Reviews for The merciless

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Gr 7 Up-On the first day of her new school, Sofia Flores meets Riley, the school's popular girl who seems as religious as she is beautiful. Riley explains that she used to be friends with another girl, Brooklyn, but that they drifted apart when Brooklyn veered off the path of God. When Sofia catches Brooklyn cheating with Riley's boyfriend, she finds herself caught in Riley's plan to "save" Brooklyn. It soon becomes clear that the exorcism Riley believes is necessary for Brooklyn's salvation is more akin to torture, and Sofia must decide who really is evil and what she must do about it, even if it means becoming the next target. Vega's suspenseful novel is riveting, thanks to Amy Rubinate's masterful narration, though its graphic nature makes the tale suitable for mature older readers. Horror fans will be happy to see this addition to library shelves, and will be looking for a sequel.- Amanda Rollins, Northwest Village School, Plainville, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Gr 10 Up-Sofia just moved to a new town. With a mom who works for the military, this is nothing new. What sets this particular move apart is when three of the prettiest, most popular girls in her new high school befriend her. While Sofia may not share the ultra-Christian values of her new comrades Riley, Alexis, and Grace, it doesn't prevent her from forming a strong bond with them shortly after meeting. The trio confide in her about Brooklyn, the punkish, rebellious girl whom they fear may be possessed by the devil. When Riley takes the drastic step of kidnapping Brooklyn to exorcise the demon she fears is inside of her, Sofia first fights for what she believes to be right before being pushed into a battle for her very survival. This pulse-pounding, debut novel creates a wickedly creepy atmosphere where mean girls quickly turn homicidal. Readers may wince in pain as Riley cuts the sins out of her victims with a butcher knife, proving this story is not for the faint of heart. Still, it's a perfect book to give to older teens in need of satiating their potentially voracious horror appetites.-Ryan P. Donovan, Southborough Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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It's hard to know who your friends are when you're the new girl. For Sophia Flores, Adams High is one more in a long line of schools her mother is an Army nurse. On her first day, Sophia quickly makes friends with Brooklyn and Riley, even though they are both from different factions. Pushed and pulled by Brooklyn's craving for tattoos, danger, and excitement and Riley's religious seduction topped with southern sweetness, Sophia finds it difficult to make her own decisions. When Riley decides that Brooklyn requires an exorcism, Sophia finds herself trapped. Horrible truths are revealed one by one, and when things go dreadfully wrong, she is forced to make decisions to save not only the girls' lives but also her own. Page-to-page Stephen King-style terror builds, asking the question, How much evil is inside every one of us? Readers will gasp out loud more than a few times, so beware.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2010 Booklist

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