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The Merciless
The Merciless | Danielle Vega
"The Merciless is chilling...think 'Mean Girls' meets 'The Exorcist.'"--MTV.com "Pretty Little Liars fans, get a sneak peek at your new favorite book The Merciless ...a nail biting thriller."-- Seventeen Magazine Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every pagewith The Merciless, a thrilling debut novel perfect for fans of Robin Wasserman's The Waking Dark and Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning. Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she's here. No one can hear her scream. Sofia Flores knows she shouldn't have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn't realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed. Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn--but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can't go against the other girls...unless she wants to be next. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
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BookishGamer87
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Finally, a good book! Really enjoyed how uncomfortable this made me and how twisted it got! I'm glad I decided to grab the whole series off Book Outlet!

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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Pick on the edge of so-so, I liked the book a lot but the ending was a bit predictable.

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Reggie
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#horrorcovercrush Day 5 Yowzas, this was intense. Short on characterization but good on action and I couldn‘t stop reading it. Sofia is the new girl at school and just wants to make friends. She befriends the popular girls at school and freaks out when one night she is taken to an abandoned house where the popular girls have kidnapped an ex-friend wanting to give her an exorcism. All I got out of this was it‘s tough being a teenage girl. Lol pick!

vivastory This is on my TBR & I agree on the cover, very striking 2mo
sprainedbrain This sounds pretty awesome. 2mo
Reggie @vivastory @sprainedbrain it‘s kinda Saved meets Mean Girls meets The Exorcist. 2mo
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amanda__reads__horror Good to know!! I‘ve had my eye on this one! That cover 😻 7d
Reggie @amanda__reads__horror Hi, and welcome to Litsy! We‘re all pretty nice here so if you have any questions don‘t be afraid to ask. This was good but for some reason this October I really loved some of the short zombie stories I read. And for some reason the ones about addiction( which you would think is horrific enough on its own) really got to me. Do you have a favorite horror book or author? 7d
amanda__reads__horror Thanks @Reggie! I‘m still trying to figure this all out! It‘s confusing! As for my favorites, there‘s so many!! I wouldn‘t even know where to start. I‘m looking forward to sharing them once I figure out how to post! Ha ha! 7d
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ageekygirllikeme
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“I‘m allowed to be afraid, I remind myself, taking a deep breath of the hot, stale hallway air. I‘m just not allowed to run away.”

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MoonWitch94
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🎃Pumpkin Spices, Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Evergreen & Vanilla 🥨Honey Mustard Pretzels, Almond MMs, Baked Cheetos. 🌕 The Moon & Stars, Candles 🕯, Tarot, Feathers, 🍁🍂 The weather, colors, decor, Horror movies, bonfires, haunted hayrides, apples 🍎 #basicwitchswap #bws

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TheLibrarian
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Book Outlet haul number 1!

#bookhaul

readingrockets Love The Merciless books! 5mo
TheLibrarian @RocketMom One of my friends really enjoyed it too so I was like why not! 5mo
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LibrarianRyan
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These books were supposed to be #shocking but I didn‘t think so.

#30JuneBooks. @howjessreads

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Karkar
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Oh my....I was not sure about this going in but that ending!!! I want to go get the next one!

DebinHawaii I have seen this one around. Stacking. 📚👍 6mo
LauraJ Stacking too! 6mo
BekahB This series is so much fun! It's everything I love about over the top, campy horror movies in book form. Her newest book (not part of this series) comes out Tuesday and I can't wait to pick it up! 6mo
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lolcanidieyet
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I read this book a few years ago and it still remains high on my list, I enjoyed the gore and thrill of the book.

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thebookishtype15
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Truly enjoying reading this series. YA needs more good horror like this that's not a graphic novel.

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InkedMayhem
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This book was unlike any other I‘ve read of its genre. Very YA yet shocking! I just wanted to keep seeing what would happen next!

