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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,622 ratings  ·  539 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her overprotective mom, by Matt Quinn, the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices which she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, the voices are demons - the Biblical kind, not the Buffy kind - and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them back to whatever he ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 379 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Heidi In the beginning of the book, it is really confusing. However the farther into the book the more answers you get, although you also get more questions…moreIn the beginning of the book, it is really confusing. However the farther into the book the more answers you get, although you also get more questions. This book wasn't the fastest book to get going, but the farther you read the harder it will be to put down. I do hope the Gretchen McNeil will make this into a series, for it would be a very good one.(less)

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cEe beE
The high ratings for this book baffle me. It tried to be a mystery, and action filled paranormal book but it is so unoriginal, it's a repeat of books and films seen many times before. There were gaping plot holes and I guessed who the bad guy was long before the character did. There are superior Nancy Drew mysteries than this.

What really annoys me is the depiction of Bridget Liu as half Chinese. Why bother making her half Asian when she doesn't remotely resemble one - the author keeps emphasizin
Jodi Meadows
I am never going into a doll shop and you can't make me. ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, galley-arc
How much did I love this book? Let me count the ways… Okay, I know, cheesy. But seriously… I’ve been in such a rut the past few weeks that I was discouraged. I didn’t want to start anything because I was afraid I’d be disappointed with how it turned out.

And after a string of meh-so-so books, this was a complete turn-around. It had everything I like in a book: a main character that didn’t annoy me, humor, cute boys, romance and a kickass story. Which I wasn’t sure about at first… Though I’ve alwa
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy and fun. Maybe a little campy at times, so a regular book by Gretchen.
Colleen Houck
Ms. McNeil is a master at who-done-its. She gets me every time. I loved this heroine and her love interest. She's smart and sassy. Favorite scene was at the end which I won't describe since spoilers. Also liked her shopping for a dress with her best friend and that she went for purple. Me, I always go black. Brave color choice my girl. ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed with this book. I had high hopes based on the cover blurb and the cover design itself. The premise sounded fairly unique--something different and interesting. But I really don't have anything good to say about it after reading it.

The plot was completely transparent--I knew the ending very soon into the book. The characters had no depth, and the relationships between them were not well developed, especially not in a believable way. One of your best friends since childhood is
Jill Myles
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an early version. It was all kinds of BADASS. Scary and awesome all at once. Keep this one on your radar because it's going to be BIG. There's a scene in a doll store that will make you pee your pants. :) ...more
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
If you scare easily, do not read this book at night. You have no idea how serious I am about this. I read it in the morning and was still seriously freaked out at times--although Possess was so freaking amazing that I had to keep reading. That's the thing about Possess, it doesn't slow down and you will be glued to the page.

Bridget lives in San Francisco, a city that has been seeing an usually high level of demonic activity lately, and attends St. Michael's Prep--yes, a Catholic school. With her
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't like this as much as I expected to. I liked the idea a lot -- teenage girl has the ability to banish demons -- but the execution left me cold. For starters, there were no surprises. I spotted the bad guy on page 5.

Bridget Liu is an interesting character, daughter of a Chinese psychiatrist and Irish school teacher who has always attended Catholic school, but I didn't like her much. Devestated by her father's murder, Bridget is prickly. She doesn't get along with anyone, only socializing
Dana Wright
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, exorcism, arc
Grabbed me from the first page! I loved this book.

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Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read an earlier version of this and it kicks total ass (and so does the heroine). The creepy spookiness and interesting mystery of what's behind Bridget (the MC) is written perfectly, not to mention a yummy romantic interest. This is a must read for any YA lover! ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I never pictured myself as a horror fan, but Possess by Gretchen McNeil converted me into a YA horror novel lover! Overall 5/5 stars; next up is Ten by Gretchen McNeil!
Dena Landon
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read this book - I devoured it in one afternoon, only putting it down to take potty breaks. Possess grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the last Hallelujah.

Bridget Liu is your typical Catholic high schooler - in steel toed boots, and with an attitude to match. She's just trying to survive high school as social outcast, with only her gay best friend Hector and her creepy-stalker friend Peter for company. She wants to be normal, but that's not what she's going to get. In
Veronica Morfi
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

Possess is the second book by Gretchen McNeil I've read and it was much different. This book has demons, exorcists, angels, Nephilim and everything in between. In Possess 15-year-old Bridget discovers she can hear and banish demons after her dad is murdered. With the help of two priests she starts taking up exorcisting job. But the possessions in her town are becoming more and more frequent. And the demons are warning her about a King of Hell that is about to rise.

Possess was really g
Taylor Knight
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I read two of Gretchen's other books (Ten and 3:59) and I really enjoyed both. I had Possess on my shelf for a really long time and I finally for around to it. I didn't like it as much as Ten or 3:59 but it was still pretty good.

I didn't feel like Possess was really original, it was just normal demons and exorcist stuff, and the characters were not bad. I didn't really like them but I didn't hate them either.
Something that did bug me was how Bridget was half Chinese but it was completely ignore
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Bridget Liu is a whiner. Seriously. She's one of those heroine's that's all 'waaah, I have a special power, but I just want to be normal.' Just get over it! I mean, yeah, of all the powers out there being able to exorcize people wouldn't exactly be my power of choice, but you've got it, so you might as well deal with it instead of complaining about it.

That's the thing, though, Bridget's pretty unhappy with pretty much everything in her life, and she whines about it constantly. However, she makes
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Possess by Gretchen McNeil was a book I have been anticipating for a long time. When I finally got my hands on it, I was not disappointed.

