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!