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Angsty teenager Mary Shelley is not interested in carrying on her family’s celebrated legacy of being a great writer, but she soon discovers that she has the not-so-celebrated (and super-secret) Shelley power to heal monsters, just like her famous ancestor, and those monsters are not going to let her ignore her true calling anytime soon. The Shelley family history is filled Angsty teenager Mary Shelley is not interested in carrying on her family’s celebrated legacy of being a great writer, but she soon discovers that she has the not-so-celebrated (and super-secret) Shelley power to heal monsters, just like her famous ancestor, and those monsters are not going to let her ignore her true calling anytime soon. The Shelley family history is filled with great writers: the original Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, the acclaimed mystery writer Tawny Shelley, cookbook maven Phyllis Shelley…the list goes on and on. But this Mary Shelley, named after her great-great-great-great-great grandmother, doesn’t want anything to do with that legacy. Th2020en a strangely pale (and really cute) boy named Adam shows up and asks her to heal a wound he got under mysterious circumstances, and Mary learns something new about her family: the first Mary Shelley had the power to heal monsters, and Mary has it, too. Now the monsters won’t stop showing up, Mary can’t get her mother Tawny to leave her alone about writing something (anything!), she can’t tell her best friend Rhonda any of this, and all Mary wants is to pass biology.


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Angsty teenager Mary Shelley is not interested in carrying on her family’s celebrated legacy of being a great writer, but she soon discovers that she has the not-so-celebrated (and super-secret) Shelley power to heal monsters, just like her famous ancestor, and those monsters are not going to let her ignore her true calling anytime soon. The Shelley family history is filled Angsty teenager Mary Shelley is not interested in carrying on her family’s celebrated legacy of being a great writer, but she soon discovers that she has the not-so-celebrated (and super-secret) Shelley power to heal monsters, just like her famous ancestor, and those monsters are not going to let her ignore her true calling anytime soon. The Shelley family history is filled with great writers: the original Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, the acclaimed mystery writer Tawny Shelley, cookbook maven Phyllis Shelley…the list goes on and on. But this Mary Shelley, named after her great-great-great-great-great grandmother, doesn’t want anything to do with that legacy. Th2020en a strangely pale (and really cute) boy named Adam shows up and asks her to heal a wound he got under mysterious circumstances, and Mary learns something new about her family: the first Mary Shelley had the power to heal monsters, and Mary has it, too. Now the monsters won’t stop showing up, Mary can’t get her mother Tawny to leave her alone about writing something (anything!), she can’t tell her best friend Rhonda any of this, and all Mary wants is to pass biology.

30 review for Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joshita ❤

    *Thank you Netgalley for giving me an arc in exchange for a review* My rating: 2.75★ This is my first graphic novel and it was between "okay" and "like". This book follows Mary who is a descendant of Mary Shelley and belongs to a family of prestigious writers. Her mother expects her to write her own novel someday but when monsters come knocking on Mary's door for help—her life as a future writer is left behind. Mary is such a funny and smart character. But Mary's reaction when she finds that monst *Thank you Netgalley for giving me an arc in exchange for a review* My rating: 2.75★ This is my first graphic novel and it was between "okay" and "like". This book follows Mary who is a descendant of Mary Shelley and belongs to a family of prestigious writers. Her mother expects her to write her own novel someday but when monsters come knocking on Mary's door for help—her life as a future writer is left behind. Mary is such a funny and smart character. But Mary's reaction when she finds that monsters exist is pretty unrealistic. She pretends to be okay with it and I don't know if I am in favor of that. I wanted her to freak out and you know—act like a normal teenager. That part of the book seemed very annoying. The story seemed pretty short and I am so curious if there will be other volumes because there is no way in hell the story is already completed. It was just the beginning and I would love to read more. It was a pretty quick read and ended before it even started. The story was fun to read but I want more. I don't think I am desperate to read another volume but this story seemed very short and it would be idiotic to leave it here. The art was amazing...the dialogues were good... I just need another volume!

