Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Review - The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

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About the Book

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.

My Review


I spent the last few hours reading The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky, which Henry Holt & Company released today. I have had an ARC on my Kindle for a few weeks, and for some reason, I got my dates mixed up, so I apologize for posting this review later than expected.  

The classic horror tale Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels, so naturally, I was intrigued with the title The Mary Shelley Club. The story centers on a troubled teenager, Rachel, starting school at Manchester Prep, where she joins the Mary Shelley Club, which has nothing to do with the English author. It's a secret club where the students come up with the scariest pranks and bring them to life. Sounds like harmless fun? That's until the tables get turned, and the club becomes the prey.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Mary Shelley Club. It's kind of a blend of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and a '90s slasher movie, just with a bit more melodrama. I'm not familiar with Goldy Moldavsky's other books, but she did an exceptional job creating a fresh horror plot with likable characters. There's plenty of suspense and twists & turns to keep you turning the pages.

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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  1. This one is on my radar. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Ooh this sounds really good! Thanks for the review, I'll definitely check it out :)


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