The Merciless

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 andForgive 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
The Merciless 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 Sofi

  • Title: The Merciless
  • Author: Danielle Vega
  • ISBN: 9781595147226
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Merciless”

    1. The Merciless really is just a crappy version of Mean Girls with a heavy dose of gratuitous violence and sensationalism. I kept seeing the Mean Girls parallels as I was reading - the two really are astonishingly alike, but this book fills up the absence of clever irony with senseless melodrama and angst. Even Kirkus called this "Mean Girls with an occult twist."The lack of an ironic tone makes the girls bitchy language seem incredibly immature and damn annoying after a while. This book may strug [...]

    2. Okay…Well that was weird…And what’s with that ending…?Sofia…I just realized that this is actually a series. Good thing I guess because that cliffhanger might have just killed me. I mean, finishing a story that way? Even though I didn’t actually enjoy reading this book, I HAVE to know what happens. So WILL read the sequel.It starts pretty contemporary-like with Sofia, new student in high school, meeting new people, both popular and unpopular ones-doesn’t matter for her. We don’t k [...]

    3. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell says:

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestRiley turns the knife so its blade catches the candlelight. "I read about this method of exorcism called bleeding," she explains. "If you harm the host body enough, it scares the demon away" (131).It never occurred to me that Mean Girls meets American Psycho: The Book could be a thing or that it needed to be made, but apparently Danielle Vega thought so - much to my detriment. The first sign that something fishy was afoot is a "warning" in the ins [...]

    4. This is a crazy, weird, insanely messed up book, but kinda awesome.I am a big fan of all things scary and the horror genre and I think this book lives up to that title.The characters weren't great, it was predictable at times, but the plot overall was insane. I think the gruesome/horrific scenes were done very well, they definitely gave me goosebumps and made me look away at times and remind myself that this isn't real.The girls in this book are completely deranged and delusional, almost unbelie [...]

    5. 3.5 stars"Hang out with Brooklyn, I mean. I don't think she's seen you with us yet. You can find out why she's such a bitch now.""You want me to spy on her?" I ask. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Mean Girls! Now with an extra dash of exorcism!"We exorcise you, impure one, you satanic power." Her clear voice fills the cold corners of the basement.Next to Dorothy Must Die, The Merciless was one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. I'd added it long before it had a cover because the blurb pr [...]

    6. AAAAAAAAAAH! This was my reaction to much of this novel's… happenings. It's a horror through and through, and definitely not for the wussies or faint of hearts. After a quick introduction to our protagonist and the setting, we're thrust into a house-of-torture kind of read where these girls have it in their head that one is a demon that must be exorcised. "Most girls would just start a burn book."But not these girls! These girls opt for pulling hairs out of scalps and taking fingernails out. Y [...]

    7. O MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This story is fuckin amazing! I really didn't think I would like this book because I thought it would be to creepy for me. But it's super creepy and I loved it!I don't know what else to say without giving anything away so since this is an early copy the only thing I'm going to say is that it's AMAZING!!!!!!!! YOU REALLY NEED TO READ THIS IF IT'S NOT ON YOUR TO READ LIST ADD IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!DANIELLE + VEGA = GENIUS

    8. *4.5*oh my god that was so effed up but so awesome like Pretty Little Liars with a dash of Satanvideo review: youtube/watch?v=k2W6P

    9. The freaking HELL was this???!!Wow.Just.WOW .What. The. SHIT. This is probably one of the dumbest books I have ever read. Are you kidding me right now? I'm so flabbergasted how this book even endedIt had such an incredible and awesome premiseBut the book itself?? Hahahahha.Ha.Ha.Hella stupid. The main character - fucking stupid AF.Like, literally how is she so clueless and - Fuck this. I can't go on. Not worth. Bye bitch0.5 MERCILESS STARt even a full star. Not one. Nope.

    10. NOPE. 2.5 StarsOK OK.I love a good horror story, but this tale of evil- doing was clearly just too young-adult (for me) for the most part.It all begins when a restricted group of young teen girls get together for a little fun in a secluded, unoccupied house for drinking & gossiping about boys and confessing their deepest darkest secrets that ultimately end with revengeful acts of mutilation and torture, (no spoiler here) all in the name of forgiveness and absolution from above. (be prepared [...]

    11. Described as Pretty Little Liars meets Mean GirlsI immediately said yes, please! The beginning felt more like mean girls, but then the book turns into something else entirely and I loved every second of it. Not for the weak, but definitely for fans of horror. I enjoyed every second in that torture house. This was the ultimate page-turner. I just could not get enough of these crazy girls! The Merciless is completely unlike anything I've ever read. Danielle Vega created a life long fan out of me i [...]

    12. RAMPANT SPOILERS THROUGHOUT, BECAUSE I REALLY DON’T FUCKING CAREI went into The Merciless with no knowledge about its contents other than the vaguely-remembered buzzline of “Mean Girls meets The Exorcist“, and I feel like that particular comparison implies something COMPLETELY different to me than it does to the person who wrote it. To me, “like Mean Girls” implies that there will be some meaningful insight into the adversarial relationships between teenage girls. That there will be so [...]

    13. Warning, there will be some mild cursing in this review. Second warning, the review has graphic parts. Third warning, shit got crazy.One minute you're spying on someone you barely know for people you've just met and the next thing you know, you're locked in a house with crazy people who love to physically torture others.I went into this novel thinking it was one thing. As I read I began to notice it's not what I thought but was something else, but by the end I found out I was right all along. Wi [...]