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beckyh
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I read a little over half of this book, then flipped through until the end. It was definitely too gory for me. I kept hoping that it would get better but it kept going downhill with every page. The book started out very interesting but the violence was way too over the top. I guess I just wasn‘t the target audience for this type of book.

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Caffeinated_Reader
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Gonna spend the night before my birthday reading the night away 🤓📖👣 this will be book number 3 of my year so far. Wooo hooo

Caffeinated_Reader Okay so I finished book 1 last night and it‘s alright 🤷🏻‍♀️ it reminded me of a Mean Girls meets the craft 😂 it was gory and graphic but other than that it was just meh. That being said from what I‘ve read of book 2 I already like it waaay more than I did the first so that‘s awesome. I like the girls better in book 2 that‘s for sure! 11mo
Caffeinated_Reader Holy hell. Yeah I most definitely loved book 2 way more!!! It was so much better than the first book. I love the dark & twisted ending. Definitely going to order the rest of this series 😈 also I‘m a little disappointed that goodreads marked this as just one book since they‘re different books but eh whatever lol on to the next adventure 🤓📖 11mo
Caffeinated_Reader Ha!!! Totally was able to get credit for reading both books on my good reads goal 🎉🎉🎉 so far this year I‘ve read a total of 4 books 🥰🥰🥰 11mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This was a fast read and very creepy. If Mean Girls, Saved and Pretty Little Liars all blended together, you would have something close to this book. There are strong themes of religion and the devil throughout this but the scariest part is the sinister acts that people are capable of in general. The ending was really great and I definitely want to read the next book!

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Brenley
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Holy Satanists, Batman! This is a wild ride of horror and fun. Kind of campy, but definitely kept me guessing. Not the ending I was expecting, but definitely what this book deserved.

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Violetsunrise84
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I‘m not going to lie. I started this book with a preconceived notion. Not a bad one, but one that gave me the confidence to believe that I had an idea of where things were going. I‘m glad that I was wrong. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to The Merciless. Don‘t let the pink cover fool you! I am rating it four stars out of five. #themerciless #daniellevega

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Violetsunrise84
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I don‘t know what Sofia is going to do, but she has to do something. These girls are at the precipice of doing something terrible that they will not be able to take back. #TheMerciless #DanielleVega

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TheDaysGoBy
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Mehso-so

This book was Mean Girls meets…The Exorcist? Not sure about the second half of that comparison since I don‘t watch a lot of horror movies 😂 Overall, the book was pretty meh. I was invested in wanting to see what happened, but I didn‘t find the characters all that believable/likable. And the plot was lacking. It definitely has some gruesome parts which accounts for the warning. Just wish there was more to the story/characters.

IheartYA I wholeheartedly agree! My review was the same. This one is over hyped. 13mo
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AmandaEve
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3.5/5 ⭐️ I have mixed feelings about this one. The atmosphere and setting were great, definitely teen slasher-esque. A little too fast-paced. I would‘ve like to see more in depth details of the character‘s pasts and how they all got to this point. The gory parts were cringeworthy and on point 👌🏽 The abrupt twist/ending definitely intrigued me so I‘ll continue with the series. Fun, short read for Halloween. 👍🏽 💀🎃#booksinthefreezerreadathon

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TheDaysGoBy
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I have never in my life seen a warning like this in a book, and even though I‘m only on p. 146, I totally get it. The faces I‘ve been making while reading are: 😬😧😱

It‘s making me think of those gory slasher movies, which isn‘t usually my cup of tea. Anyone else have a hard time reading this one?

#horror #yikes

Butterflyamore I haven‘t tried to read this but I wish all gory books came with a warning. Sometimes I mistakenly think I‘m getting into a good suspense thriller and find that it contains more graphic violence than I can stomach! 13mo
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TorieStorieS
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This is a quick listen- I can definitely see why the blurbs call this a horror-fied version of Mean Girls... some similar relationship dynamics here, but shallow characterizations make this a little disappointing. But the abrupt ending does make me curious about the rest of the series... maybe I‘ll enjoy reading them more rather than #AudioColoring since the rest isn‘t on Audible!

