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Possessing Rayne

(Rayne #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,431 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Rayne couldn't wait to get away from everything: her mum, her boyfriend, the estate. But the solitude of Morton's Keep isn't all she thought it would be. It's eerie and more than a little creepy. When she meets St John, Rayne forgets her worries; he's like no one she's ever met. So why is everyone warning her away from him?
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by Scholastic
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ItzJustGabbyDuh Damian is not very... i don't know how to put it into words. Not very boyfriend-like to Rayne and is putting sexual pressure on her. London is too hot…moreDamian is not very... i don't know how to put it into words. Not very boyfriend-like to Rayne and is putting sexual pressure on her. London is too hot and crowded for Rayne's liking. (less)

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Cora Tea Party Princess
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oh man, I could read this book forever. I love it.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to J by: Tanzila khan
The cover did freak me out a little, but it was alright.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, gothic
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Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Erin DuBrock
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great plot, loved it:-) Interested to read more x x
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Lynzy Ruegg
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I am reading is called Possessed by Kate Cann. I would give the book a 5 out of 5. It was a bit confusing and some parts didn't make sense at first but the more I read the easier it was to understand what was happening. It did tell a good story tho about how you can feel suffocated in your own life with the people you love but you feel more alive when your away from those people and when your on your own. She felt like her like was making her feel trapped in a world that she didn't eve ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Rayne lives with her mom and younger brother in East London. Their apartment is oppressive as is their neighborhood. So oppressive that all Rayne can think of is escape. She wants to get away from people and from all the noise.

So when she finds a job in a tea room at a secluded estate, Morton's Keep, in Macle Lees, a small town far from London, she's overjoyed. A chance to get away. Morton's Keep isn't exactly what she expected though. The house is huge, full of history and malice. Rayne can't e
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book yesterday,

And I have to say overall its a cool book and here is why:

First of all its a very easy read, It is not terribly spooky but has a sense of suspense and paranormal elements in the story. It is slightly predictable however still remains to keep some questions unanswered.
Definitely keeps the reader interested from start to end. To me, it sounds a little similar to a not so scary creepy pasta story.

A must read for sure and I think I can rate this book PG 16.

Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it. To be honest, it's not as scary as the genre "horror thriller" book should be, but it does have a mind twisting plot that can make your heart pounding. And maybe sighing at certain point. Haha! I felt like I'm the one who experiencing all this fiasco in this story. A good one.

A story well written by Kate Cann.
Eadaoin Mcmann
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing! I loved everything about this book, the suspense, the twists and the writing is amazing! I am not usually a huge fan of books with a romance undertone, though Kate Cann did it right in my opinion. I will definitely be going back for book two.
Amanda Kramers
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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