As a rule I usually steer clear of horror, mostly because I’m a big scaredy cat. But when I was at the library recently this book stood out on the shelf in front of me. Begging me to read it with its prettily bound hot pink cover of innocence. Let’s get one thing straight, this book is anything BUT innocent. It’s brutal, creepy, messed up ….and I loved every second of it.
Without giving too much away, the book is about Sofia, the new girl in school who befriends a group of well to do Christian girls who she sees as the safe option, when compared to Brooklyn, the tattooed and pierced misfit. However, Riley the leader of the God Squad, has a thing against Brooklyn. Apparently they use to be friends but then one summer she changed and now she’s gone darkside. Things escalate quickly and the next thing you know all of them are in a basement torturing Brooklyn as a means of exorcism to rid her of her so called evil. Our poor main protagonist is caught in the middle of a deadly game with no escape.
This book was not what I was expecting in terms of content. I thought for a YA book the horror element would be down played quite a bit. But Danielle Vega seems to have gone all out and really not held back in this area (however I am a horror novice, so what do I know). She manages to write a creepy but also somehow believable tale of torture which keeps you guessing and trying to figure out the end fate of our protagonist.
I would highly recommend this book if you want something a bit different from the normal YA read. For a scaredy like me, I managed to hold it together and even get a good night’s sleep (of course with all the lights in the house on).
Things I loved about the book:
- How the cover is a direct contrast to the darkness encased in this book. It serves at a good message that your perception of someone/something can be so different from what it actually is inside.
- The goriness.
- That none of the characters were perfect.
Things I didn't like about the book:
- The ending was a little weird. Wouldn't have been my first choice for an ending but it did wrap up pretty nicely.
My rating: 4/5