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Friday, 15 April 2011

Mini Review: Possessions by Nancy Holder

Title: Possessions
Series: Possessions/Evil Girls
Author: Nancy Holder
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: 8 Oct 2009

Source: UK Book Tours

Synopsis: From GoodReads
New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn't help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.

What Lindsay doesn't yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...
And that someone is Lindsay.

This is another book I wasn't overly animated about. I wish I had read the synopsis on GoodReads before signing up for the tour as the synopsis literally tells you the entire story in a few sentences what the book takes the whole story to convey. Actually I probably would have still wanted to read it, being completely honest, but not expecting the book to be an extended version of the synopsis.

The Gothic imagery and descriptions were richly woven, intertwining the sumptuous with the scary seamlessly. Although the pacing of the plot felt drawn out. Little pieces of background details are revealed but not enough for my taste; I was left feeling frustrated. The mood building was intense and often chilling. All the characters were flawed and unlikeable, I need some nice characters. The ending was very open as no real answers were given. This is one of those books that I feel as if I must read the sequel in order to gain closure (or throw it against the wall).

To combat the negativity of my review (I really do not like writing negative reviews but want to keep a reading record) please take a look at these reviews:

The Slowest Bookworm


  1. I like the sound of the Gothic imagery, but the actual storyline doesn't appeal.

  2. This one doesn't really appeal to me.
    I would say your review is more than fair considering you didn't really enjoy it.


  3. A fab review - it sounded good from the description, not so sure anymore.


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