  2. 5 out of 5

    San

    I really liked the idea behind this graphic novel - story about 16 years old Mary - descendant of Mary Shelley. She's really interesting and smart character The artwork is amazing and the whole style of this graphic novel match perfectly spooky season - definitely recommending reading in then. I had a little problems with plot and dialogues - I found them a little lacking and some moments of the story were difficult to understand. Overall, I enjoyed it and might read more about Mary if the future - I really liked the idea behind this graphic novel - story about 16 years old Mary - descendant of Mary Shelley. She's really interesting and smart character The artwork is amazing and the whole style of this graphic novel match perfectly spooky season - definitely recommending reading in then. I had a little problems with plot and dialogues - I found them a little lacking and some moments of the story were difficult to understand. Overall, I enjoyed it and might read more about Mary if the future - there's a lot of potential for more stories here! Thanks to Netgalley and Six Foot Press for the arc in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

    * I received an eCopy of this novel via NetGalley. All the opinions in this review are my own. I liked this graphic novel much more than I was expecting! It turned out to be a great story of self-discovery for the heroine. I really appreciated the liberties the author took with this story and what it was initially based upon. Things moved very quickly to my dismay but I can't fault the author because graphic novels are usually quick and to-the-point stories. The art was SO good! I loved that it w * I received an eCopy of this novel via NetGalley. All the opinions in this review are my own. I liked this graphic novel much more than I was expecting! It turned out to be a great story of self-discovery for the heroine. I really appreciated the liberties the author took with this story and what it was initially based upon. Things moved very quickly to my dismay but I can't fault the author because graphic novels are usually quick and to-the-point stories. The art was SO good! I loved that it was in full color because it gave everything that much more dimension!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    It's a little odd to use Mary Shelley as an entree into a world of mythical beasts -- this is definitely fantasy not science fiction -- and there's a pronounced "just go with it" lack of rigor and plot-hole-filling, but if you're looking for a quick, fun YA read with a little romance, a solid friendships, some-but-not-too-awful family issues, magic, and decent art, here you go. It's a little odd to use Mary Shelley as an entree into a world of mythical beasts -- this is definitely fantasy not science fiction -- and there's a pronounced "just go with it" lack of rigor and plot-hole-filling, but if you're looking for a quick, fun YA read with a little romance, a solid friendships, some-but-not-too-awful family issues, magic, and decent art, here you go.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martina

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Mary Shelley is an author that I completely love and I'm totally obsessed with. So, every time I find something about or related to her I can't help but read it. I really liked the concept behind this graphic novel. It's about Shelley's descendanta, in particular a sixteen-year-old called Mary, and here they are all portayed as strong and independent women and that's something I enjoyed a lot. The a The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Mary Shelley is an author that I completely love and I'm totally obsessed with. So, every time I find something about or related to her I can't help but read it. I really liked the concept behind this graphic novel. It's about Shelley's descendanta, in particular a sixteen-year-old called Mary, and here they are all portayed as strong and independent women and that's something I enjoyed a lot. The artwork is very beautiful and the story is very intriguing and interesting. I really recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ❦ jazmin

    The beginning is always today. Thanks to Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Mary in exchange for an honest review. This was a good graphic novel, but I wished there were more details. For how mysterious the description seemed, it felt like everything happened so fast to the point where I had no idea what was going on. The dialogue was okay (once again lacking detail), and Mary was an interesting character, but it just feels like there isn’t enough for me to go on to really say anything mo The beginning is always today. Thanks to Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Mary in exchange for an honest review. This was a good graphic novel, but I wished there were more details. For how mysterious the description seemed, it felt like everything happened so fast to the point where I had no idea what was going on. The dialogue was okay (once again lacking detail), and Mary was an interesting character, but it just feels like there isn’t enough for me to go on to really say anything more. Some of the monsters were absolutely adorable and I wished they had more dialogue. The art was amazing, though. Definitely one of my favourite art styles for graphic novels. Overall: This can’t be the only volume because there’s a lot more that could happen with Mary, and I would like to see where her story goes. *2.75

