Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Title: Possess
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Bridget Liu can hear voices - demonic, eerie voices that posses other being and objects. As if that wasn't enough of a problem, she is also dealing with the recent death of her father, her mother's new found dating life, and two boys who may, or may not, have a crush on her.

Bridet Liu is also one feisty chick. I don't think I've ever encountered a teen heroine who so closely mirrors how teenagers act and talk. I also don't think I've ever encountered a teen heroine who reminds me so much of myself when I was that age. :P Gretchen McNeil totally nailed the dialogue and relationships between Bridget and her friends and family. You totally get that sense of eye-rolling indifference, but not in an annoying way that makes you say "Oh shut the hell up!"

The pacing of this novel was also really great. Right along with the main character, you watch the mysteries of the possessions unravel and learn who can and cannot be trusted. There were definite times when it was absolutely freaky to be reading about some of the demonic communications and behaviors, but not to the point where it was gory and forced. Everything flowed really well together and kept me hungry for more.

I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a spooky, yet fun read. "Possess" also touches on Biblical myth a lot so if that's your cup of tea (as it is mine), then I'd absolutely tell you to go, go, go and get this awesome book!! A solid 4-star read!

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