lindsay Roberts, Goodreads Reviewer

 

I think Mary Gray has great style. I was engaged with the flow of the language until the end. – Kelly, Goodreads Reviewer

 

Mary Gray has done it again! This book was so very good and had me hooked until the last page. You will not regret picking this one up! Side note: My teen book club read her previous book, The Dollhouse Asylum, a while back and when they heard that I was reading her new one they begged me for it. Of course, I couldn’t give it to them since I was an advance reader, but they are SO looking forward to getting their hands on a copy. Amazing book! Great author! -Brittany Chavez, YA librarian

Fraught with twisted love and bleeding hearts, this fascinating historical fiction grabbed me behind the eyes and made me want to don a petty coat and wooden shoes so I could follow Tempeste and Gabriel through the pages of the book. Fantastic read. – Tamara Hart Heiner, Author and Freelance Editor

PRAISE FOR THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM

The Dollhouse Asylum is many things, but at the end of the day it is a tale of obsessive love gone wrong.  It is, in fact, a twisted episode of Criminal Minds with some dystopian undertones. – Teen Librarian Toolbox, http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com

This book totally has the WOW factor that bowled me off my feet. It swept me up and kept me engrossed from the very first word until the last. Even now, I cannot forget the chills that ran down my spine, the feeling of insects crawling all over me. – Keren Hughes, 

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The Dollhouse Asylum was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I genuinelly couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Right from the moment I saw that creepy-ass cover I was dying to read it. The Dollhouse Asylum was so much more than I could have ever imagines. It was so much more creepy and it is possibly the most unique book I have ever read. 
– Kaleigh Books, http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/

I love the books that take full control of my mind and when I’m doing anything other than reading, all I can do is think about going to back to my book and finishing right where I left off. This was one of those books! – Cynthia Austin, http://www.limitlesspublishing.net

I’m not really into the creepy books. But it was DEFINITELY a creepy book. Gaaaaaah. Like, probably it’s not a good idea to read it alone in the dark by yourself. The writing itself was excellent, and the writing and the plot line kept me turning pages and “Oh no she didn’t”ing all the way ’til the end. If creepy dystopian fiction is your thing, and a seriously twisted yet somehow kind of sympathetic villain makes you all happy, run to your nearest bookstore and get yourself a copy. 

– K.K. Hendin, http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231267.K_K_Hendin

The Dollhouse Asylum. I can’t even see those three words without shuddering. I don’t know what kind of spell Mary Gray casts over this book but MOTHEROFPEARL it is one of the creepiest books I have ever read in my life. From the first page I wanted to put it in the freezer but I staunchly refused because if I didn’t know how it played out then I could kiss goodbye to any hopes of a decent night’s sleep ever again. Even now while trying to compile this review, I keep having to stop and blink a few times in shock.
– Rebekah Campbell, http://reflectivebookworm.blogspot.com

The character that stole the show however is our villain, Teo. There is so much I want to say about him, but so much I can’t to avoid spoilers. He is the kind of villain you just love to hate. You can never anticipate his actions and he keeps you guessing. He has moments where he shows humanity and then the next second he turns it all off. He is sick and twisted and an awesome villain.
– Teresa Mary Rose, http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6054096-teresa-mary-rose

This was such a strange and unique story. I absolutely loved it. I really appreciated it that one of the characters wore an insulin pump. The entire story was just really different from anything I’ve read before.
– Valerie Sparkle, http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14275100-valerie-sparkle

Totally unique. Creepy, saucy, and just violent enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Not one for a lazy reader, this is art and meant to be understood in its own unique way. The protagonist is a welcome departure from the snarky punk girl that prevails in most YA lately. I’m so glad I got to read this and learn more about literature and mental illness. Fascinating!
– Amazon Customer

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Don’t let the word “Dollhouse” fool you into thinking this a fluffy girly book. It is a raw, mysterious, thriller and I loved every minute of it.
– Tyler Jolley, http://jolleychronicles.blogspot.com/2014_01_01_archive.html

