This week, I’m tackling the fourth book on my journey to read 52 books in 52 weeks: The Merciless III. I read The Merciless and The Merciless II as they came out, and snatched them up the minute I got the chance. It was my fiancé who actually brought me home a copy of the third installment of this eerie YA series. In the first book, Sofia’s new group of friends get together to perform an exorcism on Brooklyn, a classmate. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, their idea of an exorcism is something akin to torture. Vega’s novel is gripping and chilling and kept me guessing until the end of the novel. Not many books make me gasp aloud, but this and its sequel had me clutching my proverbial pearls more than once.
At first glance, The Merciless III seems to be a look into Brookyln’s origin story. The front blurb gives us just a glimpse into the world that made the Brooklyn of the first book in the series who she was:
Brookyln knows that there’s no good without evil, no right without wrong. And when a helpless girl calls her teen helpline, whispering that someone is hurting her, Brooklyn knows that she needs to save her anonymous caller, even if it means doing something bad.
Her parents and friends assure her the call was probably a prank–but Brooklyn has always had a tendency to take over, whether someone has asked for help or not.
She discovers that the call came from Christ First Church and finds herself plunged into the cultish community of its youth group. She’s especially drawn to Gavin, the angelic yet tortured pastor’s son.
Torn between an unstoppable attraction to Gavin and her obsession with the truth, Brooklyn is forced to make a decastating choice to rid Christ First Church of evil once and for all…but the devil has plans for Brooklyn’s soul.
I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to read the third book in this series. As always with Vega’s writing, I’m expecting quick, snappy prose and a nail-biting read from start to finish! You’ll want to make sure that you stay tuned for my review!