  7. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    If you've ever read or heard about Mary Shelley's background you will know she was one angsty woman. She's exactly what you'd picture to write a book as chilling and gothic as Frankenstein. I have always been intrigued by this woman, so this book stood out to me. Who wouldn't want to read a book inspired by Mary Shelley? Especially her great-many-greats granddaughter who's an angsty, gothic teen? It's likely to be interesting, right? Especially a graphic novel! So, we have Mary - Mary Shelley's gr If you've ever read or heard about Mary Shelley's background you will know she was one angsty woman. She's exactly what you'd picture to write a book as chilling and gothic as Frankenstein. I have always been intrigued by this woman, so this book stood out to me. Who wouldn't want to read a book inspired by Mary Shelley? Especially her great-many-greats granddaughter who's an angsty, gothic teen? It's likely to be interesting, right? Especially a graphic novel! So, we have Mary - Mary Shelley's great-so-many-greats-granddaughter. She's in high school and is as goth as stereotypical goths can be. Her family is full of women specializing in literature, so you can imagine how that feels. Weird things are suddenly happening, which isn't going to make life easy for Mary. Have you ever had monsters just appear on your doorway? No? Well, Mary has. It's kind of weird. This book is gothic and different. The illustrations aren't my favourite, but they seem to work with the story. The plot and action is amazing though. I am really impressed and enjoyed dipping into this gothic tale. It's a really fun read! It might not be for everyone, but I sure enjoyed it. Overall, this book is a cool gothic tale. If you like gothic reads and graphic novels, grab this book! Three out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Six Foot Press for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    An amazing graphic novel talking convincingly about the amazing talented kin of Mary Shelly's in the generations to come. Yes, lots of Marys in the line. And yes, they got famous in their respective fields but this one talks about a confused teen, confused because of the nagging adults around her and her own family (except her dad who left years ago) because they thought she was not sure of what she would become and be famous for! She's being continuously questioned, nagged and looked down upon fo An amazing graphic novel talking convincingly about the amazing talented kin of Mary Shelly's in the generations to come. Yes, lots of Marys in the line. And yes, they got famous in their respective fields but this one talks about a confused teen, confused because of the nagging adults around her and her own family (except her dad who left years ago) because they thought she was not sure of what she would become and be famous for! She's being continuously questioned, nagged and looked down upon for not being able to figure out her talents and work upon them to become famous like her mother and her grandmother, her great grandmother and the previous Marys. I can totally relate with the character getting annoyed and irritated for being in the same situation in which people close to you having unrealistic high expectations from you that you do not want to do anything and being tired instead because of it. I love the art (wish it was a bit clearer!) and the way the dialogues were sequenced. I wish the ending was a bit dramatic and wholesome because the story started out great and it went on great with unexpectedly good surprising scenes. I love the romance and the chemistry is amazing! All the friendship vibes as well. Well, towards the end, it ended up "healing". Thank you, monster loving author/s and the Publisher for the book, says the monster loving reader here!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Mary is a fantastic graphic novel about Mary Shelleys great-great-great-great granddaughter and tells the tale of the youngest of a long line of Mary's related to the late Mary Shelley. This Mary is a young teenager who doesn't know what she wants to set out doing as a career in her future and who gets hassled off her mother, aunt and gran to be something such as a famous nove I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Mary is a fantastic graphic novel about Mary Shelleys great-great-great-great granddaughter and tells the tale of the youngest of a long line of Mary's related to the late Mary Shelley. This Mary is a young teenager who doesn't know what she wants to set out doing as a career in her future and who gets hassled off her mother, aunt and gran to be something such as a famous novelist. Mary meets a stranger one evening and the story takes flight from there. The graphics in this novel were amazing and really added depth to the story. My only gripe is I wish the story would have ended better as I felt it wasn't ended as well as it could have been.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    Review soon! My daughter and I both read this and have thoughts to share with you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the ARC! This did not have any sway on my opinions. This was...underwhelming. The art was cute, and I did enjoy some of the characters (Adam!!) but it felt more or less like a very long prologue. I might pick up the next installment (if there is one), if only to see more of the monsters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Cusworth

