REVIEW: The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega


Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


This is a great book to read when you’re in between books. Its a fairly quick read, thrilling, and easy to follow. It’s mindless (you don’t have to think about it much) but really gives the feels. It’s messed up, but I kind of liked it.

Now, by no means does this have amazing writing or super complex characters. It’s just not the type of book you look forward to reading all year long.

There are very typed characters – the Jesus freak (reminds me of a more psychotic Marianne, from Easy A), her number one fan/wannabe best friend, the boldly stylish third, and the new girl. Very easy to grasp, right? That’s the point. The characters and plot are so simple that it mainly relies on thrilling the reader into continuing on reading.

This book may be a little hard to get into because the thrills don’t really begin until Chapter 7 (page 86). From then on it’s exorcism, torture, psychotic meltdowns and death. It’s just so f***ing messed up and twisted that you can’t help but read what happens next. this book was great for a fast read and a great thrill.

You’ll definitely finish the book saying “wtf did I just read” – in a time-killing, entertaining way.

The only thing I was let down about was the insa-romance. It was there for a couple pages here and there, but it really didn’t contribute much to the story and it never developed. It was there one second then it was…gone?…Put way way in the background? It just seemed out of place.

If you can’t handle blood, delusional psychopaths, bodily mutilation, and *cough* pealing off fingernails *cough*, or you scare easily, I would not recommend this.

But, if you’re in between books, have a busy schedule, or just need a gripping book to get you out of a slump, I would recommend this. Just make sure you do get past the first 80 or so pages – it gets 100x more exciting.




This will be your reaction to the entire book (after chapter 7)






Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


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