Sunday, October 9, 2016

{Book Review} The Merciless by Danielle Vega

The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Published: June 12th, 2014 by Razorbill
Series: The Merciless #1
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery
Pages: 279

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 their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

I was really excited when I read the synopsis of this book and even more excited when I seen the amazing bright pink cover.  I enjoyed reading this book, but I was slightly disappointed.  I had read several reviews stating how scary this book was, but I found it to be more of a gory thriller.

I found the writing of this book to be good, but average.  The pacing was perfect, which kept me reading into the night to find out what would happen next.  I do wish that Vega did not add the romance aspect to the plot.  It did not add anything to the story and felt very disconnected to what was happening. 

I also had a problem with the characters; however, I liked the main protagonist, Sofia.  I thought Sofia made some great decisions when it came to the plot.  This is an easy story to add stupid behavior to drive the plot forward, but I am so happy that Vega did not go that route.  Sofia made calculated, smart decisions when it came to her survival.  However, I really wish that there would have been more character development.  I did not feel any connection to the other characters in this book.  Riley, Grace, Alexis and Brooklyn all fell flat.  I did not care about the characters survival, which I think impacted the suspense for me. 

I really liked the ending of this book.  However, I was disappointed because I was spoiled.  While reading this, I wanted to check to see when the second book was going to be published.  I did not read the synopsis, just the book title.  I really wish that the second book was named something that did not give such a big clue about the ending of the first book.  If you are interested in this book, do not read anything about its sequel.

Overall, I thought this book was a fun read.  It was not overly scary, but was a suspenseful, gory thriller.  I am interested in seeing what happens in the second book, but after reading the synopsis, I am a little concerned.  It seems like the sequel is going to take a different route than what I was hoping for, but I will have to wait for reviews to make my final decision.


“Don’t you think it’s funny?”  She spreads her fingers and the lock flutters out of her hand, landing on a pile of hair at her feet.  Curly strands cover the floor like tiny blond question marks.
            “What’s funny, Alexis?”  I swallow, forcing my eyes away from the hair.
            “We’re all going to die here,” she says in a raspy voice.  “We’re going to die screaming.” -58%

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