Sace Wait... Did you color this? WOW! 14mo
TorieStorieS @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I did- with prismacolor colored pencils! Thank you!!! ☺️☺️☺️ 14mo
mcipher That‘s awesome! I thought it was a real lizard for a second! 😂 14mo
TorieStorieS Thanks so much, @mcipher - I had some Google images to use as a reference for colors! 😊😊😊 14mo
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TheDaysGoBy
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@JamieLou Thank you so much for everything!! I‘m overwhelmed with your generosity! I love everything. Merciless sounds super intense but all the books sound interesting! They‘ll be perfect to curl up with this fall.

Thank you, thank you! ❤️🍁

#FallingForFallSwap

@Avanders

JamieLou Yay happy fall! Anytime someone says they like horror and YA I send them The Merciless if they haven‘t read it. Because it sounds so so cool but I‘m too afraid to read it. True story. 😂😂 Enjoy! 14mo
TheDaysGoBy @JamieLou Lol! The warning in the front flap does make you a bit uneasy - I look forward to reading it. I loved everything else too. You did an amazing job on the box! 😀 14mo
Bostonmomx2 What a nice haul. One of us is Lying was really good. 14mo
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Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 14mo
monalyisha Those little leaves are adorbs! 🍂 14mo
TheDaysGoBy @monalyisha Right? Such a cute add. My cat kept trying to eat them though - mischievous little thing 😂 14mo
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Chasing_Pages
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@Chocamanda
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I cant wait to dive into all these goodies, especially the brittle you made 😮 And my two favorite things fall and pasta together 😍 amazing!! I‘m so excited to read all three of these, not sure yet which will be first but I‘ll be snuggled up with one of them next to my candle soon!!
PS I‘m already eating these pretzels 🥨🤤
Thanks again!!
#FFFS #FallingForFallSwap

Chocamanda Hooray!!!! I‘m so glad you like your gifts! I hope you have fun reading these. Curling up to books and eating treats sounds like a dream weekend. I hope you enjoy everything. Happy Fall! 🎃 14mo
Chasing_Pages @Chocamanda Yes it certainly does!!! Happy Fall to you too 🍁🍂 14mo
Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 14mo
monalyisha YUM! 🍫🥨 14mo
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IheartYA
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Mehso-so

I expected more intricate depth, a lot more. Very superficial. Chilling? Maybe, more like gross. Maybe if I got to know the characters better I'd be sympathetic enough to feel bad for them. The story jumped right in and not in a good way. The MCs realization at the end was too quick and forced, did not make sense. I was hoping this would be a unique rendition of something that had been done before, but nope, not here. Barely 2.75 stars out of 5.

LibrarianRyan I know right. I had such high hopes after everyone telling me how thrilling it was. As if. And I have most the series. I haven‘t picked up book 2 yet and I may never. We shall see. I have yet to read a teen horror book that I loved or that scared me silly. 1y
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I LOVE this book! Vega does a great job with setting the atmosphere through scenery and gruesome details. I can‘t wait to read the rest of this series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ej_books
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The stories behind these covers will make you want to read them over and over again. Dying to read the fourth

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Mem_ugh
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#YAWednesday @TheFunkyBookworm

“Now Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn-but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can‘t go against the other girls...unless she wants to be next.”

TheFunkyBookworm 😱😱😱 stacking! 1y
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LibrarianRyan
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In this series they have a few #strangler s.

Book 4 now out.

#coolbooks @Linsy

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whippoorwill815
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#summerslasherbookswap Part 2!! @JamieLou

Thank you SO much for this wonderful box, I don‘t even have coherent words!

I have not read this book either! All the goodies are perfect and I adore these socks!

But can we talk about this pillow for a minute!? It‘s a book pillow, with a pocket to hold your book and snacks etc and all the embroidery was done by hand! This is seriously so cool and amazing and I really really love it!

