The Merciless by Danielle Vega


From Goodreads: 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?


Who here has been watching Pretty Little Liars since season 1? *raises hand* Well, who here thinks that we’re probably gonna get married, have kids, have grandchildren, and we’ll still be cluless about who A is? *raises both hands* If that will be the case, I’m pretty sure I’m still gonna watch it. Besides their fabulous outfit every episode, I am seriously dying to know who A is. Probably all of them.

Anywaaaaay, I’m sorry for blabbering about PLL. I just want to point out that, that’s the main reason why I picked up the book. I’m more of a mystery and thriller fan, but The Merciless really is a horror and thriller book. Still, I liked it. But really, this book is so weird. It’s  slightly disturbing. I don’t even know why I like it so much. It’s like a Mean Girls retelling with a sinister and creepy twist. But the main protagonist here is Latina. I liked that aspect so much.

This is just a hunch, but I have a feeling that we all have watched Mean Girls. Amirite? If no… that’s just sad, my friend. Don’t rob yourself with the little happiness in life. C’mon now, watch it!


The start of this novel is a little bit carbon copy of Mean Girls. New girl in school met the three popular girls and befriended them. You know the gist. But there’s a lot of difference of course. First of all, the 70% part of the book just happened in ONE NIGHT. So yeah, you’re really into a wild ride. The three girls, Riley, Alexis and Grace are wildly active in church and that kind of stuff. When they saw the new girl, Sofia, talking to Brooklyn, they befriended her in a blink of an eye and asked for her help to save Brooklyn. Because apparently Brooklyn used to be their friend but the demon got to her.

Honestly, I eye-rolled a lot here. There’s just a lot circumstances that is so unrealistic, I just want to laugh. The reasoning at some scenes was also so shallow. But hey, it’s high school.

Vega’s writing is tolerable enough to keep me reading. For someone who wants her readers to be completely invested in her story, she did a great job. Vivid details. Dramatic effects. Shocking dialogues. Seriously, there’s a lot of religious aspect to it. Which makes it more creepy. The story was fast-paced too! That’s why I managed to finish it sooner than I thought. There’s no dull moments and no lifeless characters. I’m not saying I like them, but no one is uninteresting. You see, everybody is keeping a secret. That’s why the’re appealing to me. Some were revealed in the ending and some I’m excited to know in the following books. I liked the story line, I really did. It’s a bit unexpected and I’m proud of myself for handling the gory stuff. And there is A LOT of gory and gruesome stuff. This is not the “oh-em-gee EWWW” kind of reaction. NO. It’s more “asdfafdsfdatdgf WHAT THE HELL THAT IS DISGUSTING WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE”

One of the turn off here were the characters. They need a HUGE development. Though yes, Sofia did a little in the ending, but it’s still needed. And I’m sorry to say this, but Sofia is kind of a dimwit. She pretty much believe anything the girls or anyone says. Also, the romance! The romance aspect here is just a bit. More like a glimpse. So I’m excited to read more of that in the sequel.

All in all, The Merciless was unexpected for me. For a reader who usually doesn’t read this genre, I was satisfied and pleased. Thrilled and scared? Yes. Will read the sequel? Yes, ma’am!







    • Paula says

      Aw. I will be looking forward to your review if ever. :P But if you really don’t do gruesome and gory stuff, Uhmm, yeah I don’t recommend this.

      Thanks, Jessica! :)

  1. says

    As much as I’m a big horror fan, I’m not a huge fan of disgusting gore. That’s why I didn’t enjoy Hostel and. Stopped watching Saw after the third movie. I like creepy and sinister, not gruesome, bloody with innards everywhere. Are there innards everywhere? LOL. Hmmmm, I’m still not sure if this is for me. I’ll probably wait until until the sequel comes out and see y’alls opinion. I liked Mean Girls, I didn’t live it but it was entertaining enough. I loved Easy A though. One of my fave teen movies. Alright. I’m going off topic here. Awesome review Paula! :)
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    • Paula says

      I’m a huge fan of Easy A also! Ugh love love love that movie! Hmm. Maybe you are the ghost-spirits kind of horror fan, so yeah, maybe this isn’t for you.

      Thanks Amir!! <3

  2. says

    Yeah, actually I do watch PLL but not the last season. I wanted for it to be complete before watching it but then started watching Charmed and I’m kinda addicted to that show now so…yeah…BUT, I’ve read the books up to the 8th and I KNOW WHO A IS MOUAHAHAHAHAH.
    About this book, I actually had NO interest in reading it even from reading some praised reviews before yours came along. WOW, Mean Girls on the darker side?? That sounds amazinf and, yeah, everyone should read that book because it became like a classic!! (In my mind.)
    Fabulous review Paula! I promise you, I WILL read this book. ;)
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  3. says

    Yeah I watch PLL. I stopped at season 3 because I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO FREAKING A IS ALREADY. But I want to keep watching it eventually… Anyways you have no idea how much I want to freaking read this book. I mean despite your problems with it you still really enjoyed it which means something! Plus I’ve never read a gory mystery so it sounds promising! Great review!

  4. says

    I couldn’t read this post because I was afraid I might get creeped out! When I saw your tags for this post and saw HORROR *gasp* I nearly fainted. Why you ask? Because I’m a scaredy cat! I couldn’t even watch the orignal 1976 Carrie movie. I was thinking those effects would be awful and whatnot. Nope. It was scary and I couldn’t change the channel fast enough! *snickers* But thank you for taking one for the bookworms team! ♥

    • Paula says

      Hahaha! You’re not the only one, C! I really surprised myself by reading this. I just want to explore different genres, you know? :P Oh and I watched Carrie! The chloe moretz version though.

      And you’re welcome!! <3

  5. says

    I hear you girl. The characters in this one were a tad too unrealistic for me to take seriously. I didn’t really feel scared or anything, more shocked by the dramatic extent these girls would go through for such a silly thing (biting a bunch of flehs, cutting up fingers… gaaaaaaaaaaah). I couldn’t take it seriously so I just took it all in at face value. But yeah to the Mean Girls parallel… it was weird seeing it because I still find it hard to believe a group of girls will act that way D:
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