“She killed Grace, and now she’s after you.” – Sofia
Mean Girls meets The Craft in this read! That’s really the only way to describe The Merciless; there’s no way to expect the unexpected. I’ll be honest, it was a slow read at first and it was a bit of a struggle to stay interested in it (however, that could also be because I was in a bit of a reading stump). But boy oh BOY! Once you hit that certain chapter, you are in for one hell of a ride (no pun intended). Once the story picked up, it was like horror movie playing in my mind; blood, gore, suspense, and constant second guessing. The ending, oh man, the ending is mind-boggling… I can definitely see this book becoming a film, and though I’m not a fan of horror movies I would watch it.
Danielle Vega’s characters are very diverse, which was a very nice change in a book. The main character, Sofia, has a Mexican lineage (just like me!) and to see familiar words while I’m reading (like mija and abuela) makes me reminiscent. It was also nice that boys weren’t a main idea in the story (though a boy is the trigger for the major turn of events). The Merciless, seemed to focus more on the plot development than the character development, but it doesn’t seem to deter the story in any way. It’s different, it makes the book that more interesting due to it not being fast paced like many others.
If you like scary movies and/or books, I would definitely recommend this book. I thought Mean Girls, Heathers, and others of the like were horrible, but they’re nothing compared to what a group of religious mean girls (with a slightly jealous leader) can do. As you read, you constantly wonder if what’s happening is actually happening, if what Sofia sees is really there, if the evil thought to be there is actually there… So, if you’re into that kind of thing, then pick up the book. Go on, I dare you.
Lots of Love,
Felie Fel ♥