Friday 26 June 2020

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega

The Merciless (The Merciless, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had this book on my Paperwhite for a while and have been tempted to start it many times. This time, I gave into the impulse and I'm SO glad I did.

Sofia Flores is the new kid in a small town where her mother's been stationed. She moves around a lot, so it's hard to make friends. But this time, on her first day, the popular trio--Riley, Grace and Alexis--befriend her.

She has enough to worry about at home with her strict mother and sick grandmother, but getting caught up with these girls leads her down a very dark path that ends with an exorcism...

Yikes! 😳

This book turned out to be an unexpected wicked little tale. A sick and depraved story wrapped in a sugary sweet pink cover. One that deals with the most toxic of friendships between girls hiding behind their belief in God to justify some pretty messed-up stuff.

Everything starts out simple enough. The new girl in school is excited about the attention the popular girls are paying her. Even though something doesn't feel right. Even though she doesn't really see anything wrong with the girl they've decided to target with their malice. BUT, nothing gets in the way of a teenage girl's desire to belong to the cool group and the peer pressure attached to such a friendship.

Of course, we're not dealing with your average teen girls here. They're devout, mysterious, total manipulators and downright creepy. Oh, okay, so this totally describes high school cliques. 🤣

I really enjoyed how this book doesn't take long to go from familiar into full-on horrifying violence. Then quickly tips into WTF? is going on territory. Until the depravity and brutality of what these girls are actually doing hit my horror-loving heart.

Also, I loved how unpredictable it was. I might've had suspicions as the story moved along, but the bloody reality unravelled in a way I wasn't expecting. Oh, and that ending was so cool I can't wait to read the next one.

I need to know how Sofia's story ends.

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