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review 2016-08-12 06:52
Unheimlich toll geschrieben, fesselnd und vor allem spannend!
Survive the night: Thriller (Gulliver) - Danielle Vega,Inge Wehrmann

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!

Source: yvi82.de/survive-the-night-rezension
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-13 00:00
The Merciless
The Merciless - Danielle Vega

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???

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review 2015-07-22 17:00
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
The Merciless - Danielle Vega

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.

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text 2015-07-21 16:09
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
The Merciless - Danielle Vega

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?

 

Gah.

 

This is like watching a really bad horror movie.

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review 2015-01-08 02:08
The Merciless Review
The Merciless - Danielle Vega

Hello and welcome my new fellow readers, my name is Rj and I wanted to start off our blog journey with a lovely book review of a novel that caught my attention. As you can see from the book art, I’ve chosen to review the terrifying yet fabulous, The Merciless by Danielle Vega.


If you love the notorious equation of: Queen Plastics + The Exorcist of Emily Rose Part 2 (Non-Existent), then this is the book for you. True Story, morning glory, Marlene King, one of writers of the television series, Pretty Little Liars, is set to adapt it into a feature film. Marlene and I go way back since freshman year of high school (the premiere of season 1 of PLL.) So when I saw her post about the project, I knew my girl had scoop up a novel worth reading and indeed it was.

 

Vega delivers an exceptionally horrified novel that ties into our lovely filmmaker’s advice of “give me the same, but different” genre. As she already knows that our world loves and craves teenage drama filled with the same cheating attractive yet somewhat incompetent boyfriends and scandalous backstabbing friends, who we always point out in the beginning. Vega’s story different though, it’s what our teenage egos want to hear, but in a completely different atmosphere of pain, torture, a little Exorcism here and there, with a dash of a major plot twist towards the end.


As it opens up with the “innocent” Sofia Flores, the new girl at school, meeting the “popular” girls (Riley, Alexis, and Grace) who continue to act like they invented their own exclusive religious occult. Seriously, they pretend that they know everything about their religion throughout the novel. Feeling strangely intrigued by them, she follows through with befriending them. And by befriending, I mean “becoming cleanse” while trying not to drown in the worst place ever, their high school bathroom’s sink. When reading this scene, I have to admit I was picturing Nacho Libre cleansing Esqueleto to make light of the situation. (Watch here, if you have no idea who I am talking about.) I could only wonder what Riley (the Queen of the 3) would do if someone betrayed her in any way. Look out Brooklyn (you’ll find out soon enough.)

Vega’s choice of terrifying diction captures the reader’s divided attention to the point where they have to keep reading to see what happens next. This woman can describe a pen stabbing so harsh I felt like I had to get bandages for my non-existent wounds. It’s true, she loves to tell the tale of horror and you think she’ll hold back, but just you wait. I personally went in thinking I would not get scared, I was wrong. Do not let the Fab 3 fool you. Everyone awaits the notorious exorcism scene, and I am letting you know now Vega does not disappoint. It is literally 2/3’s of the novel, something I was shocked to discover. She gave us what we feared and wanted to read, a horror combination. I will not go into details, since I believe it’s worth your eyes to venture into Vega’s mind.

 

Overall, I give The Merciless a solid 3.5 out 5 stars, I felt like I was in a baseball game, stuck in second base trying to make it to third after every page. Until it ended, striking me out and off I go seeking another novel to read. (If that makes any sense to you.) Also, it’s worth to mention, I absolutely loved Vega’s idea and it did capture a valuable audience, who I know are eager and awaiting to see her pages come alive in theaters. I will definitely pick up the sequel to this horror show, I am curious to see what direction Vega has in store for Sofia. I recommend this book for your guilty teenage-angsty pleasure section in your bookshelf.

Until then,

this is my Book Life as Rj.

 

P.s. Picture the cast of Mean Girls with these characters, have fun with it, Cady Heron.
P.s.s. Next novel I plan on reviewing is the infamous Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Get ready because this book has a twist worth a little praising over.
P.s.s.s. If you got this far, I love you for putting up with my horrible writing. I can only get better from here. Love you.

 

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