Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Merciless

Title: The Merciless
Author: Danielle Vega
Number of Pages: 279
Date Read: 10/15/14
Genre: Demons, Horror, Thriller, Suspense

Synopsis (Found on

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

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 Brooklynbut 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?

My Review:

This book would make a great horror slasher film. 

This book was a quick gory read and I liked it well enough. Its about the new girl, Sofia, who moves to a new school and falls in with the new popular crowd~ Riley, Alexis and Grace. The catch is that those girls are also very "religious". I put that in quotes because in my opinion they hide behind their religion and use it to do what they do in the book. Riley is the ring leader and the most "holiest" of the group. The girls tell Sofia, that a girl they know, Brooklyn, is evil and possessed. Sofia likes Brooklyn well enough and is not sure if her popular friends are right. a situation occurs and the next thing Sofia knows, she is trapped in an abandoned house, with Riley, Grace and Alexis who have Brooklyn tied up. Then Riley tells her that they are going to save Brooklyn and perform an exorcism on her since she is possessed. Thats when all hell breaks loose and it gets gory.

This book is very gory. I'm talking knife cuts, fingernails flying off, twisted baptisms, skinned animals and the like, bugs (eww) and nailing hands down. Blood was all over the book and mentioned so many times. There were a few times that I gasped or made "eww" like sounds because it was so gross. I do have to say that the horror and gore were described in detail which gives the reader a clear picture on what it looked like and the sounds the blood, bones, skin and such made while being ripped or cut. It gave me chills to read some parts. It was like watching a movie in my mind and the words made the images clear and a bit disturbing. I didn't get scared reading it but I did get grossed out.

There were some thrills and suspense as the reader wonders how Sofia was going to get out of that house. Sofia was also trying to get Brooklyn out with her. She realized Riley was going crazy. All of the characters were keeping secrets (sins) from each other and it was interesting to hear what they were when they finally were revealed. It was interesting on what these girls, who were basically torturing someone, thought made someone a monster.

There really wasn't much character development. Sofia is the main character who tries to do the right thing and save Brooklyn from the girls. There is a little backstory that tells her secret in bits throughout the chapters. Brooklyn is the token bad girl who is wild and at times does seemed possessed by a demon. She, of course, is terrified when she was in that house but she was also sassy and defiant to the people torturing her which I found to be crazy. I could tell right off the bat that Riley was a bit off and I was right when she went bat s**t crazy. Alexis was the typical girl who followed and idolized Riley. Grace was happy and upbeat. I didn't really get attached to any of the characters. I only hated Riley for what she was doing and wish someone would kill her already. 

All in all it was an entertaining book that grossed me out. It wasn't wonderful but it did was it was supposed to do.


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