    14. This was a real fart knocker, if I'm honest. 01 - this book is literal proof that ANYONE can publish a book. The industry is dead, folks. 02 - I want a formal apology from the author for the wrinkles she undoubtedly gave me, because my face was frozen in disgust and horror for at least 80% of this book. In short: if this was an ice cream flavor, it would be pralines and dick.

    15. I do admit that the very first reason I wanted to read this book was because of one review - Giselle's at the Xpresso Reads. She talked about how she felt like screaming at the book's happenings, and that made the horror fan in me very, very curious, indeed. I like the thrill of being scared or freaked the crap out. I don't know why, but it definitely makes me feel alive, despite the effects of it soon after (which involves clutching my blankie and sleeping with the lights on). I'm sure my co-b [...]

    16. wow this book was gruesome! definitely not a book for the faint of heart. I found it a little slow at the beginning and it gradually got more intense as the book went on. The twist was interesting but not super shocking.Definitely the perfect read for this time of year, and again if you don't like books that are graphic or gory then this is not for you!

    17. Also read my review here: bookbum.weebly/book-reviewForgive us, Father, for we have sinned.Well, well, well, what can I say? This thoroughly disappointed me, after giving it some more thought, I’ve taken this down to 2 stars.So we have 3 beautiful and popular God-fearing girls who adopt the new girl into their secretive little gang and warn her against demon-possessed Brooklyn. To cure Brooklyn of her devilish ways they decide to kidnap her, stick her in a basement and torture her, or “exorc [...]

    18. I went into this book knowing it would be scary, but I didn't know to what extent, really. It's definitely horror with plenty of blood, some messed up characters, and some weird views of Christianity. Although it's not a genre that I'm used to reading, I could not stop reading! Last night, I thought I'd just read a little bit before I went to bed and ended up staying up until 2am to finish it. It's more than just edge-of-your-seat who-done-it, it's CREEPY AS HECK and WTF-worthy-- not in a negati [...]

    19. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this story and man, was I ever pleasantly surprised! I was instantly hooked from page one and literally couldn’t put the book down once I started. It sank its teeth into me and wouldn’t let go. It held my attention the whole way through and I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through and there were quite a few twists that I was NOT expecting, especially the ending. Definitely did not see that coming [...]

    20. 3.5 Stars.I liked this one, I flew right through this book and it held my attention the entire time. MTV called it "Mean girls with an occult twist" and that really rang true for me. It had some very cringe worthy moments that I had to brave through but I did find myself extremely entertained and anxiously turning page after page in anticipation throughout the whole story. I will most definitely be picking up the second book. A Great eerie read!

    21. I thought I was prepared for this book. Yes, I had been warned that it's a brutal, violent, upsetting book. But, much like I did heading into Tampa, I thought, "Oh, I can totally handle this. I've been reading Stephen King since I was in fourth grade and I've loved scary movies almost my whole life. It may be a little creepy but nothing I can't handle."I need to stop taunting fate when it comes to books like this.This book gave me actual, literal chills and I spent about half the book feeling li [...]

    22. "Some people have evil inside them, but that's what God is for, to fix them when they can't fix themselves."Sofia is in a new school. She has to make new friends and it's not always easy. She enters pretty quickly in a group of three friends (Riley, Grace and Alexis) but she befriends as well Brooklyn, the girl who Riley thinks is possessed.After following the group in a house, Sofia finds herself in the middle of an exorcism. But who of these girls can she really trust?Almost the entire book ta [...]

    23. Release Date:June 12, 2014 Genre:Young Adult HorrorThis book surprised me a lot! What I was expecting to get was a darker story about an exorcism, but instead, I got a very dark and gory story about three girls who torture a classmate because they THINK she is possessed. Now, this isn’t a bad thing because I actually found myself enjoying the story and read it pretty quickly, but I was kind of disturbed. I mean, the target audience of this book IS for the younger generation but it comes off a [...]

    24. 3.5 starsThe Merciless is a thoroughly disturbing, chilling, brutal and unflinching debut novel that marks Vega as a bold new author to watch for. Vega expertly captured a twisted and utterly messed-up shade of humanity and shaped it into a very engaging, fast-paced, quick and incredibly entertaining novel that's hard to put down and hard to forget. This is not exactly a profound novel, though there is an admirable attempt at discussing the darkness and evil of humanity, but that is still somewh [...]

    25. 3.5I honestly don'tWhatHUH?No seriously, I'm lost. I'm so freaking lost. What just happened? One minute, I was minding my own business, enjoying an awesomely gory scene, when BAM! The books ends with a WTF ending. You may not know this, but I love gore. Really. YOU HAVE SOME GORE? GIMME SOME GORE! And from other reviews, I had the forethought to go into this without any horror expectations.I certainly didn't lose any sleep at night, by the way. This ain't horror. This is something like the curre [...]

    26. Someone told me "Don't worry, it's not that scary."Don't read this book if you don't like horror movies. It is actually terrifying. [image error]I felt like I was watching a horror movie and I couldn't look away no matter how gruesome it got. Literally, I had to keep reading through the constant cringing. I blame the writing, it was gorgeous really. The story in itself is a very good one. I was impressed to hear that this was her first horror book. Even though this book literally killed me to re [...]

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