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Possess - eBook

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<p>Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her over-protective mom, by Matt Quinn, the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, the voices are demons—and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from. Literally.</p> <p>Terrified to tell her friends or family about this new power, Bridget confides in San Francisco’s senior exorcist, Monsignor Renault. The monsignor enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession, but just as she is starting to come to terms with her freakish new role, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. And when one of her oldest friends is killed, Bridget realizes she’s in deeper than she ever thought possible. Now she must unlock the secret to the demons’ plan before someone else close to her winds up dead—or worse, the human vessel for a demon king.</p>

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Possess by Gretchen McNeil was a book I have been anticipating for a long time. When I finally got my hands on it, I was not disappointed. Possess follows Bridget Liu, a 15 year old girl who's father was recently murdered. Before long, she discovers that she has the power to banish demons back to Hell. I was amazed with the story. It was all that I was expecting, and more. There was plenty of action. The demon mythology and the rest of the mythology in the book were extremely well developed, and it all tied together nicely. It managed to include some romance too, which though it wasn't really a main plot, it was there, and it was awesome. I'm not going to include anything else that goes on, but there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns throughout the novel. It was pure awesomeness. I can not wait for more about Bridget and her demon-banishing powers! 5/5 The writing in this book was different than most, and I loved it! It was third person narrative, but you also had insight to the things Bridget was thinking. I am not really sure what to call it. Usually I prefer first person much more than third, but in this case, I loved the third person view. It fit the story extremely well. I will definitely be reading whatever else Gretchen writes, as I highly enjoy her style, and I think many others will too! 5/5 The story is set in San Francisco. I'm not too familiar with the city, but the book did a very good job describing it. I think it was a perfect fit for what was going on in the story. We got to see the church, the school, houses, and the crazy house. There was plenty of variety in the location, and they were all great. 5/5 I loved the characters! Bridget was a kick-butt protagonist and I loved her! She was strong and willing and didn't let anyone put her down. The supporting cast was great. Peter, the obsessive best friend, and Hector, the other best friend, were both fun. We didn't see much of Brad, but I'm sure we will in the future. The relationship between Matt and Bridget was great and really well developed. No insta-love here! Matt was a strong character and helped Bridget throughout the novel. The priests were both mysterious and I could never tell which one I should or shouldn't trust. The evil popular girl, Alexa, was a great addition too. There always has to be an evil girl. And she is evil. I can't wait to read more about Bridget, as she is one of my favorite protagonists. 5/5 So, 20/20. I absolutely LOVED this book. I was so happy when I received it from Harper Collins. This is definitely one I see myself reading again and again. I want to read it again already and I just finished! This is one of my favorite books this year, and I will definitely be waiting for more about Bridget!

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Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her over-protective mom, by Matt Quinn, the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, the voices are demons—and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from. Literally.

Terrified to tell her friends or family about this new power, Bridget confides in San Francisco’s senior exorcist, Monsignor Renault. The monsignor enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession, but just as she is starting to come to terms with her freakish new role, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. And when one of her oldest friends is killed, Bridget realizes she’s in deeper than she ever thought possible. Now she must unlock the secret to the demons’ plan before someone else close to her winds up dead—or worse, the human vessel for a demon king.

Possess - eBook

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Language
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Publisher
Balzer + Bray
Author
Gretchen McNeil
ISBN-13
9780062060730
ISBN-10
0062060732

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About the book Fifteen...

About the book Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her over-protective mom, by Matt Quinn, the cute son of a local police sergeant and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, the voices are demons-and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from. Literally. Terrified to tell her friends or family about this new power, Bridget confides in San Francisco's senior exorcist, Monsignor Renault. The monsignor enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession, but just as she is starting to come to terms with her freakish new role, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. And when one of her oldest friends is killed, Bridget realizes she's in deeper than she ever thought possible. Now she must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone else close to her winds up dead-or worse, the human vessel for a demon king. My Review First, I want to talk about the cover of Possess, I loved it. I'm not exactly sure why they have the tree branches going across the girl's face. I'm not sure what purpose that serves but it does make it look creepy. I loved the cover. Moving on to the story itself, I want to say that I loved the book as a whole. Gretchen McNeil did a beautiful job in writing this book. I loved the characters especially Bridget. Though at times I wish she would have spoken up for herself. I understand that with a secret like Bridget's that conversations are a little harder without coming out and saying what the secret is, so I thought that was all good for the character development. As the story progresses, I loved how as Bridget figured things out so did the reader. We went along being clueless with Bridget and we were learning things right along with her. I think that Gretchen did an awesome job with this book. The amount of research that she put into this book really shows through her writing. I absolutely loved this book. The ending was good. I liked that Matt and Bridget were able to stay together. Though I do hope that there will be a sequel of some kind with this novel, it seems like there could be one. I really enjoyed reading this book.

I loved this book. It ...

