Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review: The Merciless

The Merciless
by Danielle Vega


Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


I LOVED this book! I had been in the mood for something scary/creepy and this fit the bill just fine. It had been so long since I've read a YA book that actually creeped me out. Vega does a great job of incorporating flash backs and so-called cliches into what turns out to be quite a unique story! Through the point of view of Sofia, we get to experience so many emotions and...well, I won't give it away.

I read a review somewhere that said this was a bad imitation of Mean Girls. Well, let me tell you that, as much as I love Mean Girls, this story goes beyond the popular girls. Anyone who thinks that's what this book is about has it very very wrong. 

Vega says in her ending credits that her husband, who does not like scary stories, should prepare himself for the next one she has brewing. I cannot wait to read anything else that comes from this great debut author!


If you love scary stories - this is for you. HOWEVER, please realize that there is talk of sex, violence, addiction and other unpleasant things in this book. It's a great story, but I don't want anyone getting triggered or feeling uncomfortable when reading should be fun!

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