The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

I picked this book up at my library book sale.  The story revolves around main character  Sofia Flores who gets mixed up with a group of girls from school, whom she thought was harmless….

Sofia befriends Riley, Grace and Alexis on her first day at her new school.  Of course they have perfect hair, perfect lives……they tell Sofia about another girl at the school who they are going to “save” and they want Sofia to help them.  The girl who they want to ‘save’ is Brooklyn Stevens whom the group thinks is possessed.

Brooklyn ends up in a pool of her own blood, tied up in an abandoned house’s basement, its dark and no one can hear her calls for help.  The girls have her where they want her, in place so they can perform and exorcism – but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation.  All Sofia wants to do is get out of this house, but she soon finds out that there is no way out at all, unless she pretends to go along with them and somehow save herself and Brooklyn.

This was a pretty eerie story, it wasn’t the best writing I’ve read, but this is Danielle’s debut novel.  I can see her potential as a writer and will check out more for her in the future!

 

 

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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Rating: ♥ ♥

This is satire piece with the portrayal of the human life from the viewpoint of Screwtape, a senior tempter for “Our Father Below”.  C.S. Lewis gives readers letters of correspondence from Screwtape to his newphew Wormwood who is a ‘novice’ demon in charge of securing the damnation of a young man.

The book was comical at times, but I really couldn’t get into it.  I stated at book club that I felt like the story was similar to the movie “Monsters Inc.” where there is an underworld of schooling these ‘demons’ go to and then are thrown up into the world of humans to get their ‘scare meters’ up to 100!

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Another posthumous offering from Crichton. I hope they keep finding them because I would love to keep reading books from him!  This one is a must read.

If you’re looking for an early version of Jurassic Park you will be disappointed, but this book has a feel to it that will keep you turning the page!  This is the story of two ruthless pioneering paleontologists, historical figures and great rivals in the 19th century during “The Bone Wars” while digging in the old dangerous west, in canyons, hills and deserts.  You know, places where lethal accidents or unfriendly incidents can occur in the search for dinosaur fossils, an ancient extinct animal or recently discovered. College professors Othniel Charles Marsh from Yale and his younger, former friend Edward Drinker Coke, from the small Quaker university in Philadelphia, Haverford are both are mad. Any underhanded trick to spoil and discredit the other is fine, they seriously hate each other with a passion. Newspapers, grown men , seeking glory in new finds… And loathsome childish pranks that kept readers amused.

Then in comes William Johnson 18, a lazy freshman at Yale, a rich man’s son, quite full of himself, during the centennial celebrations of 1876, held in his hometown, Philadelphia, a short trip from the New Haven, Connecticut campus were he doesn’t study…twice put in probation, wrecking private property he gets bored easily and father pays for damages…what’s the big deal? Professor Marsh is taking students out west this summer, and Mr. William Johnson, not wanting to lose a bet from his nemesis a fellow arrogant student , an insufferable archenemy.  Instead of a leisurely pleasant voyage to Europe and a sightseeing tramp around the continent… it becomes a dirty, awful, backbreaking dig for some old bones as the relentless sun and boss, burns your hide.  To make matters worse, the Sioux are on the warpath, all this nuisance just to show how brave he is! Famous people he encounters, Wyatt Earp in particular, is charismatic on trains and western boom towns, some less known.  Quickly after a brief acquaintance, they enter boot hill, everything seems to be not very happy going…

Marsh and Coke he works for the unscrupulous duo, not at the same time obviously, neither one tells the truth very often or fails to kick a man when he is down. An unexpected, enjoyable romp into history, for people who like to experience the atmosphere of a bygone era and walk in other men’s and women’s boots. They too can join their hazardous adventures for a short duration!