I loved this book. It was quick and easy to read and the story was engaging and fun. I loved all of the characters and thought they were well-rounded and well-developed. While I did figure out the twist before the author officially revealed it, I still loved the way that the story unfolded. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Meg Cabot, Charlaine Harris or Cassandra Clare.

Recommended (additiona...

Recommended (additional purchase) Possess turned out to be more gripping than I thought it would be. The main character is Bridget and she is Chinese-Irish American. Her father has just been murdered and her family life has been turned upside down. She attends a Catholic school and Monsignor Renault has become aware that she can perform exorcisms. Since all the demonic possessions seem to be taking place in San Francisco, the Vatican dispatches a priest from the Order of St. Michael to try and figure out what is going on. A boy named Matt Quinn becomes very interested in Bridget. They have been friends since childhood and now there is something more. Matt's dad had been the lead investigator on Bridget's dads murder and his best friend, so there has been a family connection for a long time. The suspense amps up a notch when the demons possess Bridget's brother and she gets a cryptic message not to trust the priest. Bridget needs to accept her power and learn how to use it before she loses those she loves. It took me a while to get around to reading this book, but then it turned out to be riveting. I love the romance, the suspense, the mystery and of course, the paranormal powers that Bridget has. The story flowed well and it was well researched. A lot of Catholic theology was woven into the story as well as some elements of the resources that the Vatican has. The romance was sweet. Matt was honest and true about his feelings for Bridget and it left the reader hoping for a happily ever after. This seems to be a stand alone book, which I like. This is the first book published for author, Gretchen McNeil. Overall, I think she did a great job. My paranormal readers will like this book. There is some gore and death, but no sex and drugs. I would recommend this book for school libraries and I will promote it through Moodle. I think the theological facts are true, so it would be a good purchase for a Catholic school. There are some prayers in Latin that trace back to medieval Catholicism. A major part of the mystery in this story traces back to the Order and Medal of St. Michael. I think the story is interesting, well researched and unique for Young Adult writing.

Bridget Liu isnt just...

Bridget Liu isn't just a moody, combative teenager that just wants everyone (including her parents, her mom, and the cute son of the police sergeant) to leave her alone. She can communicate with demons and send them back to where they came from. Fearing her loved ones reaction to her power (or her belief in her power), she confides in Monsignor Renault, who then guides her and asks for help on increasingly more dangerous exorcisms. On one of these, Bridget hears a demon say something frightening that turns her whole world upside down. She has to figure out a demon's plan before it's executed and find out who around her is working for it. I usually don't really like exorcist stories, but the awesome metallic blue cover and the good things I've heard about Gretchen McNeil's writing made me ignore my misgivings towards the genre. I was pleasantly surprised by most of the story. Bridget is a smart, capable heroine that has special powers over demons. Even though she can be too whiny and annoying, her good qualities outweigh those annoyances. I liked seeing the story through her eyes because she adds her own sarcasm and unique point of view. Her character develops throughout the novel and she gets much less annoying and much more mature by the end of it. My favorite scene is the one where a doll shop is infested with demons. There are some pretty creepy moments, but nothing mindblowingly scary. Possessed dolls are just disturbing by themselves. Gretchen McNeil's writing is what made the book enjoyable. Despite my problems with it, I read it pretty fast because she built up momentum really well and grabbed my interest. The plot moves swiftly after the exposition with the demonic activity increasing as it goes along. I did have some problems with this book. The minor characters are paper thin with little to no character development. A boy is in love with Bridget and literally stalks her around school and sends her frightening and obsessive text messages. This situation gets way out of control and totally could have been prevented if she had just told an authority figure about it and gotten him help. It just makes her look horrible and like she doesn't really care about her friend and the other people he could hurt because of his obviously unstable mental state. I really had to suspend disbelief with the religious aspects because I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic schools. It did pull me out of the story a couple times at the beginning, but I was so interested in the story by the end that it no longer mattered. There were some twists and turns in the plot, but I could see most of them coming a mile away. Possess was kind of uneven for me. The character development was great for Bridget, but most of the other characters were basically cardboard. I do wish it were a little more scary. Most teen horror is kind of underwhelming. Despite the problems I had, Gretchen McNeil's writing kept me interested throughout the book and I will definitely be reading her new release, Ten.

This book was enjoyabl...

This book was enjoyable. It tells the story of Bridget, a young woman who has recently learned she has the ability to be an exorcist. Though it may seem like it at the beginning, this ISN'T a story focused on Catholicism. It obviously plays an important role because exorcisms are by nature belonging to the Catholic church. However, you don't have to be Catholic or know much of anything about Catholicism to understand the book. Moving on, the story is nice, with an interesting mix of the paranormal. The plot twist at the end is pretty predictable. The romance is nothing special, but is nice to read. It's a simple read, not too complicated, but it's enjoyable and fun.

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