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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,056 ratings  ·  138 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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Razorbill
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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...more
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...more
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
Jul 25, 2011 Amber rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
Kate Mckeown
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ashley Manzueta
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
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...more
Nov 13, 2009 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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...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:
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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.
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.
I had a lot of issues conserning this book. The first and most obvious one is the insta friendship around which the whole plot rolls around. If there weren't Lindsay's irritating desire to protect her new best friend Julie, who is really mean towards Lindsay most of the time, this book wouldn't have had more than 50 pages. She would just realize that she could fucking die for a stranger and go home.
I said it.
I feel much better now.
The second thing that really made me see red was the fact...more
I was so happy when Nancy offered to send me some of her books to review. This book's description had caught my eye despite not liking the cover (I thought the cover was a little cheesy). This book definitely had its pluses and minuses. The suspense build up was very good and it even made me a little jumpy as I was reading the book. There are also a few character surprises that had to you wondering who were really were the good guys and who were the bad guys. The inter-relations between the char...more
Aik Chien 인첸
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.

The story was well-written, but 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 Mar...more
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...more
In X meets Y fashion, I'd call Possessions something like "Mean Girls meets the paranormal". It was a quick but definitely creepy read that had me turning pages like crazy towards the end - with an ending that made me go "whoa" and take a second or two before it really sank in.

The characters are well-realised, with Lindsay as a great protagonist right in the center. She had an excellent voice, realistic but also chilling in her descriptions. The way she described what happened to one of the girl...more
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
Dec 21, 2010 Carrie Hinkel-Gill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone liking a good scare, ghosts, and possession stories!
Shelves: mlm-ya-cove
The print is larger and appears less dense than traditional books, so it's a decent option for a reluctant reader. It took me awhile to finish this book only because I decided it was too good to read in July, so I saved it for October, when I like getting a good scare, lol! Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! It really only took me a couple of days to read it - if that!

The characters are well-defined and the setting, Marlwood Academy, is downright scary!

Holder does an excellent job of...more
Possessions was a very creepy book (do bear in mind that I’m a wimp when it comes to scary) and had me quite jumpy for a few days after finishing it. The setting is Marlwood Academy, a boarding school for rich girls and Lindsay, the main character got in on a scholarship. In the middle of nowhere and surrounded by forests and a lake, Marlwood seemed like the perfect place for Lindsay after her breakdown. Nobody knew her and what had happened. She could make a fresh start.

I liked Lindsay. I total...more
Sara Grochowski
Possessions was a quick, creepy read that I liked overall, but I felt lacked depth in some aspects.

I thought that Nancy Holder did a great job of building tension and mystery around the evil elements of the plot line. Lindsay's past mixed with the boarding schools mysterious and deadly history mixed well. I liked not knowing if something sinister was really happening or if Lindsay was imagining everything. I really didn't know what the truth would be until I finished the book.

My one major compl...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
If you like supernatural things, then this is your type of book. After reading the end of the first chapter, I was hooked (which is very weird for me, because I usually take a few chapters to get into a book).

Lindsay was a great protagonist, who's kind and compassionate. She's been through a lot, and is still dealing with the effects. She played at being popular, and felt the pain from being on the losing end of the game. So now at Marlwood, she's not interested in jumping through hoops to get...more
Apr 21, 2011 Jodie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Nancy Holder has given us one hell of a book! Everything about these books right down to the covers are eerily creepy. As the plot thickens, you'll find yourself wanting to sleep with the lights on!

Lindsay has had her fair share of problems and the best thing for her is to get away. She is now starting school at Marlwood Academy which is an all girls school that many years ago used to be a psychiatric hospital. Marlwood is filled with nothing but rich, snotty girls trying to outdo one another....more
I didn't like it too much. It was very slow in the beginning and I almost gave up on it when I hit page fifty and I still wasn't very interested in the story and nothing really exciting had happened. By page one hundred or one fifty it had really picked up, though, and the story got a tad more interesting.

Also, I was really looking forward to a good ghost story when I read that chilling summary. However, the book just didn't live up to that summary. It wasn't really that scary. I'm very easily...more
Lindsay Cavanaugh enters an all girls boarding school after suffering a major mental breakdown and shares her dorm room with Julie, a sweet girl dying to get into the popular clique. Mandy, the popular and mean girl antagonist, pulls nasty pranks on her fellow students and Lindsay does what she can to protect Julie. Lindsay notices weird things about Mandy and her friends - eyes going completely black and speaking in uncharacteristic Southern accents.

Lindsay and Julie are both sympathetic and be...more

It was kind of the worst horror I've ever read. Lindsay is so stupid, the popular girls are unrealistically rich and the whole plot line is so typical and predictable. It only difference the popular girls are possessed by some ghosts the mystery we never learn the extent of. At the end of the book Shes just Learns that the girls are possessed by ghosts and so is she and that she wants to get to the end of this. That was all obvious from like chapter three and I was rolling my eyes at how shallo...more
Melbourne on my mind
Plot summary: After suffering a breakdown following her mother's death and catching her so-called best friend sleeping with her boyfriend, Lindsay finds herself the new girl at the prestigious Marlwood Academy. Shortly after arrival, she sees the queen bee, Mandy, and a couple of her friends/followers acting wiggy. As time passes, things get progressively weirder, and Lindsay is afraid for her life and her sanity.

Thoughts: Meh. Kind of like Mean Girls meets The Woman in Black? Look, it had prom...more
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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...more
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