Wicked Reads: THE MERCILESS III Review and Sweepstakes!


I’m thrilled to be back today with yet another opportunity for you lovelies to enter to win this spooktacular book stack!

I binge read The Merciless series by Danielle Vega the past couple of weeks, and if you’re looking for a YA series to get you into the Halloween spirit, these TERRIFYING books are guaranteed to do just that!

About the Book-9

32510206Title: The Merciless III

Author: Danielle Vega

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 304

Horror queen Danielle Vega finally reveals the sinister mystery of how a teen girl named Brooklyn became the epitome of evil in this terrifying prequel to the series MTV calls “Mean Girls meets The Exorcist.”

Brooklyn knows that there’s no good without evil, no right without wrong. And when a helpless girl calls her teen helpline, whispering that someone is hurting her, Brooklyn knows that she needs to save her anonymous caller, even if it means doing something bad. Her parents and friends assure her the call was probably a prank–but Brooklyn has always had a tendency to take over, whether someone has asked for help or not. She discovers the call came from Christ First Church and finds herself plunged into the cultish community of its youth group. She’s especially drawn to Gavin, the angelic yet tortured pastor’s son.

Torn between an unstoppable attraction to Gavin and her obsession with the truth, Brooklyn is forced to make a devastating choice to rid Christ Church of evil once and for all. . . . But the devil has plans for Brooklyn’s soul.


My Review


This stunning prequel to Danielle Vega’s The Merciless series is a terrifying thrill ride that will keep you guessing right up to the mind-blowing conclusion!


Once again Vega has delivered a book that is as horrifying as it is entertaining. Not only are these books absolute page-turners, but they are also quick reads. These are easily bingeable and guaranteed to get readers into the Halloween spirit.


After reading the first two books, I was thrilled to get to delve into Brooklyn’s backstory and see how she came to be the seemingly evil character that she is in the other two books. Whether she’s being bad or good, Brooklyn is a character that is just so interesting to read about. While her actions are shocking at times, Vega manages to still make her a likable and relatable character, which quite frankly is impressive given the circumstances.


One thing I just adore about this series is the way that Vega is constantly forcing the readers to question which characters are good, which characters are bad, and just how blurry the line between them can be.


I was also excited to see the intriguing and alarming Christ First Church playing such a vital role in the storyline. In each of the books in this series, Vega leaves reader’s wondering who the real villain is. Is it the fanatic religious zealots, or the characters who may possibly be possessed by demons? It drums up some incredible themes of what defines good and evil in our own world and gets readers to take a closer look at their own assumptions about the world around them.


What lies at the heart of these books though, is a truly scary story. I’ve heard these books described as Mean Girls meets The Exorcist and boy-oh-boy is that an accurate description. They are as entertaining as the former, while also being as darkly disturbing as the latter. Reading these books feels like watching a really well-written teen horror movie.


It’s October right now, and while I’m sure these books would be captivating reads any time of year, they were SOOOOO much fun to binge read this month! There are still a few loose threads dangling in this series, and I simply can’t wait for the fourth book to be released next year!


About the Author


Danielle Vega spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from the pages of Stephen King novels. Now an adult, she can count on one hand the number of times in her life she’s been afraid. Danielle is the author of The Merciless series and Survive the Night.


Can you survive these wicked reads? From ghosts to straight up monsters, eerie settings to exorcisms, there’s a plethora of books to read to get you in the Halloween spirit. Enter for a chance to win here!


Huge thank you to Penguin Teen for hosting this blog tour! Be sure to be on the lookout for all the creeptastic blog posts on this tour and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes!

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12 thoughts on “Wicked Reads: THE MERCILESS III Review and Sweepstakes!

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Fantastic review Krysti! I love when we doubt about who is good and who is bad! Just too bad the giveaway is US only as I’m salivating just looking at the prizes 😉


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks so much, Sophie! I love that too! Hopefully someday international shipping won’t be so expensive, and all the giveaways can be open to everyone. 🙂


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Haha– this is the most GIF-heavy review I think I’ve ever seen you write. Well done! I’m not brave enough for GIF reviews, but this one worked!

    It makes me so happy to see all these Halloween-y reads appearing on everyone’s blogs, even if I won’t read them. I adore me some ambiguous alignments when I’m reading. There is so much tension wrapped up in trying to figure out if someone is good or bad– and you can spend amazing hours chatting about it with people. Snape, anyone?

    This series sounds great for anyone who loves creepy. Me? I might pass. 😉


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hahaha! I don’t usually do gif reviews, but I wanted to do something more creative for the blog tour for this one. Plus it’s a book that gifs just work for.

      Snape is the best unreliable character in literature IMO, so I’m thrilled that you mentioned him. 🙂 I am loving seeing everyone’s Halloween reads too. I usually read more of them than I got to this year, so blog hopping has been particularly fun.

      It’s definitely for those who enjoy creepy, so probably not for you. 🙂


  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    Huh. I always saw the cover and thought it was more…well, super not scary? I mean, the holo and pink totally tricked me. I was like, probably just some light slasher, but I’m so eager to read them now that you said that they’re super creepy. I AM SOLD. And so glad to see they are bingeable. Wonderful review, Krysti! ❤


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