Saturday, January 25, 2014

Book review of Possess by Gretchen McNeil



Rule #1: Do not show fear.
Rule #2: Do not show pity.
Rule #3: Do not engage.
Rule #4: Do not let your guard down.
Rule #5: They lie.

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.


I can be a bit of a cover whore so I'm not ashamed to admit that what originally drew me to this book was the cover. Then, once I read the synopsis, I got really excited about the story. 

I've never read a book about exorcisms. I thought that aspect of the book was unique and exciting so I was instantly hooked. In the end, it is what helped keep me engaged when I otherwise would not have finished this book. 

Once I got a few chapters in I started thinking "no!!!". The characters seemed hollow to me and I was unable to connect to them. I found the story growing predictable and the dialogue was cheesy at times. It might be an age thing. I didn't think it was a bad book! I just think it would be more appropriate for a younger group- maybe Middle Grade or Highschool readers. 

I personally would not read it again. 

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