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Monday, August 15, 2011

REVIEW: Possess by Gretchen McNeil

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.

Book: Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback ARC
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Standalone (I think?)
Obtained: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

I'm really not sure what's going on with this cover, but it's kind of really gorgeous and that was the first thing that drew me into this book. I got it unsolicited, so it wasn't too high on my reading pile, but the prettiness just kept staring at me and I finally caved and read it waaaaay before the release date, and it was a lot better than I expected since the summary doesn't really sound like my kind of book.

The main character, Bridget Liu, was really awesome and kind of kick-ass. I loved reading about her journey and seeing how she changed as she found out new things about who she really was and what that meant for her personally as well as for those around her, although the third person POV was somewhat of an impediment to this. I'm not a huge fan of third person.

The love interest, Matt, was involved in so little of the story that he's barely worth mentioning, but he was cute enough, if not hugely interesting. My favorite side character was actually the priest sent in from the Vatican, Father Santos. For some reason, I kept picturing him as looking like Mark A. Sheppard, which might have had something to do with it. But seriously, he was an awesome character.

This book is definitely on the more horror-y side of YA, so if that isn't your thing, then you might want to avoid it, but otherwise it's a pretty good book, and I would definitely recommend it.