Survive the Night ist mein erstes Buch der Autorin, weshalb ich nicht wusste, was hier auf mich zukommt. Der Klappentext versprach einen gruseligen Thriller und ich war gespannt.
Ich begann zu lesen und war sofort gefesselt. Wir lesen von Casey, die gerade frisch aus dem Drogenentzug zurück ist, aber immer noch mit den falschen Freunden rumhängt und erkennen lässt, dass sie immer noch an ihren Ex Sam hängt. Leider ist sie total von dem Mädchen Shana begeistert, wegen welcher Casey erst in diesem ganzen Schlamassel reingeraten ist. Nachdem sie an einem Abend auf eine Party gehen, landen sie schließlich alle auf DIE angesagteste Party überhaupt und der Horror nimmt seinen Lauf ...
Die Geschichte hat mich total begeistert und war mal eine sehr gelungene Abwechslung für mich. Normalerweise lese ich selten Horror und für meinen Geschmack hätte noch etwas mehr reingekonnt, aber vielleicht bin ich auch zu sehr abgehärtet. :) Aber die Spannung, die schwand zu keiner Zeit und von Kapitel zu Kapitel wurde ich nervöser und wollte unbedingt wissen, wie die Kids aus diesem Tunnel lebend rauskommen.
Der Schreibstil ließ Liebe fürs Detail erkennen, denn die Autorin hat es ideal geschafft, mir die Story direkt vor meinem inneren Auge abspielen zu lassen und trotzdem war noch genügend Platz für eigene Phantasien.
Was ich ebenfalls gelungen finde, die Story ist irgendwie überhaupt nicht vorhersehbar, denn mit diesem Ende hatte ich absolut nicht gerechnet. Ebenfalls mit einigen Stellen, an denen ich dachte, dass ich genau wüsste, was gleich passiert, aber immer wieder wurde ich überrascht. Das gefällt mir sehr und genau so muss das auch sein!
Die Kapitellänge ist ideal und nicht zu lang, oder zu kurz. Auch der Schreibstil passt perfekt ins Genre.
Das Cover gefällt mir nun nicht unbedingt. Im Geschäft würde ich vermutlich dran vorbei laufen. Das ist mir irgendwie zu kitschig und meiner Meinung nach zu wenig Horror. Für dieses Buch würde ich eher etwas düsteres wählen, aber nun ja.
Wenn ich nach einem spannenden Thriller gefragt werde, in dem man ordentlichen Nervenkitzel und Überraschungen bekommt, dann würde ich definitiv dieses Buch empfehlen. Es lohnt sich!
So this book was highly recommended to me, and I'm not...sure why to be honest. This book was way too much for me. I've never been a horror fan, it's just never been a genre I'm interested in and I was told that this one would be more what I would be looking for. In fact it was described as Mean Girls meets horror and I was...oddly in? I love thinking about what I would do in certain situations and how they would pan out. This book just didn't do it for me.
The Merciless follows a girl named Sophia and her induction into a friend group that apparently? believes in Jesus? (I use the question marks because it was all very weird) all while hinting at the fact of exorcism and wrong people, wrong place, wrong time. Basically, the leader of the Mean Girls group kidnaps Brooklyn, takes her to a model home???? and they decide to give her an exorcism. Brooklyn was always nice to Sophia, so Sophia feels sympathy towards her and makes every attempt not to hurt her.
Except they do hurt her, quite a freaking bit. And there were many times that I got squeamish because it was just too much for me. I don't like senseless violence and this was pretty senseless. I was intrigued by the idea of twists and turns "How do they get out" kind of thing but it wasn't that. It turned into just...gross and not my type of book. Granted, I was always the kid in school that wanted to take care of everyone, and I have a tendency to this day to be overly sensitive about things but this was just too much.
I somehow finished this book. Usually once I hit the 70 page rule/mark I try to finish it, even if I'm not enjoying it. I don't know if this is a book you should enjoy though. Brooklyn flies off the handle in the end and actually ends up being "part of the evil" and says that Sophia is one of their own? I feel like it would have been way more spooky if Brooklyn was on the run or whatever but instead now we throw in some weird "one of us" thing.
This book just didn't do it for me. I actually felt like throwing up at the end and was so glad to just be done. It's also gone in my rehoming pile. Ugh. Why do I buy books again???
Well, this absolutely wasn't what I expected it to be. I picked up The Merciless because it was billed as YA horror, and I'm a sucker for anything labeled as such. Watching an author take a horror story, and gently manipulate it for a YA audience, is tons of fun for me. Sometimes they're amazing. Sometimes they're my favorite horror stories. Sometimes, unfortunately, they fall short.
I'm willing to suspend disbelief to get lost in a book like this. If the author is willing to build the background, get me invested in the characters, and set up the tension, I'm all in. It doesn't matter if the villain is a giant cockroach or a serial killer clown. I'm in. I just need to feel like I'm being slowly lead toward an epic climax. Which is why The Merciless lost me after the first few chapters. I never felt like I actually knew Sofia. Her so-called "friends" were barely introduced before she fell head-over-heels in adoration of them. Every single plot point seemed too convenient. Nothing felt organic. Worse yet, this book relies heavily on gore and shock value. I'm all for that, if it's done in a way that adds to the story. In this case, it felt forced.
The other issue I had was that this book is really heavy on the use of God. I understand that the concept of good vs. evil, or God vs. Satan, is often used in stories like this. It makes sense, because it sets a line between what we consider to be normal human behavior, and what lies waiting in the darkest part of some people. What bothers me, is when there is no preface for the use of God. Up until the end of this story, Riley and her friends simply felt like fanatics. No reasoning behind their behavior. No set up. Just crazy religious fanaticism. As for Sofia, she mentions early on that she isn't really religious. Yet, she's willing to go along with everything these girls tell her to do. Even when she knows it's wrong.
Which brings me to the last point, and that's the fact that there is nothing redeeming about Sofia's character. It's like those really terrible horror movies where you actually hope all the characters die. You're not really invested in them. They make terrible decisions constantly. By the time the movie is halfway over, you're just hoping that they'll hurry up and die in some spectacular way. Add in an ending that drove me mad, and you have a 2-star rating. I made it through, but I won't be reading The Merciless again any time soon.
What is going ON in this book? No, seriously. Someone tell me. My brain is too angry and confused to really figure it out.
Unless there's some M. Night twist coming, then this is just one messed up story. I keep yelling cuss words at Sofia and her lame excuses for not being a hero. WHY CAN'T YOU JUST HIT RILEY IN THE HEAD?
This is like watching a really bad horror movie.