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Possessions (Possessions #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,290 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale

New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn’t help that the school itself is totally e
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Razorbill
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Apr 21, 2012 Miranda rated it did not like it

The Plot:

I really wanted to like this book. I have read her Wicked series and didn't like it. But after I purchased this without realizing who the author was I decided to go in with an open mind and hope it was as good as it's AMAZING cover. However it wasn't. It was not original or very interesting. Lindsay goes to a boarding school after a breakdown (that is never fully explained or explored) to start over new. As it turns out her new school is haunted and used to be an asylum for girls in
Nov 03, 2011 Lori rated it did not like it
Seriously one of the worst YA books I have ever read. The main character was so annoying that by the end I just wanted her to be killed off and let someone else take the role of lead character. Sick of female authors writing about young women and making them so pathetic. Omg look a cute boy that thinks im cute but he has a gf but idc about my self respect im going to follow him around like a lost puppy dog and hope he picks me in the end. i dont even care if it makes me look pathetic im 15 and i ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it
Possessions is the first book I've read by Nancy Holder, but I can definitely say it won't be the last.

Prior to reading this book, I'd read a review that said Possessions would be the result if Stephen King were asked to write Gossip Girls. I'd have to say that that statement's fairly accurate. Possessions has all of the drama associated with your typical high school "in-crowd," and, combined with a thrilling supernatural twist, it makes for a read that will have you turning pages and possibly h
Apr 19, 2016 Lazar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
В книгата имаше от всичко по малко-кучки,духове,зловеща атмосфера,приятелство,романтика и напрежение.Първият път като я четох не можа да ми допадне и я оставих,но реших да и дам втори шанс и не съжалявам за решението си.Хареса ми много,но за жалост няма да видим втората и третата книга на български,а много ми се иска да видя как ще се развие историята и какъв ще е краят и.
Jul 25, 2011 Amber rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: less discerning readers who like knock-offs of R.L. Stine, Gossip Girl (moreso the latter)
Loved Mean Girls? Enjoy Gossip Girl? Dig on R.L. Stine? Because Possessions is what I imagine would happen if Mean Girls and Gossip Girl had a baby, then gave it to R.L. Stine for its formative years.

As potentially awesome as that may sound, it's not. The entire book is derivative, predictable, and ultimately, unsatisfying.

Those familiar with the narrative style of the likes of Courtney Summers will immediately see the extreme similarity in Holder's work, to the point where I thought I'd acciden
Veronica Morfi
Possessions introduces us to the story of Lindsay, a girl who is starting over in a new school after an emotional breakdown she had in her old life. But Marlwood Academy is not your typical school, yes, you have the popular girls and the girls that are dying to be popular but Marlwood is also haunted by the ghosts of girls from the time it was an asylum. Lindsay will soon discover that the deadly games that the popular clique in Marlwood plays are connected to the dead girls from the past.

I thou
2.5 stars

Was expecting more
less insta love and mean girl drama. The possession crap all happened towards the end and felt rushed to me. I have the sequel but I'm not sure if I'll end up reading it.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for

After discovering her boyfriend being intimate with another girl, Lindsey finds herself at Marlwood Academy. Can someone say dilapidated and creepy?

At night, Lindsey keeps seeing ghostly apparitions out her window that are nothing short of unnerving. One day, she stumbles across a room filled with memories, mementos, and other items from the school's past. To make matters worse, she overhears the Queen Bee, Megan, and her cohorts performing strange rituals
Kat Kennedy
I have to be honest, I just couldn't finish this. It's not you, Possessions, it's me. I expected something creepier and edgier.
Nov 13, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
Recommended to Donna by: Nancy Holder
Possessions by Nancy Holder is the first book I've read by this author. From reading the synopsis you already know the popular girls are possessed by spirits. The mystery in this book lies in why were they possessed and who were these spirits.

I had a fun time reading Possessions. I know your thinking "Fun?" What was fun for me was the creepy factor in the setting of the book. I loved how the eerie atmosphere was set. While reading you could feel how creepy it was staying at a school, surrounded
2.5 stars

At its core, Possessions has a pretty cool story. Nothing exactly original or groundbreaking, but perfect for a simple, clean YA horror novel. Sadly, not only does the plot move super slowly, with long stretches in which nothing of actual importance happens, riddled with Lindsay drooling over Troy and Mandy being a typically crazy mean girl, but there's very little exploration of any of the things the novel introduces, especially the characters.

