16 August 2011

{Book Review} Possess

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 August 2011 at 12:36 AM | | | | | | | | |


Author: Gretchen McNeil
Pages: 384
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC
Rating: 5 Birds

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.
Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

Sweet Cartwheeling Jesus, this book was amazing.

No time for rest with this one folks, you start with action and it rolls on through like that through out. I LOVE books like this! I want to be sucked in from the word “Go” and hang on for dear life through out, never knowing where it’s going. McNeil delivers.

There were several points in the book where I went “OMG this is so predictable, I so know where this is going” and stayed firm to that until the end when the rug was yanked out from under me and I was proven wrong. Yes, I was wrong. I don’t admit that much…mark it down.

Strong, beautifully structured character's lead you through this book full of mystery and all around creepiness.  Our protagonist, Bridget Liu makes sarcasm and eye rolls an art form and her hilarious commentary on her thoughts of the Catholic religion and school she attends had me holding my sides more then once.

But don’t think Bridget a snob or disrespectful by any means. Really she’s just got a full Paten (that’s the round plate that holds the host during communion, for you non Catholics out there) Bridget is trying to learn to control her new powers of Exorcism, juggle her GBFFL (gay best friend for life), fend off the advances of a friend turned obsessive stalker and the deal with the attention of the hottest boy in town, plus not fall on her ass in heels at the winter formal. And you think your life is tough! Shhesh!

McNeil’s attention to detail, and superior story telling abilities will have you up all night, either unable to put the book down – or simply because you hear the pitter patter of cat feet in the house…when you don’t actually own a cat.

If you don’t add this book to your TBR and better yet, pre order it….like NOW – you’re seriously missing out on one of my favorite books of the year. Fresh, new topics, fun characters I want to hang out in real life and humor and terror all in one book – really…it can’t get much better!

Side Note: I was not bought off by Gretchen, my now fellow YA Rebel for this review. As pure luck would have it I got the book direct from HarperCollins (thank you! I love you!) before I even thought about auditioning for the Rebels. However if Gretchen wants to send me some swag for my amazing readers for such a great review (which yes I realize is only so good because the book was good…but let’s not dig into details) that would be great! *wink*

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  1. Gasping to read this! I'm counting down the days to release. Fantastic review.


  2. I love books that start with action too! This definitely sounds like one for me. Haven't seen too many review around, so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks - I'll add it to my wishlist :).


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