The Merciless – Danielle Vega | Book Review

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Pages: 279 Ebook
Publication date: June 12th, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  4 out of 5
Series: Rumoured to be first in a series but at the moment a standalone.


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?


Well, I did not expect all of that to happened.

The Merciless is a Young Adult Horror debut novel with paranormal elements that will leave readers gripping the pages.

This story is about a girl named Sofia who has just moved to a new school thanks to her mothers’ job but she’s grateful for that. Sofia’s last school wasn’t a good experience for her; she was tormented and can’t stop thinking about what happened. At Adam’s High, Sofia’s new school, she gets invited to sit with the cool girls and can’t seem to believe its real but with just one night everything turns for the worse.

I enjoyed reading this book but I thought the climax of the story came up really quick (about half way through) and continued until the end, which isn’t bad but I wanted to know the characters a little more before diving in. However, I understand why Vega decided to take this direction, it made the book more mysterious not knowing what the characters would do next.

There's a really brief love interest that doesn't develop, which is another small hint that has me to think that the rumours of this book being a series of some sort could be true.

This book is definetly gruesome, cringe worthy suspenseful page-turner. I gave this 4/5 stars and recommend this to readers who enjoy YA Horror.


Thanks for reading, 
Alexa Talks Books

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