Welcome to the blog tour of The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Goldy Moldavsky. I’ve been very highly anticipating the blog tour because this book is one of my favorites that I’ve read recently. It was SUCH a fantastic and twisty story!
There’s also a giveaway below where you can win a print copy of The Mary Shelley Club, open internationally.
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Publication: April 13th 2021 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: Thriller, Young Adult
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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.
YA thrillers are definitely not a genre I usually go for. I can’t remember the last in the genre I’ve read or even if I’ve read one at all so signing up for this blog tour was kind of a spur of the moment decision for me. The title as well as the cover initially caught my eye and the synopsis made me sign up immediately. And guess what? I loved loved loved looooved this book. It was such a good read and I need to get my hands on more books that are similar to The Mary Shelley Club as soon as possible because WOW!
This book is about Rachel Chavez who after a horrifying ordeal becomes a horror movie enthusiast to deal with her trauma. After moving with her mom and starting as the new girl in Manhatthan Prep she gets initiated into The Mary Shelley Club where a group of her fellow students hold Fear Tests that are based on horror tropes. Each member holds a Fear Test, picking a target and trying to make them scream. The longer Rachel participates in The Mary Shelley Club the more daring and riskier it all gets.
Right from the start I was right into this book. The story made my heart pound a lot, especially because of some of the twists that I hadn’t at all seen coming. None of them! There were also lots of references to horror movies and I just loved that. Rachel was honestly a great main character to read about. As soon as it started I wanted to know what exactly had happened to her in the previous year. Luckily I didn’t have to wait that long to find out and get the story about what she went through.
Her fellow members of group were Freddie, Bram, Felicity and Thayer. They were all a bunch of intriguing and contrasting characters. All of them were pretty different from one another but their love for all things horror connected them. I also really liked Rachel’s friend Saundra. I loved how Saundra took Rachel under her wing when she didn’t know anyone in school. Such a sweet character!
Another thing I loved about this book was that it was written in Rachel’s point of view except for the Fear Tests. Those chapters were in the POV of whoever was the target. I really enjoyed this particulary because it gives us a little break from Rachel’s POV (not that this was needed for me) and it was also really intense and thrilling.
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky was in one word: exhilarating. My heart was pounding a lot through the story and especially towards the end. The suspense was actually killing me. So yes I might have to read more YA thrillers!
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.