Book Review: Possess by Gretchen McNeil

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Title: Possess
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Details: ARC, Published in Hardcover, 384 pgs.
Published: August 23rd, 2011 by Balzer + Bray
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: HarperCollins for Review


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 ended up being a fantastic read!  It was creepy, and spooky and had some fantastic characters!

The YA market is overrun with paranormal and so it always surprises me when an author is able to keep it unique.  This book is paranormal but it has a more real feel to it which made it much creepier to me.  See, I believe that possessions happen and the way some of the possession scenes play out are straight from a horror movie.  And anything horror that is something that could really actually happen is ten times freakier then say a vampire ripping someones throat out.  Just the thought that that could happen.  Or that it does happen, is just freaky.   Now although the possessions are something that really happens this book does a good job in throwing in much more, that is certainly not as real as possessions.   I really liked how it had a good mixture and I found myself completely involved in the plot.

There’s a lot of guessing who the bad guys are in this book.  I found it quite easy to figure out the main one.  But really, it wasn’t a big downside.  It’s not like I knew for sure, I was just pretty sure. 😉  There were lots of other things that had me guessing though and so it’s not like I could predict the whole plot.  There was actually a lot of twists and turns I didn’t even see coming.

I liked Bridget.  I had to warm up to her a bit and in the last bit I didn’t care how she changed so much, that just didn’t feel real, but most of the time I got her behavior and thoughts.      
I liked all the other other characters as well, especially Matt.  He was a true sweetie who wasn’t busy doing all kinds of stupid things.  I really liked how the romance played out, without too much drama and mostly just Bridgets doubts standing in the way.   

The story wrapped things up pretty well, but there were a few things I’m still wondering about.  Although I don’t know if this is a series my guess is yes because I saw a few things that weren’t wrapped up.  At least I don’t think so… It didn’t end on a cliffhanger or anything though, which was definitely good!  

My overall feel for this book when I finished was that I really liked it.  If you like a bit of creepy but maybe aren’t into downright horror this may be the book for you.

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Disclosure:  I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Thanks for the review. I was interested in this book as soon as I saw the cover, but that doesn’t always mean the book is a good one! I’m glad to hear that you liked it, and I definitely want to read it now :)
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  2. I was excited when I read you thought this book surprised you, since so many paranormals rely on the same elements/creatures/mythologies. The plot sounds interesting and I’m always up for a good horror story. Thanks for the rec!


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