by Danielle Vega
E-book, 288 pages
Published June 9th, 2015
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 honestly don’t know whether I’ll be able to form coherent thoughts for this book, so I guess it’s time for another gif review!
Many books are pitched as “Mean Girls meets….” so when people describe this book in that way, I didn’t really pay attention. But the first part of this book? It’s literally Mean Girls. 3 best friends, 1 ex best friend who dressed like goth and do not fits the aforementioned clique anymore, and the new girl. It’s hard to believe the story will take a dark turn that chills so many readers.
When the exorcism part finally started
So long sunny lunch hour, hair flicking and gossip session, let’s get into the dark parts.
When things started to escalate (aka when I realized how wrong my initial impression was)
Never thought these girls could get this vicious and ruthless, it’s crazy. Also, the torture session has pretty graphic description to it’s definitely not for the weak-hearted.
The confession session
Just when you think the girls are bad, they turned out to be more fucked up on the inside.
The fight, and the aftermath
I never thought Riley would go that far. And showing no remorse AT ALL??? She’s a psychopath I swear.
The break, when everything seems calm but you KNOW something else would happen
I mean, you did not expect them to just continue on with their lives like nothing happened right? Especially not when someone’s dead.
I did NOT see that one coming. And ending the book exactly at that moment? That’s just cruel!
Riley and Alexis
Like seriously yo, they did SO MANY TERRIBLE things, that’s just so messed up to read, both at that present moment and in their past. And they do it on religion’s name! They really makes me questions humanity and whether everyone actually have that dark desire within them.
Grace and Sofia:
Okay, so maybe Grace was incapacitated that she couldn’t do anything. That, and the fact there are history between Grace and Alexis and Riley that we don’t know since they happened before the story starts. But Sofia? 99% of this book could have been avoided if only she’s not so blind and notice the red flags. I get that she craves friendship and acceptance, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
The Merciless lives up to its hype and title. The characters are merciless, they did some terrible things that honestly terrified me on humans in general. The beginning is my only complaint, as when things started to escalate, they escalate QUICKLY and did not stop until the end. I’m super curious on where the story would go.
Also, is it just me, or does Charlie felt weird too? Like I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole town is evil.