Book Review–The Merciless by Danielle Vega




Since I’m a little behind on my book reviews, I will be posting more of them than usual.


This is the 73rd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Published June 12th, 2014 by Razorbill

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. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?




I happened to see this book in the new section while looking for YA books to read for the next two weeks. The cover is what grabbed me–it’s simple but something about it just screamed “Read Me!” The back reads “FORGIVE US, FATHER, FOR WE HAVE SINNED.” And that’s all it took to add to the pile in my arms.

I ended up loving this book. If you’re a fan of horror, this one might be right up your alley. I’ve always found exorcisms to be intriguing, and the fact that a YA novel tackled it is pretty awesome. The best thing about this book is that you start to think you know who’s side the main character, Sofia, should be on only to be wrong (again and again in my case). I felt like I was in the middle of the Tug-of-War game.

Honestly, I didn’t care a ton for Sofia. The other characters are fleshed out pretty well. I especially liked Grace and Brooklyn. I guess Sofia just didn’t have all that much of a personality. But the story and other characters made up for it. It was very hard to put down at times.

If you’re looking for a good horror read this October, I highly recommend this one. I hope Danielle Vega will continue to write YA Horror.









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