Skip to main content

KIM BRIGGS HAUNTING READS BOOK REVIEW: The Merciless by Danielle Vega




Image result for danielle vega the merciless















The Merciless author, Danielle Vega looks innocent enough. Don't be deceived. This Young Adult Author knows how to scare with a capital S! Don't let the pretty in pink book cover fool you either.







GENRE: Young Adult horror

When there’s a warning on the first page of a book for Mature Audiences only—you know, NO, you expect to be scared out of your mind. The Merciless does not disappoint.

The pitch: Mean Girls meets Carrie... I know, right?!?! Why even bother with back copy, just tear the book open.

Danielle Vega brings the horrifying aspects of human nature to The Merciless

The Merciless begins like many young adults novels. New student in new town hoping to fit it. New student meets new group of Barbie/Martha girls who decide the social ranking of every student in the school, and new student becomes the 'it' accessory of the month, and of course, there's a cute boy who has potential.

Within the first couple pages new student, Sofia meets Brooklyn, a bad girl who seems a bit satanic but maybe she’s just misunderstood. We, as readers, really don’t know what to make of Brooklyn, but we develop strong expectations about the Barbie/Martha girls, led by sweet as molasses, Riley.

Early on, Sofia stumbles upon a skinned cat set up in a pentagram with candles lit. Riley accuses Brooklyn of the sacrifice, but we’re kinda wondering if Riley and her friends did it--you know, as an experiment or something.

Questionable event after questionable event leads up to the night of the Exorcism. Yes, Exorcism. I refuse to discuss anything that happens during the Exorcism, and whatever you think is going to happen is WRONG, so, so WRONG.

Danielle uses an easy story-telling style that sucks you in slowly and orbits you in a vortex of terror until she’s ready to spit you out. Enjoy the ride.

Write on,

Kim

Popular posts from this blog

School Visit Recap: Assemblies to Workshops, and the CONVERSATIONS in between

Dear Kim (and friends),

This morning I put away my rainbow superhero mask, gold top hat, and banana-on-a-stick. Few things are sadder than closing your banana-on-a-stick into a dark closet. But, I guess it will rise again next month for my next school visit.

Oh, you thought my collection was somehow Halloween related? No, no. Just part of the workshop portion of my school visits. For the past two weeks I had the privilege of speaking to, and then with, students from one of our nearby districts.



Dwight Smith, the founder of My Special Word, joined me for the assembly portion of the event. We were able to share with the children Dwight's vision for the program, as well as my process for writing the books for him.

There was music. Lots of it.
Some singing. (Would you expect any less?)
And shouting! (Mostly the kids, but I got a few words in too.)



We met with over 800 kids during the assemblies and got a sense for how the school district planned to use My Special Word. I'll say,
w…

YA Scavenger Hunt: Kim Briggs hosting May Freighter

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I'm on the PINK TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the auth…

INTERVIEW with Juliana Spink Mills, Author of The Blade Hunt Chronicles

Dear Alison and friends,
Today, I am excited. I mean REALLY excited, because well, I got to hangout with my writer buddy Juliana Spink Mills via the modern way: email/twitter/IG/FB. Juliana and I met at the NYSCBWI conference a few years back and have been friends every since. Juliana has been a much better friend to me than I've been to her this past year, but my resolution for 2018 is to rid myself of some of the extra responsibilities (stay tuned for details) and focus on what's really important supporting my community and that includes my writing community and the most important components of my writing community other than my readers are my writer friends.


So Juliana, when did you start writing?
Although I’ve always liked messing around with words, I didn’t start writing ‘for real’ until I turned 40 and told myself to stop procrastinating.
Sounds like 40 was the kick in the ass you needed. I just gave myself a strict deadline to finish my current WIP by January 1st. Deadline…