@JoeStalksBeck

JamieLou Ahhh I‘m so glad it finally made it! As soon as I saw the book fabric I knew I had to make it for you! (Check out the titles of the books on the shelf 😉). In the beginning I was only going to embroider a stack of books but then I saw that image (originally surrounded by famous horror authors‘ names with KING being the biggest) and I knew the crafting gods were speaking to me 😂 Also that books looks scary af so you‘ll have to let me know! (edited) 1y
whippoorwill815 I stopped at the post office on the way to work because I knew it was super close and it wasn‘t there yet - It arrived at the post office about 10 minutes after I was there!! So I begged my boyfriend to go pick it up since they would close before I got home. I can‘t believe you hand embroidered this and that I get to be the recipient of something so awesome! I am super excited to read all of the books! @JamieLou (edited) 1y
JoScho That pillow is beyond amazing!!! @JamieLou 1y
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tracey38 @JamieLou you made that pillow?!? It's amazing, I love it! 😍😍 1y
JamieLou Thanks everyone! @whippoorwill815 @JoScho @tracey38 Technically the machine did all the hard work but it was so fun to design and put it together ! 1y
JoeStalksBeck Wow!!!! 1y
ReadZenRites That pillow is a fluffy kind of magical comfort! 😁 @JamieLou , the machine may have helped, but you have some serious skills!! 😊💕 1y
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LibrarianRyan
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flowerchildbae
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Really makes you cringe. It should definitely be a horror movie. It was a very horrific good book.

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Itsnotcherry
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I really liked this book, it was well detailed. Something that I could picture in detail while reading. I got so invested in the book, can‘t wait to read the next one in the series. If you like blood, it‘s a yes!

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Readinganonymous
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This book was super creepy! It was very fast paced and a bit rushed but the details, especially in the torture parts is extreme! Very gruesome. Do not read this before bed! That‘s how creepy I found this book. The cover is amazing tho.

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WayToDawn324
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I‘m not even halfway through the book and everything‘s gone crazy already.

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LibrarianRyan
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Okay, I know what your thinking. These covers look exactly the same. Yes they do, but if you were to see the original hard covers you would notice a difference. The list k book is a heavy construction paper type of paper that is IMPOSSIBLE to keep clean. Kind of similar to what is u dear most dust jackets. But booms 2 and 3 are slick and shinny, instead of rough and bright. That could be a comment on the stories inside. #coverlove #changesedition

LibrarianRyan I wonder what book 4 will be like. 2y
Linear I saw this in a Barnes & Noble the other day, it looked interesting and I kind of want to have a suspense like that. But the symbol on the cover makes me uncomfortable so I'm going to have to get it in a digital print 2y
LibrarianRyan @Linear I understand that. That my catholic guy was joking that the book couldn't be in his office with his materials, and no where near his bibles. 2y
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Linear It's not that I'm Catholic I just have a very strong belief and symbols and I don't particularly like with that symbols stands for. But I mean that's the whole point of it in the book isn't it LOL 2y
mom2bugnbee @Linear I have that same issue with my 15yo's love for the TV show Supernatural. It's so hard to find merchandise without this symbol, and I'm not comfortable with what it represents. These book covers sure are eye-catching, however! 2y
Linear @mom2bugnbee the textures of the covers and how bright they are is really what made me pick it up off the bookshelf in the first place. I can see why people would like the covers because of the texture and color it's just that symbol though 2y
DaviBooktrovert @mom2bugnbee my mom and I love supernatural but the merch always has the symbols which of course we refuse to buy 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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Three #frenchhens make me think of snooty people above all others. (Stereotypical I know and I apologize).

This makes me think of the #meangirls Riley, Alexis, and Grace. They are the snotty popular girls who kidnap and torture the punk girl Brooklyn while taking Sophia along for the ride.