Lindsay had this 'breakdown' before coming
Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Lindsay is just about to get the fresh start she has been longing for. No longer will she be surrounded by those who remember the "breakdown." No longer will she be "that girl." Instead, she is hoping to blend in nicely with the other students at Marlwood Academy. But it looks like luck just is not on Lindsay's side. Shortly after arriving at the Academy, she begins to experience some unexplained activity and hearing some rumors she just cannot seem to ignore.

Possessions is one of those novels t
Sep 05, 2016 Amit rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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WOW! Really Fascinating to read this book...

The most noticeable thing about this book was it's cover. Okay let be honest to myself - that it's the amazing book cover of it that made me read it in first choice & the truth is I really liked it a lot...

I enjoyed it so much. Yeah I took much time to finish it but hey it was a good book to read in horror genre. Though I have a few collection in my reading experience when it come about in horror genre literature. But above all till now by this bo
Nov 17, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I have heard tons of mixed reviews ranging from a really bad recommendation to completely loving it. However, I have to say, I'm more in the middle because I have realized that there are many positive as well as negative things about this novel.

The negative: Possessions moved too slow. There was a really long rising action and it just seemed as if I had to keep waiting and waiting for things to finally start to occur. Another thing that I didn't quite like was the fact that there were way too ma
Sep 05, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, victoria-lucas
Wow! Where do I begin? Not only is this instant "cover-love" for me, it is also described as "The It Girl meets The Exorcist". That alone had me wanting to grab this book immediately.

POSSESSIONS is about a girl, Lindsay, sent to a boarding school following a nervous breakdown. Lindsay thinks she can start a new life here, only to discover eerie happenings, ghostly pranks, and rumors that the school is a centuries-old, former insane asylum for wayward girls - and an operating theater with evidenc
Ashley Manzueta
Oct 03, 2009 Ashley Manzueta rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books
Possessions by Nancy Holder was about a girl named Linsday Cavanaugh. She just moved into a boarding school called Marlwood by scholarship. There have been rumors that the school is haunted. Linsday started expieriencing some wierd things while she was at the school. She kept seeing a girls face, her eyes black and her mouth shaped like an O. Linsay is instantly freaked out. Mandy, a popular girl at Marlwood, was spotted by Lindsay doing some wierd things like, talking to herself or her eyes wou ...more
Kate Winiarska
Mar 25, 2011 Kate Winiarska rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won through Goodreads Firstreads.

Possessions is an atmospheric and engrossing read from beginning to end. From the very first page you are thrown into the deep end of boarding school life, and the hierarchy of teenage girls in that environment, but with some added horror and mystery.

Marlwood is a very creepy place to say the least and I felt the hairs on the back of my neck raise more than once!

Lindsay is a brilliant character with a detailed personality and a mysterious and haunting past, and I
Lory Blanco
Jan 05, 2015 Lory Blanco rated it liked it
possession is kind of like RL. Stones meets Gossip Girl. You have your click of mean popular rich girls and then the girl that doesn't fit in. combine this with a supernatural twist and it makes for a good plot. Or at least it was supposed to be but the plot falls flat, with overused cliche and already used story line. The first half of the book was extremely boring. I only started getting into the book towards the end. That's were the supernatural dlement really jumped at me and I started to en ...more
RATING: 1.5 Out Of 5

Unfortunatly I was very dissapointed with this book...
I had heard that is was a mix of gossip girl and something by Stephen King. That sounds awesome right? Yer.. but this doesn't live up to that description.

I won't say to much about this, because Miranda in her review pretty much sums up my feelings on this book, link:
Kai VanderBerg
Oct 20, 2016 Kai VanderBerg rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I expected it to be tiny bit creepier than it was, but I definitely liked it enough to continue with the rest of the trilogy! Not horrible, not amazing. A fun, quick read. Prolly better suited for somewhat younger teens (14-16 or so) but I don't see why someone older wouldn't enjoy it. Just as long as you take it for what it is. I could see this as a Nickelodeon/Disney made for TV Halloween movie. Could be fun!
is mee... kissa
Apr 20, 2011 is mee... kissa marked it as to-read
I hope this really is a horror book cause that's the impression i got when i saw the cover.
freaky cover. And i just looked at the sequel to this book.... freakier cover. And i like the rhyme at the bottom. Adds to the freakiness
... *sigh* i love it already.
Jan 05, 2017 Liralen rated it it was ok
Not sure quite how to describe this one except that it feels unresolved. I remain a sucker for boarding-school books, and Possessions has a bonus ex-asylum setting. The setting works better for me than that in Asylum because here the former asylum buildings are closed off entirely...except that that never seems to stop the students from doing whatever the hell they want in these condemned, ten-kinds-of-dangerous buildings.

