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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Possess

Title: Possess
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Horror/Paranormal
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Book: ARC sent by publisher
"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 really enjoyed reading this book. The book has completely different paranormal elements that left me excited to read more. It is not as scary as everyone thinks. I think the way Ms. McNeil wrote the book is perfect!
One things I enjoyed about this book is the great characters. Bridget is not the girl that I thought that she would be. She is strong and feisty! She knows what she wants. She doesn't play games, but is real. Ms. Neil really did  a great job on capturing two different types of characters that I never thought I see together. It's amazing and completely unique.

The love interest in the book had me at hello! I loved that Bridget dissed him! It made me laugh but also it was fun to read. With all the dark elements of the book, this one made the book balance out and complete it. Bridget is an easy character to fall into her shoes and see things from her point of view.

The last thing is loved in the exorcism performed by Bridget and the paranormal twist in it. I must say that  I was in shocke to learn the heavy secret that Bridget unveils. But also, I loved how Ms. Neil took this element and made it of her own. It's nicely done, very surprising indeed.

A dark and beautiful debut, I like this book. Ok, I admit, I read it during the day! LOL. Still, I loved how Ms. McNeil is able to capture the reader from the very beginning and hook them in. The plot pacing is perfect with every page turn. Even the minor characters play bigger parts that I thought. I can't wait to see what Ms. McNeil writes next!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Oooo she disses him? That's kind of a refreshing romantic start for a YA book:) I think that alone makes me want to read this one!

  2. It is cute how she blows him off, but it was so obvious to me that he really was a nice guy I wondered that she couldn't see it. I did like how her voice really did put you right into the story.


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