    3 stars The art is absolutely stunning and our gothy main character is everything. The story developed a little too quickly for me but I genuinely adored everything else about it. It felt rather unique and I think young readers will truly love this. I loved the idea that Mary Shelley had these powerful descendants. The author added a beautiful touch of feminism to the story which felt very true to Mary Shelley. Also, this is a perfect read to gear up for Halloween!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cinna Marie

    Stars: 3.5/5 Thank you to the publishers for an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review. I didn't realise just how into this story I was until around 1/2 way. I zoomed through it and probably finished it within an hour (though scattered). At first I thought it was a bit jumpy - not clarifying certain scenes but you make your own assumptions and they're generally correct - this may be an issue I have with graphic novels and not just this particular book, mind. I think aspects of the book Stars: 3.5/5 Thank you to the publishers for an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review. I didn't realise just how into this story I was until around 1/2 way. I zoomed through it and probably finished it within an hour (though scattered). At first I thought it was a bit jumpy - not clarifying certain scenes but you make your own assumptions and they're generally correct - this may be an issue I have with graphic novels and not just this particular book, mind. I think aspects of the book were timed right. Without spoilers - say _ happened for two chapters - it was a good amount of time because any more and the story would be boring but any less and the story would not have been explained enough. That might be weird to point out but it's something I noticed! I love Mary, the MC's vibe. I'm a bit of an internal goth where I like goth music and style but don't really suit it so I don't externalise it but seeing Mary, I want to dye my hair black and invest in a good choker. Just saying. Also her healing abilities - dope. I like the history of the Shelleys too - a strong female history is not something you see a lot and it's both empowering for the reader and not for poor Mary! I really enjoyed this aspect of the story and I look forward to reading the second volume to find out more about Mary's mother and their ancestry... also Adam, hello!! Big shout out to the illustrator - Yishan Li - loved her art though sadly it didn't translate great on my iPad... not sure why but the text was generally fine. WARNINGS: zombies and demons? RECOMMEND: for teenagers 13+ who are a lil bit goth and "going through a phase." Also people who like eyeliner and whoever else wants to read a cool graphic novel with writers, healers, ghosts and demons.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    This first volume sets up a promising start to this new series that follows Mary, a descendant of Mary Shelley. The women in her family are all famous writers and Mary struggles fitting into what's expected of her, so we see her coming to terms with what she wants to do - and that's healing monster. Overall, it's a fun and easy read and the artwork is stunning. The characters were designed well, I especially loved the way the monsters were drawn. The fact that Mary is goth was an interesting tou This first volume sets up a promising start to this new series that follows Mary, a descendant of Mary Shelley. The women in her family are all famous writers and Mary struggles fitting into what's expected of her, so we see her coming to terms with what she wants to do - and that's healing monster. Overall, it's a fun and easy read and the artwork is stunning. The characters were designed well, I especially loved the way the monsters were drawn. The fact that Mary is goth was an interesting touch that brought her character life. Something that made me lower my rating was the world-building or lack of, mostly. Some of the MC's choices weren't explained that well, which felt like we jumped from one idea to another, without tying them together. Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for a review!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay♫SingerOfStories♫

    This graphic novel is going on my top five GN list--I loved so many things about it!! Right off the bat, I was captivated by the synopsis. I love Mary Shelley, so a twisted, modern retelling is just for me! The book itself had me intrigued from page ONE when the portrait of Mary Shelley walks out of a painting and into a creepy, dark forest. I was turning pages so fast my eyes could hardly keep up! The main character, Mary, is a sixth generation descendent of Mary Shelley and she is so tired of hig This graphic novel is going on my top five GN list--I loved so many things about it!! Right off the bat, I was captivated by the synopsis. I love Mary Shelley, so a twisted, modern retelling is just for me! The book itself had me intrigued from page ONE when the portrait of Mary Shelley walks out of a painting and into a creepy, dark forest. I was turning pages so fast my eyes could hardly keep up! The main character, Mary, is a sixth generation descendent of Mary Shelley and she is so tired of high expectations put upon her by the women in her family who want her to be a writer like those before her. However, one dark and rainy night, a (handsome) stranger shows up and asks her to heal a mysterious wound, and Mary learns that she has a power of her own: the power to heal monsters. From this point in the story, the twists only unravel more and the book is so fun. The monsters include a harpy, a demon possessing backyard rodents, ghosts, a large egg, and more. I highly recommend this book because of the diverse characters, the varied monster references, the humor and all-around fun. I sincerely hope there will be a series around Mary's character and her monster-healing adventures because I would definitely read more!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Avani

