Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil
Balzer + Bray
[August 23, 2011]

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.
This book...freaking fantastic. I described it to Harmony as The Iron King except they're not faeries and it's darker. And y'all should know how I loved The Iron King.

See? I'm even breaking out a Southern accent I don't have. This is serious business, guys.

I adored Bridget. She was badass but she was also vulnerable and then she was tough and when people got through you could see she was just confused and lost with everything going on in her life. And there was a lot going on. I wanted to hug Bridget while I was reading.

I really enjoyed all the characters. They all did their parts well. Her friends were fantastic and the creepers were creepin' and the little brother was five kinds of adorable and reminded me of my brother. There were two creeper-esque characters I wish we could've seen a bit more of because they were interesting, but their presence wasn't MAJOR to the plot, so it made sense.

The writing is amazing. I started reading around 2:30 in the afternoon and was done by 6. This included two trips into the pool, chair adjustments, and being an attentive big sister. I was trying to tan and for the last...I'd guess hour I wasn't actually in the sun and it took me a while to realize that. And then I didn't care enough to move because I had to keep reading. On top of that, the story is told in third person, but it kind of reads like it's in first person, which is something I've never seen and it was pretty awesome.

I'll also be honest and tell you that I was a little nervous to read this book because I'm a wuss (says the girl who wrote a Cannibal Love Story...) and thought it'd be scary, but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It was thrilling and mysterious and a little angsty, but never truly terrifying or anything. So if you're a fellow wuss, don't fear. You're all good.

Just go get this book. For the love of Darcy, go get it. You will probably thank me later.



  1. I'm really glad you liked this one, since it's up next on my to-read pile!

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