This post is part of my blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! Don't forget I've got a ton of giveaways going on!
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Keywords: exorcism, demons, supernatural
Format Read: ARC via publisher (thank you!)
First of all, I want to say I had NO IDEA this was THE Gretchen McNeil. Of 3:59, Ten, and Get Even. Yep, that girl. This is her debut, and I could not have been more impressed.
Initially I was too scared to pick this book up, and man am I mad at myself I waited so long. This ARC has been on my shelf for an embarrassing length of time (I'm talking since before it was published. That's when I got this). I'm also a huge fan of McNeil now, and I've actually got another window open as I type this buying 3:59 and Ten because I've not read those yet.
I really felt fully immersed into the story from page one, and it dumps you right into the middle of one of Bridget's first "banishments," her nicer way of saying exorcism. She's evidently got way more power than the priest leading her has ever seen, so she's his mentee learning on the job and attending all kinds of demon-ridding activities. You know, on top of being in high school and worrying about boys (there's a really cute one in this).
McNeil didn't hold back when it came to plot, and I was definitely surprised by some of the plot twists that happened. One left me sitting on the couch with my mouth hanging open because I just didn't believe it. Think Walking Dead plots, where no one and nothing is safe, no matter how much you like them.
The characters were great (um, steamy kiss scenes galore! That was a huge surprise considering the overall topic of the book), the plot was suspenseful and interesting, and I ended up reading this in one day, and I feel like I finally got out of my three-star-okay-books rut.
Below is a screenshot of my Goodreads updates (which I'm trying to do more of; they're a lot more fun than Facebook!)
My general feeling about this book is GO BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. It was great. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. (Also was sad there wasn't a second because it DEFINITELY seems like the start to a series.)