Anyway. Lindsay's the new girl at school—she had something of a mental bre
Aug 05, 2011 Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possessions by Nancy Holder
Book 1 of the Possessions series
Razorbill –September 3, 2009
Facebook: Yes
Rating: Absolutely loved it!!
Recommendations: YA fans, ghost stories, boarding school stories.

Lindsay has started Marlwood in the middle of the first semester. On her first day she manages to witness a strange ritual that she’s pretty sure she wasn’t supposed to see, irritate Dr. Ehrlenbach by not dressing appropriately. But she soon learns that this is the least of her problem
Jun 21, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.

Possessions is the creepy version of Mean Girls. (That’s a compliment.)

Lindsay is starting school at Marlwood, a private school in middle-of-nowhere California. She’s coming into the semester late, but the goal is to start fresh. While at her old school Lindsay was one of the cool kids. She vied for the Queen Bee’s attention and got it. Being a part of that group meant following the leader, being cruel to others and enduring taunting and
Jun 09, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 3-stars
Title: Possessions (#1 in the Possessions series)
Author: Nancy Holder
Publisher: Razorbill
Length: 320 pages
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
My Rating Scale:
1 Star= I flat out hated it/terrible/I wanted to scratch my eyes out.
2 Stars= I didn’t like it
3 Stars= It was okay/I moderately liked it
4 Stars= I really liked it, but it wasn’t totally perfect
5 Stars= Holy literary gods! I LOVED this book!

Plot Summary:
Lindsay is forced to revamp herself at Marlwood Academy for girls. However, Mandy and her popular c
After Lindsay's big breakdown she decides to get out of San Diego and out of her old life. She decides to go to boarding school in upstate California. As soon as she arrives however she witnesses something she can't explain. As all the unexplainable things start to add up, Lindsay knows something has got to give. What she doesn't realize is that maybe what's going on may have less to do with the present and more to do with something grizzly in Marlwood's past. Now she has to fight to figure out ...more
Chapter by Chapter
Feb 23, 2012 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read Possessions for as long as I can remember (meaning when I discovered it on Amazon, because I like to look at books for fun sometimes—but beside the point). Possessions had all the major components required to create a scary horror story. Freaky boarding school that used to be an Asylum for Wayward girls (and has student room’s unlocked doors 24/7)? Check. Powerful Rich Girl Queen Bee? Check. Dead people? Checkito. Did the story scare the lovely young lady reviewing this nov ...more
Madelyn Blake
Okay, a day later and I am back and ready to review.

So Possessions, was it good? Well, I just wanted to say this, if you're in love with extremely creepy, gothic type books then no, Possessions is not the right book for you. If you're like me though and are interested to the point where you aren't a total critic about it, then you may enjoy it. Let me explain myself a bit before you make your final decision.

When I went into this book, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from the reviews I'd alread
Sep 23, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it
First off, this ending was maddening! A perfect cliff hanger that will almost guarantee the readers will return- I know I will be. Even with the vast number and kinds of possession and ghost stories, this one was well done and exhilarating. Clues were planted throughout the book of what was happening but never enough for the reader to easily put together the final thing if at all- I admit that I didn’t see some of that stuff coming.

The setting is somewhat typical, particularly with the history o
Yin Chien 인첸
Jan 18, 2017 Yin Chien 인첸 rated it it was ok
Lindsay got herself into an impressive boarding school called Marlwood Academy for Girls on a scholarship. Once there, she spotted a group of girls having a strange ritual beside a lake. Later, she discovered that the leader of the group, Mandy was an estranged, rich girl who loved to play crazy games to spook her friends.

Not much happened in the first half of the book. The words used were rich and descriptive, and these provided a clear image of the places in Marlwood, giving it a menacing atmo
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Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling author of the WICKED Series, has just published CRUSADE - the first book in a new vampire series cowritten with Debbie Viguie. The last book her her Possession series is set to release in March 2011.

Nancy was born in Los Altos, California, and her family settled for a time in Walnut Creek. Her father, who taught at Stanford, joined the navy and the family t
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