    Mary by Brea Grant and illustrated by Yishan Li is a Young Adult horror graphic novel, with a tint of fantasy and paranomal romance to it. We see our badass character the young Mary Shelley, who has been born and bought up with having to be only a writer when she grows up just like her ancestors and mother. But her interests lie somewhere else and not in continuing her family's legacy of being a best selling author. Then we see a strange boy named Adam, who comes and asks her to heal a wound. Mar Mary by Brea Grant and illustrated by Yishan Li is a Young Adult horror graphic novel, with a tint of fantasy and paranomal romance to it. We see our badass character the young Mary Shelley, who has been born and bought up with having to be only a writer when she grows up just like her ancestors and mother. But her interests lie somewhere else and not in continuing her family's legacy of being a best selling author. Then we see a strange boy named Adam, who comes and asks her to heal a wound. Mary learns something new about her family which she didn't know till date, and was kept hidden from her. We see a lot of adventure in this book, and also her best friend Rhonda has a secret which is kept hidden from Mary. The writing style and the art in the book definitely does justice to the storyline. I liked this small and quick read. We definitely see Mary grow and come out of her comfort zone. But we need to see more in this world and with the character of Mary Shelley. The story definitely sounded like its just the beginning so I look forward to read more. Also, +1 for the Grey's Anatomy reference in this book 😜 ____ Releasing 6th October 2020 Thank You to NetGalley and 'Six Foot Press' Publisher for providing me an eARC in exchange for a honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter was an imaginative take on finding out who you really are and standing up to external pressure to behave a certain way. I loved the idea that Mary Shelley sparked a line of creative, literary women and also deeply identified with present-day Mary's struggle to define herself in light of this legacy. The monster element made this graphic novel even more fun. If you're looking for a spooky yet heartwarming book to g Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter was an imaginative take on finding out who you really are and standing up to external pressure to behave a certain way. I loved the idea that Mary Shelley sparked a line of creative, literary women and also deeply identified with present-day Mary's struggle to define herself in light of this legacy. The monster element made this graphic novel even more fun. If you're looking for a spooky yet heartwarming book to get you in the mood for fall, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of Mary when it comes out in October. C/W:(view spoiler)[some gore and violence (hide spoiler)] Thank you to Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Six Foot Press for providing an ARC for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    linda hole

    When i read the synopsis for this graphic novel . I thought the plot was intriguing. Bit this graphic novel became too bland for me . Even though the art work was very good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Amazing graphic novel filled with comedy, horror and fantastical happenings. Mary is the great, great, great, great granddaughter of Mary Shelley, and she is having a hard time figuring out what she wants to do with her life, until she is thrust into a world that seems to have that figured out for her. This was such a fun read, with great characters, and I just want to know who I have to call get more of this made!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    4 stars. This graphic novel was cute and I love the concept. Review to come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Alpizar Paez

