Monday, July 18, 2011

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

If you like books about demons and ghosts, then look no further. Gretchen McNeil’s debut novel “Possess” has all that and more - a sassy heroine, sweet love interest, and creepy bad guys. It isn’t nightmare inducing, but it’s definitely a thrilling ride.

Bridget is a 15 year old girl who just wants to be left alone after her father’s mysterious murder. Unfortunately, that just isn’t in the cards for Bridget Liu. She found out after her father’s death that she can hear the voices of demons and banish them! This makes her a hot commodity to a local priest who trains her to be an exorcist in her free time. On top of this new “career”, she’s dealing with her grieving family, her crazy friends (including her friend Peter who is obsessed with her), and the police sergeant’s son who just won’t take a hint. Her life may not be normal, but it gets even weirder after she receives a message from a bizarre demon warning her that not all is what it appears. Now she’s not sure who she can trust and if her father’s murderer is actually the guy they have locked up in a mental institution. He may be on the loose and Bridget may be his next target.

“Possess” was a QUICK read for me. It was just too exciting to put down! Ms. McNeil did a fabulous job at gradually increasing the pacing to the point where you just can’t stop even if you are tired and you have to be up in 3 hours. (True story!) I had to find out what happened to Bridget! I’m not usually a fan of ghost stories (I scare easily), but this was fabulous. I love Bridget. She’s the right amount of sassy/kick-butt without being a stereotype. She’s vulnerable and afraid to put her heart out there. Matt, the police sergeant’s son, is absolutely adorable and I loved their interactions. So fun! I really became attached to these characters which made the plot even more exhilarating. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good story about becoming comfortable with who you are and finding your inner strength. Bridget has a lot on her plate in “Possess” and she sorts through it all in order to protect the people she loves.

Gretchen McNeil’s debut novel “Possess” is the perfect summer read. It’s fun and exciting. It’s not overly gory/frightening, but will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. Gretchen McNeil is a writer to watch, folks. I know I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

"Possess" by Gretchen McNeil is published by Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) and will be released on August 23rd. I received an ARC from the publisher for honest review. Gretchen will actually be our featured guest next month on the Authors are ROCKSTARS! podcast so be sure to head on over and follow so you don't miss it!

Note: Sorry for the delay in reviews, guys! I’ve been in “post visiting family” recovery mode!


  1. Yay, I'm now even more pumped for the release of this book. Thanks for the lovely review! :D

  2. I can't wait for this! The cover art is so pretty!

  3. You're welcome! Definitely check it out. Be sure to listen to the podcast next month to hear Ms. McNeil talk about "Possess". I think it's going to be a great interview!


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