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Possessed (Rayne #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  1,309 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
A dark, gothic tale set in modern-day England, this thriller love story will captivate fans of Twilight and Wicked Lovely.

Rayne can't wait to start her summer job at a remote country mansion, far from the crowded, noisy London she so desperately wants to escape. But the retreat soon turns into a nightmare -- the mansion is creepy, the legends of ghosts keep Rayne up at nig
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Point (first published July 7th 2008)
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Thrilling, real, eerie, attraction, belief.

Possessing Rayne is one of those books that I can read again and again - I never get bored of it. I love the style, I love the characters, I love the intrigue, I love the realism, I love the element of fantasy, I love how very British it is.

And why is it so hard to review the books you love?

My favourite part of this book is probably how Rayne herself feels. She develops so much as a character and is pretty much unrecognisable as the girl she on
Dec 23, 2013 Casey rated it did not like it
In Possessed we meet Rayne, a sixteen year old who's desperate for a break from the chaos and pressures of her life in London, leading to her taking up a job in a cafe in an old, secluded and far away mansion. Stuck sleeping in a regenerated sty out near the forests, it isn't long before the place starts to creep her out and she almost considers running home until she manages to make a few friends in the area.

Hardly any of the characters in this book were likable and the only ones who I could ab
Juju Y
May 14, 2011 Juju Y rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Juju by: Tanzila khan
I freaked out because of the cover but you know I'm brave! I did it at last! it was good not that scary after all and I liked it. I'm really looking forward for its sequel. I hated ST.JOHN!
Jul 06, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I really, really wanted to love this book, and then when I started the book it was nothing like I expected, I though that she got the job because it sounded nice, as a summer job. Then I find out its because she hates noise and where she lives and she's decided to take a year of school. It was nothing like I expected. That I could live with, but then she starts manipulating her Mom and her boyfriend so that they want her to go. I put that behind me to keep reading.... but then she starts screeni ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Shelby rated it liked it
It was just okay. It was not my favorite series that I read before. I hope the rest of the series is a little bit better than this one.
Jay G
Feb 25, 2017 Jay G rated it it was ok
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2.5 Stars

16 year old Rayne wants to get away from her mother, younger brother Jelly and controlling boyfriend Damien. She finds a job as a waitress at Morton's Keep, an old mansion a few towns over. Upon arriving, Rayne begins to feel uneasy and learns about the creepy history of this old house and the people who lived there before.

At times, I found Rayne to be very self-centred and a
Dec 13, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-ya-ya
POSSESSED was a lovely read. Although it doesn't really match up to the title. Rayne is tired of living in London, of living in a cramped little apartment in the middle of the busy, crowded, clogged, stifling city. She's stuck in a relationship with a controlling guy who doesn't really love her, her mom doesn't seem to love her aside from her usefulness in taking care of her little brother, and day and night, there's just so much noise and pollution and clutter. So she applies for a job at Morto ...more
Judith Beilke
Jan 08, 2012 Judith Beilke rated it really liked it
Possessed. Even the name sounds creepy. This book, by Kate Cann, is the most chilling book I’ve ever read. By the cover of this book, you’d think it was about Rayne (rein), the main character, would be, in some way, possessed. Not this book. Follow Rayne through her life of an over-possessive boyfriend, Damien, sharing a room with her little brother, Jelly, and an over-protective mom on a flat in London, England. So when she hears about a job just outside a small town in the south, Morton’s Keep ...more
Sep 04, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

Rayne feels trapped. Trapped by her mother, who only seems to want to control Rayne and uses her as a permanent babysitter for her toddler brother, Jelly. Trapped by her controlling boyfriend, who only seems to care about the status Rayne can bring him as a pretty girl and an accessory on his arm. Trapped by the noise and bustle and incessant action that surrounds her family’s London flat. So, when Rayne passes he
Jan 24, 2012 Garet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, gothic
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Feb 06, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
The beginning of Possessed drops the reader right into the stifling life of Rayne, a young London teenager. Her relationships with her mother and boyfriend are dysfunctional, and she’s unable to find a moment’s peace amid the noise and crime of the city. Kate Cann does an excellent job of showing us Rayne’s frayed nerves and her desire to get out of her neighborhood by any means necessary. Desperate, she takes a live-in job at the country estate of Morton’s Keep.

As Rayne settles into her new lif
Anna Bubolz
Sep 27, 2016 Anna Bubolz rated it liked it
Personal Response
I thought this book was pretty good. The thing I didn't like was that throughout at least half of the book it felt like nothing was happening. It was as if you were in the first chapter phase where you're just learning about the characters and such. Towards the end it got interesting but to be honest it was kind of morbid at times. The book didn't specify what the bad things happening were but you definitely used your imagination.

The book is about a girl named Rayne. Rayne
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Rayne Peters longs to get away from feeling trapped by the noisiness of the Estate, her mum’s constant chattering, and her boyfriend’s reputation. All she wants is to sort out her life away from the constant chaos around her. Rayne accepts a position at Morton’s Keep as her solution to finding solace but she never thought she would end of being lured into a living nightmare.

