Review: Merciless by Danielle Vega

18667769 Merciless
 By: Danielle Vega
 Hardcover, 279 pages
 Published June 12th 2014 by Razorbill
Source: Own Hardcover

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?

Untitled-12Merciless is a hard book to review.
I Really liked some aspects of it, but there are others that I just didn’t care for.

First I want to say I was initially drawn in by the looks of the book. I mean this is a hot pink hardcover and it is absolutely stunning. I love that there is no dust jacket and that it has this awesome canvas feel.  The only thing that really gets me is the actual cover. I don’t like that there is a pentagram/or pentacle (whichever you want to call it) on the cover. I felt very wrong anytime I would close the book and see the front. That sounds weird, but I’m okay with sounding weird.  I still haven’t decided whether or not I want to keep it on my shelves or not. But the color I love the color!

Another big issue I had is with the characters. Every single one of them was annoying and the only one I really liked ended up being the one I shouldn’t like. I have no idea what that says about me, but yeah. I did not like Sofia’s personality or the fact that she couldn’t seem to think for herself. Not an attractive thing for a MC. I felt she did whatever she needed to fit in, no matter how right or wrong. Even when she knew it was wrong and should go against it, she still did what Riley wanted her to do and That erked my nerves.

Riley, Grace, And Alexis were terrible. I felt like none of those girls had personalities. They were all very bland characters.

I did really enjoy the authors writing and her ability to tell a story and keep it interesting. Even with me not liking the characters, I was still interested and invested in the book itself. I didn’t feel it was scary like some did and I also didn’t think it was anything too Gory, but it was a good drama! Its reminds me a lot of Mean Girls meets The Craft. I for one LOVED Mean Girls so I don’t find that to be a bad thing.

3 Stars

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