    First of all, thanks to NetGally for letting me read this arc in exchange for an honest opinion. Here we have the story of a descendant of the famous writer Mary Shelley, whose family has had a series of other great authors after her. Mary is the great, great, great, great, great, granddaughter and she doesn’t know if she is going to continue with the family tradition. Or rather she is frustrated with the expectations she has to fill. That’s her life until she meets Adam, a monster who asks for First of all, thanks to NetGally for letting me read this arc in exchange for an honest opinion. Here we have the story of a descendant of the famous writer Mary Shelley, whose family has had a series of other great authors after her. Mary is the great, great, great, great, great, granddaughter and she doesn’t know if she is going to continue with the family tradition. Or rather she is frustrated with the expectations she has to fill. That’s her life until she meets Adam, a monster who asks for her help. And that’s how Mary gets involved in a family mistery and of course more monsters The idea is amazing, the art is beautiful and dark. Here we have two main conflicts, one is Mary’s future and the other is the monsters, that eventually both are going to be mixed. The characters are a little plain, even the main one, yes, she has the internal battle of the expectations she has to fill, but apart from that there is nothing special about her. Contrary to her aunts and Adam, they caught more my attention and I actually liked them better than Mary. The monsters: Well they are the best part of this graphic novel, they are interesting and I wanted to know more about them, specially of the ghost inside a bunny toy. I just hope there will be more volumes, I am interested about the monsters’ problems, the treats to Mary, and how this “work” of helping creatures works And finally, let’s talk about the romance, well that part I didn’t like, I mean, there have been some nights after they met and both have those eyes of “i’m in love” It was really instantaneous. To sum up, this graphic novel is light, with an amazing and dark art, the story is interesting and it helps to spend some time to relax. 3/5 stars. ---------- Gracias a NetGally por dejarme leer esta copia por avanzado a cambio de una opinión honesta. Aquí tenemos la historia de Mary una descendiente de la famosa escritora Mary Shelley, cuya familia se ha visto dotada de grandes escritoras después de ella. Hasta Mary, quien no quiere seguir por ese camino, o más bien está frustrada por lo mucho que se espera de ella y lo poco que puede seguir en ese ámbito. Así es su vida hasta que se encuentra con Adam un monstruo que le pide ayuda, y así Mary se ve envuelta en un misterio familiar y claro ¿por qué no? más monstruos. La idea es increíble y el arte es precioso con ese aire oscuro que me fascinó. tenemos aquí dos grandes conflictos, uno es el futuro de Mary y el otro el de los monstruos, que al final se terminan combinando. Los personajes son un poco planos, incluso la protagonista, tiene su batalla con las expectativas que tiene que cumplir, pero que fuera de eso no llama mucho la atención. En cambio siento que las tías y Adam son más llamativos. Los monstruos, son lo mejor que esta novela tiene, son interesantes y quieres saber más de ellos, en especial el fantasma que está dentro de un conejito de peluche, es el toque gracioso y adorable. Realmente espero que haya más volúmenes, por que quiero ver más de los problemas que estos monstruos tienen, las amenazas que puede tener Mary, y cómo funciona esa clase de “trabajo” que pasa a ciertas generaciones. Y por último hablemos del romance, ése si no me terminó de convencer, habían pasado un par de noches y ya tenían esas miradas de enamorados, fue demasiado instantáneo como para que fuera creíble. En conclusión, es una novela ligera, con un arte oscuro y una historia entretenida para pasar el rato 3/5 estrellas

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jaq

    Let me start this review on a positive note: the art is gorgeous. The character design, the style, all of it, top notch. The idea is also really interesting and original, but I don't think it was that well developped. It feels like we're rushing through everything, we barely get the motivation behind some decisions or relationship between characters (that instaromance gave me whiplash). Still very entertaining, I'll gladly read other instances of this series. Let me start this review on a positive note: the art is gorgeous. The character design, the style, all of it, top notch. The idea is also really interesting and original, but I don't think it was that well developped. It feels like we're rushing through everything, we barely get the motivation behind some decisions or relationship between characters (that instaromance gave me whiplash). Still very entertaining, I'll gladly read other instances of this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    3.5 stars Full review to follow!

