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Messenger of Fear

(Messenger of Fear #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  5,487 ratings  ·  819 reviews
I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Oct 07, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


How's The Messenger look? DOES HE HAVE A CAPE?

(Really hoping he does)


Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Original review, written before the book was released (preserved because Michael Grant himself liked it):

Messenger of Fear is going to be about a teenage boy delivering copies of the fifth book in the Gone series to people. A little... pretentious for its author to write about that, don't you think?

(Just kidding - I have no idea what this is about, but it's going to be awesome.)

My new review:

Whatever compliments you might give to Michael Grant's writing, he is not a subtle author. By any extent
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Back from my hiatus but alas, the first book I read just had to be a disappointing read .-.

I think it's quite apparent that Messenger of Fear is a polarising read. I haven't actually read anything by this guy before, so I wasn't absolutely sure what to expect--what I knew was that his Gone series is crazy popular--so I hoped that this one would be just as amazing. Perhaps, it is just as amazing as his Gone series but clearly this book is not my cup of tea.

A g
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
You know your a dedicated fan when you add a book to your to-read list before the title is released
Dannii Elle
I was anticipating great things from this book after reading the warning for sensitive readers that adorns the back cover. I like my fiction dark and both the cover and the synopsis promised to deliver that.

This is the tale of Mara. The reader is introduced to her through her entrance into a dream-like phase of her life, where fantasy becomes reality and the rules that govern our world are continually broken. Both Mara and the reader are equally as disturbed and confused by the events occurring
Christina Anastasia Stavridi
Oh.My.God. This was,you get the point.Most of you haven't read this yet so I'be carefull with spoilers.

The plot is about Mara a girl who wakes up surrounded by strange mist with no memories and meets a strange young man who calls himself Messenger of Fear.

The fiction part of the story was truly amazing (I was mesmerized by the strange and scary new world Michael Grant introduces us to) but what I really loved was that this book has at its center REAL-LIFE problems mixed with the
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
This book was so weird that it was really good! Michael Grant is king of the peculiar.
Summary: Mara wakes up one day with no memory of who she is, where she came from, and how she got there. All she knows is her name. To make matters worse, she is visited by a dark haunting boy who calls himself the Messenger of Fear. Not only is Mara enthralled because of his dark looks and mysterious past, but he can also stop time, time travel, read minds, and conjure up a strange green mist that seems more m
Stuti Rai
Take your *insert whoever* to work day, is it???

Because, it seems, that's all Michael Grant deals with in Messenger of Fear. Our protagonist is introduced to a great deal of passive torment, and then some she herself doles out.

That is all there is to this book. All you need to know. And as such, the story doesn't really make much progress from the initial point. Just lessons learned, I guess? Who the fuck cares "aboot" that?

The tale is narrated to us in the voice of an amnesiac teenage girl who
3.5 stars.

Many people know that Michael Grant is my favourite YA writer, mostly because of the characters and themes he imbued into the Gone series. But unfortunately, unlike Gone and BZRK (which I have read and loved both in their entirety), Messenger of Fear did not have any characters that I liked. Maybe it was because most of the cast were spectral beings. Also, as it wasn't until the final chapters of the book when we actually got some answers, these characters had big question marks floati
Michael Grant is an author who has caught my attention on many occasions. More than one of his series have whispered a ‘read me’ in the book store, yet I always found my attention pulled elsewhere. With how big a fan base Michael Grant has, however, I decided it was finally time for me to dive into his work. Thus, when I saw the two Messenger of Fear novels on offer, I decided to take the leap.

In reality, Messenger of Fear is more of a three-point-five-star rating rather than the three-star rati
Messenger of Fear is basically what you would get if Hot Topic and an After School Special had a baby: from the obvious, cliched bullying, to the seemingly philosophical realization that, *gasp*, there's both good and evil inside all of us, and right down to the tight, faux leather clothing, the crazy and totes rebellious colors for hair and cosmetics, tattoos and the cheesy skull buttons in a black, long, Goth jacket, because why not? That's how creatures of the underworld/otherworld/whatever-t ...more
Full Review on my blog @ Dee's Reads

One of the genres I rarely read are thrillers; but a thriller with a supernatural element? Messenger of Fear had me interested because of the unusual braid of genres and the really cool cover (I love that color blue). I guess it doesn’t take much for me to step out of my comfort zone. Add a little of a genre I tend to love and a color-pleasing cover and I’ll try you out! But seriously though, I’m so glad I did.

“Yes, Mara,” he said with a sense of finality, as
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking at Michael Grant's Wikipedia page and was shocked to discover that he has written over 150 books. That's right, one hundred and fifty. How is this the first book of his that I have read?! Where have I been?

I don't normally read a lot of supernatural fiction. That means I don't necessarily know all the ins and outs of what makes a fantastic supernatural book. What I do know is that Messenger of Fear is a crazy, weird and creepy story that intrigued and captured my imagination from
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

I have to say that I didn't really enjoy this book, although I appreciated the twist at the end.

Mara was an okay character and what she was going through wasn't very nice. I couldn't really relate to her though, and even by the end of the book I didn't really like her, if anything I liked her less.

The storyline in this was a nice idea, but the execution was just off for me.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ughhhhh... so confusing and I skimmed most. I did not like this one! I will not be continuing on with the series.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who: have read Grant's past work, want a quick bit of fantasy.
I was given a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of this book nor the content of this critique in any way.

