Saturday, March 26, 2011

{Books Review} Possessions

Possessions #1
Author: Nancy Holder
Format: ePub
Pages: 320 (paperback)
Published: September, 3 2009
Rating: 3.5 Birds

The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale

New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn't help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.

What Lindsay doesn't yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...

And that someone is Lindsay.

Before you rush to the comments section to ask, let me just get it out of the way. Since I have been asked this particular question at least 5 times since people found out I was reading Possessions.

No. It wasn't scary.

I was actually kinda disappointed in that fact. While I still found it highly engrossing and atmospheric, I really wanted to be scared senseless by this book and didn't deliver.

It has plenty of edge of your seat suspense, and I can see how it would make an amazing movie with the right director - Wes Craven would direct the crap outta this one!!! But, alas I just was not scared. In defense of the book, I don't think it was necessarily marketed as a horror, but more paranormal fantasy.

The protagonist Lyndsay is easy to identify with. Over analyzes things, somewhat post mental break down. Very average teen aged girl.

The "Mean Girls", as I call them because they very much remind me of The clique in that movie, are also nicely built. Even though there was about 7 of them I never felt like I was getting them confused, trying to sort out who was who. That was nice, it's always very distracting to read a novel that requires you to take notes just to keep track of who's who.

few things that were odd to me...Lindsay has sort of montage type moments happening in her head. Similar to how you would see thing flashing before someones eyes in movie. The are hard to visualize and smoothly read through. One moment you are reading a big paragraph about the description of a skull, out of no where she will say "burial shrouds" then shoot into how she feels.

We also have these "rundowns" so to speak like an odd diary/myspace update type of thing where it asks what she's listening to, how she's feeling, what's haunting her and some random quotes. I might be losing something in translation since I read it on a nook and the imaging that could have accompanied this may have helped make it make sense. In all honesty it was unnecessary and infrequent and therefore felt really out of place each time it did randomly pop up.

I'm going with a 3.5 Bird rating on this. It read slowly but was really engaging. I will read the second in the series not just because the author left me with no choice in the matter (hehe) but because I am genuinely interested. I would recommend this to be read.


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