I don’t think I’d ever want to walk in Rayne’s shoes. It took guts to manipulate her way into leaving the clutches of the E
Apr 01, 2010 Bethany rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, young-adult
Rayne lives in a tiny apartment in London slum with her mother and baby brother. She has a boyfriend who...seems shady, although he never actually does anything bad. She hates, uh, you know, urban life, so she gets a job in the country at the creepiest, most haunted house ever. And then she starts cheating on her boyfriend (which is totally understandable, because he...seems shady) with the hottest, creepiest guy ever. She loves everything about her job and the country, except for how creepy eve ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
For Rayne, life in her London apartment is getting stifling. She's not getting along well with her mother, doesn't enjoy taking care of her little brother, and isn't getting along particularly well with her boyfriend. She needs a change of scenery, so after a successful interview to work an ancient and isolated country estate, she jumps on the opportunity. But after arriving at Morton's Keep, Rayne begins to pick up on strange vibes around the grounds, hears frightening stories of the manor's pa ...more
Emily Benoit
Concept/Ideas: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

To be honest this book wasnt as good as I expected it to be. Although the title implies that it's going to be a scary, creepy book.... It really wasn't. I don't even understand where exactly "Possessed" even comes into this book... Nobody was. It wasnt very scary, or suspensful, which dissappointed me. The only real good/creepy parts were in the very beginning, and the very end. The background history in the novel was
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing
Possessed was originally released in the UK, but was released in the US this month. This was a very alluring book solely due to its awesome cover, but believe me that is just the beginning. This story is action packed, and full of mystery and suspense. One of my favorite aspects of this book is its setting. I was enthralled with the vocabulary and the setting of Morton s Keep. I am not sure if this is an actual location that the author based the story on, but if so I would love to visit. Everyth ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this book. I had to finally give up because I have been sitting on it for nearly 2 months. The reason I gave it two stars is because it had potential, it wasn't a horrible book, I was just bored with it so it wasn't for me. I am sure there are others that will enjoy it much more than I did.
Alida arabelle
Dec 08, 2015 Alida arabelle rated it did not like it
Aug 22, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great plot, loved it:-) Interested to read more x x
Mar 23, 2012 Dru rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
It was a good book but I don't understand why the book is called "Possessed " when no one in the book is possessed or get possessed.
Sepideh Sahebsara
Feb 24, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it it was amazing
Nov 30, 2010 Schay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I read this through the night and it scared the crap outta me. That'll teach me to stay up late.
Eli Hernandez
Nov 13, 2016 Eli Hernandez rated it it was amazing
I'm not typically into ghost stories but this one blew me away.
Aug 21, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Possessed is an exceptionally spooky novel that weaves a chilling web of encroaching menace around the reader. The story's heroine is sixteen year old Rayne. She feels trapped and smothered in London, where she takes care of her little brother for her irresponsible mother, and by her boyfriend who wants more than she is ready to give. She also craves silence and space, so she applies for a waitress job at an ancient estate in the countryside near the Wales border.
When she arrives, Rayne is almo
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 26, 2010 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Quick & Dirty: A vividly written novel that lends a genuinely creepy feel, and is sure to keep you away from the countryside.

Opening Sentence: Rayne sat on the end of her narrow bed next to Jelly’s cot, painting her nails.

The Review:

All Rayne can think about is escaping her miserable life in London. She lives in a rundown, crime laden, and crowded housing development with no real prospect of getting out. Rayne also feels suffocated and trapped by her mother, caring for her baby brother, and
Due warning: I didn't like this book at all (and I am so happy for libraries, so I didn't have to pay for it) so if you did, and you take offense when people don't feel the way you did about something, you might want to check out another review. This one will be a bit harsh - and also slightly spoilerish, even if I spoiler tagged the biggest bits.
Due warning complete.

A 1 star read, for me.

This book really made me annoyed, more than anything. It set out to paint the "pointy faced" (yes, she is
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
Well, this book.

I will be honest in saying that it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. The title implied that it would be a scary and creepy book, but it just wasn't. I don't even know where 'Possessed' even comes into this story. The only slightly scary bit the beginning or the very end.

I didn't even like Rayne that much. She was okay, but not my favourite character in this book.

I just really wanted to love this book, but it was just nothing like I expected. I thought she got the job becau
Fiendishly Bookish
Feb 01, 2010 Fiendishly Bookish rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a-paranormal
Rayne Peters doesn’t know what she is getting herself into when she accepts a position at an ancient estate far from home. Desperate to get out of her East London council estate, escape her life, boyfriend, and family, Rayne thinks she’ll be able to buy some time to decide about college…her future and what she wants from life. But Morton’s Keep is no ordinary estate. Within its dense forests, and beneath its ancient flagstones, brick, mortar and timber lies a primordial evil just waiting to be r ...more
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When I was a child, I wanted to be a witch. My first foray into writing was a series of nasty spells full of rats’ tails and bats’ wings. Then, when I turned thirteen, I began keeping a lurid diary, full of adoration or loathing, depending on who I was writing about. I used my later diaries for the Diving In trilogy.

I never thought ‘I want to be a writer’, but I loved books and writing. At school
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