Monday, October 3, 2011

Possess by Gretchen McNeil: review

Goodreads rating: 4.18
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Balzer + Bray
0062060716 (ISBN13: 9780062060716)
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.
Possess barely gives you enough time to breathe before it vaults you into Bridget's world of her newly-discovered power: demon banishing. Bridget has this amazing (and annoying to her) ability to banish demons to Hell, meaning they can never return, an ability that the local monsignor has no problem exploiting. But during a routine banishment, a powerful demon tells her to find Undermeyer, her father's murderer, who's locked up in an insane asylum. And she gets another message: DON'T TRUST THE PRIEST. Now Bridget must team up with the Sergeant's son and childhood friend, Matt Quin, who cares about her (and she's afraid to admit that she cares about him too). Not everyone will come out of it unscathed, and some will not survive. But you must always remember the only rule of possession that really matters: the spirits lie.

I loved this book. Beneath a creepy tale about demon-banishing and intrigue and murder, was a sweet love story and a testament to family relationships. To be honest, the bad guy was a bit predictable. But really, that's my only issue with this novel. McNeil has an interesting way of writing, where you feel so close the character's thoughts that even though it's in third person, it almost seems like it's in first. Bridget was an easy character to like. Not many people liked her, but she was just fine with that, with at least one of her friends being gay, one that may or may not have been dabbling in the love that dare not speak it's name, and another that was to put it lightly obsessed with Bridget. Needless to say, he didn't like how things were turning out between her and Matt.

I'm hoping beyond hope that this is a series, because they were so many loose ends left frayed and I want so badly to see them sown back together. This is one of those powers that will never leave Bridget as far as we know, but maybe there's a way to make it all go away. Okay, I'm making myself excited for nothing because I am definitely not the author. But I met the author earlier today and she's so cute. She had on this black and green checkered dress with red peep-toes and perfect hair even though it was stifling outside. No, I'm not jealous...

I'm pandering. The point is that this one is way worth checking out, if not for the sheer joy of holding such a beautiful cover in your hands and knowing that this book, you can definitely judge by its cover.

1 comment:

  1. I've really been looking forward to this one! I love that cover :) Awesome review! I read the interview too :) I bet that was fun :))


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