Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Release: June 12, 2014 from Razorbill
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinnedThe Merciless sounds like an eerie, dangerous thriller, the kind of story I would mentally pair with a dark, terrifying cover. I would never think to match it up with bright pinks and golds typically associated with a happy, carefree atmosphere. However, I am delighted that the cover designer for The Merciless defied my expectations. This cover is the kind that makes potential readers wonder. Why is that star inverted? Why has the i in the author's name been stylized with an upside-down cross? And why is the entire effect so deceptively simple and smiling? Everything about this cover is flipped on its head, and I cannot wait to find out why.
Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls... unless she wants to be next...
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?