Possess follows Bridget Liu, a 15 year old girl who’s father was recently murdered. Before long, she discovers that she has the power to banish demons back to Hell. I was amazed with the story. It was all that I was expecting, and more. There was plenty of action. The demon mythology and the rest of the mythology in the book were extremely well developed, and
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this novel since it was released in late 2011, but for some reason it kept getting bumped down in my To Be Read pile! Now I really regret not reading this novel sooner, because I really enjoyed it!

As most story workshops go (at least in my creative writing courses), we always discuss the strengths of a narrative first. I’m not even sure where to start, because there are so many strengths in McNeil’s debut novel. So I guess I’ll just list them in the order I have them written down in my
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really liked this story, the plot was exciting and suspenseful and the mythology that drove the plot was incredibly intriguing. I enjoyed learning about the watchers and the emmim, the mythology behind their existence was absolutely compelling. It kept me wanting to know more about them and their history. This was a book that I wanted to keep reading, despite its flaws. The action and suspense were enough to keep me fully engaged in ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
After the murder of her father and the weird manifestation of her new exorcist powers, Bridget Liu was not up to dealing with much else; especially the emotional loops some of the people around her were going through. Her tough demeanor created the "I could care less" atmosphere that gave Possess some of its edge. The rest came from the suspense built up from the escalating infestations of demons in Liu's side of San Francisco. However, keeping secrets from the people that care about her--especi ...more
Brittany S.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brittany S. by: Amy
Initial Impressions 10/27/13: Possess was really interesting! I don't read a lot of books about ghosts or possessions or demons (i'm too scared hahaha) so a book by Gretchen McNeil was perfect because for every horror, there is a bit of humor and sarcasm.
I was afraid it would be too religious at first, but it really just had to be set up and once I got into the story, it was much more like religious history and info the reader needs to solve the case.
Very fun book and a nice, mild scare!

Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Wow! I really liked this one! I have to say, I was a little chicken to start reading this because of the subject matter but, it was really good.

Fifteen-year old Bridget Liu has the power to sense, hear, and most important: banish demons. She doesn’t come into this power or know about it, until nine months earlier, after her father was murdered by a patient sent to him for a psyche evaluation. Bridget didn’t even understand what this power was until it came to the attention of Monsignor
Theresa Jones
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Where to even start with this book! I only bought this book because I have been seeing it all over the blogosphere and I thought the cover was AMAZING.

That being said, going into this, I had no idea what it was even about.

AND O-M-G I was BLOWN away! This book is not my normal cup of tea. I don’t normally do thriller/suspence novels, but since it had the paranormal element I love, I thought it would be ok. This was as action packed and suspenseful as you can get! There was even romance- an
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
When I came upon Gretchen McNeil’s Possess, I was immediately drawn by its cover. It led me to believe that it would be a dark and creepy adventure and it couldn’t be truer as I got myself in between the pages. All of my expectations from this genre as most paranormal YA is normally dominated by vampires, faeries, angels, ghosts, and witches were absent. It was entirely different than what I thought it was going to be. Possessions by demons are not new but very refreshing with the current fad of ...more
Melanie McCullough
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
So here is a list of things that definitely did not happen while I was reading Possess:

1) I did not have to sleep with the lights on.

2) I did not fall asleep clutching my rosary & mumbling a prayer.

3) I did not wake up in the middle of the night in a pitch black room to find glowing eyes staring at me.

4) And I certainly did not screech, jump out of bed and knock over my nightstand only to realize those eyes belonged to my cat.

Okay, so clearly all of those things did in fact happen. But it's not
Jessica Martinez
Fifteen year old Bridget Liu has the power to banish demons. Now the demon activity has increased and it has a strange connection to Bridget's father's murder. *dun dun dunnnn*

I was soooooo excited when I borrowed a copy of the book. Not only was the cover amazing and an attention grabber, but the plot made it even better. I would have to say this is one of my favorite female characters. Bridget is a strong, independent girl trying to deal with her new powers (and the strange-ness surrounding he
Grace Fonseca
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Overall the concept was intriguing and something that I hadn't seen done. This book was just okay for me. I think that the heroine was interesting and the story line didn't seem to move very much until the end.

Bridget seems to be very different from other heroines in Young Adult because she can hear demon voices and is trying to do good. Some of the opening scenes were chiling and made me think of the excorist. (One of the movies that chilled me to the bone, still to this day). Yet after those o
Stacey O'Neale
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I actually ran into Gretchen on twitter a few months ago and followed back to her website where I found her book trailer. Once I saw the trailer, I made a point that I needed to get added to the ARC list. I'm so glad I did because Possess did not disappoint. I would describe it as the perfect mix of YA paranormal and horror.

From a 3rd person POV we meet fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu after the recent death of her father. She soon discovers that she has the ability to banish demons and that's when
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
i really wanted to love this book but Bridget was one of the most annoying characters i have ever known. Matt, the love interest, was just as bad. the villian of the story was kind of obvious. all of the conflicts made Bridget act like a dumbass. i understand that she's a teenage girl. but she's been dealing with this for months now. this being hearing and banishing demons. now all of a sudden it's too much for her? why wasn't it too much when she first learned about it? if it was too much, why ...more
E. C. McRoy
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to come.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy snarky leading ladies, slightly pushy romances (not quite hit you over the head rom, but close), special powers, and crazy demon voices. This isn't TMI so don't expect that and it's more The Exorcist almost if it took place at a Catholic school. Andthe exorcist was a teen girl. It's more fun than terrifying, so don't walk in expecting horror. And I found Matt Quinn occasionally annoying and Bridget a little too prickly sometimes... Bu
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