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 ...more
https://www…moreThe second book is called The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores. The expected publication is July 5th 2016. You can find it here:
The lack of an ironic tone makes the girls bitchy language seem incredibly immature and damn annoying after a while. This book may strug ...more
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Riley turns the knife so its blade catches the candlelight. "I read about this method of exorcism called bleeding," she explains. "If you harm the host body enough, it scares the demon away" (131).
It never occurred to me that Mean Girls meets American Psycho: The Book could be a thing or that it needed to be made, but apparently Danielle Vega thought so - much to my detriment. The first sign that something fishy was afoot is a "warning" ...more
Well that was weird…
And what’s with that ending…?
I just realized that this is actually a series. Good thing I guess because that cliffhanger might have just killed me. I mean, finishing a story that way? Even though I didn’t actually enjoy reading this book, I HAVE to know what happens. So WILL read the sequel.
It starts pretty contemporary-like with Sofia, new student in high school, meeting new people, both popular and unpopular ones-doesn’t matter for her. We don’t know much about t ...more
I am a big fan of all things scary and the horror genre and I think this book lives up to that title.
The characters weren't great, it was predictable at times, but the plot overall was insane. I think the gruesome/horrific scenes were done very well, they definitely gave me goosebumps and made me look away at times and remind myself that this isn't real.
The girls in this book are completely deranged and delusional, almost unbelie ...more
Just. WOW .
What. The. SHIT. This is probably one of the dumbest books I have ever read. Are you kidding me right now? I'm so flabbergasted how this book even ended...
It had such an incredible and awesome premise...
But the book itself??
The main character - fucking stupid AF.
Like, literally how is she so clueless and -
Fuck this. I can't go on. Not worth. Bye bitch
0.5 MERCILESS STAR
....not even a full star. Not one. Nope.
O MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This story is fuckin amazing! I really didn't think I would like this book because I thought it would be to creepy for me. But it's super creepy and I loved it!
I don't know what else to say without giving anything away so since this is an early copy the only thing I'm going to say is that it's AMAZING!!!!!!!!
YOU REALLY NEED TO READ THIS ... IF IT'S NOT ON YOUR TO READ LIST ADD IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DANIELLE + VEGA = GENIUS ...more
This was my reaction to much of this novel's… happenings. It's a horror through and through, and definitely not for the wussies or faint of hearts. After a quick introduction to our protagonist and the setting, we're thrust into a house-of-torture kind of read where these girls have it in their head that one is a demon that must be exorcised.
"Most girls would just start a burn book."
But not these girls! These girls opt for pulling hairs out of scalps and taking fingernails out. ...more
"Hang out with Brooklyn, I mean. I don't think she's seen you with us yet. You can find out why she's such a bitch now."
"You want me to spy on her?" I ask.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Mean Girls! Now with an extra dash of exorcism!
"We exorcise you, impure one, you satanic power." Her clear voice fills the cold corners of the basement.
Next to Dorothy Must Die, The Merciless was one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. I'd added it long before it had a cover because the ...more
After all, everyone has their own sins to confess.
Mean Girls meets The Exorcist?
I wante ...more
OK OK....I love a good horror story, but this tale of evil- doing was clearly just too young-adult (for me) for the most part.
It all begins when a restricted group of young teen girls get together for a little fun in a secluded, unoccupied house for drinking & gossiping about boys and confessing their deepest darkest secrets that ultimately end with revengeful acts of mutilation and torture, (no spoiler here) all in the name of forgiveness and absolution from above. (be prepared f...more
While fantasy is my favorite book genre, horror is one of my favorite movie genres, and I was just realizing the other day that I don't read enough of it. You name a horror movie, I've probably seen it twice, but for some reason I don't gravitate towards scary books as much as I probably should. So, when over the weekend I came across The Merciless by Danielle Vega, I was immediately drawn in by the understated cover design and the pr ...more
I went into The Merciless with no knowledge about its contents other than the vaguely-remembered buzzline of “Mean Girls meets The Exorcist“, and I feel like that particular comparison implies something COMPLETELY different to me than it does to the person who wrote it. To me, “like Mean Girls” implies that there will be some meaningful insight into the adversarial relationships between teenage girls. That there will be some subvers ...more
One minute you're spying on someone you barely know for people you've just met and the next thing you know, you're locked in a house with crazy people who love to physically torture others.
I went into this novel thinking it was one thing. As I read I began to notice it's not what I thought but was something else, but by the end I found out I was right all along. Wi ...more
um, this was not what I expected or wanted? 👿
I mean, was it gruesome? absolutely! but that was pretty much it. the rest was just your typical high school drama shit, whilst performing a good ‘ol fashion exorcism.
it kind of reminded me of a Supernatural episode, and I looove that show but I’m not sure I loved this.
I've had it on my shelf for the past 3 years and now that I've read it, I almost regret it because I had an idea about it, an idea that was the farther there is from what I read, instead. It definitely wasn't what I expected, and not in a good way.
The writing was confusing, the characters badly written and dull, and the plot laughable at best.
I wish it didn't disappoint me this much. I could foresee the ending way before I reached the middle of the book and the slasher ...more
01 - this book is literal proof that ANYONE can publish a book. The industry is dead, folks.
02 - I want a formal apology from the author for the wrinkles she undoubtedly gave me, because my face was frozen in disgust and horror for at least 80% of this book.
In short: if this was an ice cream flavor, it would be pralines and dick.
definitely not a book for the faint of heart. I found it a little slow at the beginning and it gradually got more intense as the book went on. The twist was interesting but not super shocking.
Definitely the perfect read for this time of year, and again if you don't like books that are graphic or gory then this is not for you!
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned.
Well, well, well, what can I say? This thoroughly disappointed me, after giving it some more thought, I’ve taken this down to 2 stars.
So we have 3 beautiful and popular God-fearing girls who adopt the new girl into their secretive little gang and warn her against demon-possessed Brooklyn. To cure Brooklyn of her devilish ways they decide to kidnap her, stick her in a basement and torture ...more
I need to stop taunting fate when it comes to books like this.
This book gave me actual, literal chills and I spent about half the book feeling li ...more
"Some people have evil inside them, but that's what God is for, to fix them when they can't fix themselves."
Sofia is in a new school. She has to make new friends and it's not always easy. She enters pretty quickly in a group of three friends (Riley, Grace and Alexis) but she befriends as well Brooklyn, the girl who Riley thinks is possessed.
After following the group in a house, Sofia finds herself in the middle of an exorcism. But who of these girls can she really trust?
Almost the entire boo ...more
I liked this one, I flew right through this book and it held my attention the entire time. MTV.com called it "Mean girls with an occult twist" and that really rang true for me. It had some very cringe worthy moments that I had to brave through but I did find myself extremely entertained and anxiously turning page after page in anticipation throughout the whole story. I will most definitely be picking up the second book. A Great eerie read!
Genre: Young Adult Horror
This book surprised me a lot! What I was expecting to get was a darker story about an exorcism, but instead, I got a very dark and gory story about three girls who torture a classmate because they THINK she is possessed. Now, this isn’t a bad thing because I actually found myself enjoying the story and read it pretty quickly, but I was kind of disturbed. I mean, the target audience of this book IS for the younger generation but it comes off ...more
The Merciless takes mean girls to the extreme!
Dark and disturbing, this little novel packed a big punch. I didn't think a young adult novel was allowed to be that gruesome! There were some predictable high school drama in this novel. Yet, this was still an incredibly intense story with some legitimately scary moments. Even if you don't normally read young adult novels, I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves to read about the terrible things that teenage girls do to each other.
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