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The Merciless

(The Merciless #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  13,564 ratings  ·  2,678 reviews
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

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
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published June 12th 2014 by Razorbill
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Emily May
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, horror, young-adult
The Merciless really is just a crappy version of Mean Girls with a heavy dose of gratuitous violence and sensationalism. I kept seeing the Mean Girls parallels as I was reading - the two really are astonishingly alike, but this book fills up the absence of clever irony with senseless melodrama and angst. Even Kirkus called this "Mean Girls with an occult twist."

The lack of an ironic tone makes the girls bitchy language seem incredibly immature and damn annoying after a while. This book may strug
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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"
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a crazy, weird, insanely messed up book, but kinda awesome.
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
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
The freaking HELL was this???!!

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??



Hella stupid.

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


....not even a full star. Not one. Nope.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!!!!!!!!


Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own

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.
Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars

"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
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Sofia just wants to fit in, like any new girl would. High school is a big, scary world - especially when you're a military brat, moving every six months. When she makes new friends with the popular girls, she's over the moon. When they ask her to spy on the weird kid, Brooklyn, she's wary. When they ask her to help them perform an exorcism on Brooklyn, Sofia begins to realize that something is very wrong here.

After all, everyone has their own sins to confess.

Mean Girls meets The Exorcist?

I wante
Ashley Daviau
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this story and man, was I ever pleasantly surprised! I was instantly hooked from page one and literally couldn’t put the book down once I started. It sank its teeth into me and wouldn’t let go. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through and there were quite a few twists that I was NOT expecting, especially the ending. This story was downright gory and disturbing and I adored every second of it! I found myself shuddering with disgust and having to loo ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

This will be me if Netgalley doesn't approve me for this!
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
NOPE. 2.5 Stars

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

Bentley ★
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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
Sep 14, 2016 rated it did not like it

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
Michael Araujo
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Warning, there will be some mild cursing in this review. Second warning, the review has graphic parts. Third warning, shit got crazy.

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
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Described as Pretty Little Liars meets Mean Girls..I immediately said yes, please! The beginning felt more like mean girls, but then the book turns into something else entirely and I loved every second of it. Not for the weak, but definitely for fans of horror. I enjoyed every second in that torture house. This was the ultimate page-turner. I just could not get enough of these crazy girls! The Merciless is completely unlike anything I've ever read. Danielle Vega created a life long fan out of me ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is so...bland???
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
Faye, la Patata
I do admit that the very first reason I wanted to read this book was because of one review - Giselle's at the Xpresso Reads. She talked about how she felt like screaming at the book's happenings, and that made the horror fan in me very, very curious, indeed. I like the thrill of being scared or freaked the crap out. I don't know why, but it definitely makes me feel alive, despite the effects of it soon after (which involves clutching my blankie and sleeping with the lights on). I'm sure my co-bl ...more
Ashley Scott
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was a real fart knocker, if I'm honest.

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.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
❝forgive us Father, for we have sinned.❞

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 wasn't in such a rush to read it this time, so I think I had time for concepts and foreshadowing to click. Now I'm continuing on to the next one. There are definitely twists to this. For a long time I did not read this because of the cover. I kept thinking, wtheck is that? Is this some teen's guide to satan? Well it's not, but it is an instance of fiction where teenagers are up against those they believe are possessed and they believe they can handle exorcism themselves. Yes, I know. There in ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I went into this book knowing it would be scary, but I didn't know to what extent, really. It's definitely horror with plenty of blood, some messed up characters, and some weird views of Christianity. Although it's not a genre that I'm used to reading, I could not stop reading! Last night, I thought I'd just read a little bit before I went to bed and ended up staying up until 2am to finish it. It's more than just edge-of-your-seat who-done-it, it's CREEPY AS HECK and WTF-worthy-- not in a negati ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
wow this book was gruesome!

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!

Zuky the BookBum
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, 2-stars
Also read my review here:

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
Kelly Hager
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was prepared for this book. Yes, I had been warned that it's a brutal, violent, upsetting book. But, much like I did heading into Tampa, I thought, "Oh, I can totally handle this. I've been reading Stephen King since I was in fourth grade and I've loved scary movies almost my whole life. It may be a little creepy but nothing I can't handle."

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
"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
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
2/5 stars
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.

I liked this one, I flew right through this book and it held my attention the entire time. 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!
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
By far my favorite of the series, this one really goes for it in terms of horror and I really wasn't positive how it would turn out.  All these girls are a little psycho, think Regina George trying to save your soul through a little Exorcism, not a great thought.  Our main character was sympathetic and logical most of the time, so I was rooting for her.  This  was marketed as Mean Girls meets The Exorcist and while this book is neither as well done or intelligent as either of those films - it's ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, young-adult
4.0 Stars
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.
Elle's Book Blog
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Release Date: June 12, 2014
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
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