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The Merciless IV: Last Rites


The Merciless IV: Last Rites

THE MERCILESS IV: Last Rites was a wild roller coaster, just like the first three books in the series. The reason I got into these books so much is because they are extremely entertaining. Every twist shocked me, and every horrific scene disturbed me. The writing is done well in such a way that it is incredibly easy to get absolutely sucked in and not be able to put the book down. THE MERCILESS IV, as well as the previous books, makes you go “just one more page” until you’ve suddenly read half of the book in what felt like minutes.

"THE MERCILESS IV: Last Rites was a wild roller coaster...makes you go 'just one more page' until you’ve suddenly read half of the book in what felt like minutes."

Something I really enjoyed about LAST RITES specifically was the alternating time chapters. There are “before” chapters, which follow the main character, Berkley, while in a hospital with Sofia Flores (infamous character from books one and two), and “after” chapters which follow Berkeley post-hospital release traveling to Italy to visit her two “best friends.”

The first half of the book follows the same theme as the other books, lots of buildup and suspense until the second half of the book when all of the gore happens. This book really took the gore factor to a whole new level, to the point where I’d be wary if you’re squeamish. I’m not very squeamish, but this book was so freaky it had my heart beating faster and me audibly saying “EW!” several times while reading.

I haven’t gotten too much into the horror genre in my reading life, but The Merciless series is one of my favorites because of its power to captivate and entertain me and distract me from literally anything going on around me. Each character is different and unlikable in their own way, and will have you flip flopping during the book wondering if you should be on their side or against them. I would recommend THE MERCILESS to horror fans who don’t mind large amounts of gore, and readers who like books with an ambiguous possible paranormal aspect. Overall, the sheer entertainment factor of this book (and the first three books) is a reason I would also recommend it if you are trying to get out of a reading slump, because these books are incredibly easy to get sucked in to.

Reviewed by Jessi H., Teen Board Member on July 10, 2018

The Merciless IV: Last Rites
by Danielle Vega