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Ash91
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I absolutely loved this trilogy! It's mean girls with an occult twist.

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KuehlerBookStop
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This book got cray cray crazy real quick.

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MommyOfTwo
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Joining in when I can. I read half of a book yesterday finishing it up and started this one. I should be able to get through it this weekend. #LitsyPartyOfOne

Gissy It is in my wish list! 👍 2y
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LibrarianRyan
The Merciless | Danielle Vega
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3⭐️My friend said this was the best horror novel for teens she had read in a while, and while yes, it was better than any others I read this year, I didn‘t find it wowed me. The violence and cruelty are intense. The turnabout wasn‘t completely expected, but wasn‘t that off beat either. That being said it would make an AWESOME horror movie.

Full review on Goodreads.

#beatthebacklist #George
#mountTBR
#litsyatoz

GhostStories I thought it was terrible! And the violence just so brutal and over the top. But I agree about a movie remake. I bet that would tighten up a lot of what makes the book weak! And hopefully add some much needed camp. 2y
LibrarianRyan @GhostStories what I find more surprising is that it has 2 sequels with a third due out soon. 2y
IheartYA I felt the same. Even while reading it, I thought it would be better as a movie. The book was mediocre at best. 1y
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MommyOfTwo
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Thank you so much for the awesome box! A book for me and three book to read with my kids❤️❤️❤️❤️ Lots of bookmarks, candy, a book tote, headband and scarf. I read to my kids almost every night so we should get to these soon. Thanks for thinking of them too! #HalloweenGoesPostal

LibrarianRyan Your are welcome. I'd been dying to give someone Bunniculia ever since I saw the new bag from out of print. 🤓 2y
Gissy Love that scarf😍I had been looking for one with Halloween theme! Enjoy! 2y
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StephBengtson
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I guess the theme for my #readathon is demon possession. 😈🤷🏼‍♀️

Christy2318 That's one way to stay awake. 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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Okay @MaleficentBookDragon I have read 3 teen horror novels this year and they have all been so-so. I'll tag those titles below since I no longer own the books. My friend Stacy said this was the best horror book for teens she had read in a while and she love this stuff. I finished it last night and while it was good, it wasn't the be all end all for me. But I will read the rest of the series. #thrillsandchills #readathon

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StephBengtson
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I can‘t participate in @DeweysReadathon fully, but here‘s my ambitious stack for the weekend! #readathon #screamathon

CocoReads Paper dolls! 2y
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howlinglibraries
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Have you ever had a horror book that everyone told you would terrify you, and then it was just not even remotely a little bit scary and you spent most of the book cringing and being irritated and disappointed?

Yeah... definitely not looking at The Merciless or anything... 😔

WriteRead_Think I got to chapter two and decided that I couldn't do it. I feel you. 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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Apparently the #youngamericans in this book are not very nice. #septembowie

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LibrarianRyan
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My horror aficionado friend says this is the best ya horror she has read in a while. #thrillerthursday #awesomeautumnbooks. And it's going to be impossible to keep clean.

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LibrarianRyan
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Okay Miss Stacy, this better be worth it.

mrp27 I'm curious about this one. We almost picked it for YA book club. 2y
Jokila Beautiful cover! 2y
LibrarianRyan @Jokila it's all textured paper. Not a book jacket. I worry I won't be able to keep it clean. 2y
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jpmcwisemorgan You could make a book jacket for it. I remember doing that in school. We used paper bags. 2y
LibrarianRyan @jpmcwisemorgan if I look hard enough I have a reusable stretchy book cover. I might have to try and find it. 2y
jpmcwisemorgan I always think I'll get one of those but then I don't. Seems like a thing that could come in handy. I hope you can find it! 2y
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GhostStories
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To my surprise, our book club loved this book for its cinematic b-movie qualities. While I still pan it, I came away from our discussion with more appreciation for it than I went in. Love that. So happy we are in a book club with other fans of horror. ❤️👻