3 1/2 stars

"He is not indifferent, that's the thing. His too-near voice that seems always to be whispering in my ear is held to a standard of cool detachment, but his eyes and his mouth and his forehead and the way he swallows all speak of reflected pain."

The opening installment to Michael Grant's new series seems largely a routin
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, mostly because I loved Michael Grant's Gone series, but I also thought that this sounded like such an interesting book!
I was sort of mislead, though, because I was under the impression that this would be at least a little bit scary. But, no, it's about teaching those who've done wrong a lesson. I was okay with this. I actually thought it had a very intriguing idea. Basic
This book was unlike anything I've ever read and it was super interesting but it kind of fell short for me this is just a quick review.

Characters: i didn't feel connected to any of the characters the messenger i feel should've stayed ominous and mysterious that would've been a better approach. Mara was okay but rather boring i didn't care for her much. Oriax and Daniel were kind of unnecessary. i did like the other characters in the mini story lines i liked meeting each one but again i didn't fe
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
From what I've observed in the last few years, all YA novels can be categorized under three broad headings:

One. Paranormal Romance. That's your typical novel, the Mortal Instruments, the Twilights, the Vampire Academies. The genre is saturated with these.

Two, the realistic or non-paranormal literature more often than not with their share of the romance, things like the Hunger Games, the Fault in our Stars, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

And Three, my favourite and least common, science
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I really liked the whole concept behind this story but sadly the writing style kept me from truly enjoying it as much as I had hoped I would.
I think because of the synopsis and this being my first Grant book, I was expecting a little too much and we all know what can happen when we go into a story expecting something and not getting it. It makes it hard to plow through and really enjoy what is happening in it and connecting to the characters like we need to.

Instead of getting into the story I fo
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
AAAAAHHHHHH It's so far away... ...more
Oct 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finish this in one sitting like oh boy, this book is so fast paced? Like I don’t expect it to be this fast forward 😳😳. Now I hate Instagram because I can’t post my review😭😭 anyway back to this book. I enjoy it, there is no romance, but I love the way the author writes the book and the plot twist, I was like wtf?!!! This book is so sad yet so gruesome. Gonna read the second book tomorrow 😭😭. I still hate Instagram for break down 😃💔💔. Anyway go read this book!!

Oh yeah, The Messenger is kinda hot
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
For the most part, I enjoyed the book.. It was a quick read and I didn't call the ending. I will admit to being confused in the beginning, but if you stick with the story, it mostly makes sense in the end. I may read Tattooed Heart sometime in the future. I have some questions that may be answered in the sequel. It is a bit gruesome in some parts as it details a suicide, so I would probably keep it to the older YA crowd. ...more
Rashika (is tired)
When I finished this book, I had no idea how to rate it. I have no idea whether it was amazing, or meh or just plain old likeable and I think the reason for that is because while it deals with so many interesting things in such interesting ways, it also seems a little flat at times. Not as intense as one would imagine a book like this to be. But let me define what I mean when I say ‘a book like this’.

This is a book that deals with the idea of handing out justice. It deals with things like bully
J. Greene
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can totally see how Michael Grant has written a crap load of books. It's clear this man has some talent, and a bunch of crazy ideas living inside of his head--which I must admit, after reading, Messenger of Fear--I think it's a creepy place.

Messenger of Fear was eery to say the least. It felt like I was reading this book with a shadow sitting over my shoulder. I could be wimpy or just easily scared but this book gave me goosebumps--at least for some parts of this book. Some parts of this book
Sarah Churchill
I didn't really know what to expect from The Messenger of Fear, but it wasn't this. It's very cryptic but never boring, philosophical but also brutal (and at one point pretty gruesome). Something about this book reminded me of Hellraiser, if Pinhead had been into philosophy.

A perfect Halloween read, I'm really glad I picked it up this month. The only downside for me was the big finale, which I saw coming from very early in the story because there were just too many clues to ignore. I wish it cou
Shannon ✨
This was a really, really, really weird book.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
Mara wakes up only to find out that she is stuck in limbo with the mysterious Messenger of Fear who makes her witness other people who gets punished for their sins. Can she survive? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good YA horror story. If you like stories that scare you, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
i flew through this book quite quickly than i anticipated. i felt like i would’ve enjoyed this book so much more when i was younger but that plot twist was something i did not see coming and i really thought it was brilliant. looking forward to picking up the sequel actually! 🥰
Christy (TheReaderBee)

I was super curious to read Messenger of Fear, as I’ve not read anything by Michael Grant before, but I’ve heard many good things about his books. Messenger of Fear was definitely an interesting read.

Mara has no memory of how she came to be an apprentice of The Messenger of Fear, a young man who dresses in black and can see the darkness that brews in even the purist of hearts. When someone does goes unpunished after they’ve done something wrong, The Messenger of Fear will track them down, and of
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Co-author with Katherine Applegate of Ocean City, Making Out, Summer, Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants, Eve and Adam.

Pseudonymous coauthor with KA of Christy (the TV spin-off books), Sweet Valley Twins, Girl Talk and various Disney spin-offs.

Pseudonymous author of Barf-O-Rama.

Author of Gone, BZRK, The Magnificent 12, Messenger of Fear, Front Lines, Monster and A Sudden Death in Cyprus.

AKA Michae

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