(SPOILER WARNING FOR THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE MERCILESS SERIES, I WILL BE MENTIONING A COUPLE THINGS THAT YOU GET FROM READING THE FIRST NOVEL SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THAT ONE YET, BE WARY. MY RATING WILL BE JUST UNDER THE SYNOPSIS. FEEL FREE TO SKIP THE REST!)
The Merciless III by Danielle Vega
Synopsis (Taken from GoodReads)
Brooklyn 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 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 devastating choice to rid Christ Church of evil once and for all. . . . But the devil has plans for Brooklyn’s soul.
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Review: Man oh man do I love me some cheesy horror novels. This whole series has been one big B-horror film in novel form. Not necessarily the best as far as books go, but so much gory, evil fun I can’t help but DEVOUR them. (get it? cuz horror?? yea you get it)
Danielle Vega writes good old fashioned horror fun like it is nobody’s business & I am all here for it. I personally didn’t like this particular installment as much as the first two, but I still very much enjoyed it.
This story follows Brooklyn before the events in the first novel & just how she became to be a demonic little monster that killed a whole bunch of people. And it is an interesting one at least! You watch her go from this sweet teenage girl who really is just a smidge misunderstood & just wants to help people to just plain evil. She starts a help line in her school basement that her peers can call if they feel they have nobody else to talk to. She starts with the best intentions!!! But then things start getting almost instantly weird when she gets a call from a girl begging for help.
Brooklyn ends up going to this church to try to find her & befriends the pastor’s son & daughter & suddenly just…..everything is not as it seems. You start thinking that maybe the pastor’s daughter is the problem because she’s kind of strong & off putting but then you feel that the pastor might be the bad guy but no, wait, maybe it’s the son??? There are so many twists & turns & it definitely keeps you on your toes. The reveal of what’s all really going on isn’t too surprising (at least it wasn’t for me) but it’s still so good!
There are so many uncomfortable scenes. A lot of torture, fire, revenge…. it is a roller coaster ride, that’s for sure. I enjoyed just about every minute of it! But alas, we come to the part where I tell you what I didn’t quite like that made me give this one a slightly lower rating.
Actually, there wasn’t much I didn’t enjoy in this one. The characters were great, the pacing was quick, & I couldn’t put it down! But one thing that did rub me the wrong way were a couple instances of poor word choice. The one that really sticks in my mind was the use wh*re so casually. That is, 100%, a derogatory term used to demean individuals & we should really be making more of an effort to shun it from our vocabulary, especially in media aimed at teens. It was a little ironic though, because Brooklyn at one point shows distaste in someone be cause they appear, to her, as a sl*t-shamer & she was not down with that, but apparently she’s cool with using the word wh*re so flippantly.
NOT OK, BROOKLYN!!
Overall this book was a great addition to the series. You see most of the characters from the first book & get a look into Brooklyn’s brain & it is definitely worth a read if you’ve read the first at least! You definitely don’t need to read the second one, since the third is a prequel so read in whatever order you please!
Now when does the next one come out?