PRAISE FOR THE KISS LIST

A fun read full of complex relationships, cute boys, and a heroine that is delightfully flawed.
Camille is obsessed with kissing and boys until she realizes she's lost herself along the way. I loved how feisty she was as she plots revenge against her ex-boyfriend. I loved her too best friends and their unique personalities.
The boys were all dreamy but I was so happy with her final choice. And the hidden depths that were explored as Camille grows and comes to realize her own culpability in her unhappiness and problems, and she confronts the hurts she's tried to fill with outside approval. I loved how struggled to find herself again and that scene at the bonfire made me want to cheer.
A fun, cute read with great messages about healing broken relationships and finding yourself.

M. R. Buttars, Amazon customer

Great book for teenagers. I enjoyed seeing the main character find happiness as she persisted in seeking forgiveness from others she had hurt.

Banyan Sillito, Goodreads reviewer

This was a fun read. Made me laugh, and kept me turning the pages. Will be keeping an eye out for future books by Sara.

–Amazon customer

This book is refreshingly fun and still manages to have strong moral themes without whacking you upside the head with them. I love the impulsive behavior of the protagonist. She's so real. She makes mistakes and she learns from them. We get to enjoy her interactions with the different guys and swoon away. And-surprise!-the book doesn't have seventeen-year-olds acting like 21-year-olds!
Cluff has such a knack for fun flirtation and keeping you on your toes with her out-of-the-box plots.
Looking forward to reading many more by Cluff. 

–Cammie, Goodreads review

PRAISE FOR TRINITY ROW

Author Kelly Martin knows how to bring on the creepy. As soon as I heard about this book I knew I had to have it. I have been a fan of her work for quite a while and now Trinity Row is my absolute favorite by her. She really knocked it out of the park with this frightening and mysterious tale. I thought I had it all figured out about half way through, then BAM she through a curve ball that left me jumping out of my seat.
With characters like Ivy, John, Nate and Dara Lynn I couldn't help but want to find out more about them. The rate at which their secrets were revealed had me flying through the pages. I would get one tid bit at a time and scream, "I want more". I love when a book does that.
This ghostly tale will have you begging for more! I highly recommend it!

TinaMDonnelly, Amazon customer

Horror is not my usual go-to, but I've loved anything I've ever read written by Kelly Martin so decided to give it a try. So glad I did! She develops characters and scenes in a way that it's easy to picture in my mind. So much horror includes gore and violence. But not Kelly Martin in this book. She writes it on a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat with goosebumps, but without the unnecessary gore. Perfect amount of scare that keeps you turning the pages but doesn't keep you up at night or make you afraid at home alone (except maybe in the bathroom ;). I grew up in a small town with some old abandoned homes that were fodder for rumors and stories, so I could relate to the premise of the book. A great read that left me wanting to read more by this author.

–Stephanie, Amazon customer

Fans of the classic Alfred Hitchcock movies are going to love Trinity Row. This story is unnerving and will leave readers questioning their sanity! The house will not die and the person pulling its strings might not be who you think. I found myself scrolling back and re-reading sections to see if I missed any clues. Trinity Row is a twisted, haunting tale that you simply must read more than once.

–Lynn 2 Girls & A Book, Goodreads review

This is my first read by Kelly Martin and holy cow. For sure will not be the last.
Trinity Row was a mind trip. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't re-read books, ever. This one will most likely be re-read eventually to see what I might have missed. Any hints along the way. It truly leaves your mind reeling. I highly recommend this!

–Crystal Gray, Amazon customer

This was such a rollercoaster ride, took my breath away. It would be a great movie, super creepy. I don't know if it's a stand alone book? But I would Love to see how it goes further with the house and Ivy. Loved it a lot, great job from Kelly Martin.

–Conny, Goodreads review

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