August 23, 2011
Balzer + Bray
Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.
Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.
Possess is a creepy contemporary read that is sure to appeal all readers of YA. While it may take a few chapters to really get going, it makes up for the slow beginning with multiple twists and turns that are sure to surprise readers! While the book ends on a lighter note, it will leave readers begging for more from McNeil.
Bridget is a sarcastic teenager who is still in pain from her dad's death less than a year before. While at times she can be whiny and annoying, I could see that she truly had a good heart and was just frustrated with her "gift". I couldn't believe how involved in the story I became. I was so interested in learning more about Bridget's crazy ability to talk to and banish demons.
The side characters are equally as fun to read about! Bridget's friend Hector is hilarious! I loved the interactions between him and Bridget. I also liked Peter at first until he started acting...strange. I was so shocked at what happened to him!! My favorite character would of course have to be Matt. He is sooo dreamy and is determined to look out for Bridget. My favorite scenes were the ones between them!!
The demons in this story are not your average demon that you will find in YA nowadays. They are evil and not at all cute!! I was so creeped out whenever they Bridget encountered them. The scariest scene with them involves glass dolls. So chilling!
If you want to read about demons alongside a slow and sweet romance, Possess is the book for you! I am now a fan of McNeil's writing!