  24. 5 out of 5

    aro

    3.5 stars Mary Shelley is the ascendant of *the* Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Her family are all successful authors, but Mary is the black sheep of her family. That’s at least what she thinks, until she discover that she has hidden abilities and that a world full of monsters exist. It felt a bit rushed and there were a couple of scenes where it quickly jumped from one point to another, like it expected me to already know what was going on, and it kinda threw me out of the magic of the 3.5 stars Mary Shelley is the ascendant of *the* Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Her family are all successful authors, but Mary is the black sheep of her family. That’s at least what she thinks, until she discover that she has hidden abilities and that a world full of monsters exist. It felt a bit rushed and there were a couple of scenes where it quickly jumped from one point to another, like it expected me to already know what was going on, and it kinda threw me out of the magic of the story. The writing style is a cliché sort of style. It adds to the vibes of the book, giving it that My Babysitter’s a Vampire vibe, which i don’t know why the book reminds me of that show, but i grew up watching it and i really adore it. The dialogue is the same as the writing style. Kinda cliché which might make the characters come off as annoying, but i think it just adds to the charm of the book and the humor. The drawing style is super cute and I love all of the character designs. If I get the chance I will definitely read the series when it continues. In the next volumes I would love to see some more worldbuilding and get a deeper understanding of the characters and their actions, since they so far have appeared a bit flat. I would also love some background for the monster world and the monsters and their powers. I also have a lot of questions about Shirley Jackson and when they were alive. What unfinished business do they have? I hope I'll get my questions answered later on in the series. The same with Rhonda and her powers. I hope we will dive deeper into how her powers work in the next volumes, and the background of her powers. I am worried about the romance. I hope it won't take up too much of the story, but so far it's very cute though it is a bit rushed. It’s a quick and easy read, I finished it in about an hour, so if you're looking for a book to get you in the Halloween mood without giving you nightmares then this is perfect. Especially because the book comes out October 6th - just in time for spooky season. Thank you NetGalley for giving me an e-book version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reg Mars

    I was drawn to this book because I thought it had an awesome cover. Plus I do love graphic novels especially since they are such quick reads. Then I saw it was a read now option on Netgalley so I thought I would give this graphic novel a shot. I do have to say I overall thought it was a decent story. Mary is the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Mary Shelley. All the woman that have come before her are known for being incredible writers. However, Mary hasn't found her passion to be I was drawn to this book because I thought it had an awesome cover. Plus I do love graphic novels especially since they are such quick reads. Then I saw it was a read now option on Netgalley so I thought I would give this graphic novel a shot. I do have to say I overall thought it was a decent story. Mary is the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Mary Shelley. All the woman that have come before her are known for being incredible writers. However, Mary hasn't found her passion to be a writer and is constantly bothered by her Mother to follow in her footsteps. However one day Mary discovers she can heal monsters and they won't stop bothering her to help them. I do have to say the story kinda moved a bit fast for me. One minute Mary is complaining how she doesn't want to be a writer and then bam all of a sudden she has powers. I do kinda of wish there was just more of a buildup to the story. Yes you find out these powers run in the family but I just would have wanted more from it. Especially since this seems like it will be a series so I feel could have taken time to develop things more. I did really enjoy the artwork! It was a bit blurry on my phone but I am okay with that since this was an e-arc. I would love to pick this up in the future to look at the art in person. Mary is very gothic and has major goth vibes which I just loved. This graphic novel gives off major mysterious and a bit darker vibes which I did enjoy. Overall I did enjoy this. I would end up picking up the next graphic novel in the series. I do hope things slow down a little bit so I can get to know Mary better and learn more about her family. I also really want to read something by Mary Shelley because I still haven't read anything by her. I am happy to see this comes out in October. I feel it gives off so a lot of fall/October vies. So the timing is perfect!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    ’The beginning is always today.’ Mary Shelley is a legend and I really like her works. So obviously I had to read this graphic novel. The drawings are pretty and I like the whole vibe they provide, dark and creepy and perfectly fitted for the story. The general idea behind the plot was also great and I really enjoyed this. But unfortunately, the end product lacks a lot of character depth. Every single character and their relationships felt so flat and this made me cringe so hard. This story should ’The beginning is always today.’ Mary Shelley is a legend and I really like her works. So obviously I had to read this graphic novel. The drawings are pretty and I like the whole vibe they provide, dark and creepy and perfectly fitted for the story. The general idea behind the plot was also great and I really enjoyed this. But unfortunately, the end product lacks a lot of character depth. Every single character and their relationships felt so flat and this made me cringe so hard. This story should fill a larger book, I think the author rushed threw it and wasted so much potential. Thanks to the Independent Book Publishers Association and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittney ♡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a great and unique read but it was fast-paced, a bit too fast-paced and rushed honestly. The romance between Mary and Adam was very rushed, but still cute... even if he is a zombie. I loved the relationship between Rhonda and Mary, is amazing and they flowed very well together. I really didn’t like Mary's mother because she wanted Mary to be like her in her writing career, she was very pushy and immature in most of the parts where she interacted with Mary. Also, I'd like to point out that This was a great and unique read but it was fast-paced, a bit too fast-paced and rushed honestly. The romance between Mary and Adam was very rushed, but still cute... even if he is a zombie. I loved the relationship between Rhonda and Mary, is amazing and they flowed very well together. I really didn’t like Mary's mother because she wanted Mary to be like her in her writing career, she was very pushy and immature in most of the parts where she interacted with Mary. Also, I'd like to point out that there is a hole in the story.. Mary is told something by her aunt, about her mother, and told to ask about it, which she does, but nothing else comes of it and it's really pointless to me to have it in.. pretty much just filler. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Not to be dramatic but I would kill to have a spin off of Shirley Jackson, the ghost inside the bun bun doll, and he harpy friend Polly!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeeya

    The story is pretty intriguing with protagonist Mary Shelley (descendant of the OG Writer Mary Shelley) and a bunch of monsters. Mary is going through a crisis- everyone in her family is an accomplished writer and they expect her to be one too. Then she runs into Adam (a beautifully drawn Frankenstein) and other monsters who require her help. And she figures out her superpower: the ability to heal monsters. The artwork is beautiful. And so is the overall gothic vibe. The dialogues do a lack a bit The story is pretty intriguing with protagonist Mary Shelley (descendant of the OG Writer Mary Shelley) and a bunch of monsters. Mary is going through a crisis- everyone in her family is an accomplished writer and they expect her to be one too. Then she runs into Adam (a beautifully drawn Frankenstein) and other monsters who require her help. And she figures out her superpower: the ability to heal monsters. The artwork is beautiful. And so is the overall gothic vibe. The dialogues do a lack a bit. Still, the characters are diverse (well they are monsters so...) We have well Mary, a Frankenstein, a pretty wild harpy, an egg, a huge rat and so many others. My fav is Bun-bun aka Shirley Jackson. The plot itself is really engaging I sped through it. Overall this is a really fun graphic novel. And I would like to read more about Mary and the monsters. I recommend it to everyone because it’s pretty short but still gives you a sense of accomplishment over finishing a book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-arc for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vaishnavi

    Freakish, surprising and beautiful. Thankyou netgalley for providing the review copy. This book was quite a surprise to me, when I started it I thought it would be a normal twisty mystery kinda book but lo and behold monsters and a variety of them too, I loved it a lot. A pressured environment to be what the family legacy is, a troubled mind about the future, the pressing need of telling people off to mind their own business and leave you alone were some of the strongest emotions of the book and I Freakish, surprising and beautiful. Thankyou netgalley for providing the review copy. This book was quite a surprise to me, when I started it I thought it would be a normal twisty mystery kinda book but lo and behold monsters and a variety of them too, I loved it a lot. A pressured environment to be what the family legacy is, a troubled mind about the future, the pressing need of telling people off to mind their own business and leave you alone were some of the strongest emotions of the book and I absolutely loved that vibe. The story was a but sketchy and initially I didn't know what was happening but as the story progressed I grew more and more intrigued about what her choices would lead to. I love a good graphic novel with superb art illustrations and this was one of the best ones. The art was fabulously detailed and the characters were actually accurate and some swoon-worthy. I would love to read more if this book has sequels and the distinctive monsters had my interest, some quotes were also well used. The school work and the landscape scenes were well written as well. This can be a quick, fun and slight spook surprise read for graphic novel lovers with cool illustrations. #netgalley #mary

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