Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega (The Merciless #1)

Title: The Merciless

Author: Danielle Vega

Page Count: 272 (hardcover)

Publishing: Razorbill

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Synopsis: "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?" -Goodreads

This is a Young Adult standalone horror novel that was absolutely addictive. It is beautifully crafted with elements that will keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout the entirety of story.
The story follows a young girl who is befriended by a group of religious girls. These girls believe that another girl at their school is evil, so in order to free her soul they preform an exorcism that turns deadly fast.
This is a quick paced read that will send chills down your spine. The one thing that really stood out in my mind that I really enjoyed about this book was that there was no romance between the main character and another male lead. There was an attraction but nothing that is really pushed, which was nice because the story takes place over a weeks time.
The main character in this story is of hispanic background which was something that isn’t explored much in the young adult genre, and even though religion is mentioned in this book it isn’t something that is pushy. If anything this story left me feeing refreshed and excited to jump into more things of this genre. I will defiantly be picking up more books by Danielle Vega in the future, and I recommend this book to anyone who is wanting something that will be unlike anything they have read.
In the front of the book there is a disclaimer, the book is for mature audiences only. This book is full of dark topics and gruesome descriptions. Please take this into consideration when deciding to read this story.

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