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Bookanista Review: POSSESS

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*Apologies this is up so late. I had some technical difficulties, mainly in the form of me forgetting my WordPress password.  Doh.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

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.

WHAT I THOUGHT:

Gretchen is awesome. And so is her book!

I admit, I wasn’t sure if this would be my thing. I’m not big on the scary stuff but I was still eager to read. And I’m so glad I did! I couldn’t put it down. And yes, it was scary, but I loved every minute of it.

Bridget was an awesome protagonist. I loved her snark and confidence and the way she went head first into scary circumstances. She had so many great one-liners that continually made me smile. And her snark was the perfect balance to Matt’s, the love interest, sweetness. I love nice guys and I couldn’t get enough of him. I’m sure there will be many readers calling dibs on him as their boyfriend!

But it wasn’t only just the two main characters I loved. I thought Bridget’s trio of male friends were AWESOME. It was a different friend dynamic than I usually see in YA and I found that extremely refreshing. Especially because the personalities of those friends flew off the page. Each one stole their scenes, which is difficult to do when all 3 are in the same scene together!

And then of course there was the plot itself with some very creepy scenes. For instance, one in particular that took place in a doll shop that had me clutching the book with white knuckles. And some elements involving a cat. Yet the creepiness was still Shana-proof, so that means it’s appropriate for everyone!

Also, the mystery was fantastic. I never knew who to trust, including the demons themselves. But especially the priests. Since I know nothing of the Catholic religion, I found the elements here fascinating. I had no idea that priests did exorcisms (which may be stupid of me, but mind you, I’ve never read or watched anything else about exorcisms). I was so curious about the dynamic of it all.

What a refreshing paranormal with brilliant writing and complex characters!

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tinuviellen
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
You know, I've been meaning to add, but I am Catholic, and I have no idea about exorcisms. It's not exactly mainstream stuff they teach you in Sunday School! :) So you're not alone. I'm kind of curious about this book for that reason, though.
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