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The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case. The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard's wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She's trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Ber The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case. The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard's wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She's trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Berkley's captors search for the mark of the devil on her body. They say they want to save her--drive the devil away and cleanse her soul--but will she make it out alive? When Berkley arrived in Italy a week ago, the last thing she expected was that she'd end up fighting for her life. After spending six months at the Institute, confined to a room with the dangerous-yet-alluring Sofia Flores, Berkley was certain that a vacation in Italy with her two best friends would be the perfect getaway. But Berkley is hiding a terrible secret, one that threatens to undo everything. As she's forced to face her wicked past, she learns that the devil is always watching, and no one is coming to save her.


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The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case. The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard's wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She's trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Ber The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case. The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard's wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She's trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Berkley's captors search for the mark of the devil on her body. They say they want to save her--drive the devil away and cleanse her soul--but will she make it out alive? When Berkley arrived in Italy a week ago, the last thing she expected was that she'd end up fighting for her life. After spending six months at the Institute, confined to a room with the dangerous-yet-alluring Sofia Flores, Berkley was certain that a vacation in Italy with her two best friends would be the perfect getaway. But Berkley is hiding a terrible secret, one that threatens to undo everything. As she's forced to face her wicked past, she learns that the devil is always watching, and no one is coming to save her.

30 review for The Merciless IV: Last Rites (The Merciless #4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    kat

    video review to come. 1.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jojobean

    That ending tho

  3. 3 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    Of all of the Merciless books this one definitely kept me the most interested. The first half was a bit slow, but it was giving us a ton of background on Berkeley and what she has been through. We have flashbacks to her being in the Institute with Sofia Flores and now with her friends in Italy. The flashbacks seemed to be the most important even if it was only breadcrumbs each time. I also feel like of all of the Merciless books this one had the most interesting storyline in my opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    oooooooohhhhhh baby what a fantastic way to close out a fantastic series. rtc!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica☆

    3.5* I'm so sad I didn't love this one like I did the other books in the series, it just seemed slow to me and I found myself not really enjoying the story as much. The ending to me was the best part cause it was giving me the horror and gore that was continous throughout the other books, but only really appeared in the last hundred pages of this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    I JUST LOVE THIS SERIES. Every year I waited for the next book in the series to come out and I always finish reading it in a matter of days. The story is about a girl named Berkley who goes and visits her friends who are in an art program in Italy. While she is there, she meets a local boy named Giovanni and, of course, there is an instant attraction between them. In all of The Merciless series (and all of Danielle Vega/Rollins’s books in general) when we’re introduced to the love interest is usu I JUST LOVE THIS SERIES. Every year I waited for the next book in the series to come out and I always finish reading it in a matter of days. The story is about a girl named Berkley who goes and visits her friends who are in an art program in Italy. While she is there, she meets a local boy named Giovanni and, of course, there is an instant attraction between them. In all of The Merciless series (and all of Danielle Vega/Rollins’s books in general) when we’re introduced to the love interest is usually when the story begins to go downhill. Sure enough, it does. As is all of the previous books in the series, Last Rites grabs your attention from the first chapter and doesn’t let go until the final pages... This book really tied all the other novels together for me as well! Love love love!

  7. 3 out of 5

    Amanda Locke

    This is my favorite book series by far, so to say that I was anxiously anticipating number four would be putting it lightly. As bummed as I am that this is the end of this series, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that this series ended beautifully. I can say with confidence that the stories of Sofia, Brooklyn, and now Berkley will be permanent fixtures in my book collection and will be reread many times. Something in the way Danielle writes and narrates transfixes me and pulls m This is my favorite book series by far, so to say that I was anxiously anticipating number four would be putting it lightly. As bummed as I am that this is the end of this series, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that this series ended beautifully. I can say with confidence that the stories of Sofia, Brooklyn, and now Berkley will be permanent fixtures in my book collection and will be reread many times. Something in the way Danielle writes and narrates transfixes me and pulls me in like no other stories have before. I look forward to exploring the rest of her works and will be anticipating any and all future releases by this eerily talented writer. ❤️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    This is the latest installment of an insanely creepy series. I think this may be the weakest one, but ultimately that doesn't matter. It's still hard to put down and it's also incredibly unsettling. If you're in the mood for something that will send shivers down your spine (even during a heat wave), this is for you. (But read the other books first. This could probably work as a stand-alone, but you'll get more out of it if you know who Sofia Flores is first.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin,

    I ... can't ... stop ... reading ... these!! Last night I was at a double-header city league baseball game and I devoured the rest of this book. My 16 year old son was reading over my shoulder and, even though he hadn't started from the beginning, he urgently needed me to keep turning the page. Now he wants to start from the first book! There's going to be another one, right? Right!!??

  10. 3 out of 5

    Briana Williams

    This was amazing just like the rest. I flew threw it and that was good and bad. I’m left wanting more. I feel like Vega could have given us a bigger finale than that with more gore and drama. Even though I didn’t get what I wanted the book was still very good and deserves these five stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liz Laurin

    I always love beginnings but this might have taken top spot for favourite merciless book. so good!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adam Howell

    The Merciless series has been a dark great exorcism/devilish "mean girls" story for the past four books. This one was my second favorite because it really goes into detail of bullying and what the outcome could be. I was skeptical at first when it was going to be based in Italy but Danielle Vega does a great job keeping the dark elements that was in the other three books well and alive in this one. Easily can be read in a day due to the fact that the action does not stop.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Harless

    I didn't see the ending coming, and I didn't expect that twist at the end....I liked it a lot and loved being back in that world and the characters. I hope there is one more book with the ending as it was. Good book. I love this series. I want to know who the girl was at the end of the book. I never would have guessed that. I want more :) Please be one more book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chotananeath

    Do you know how they rid of demons? They burn them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Welp. These books never fail to leave me shook.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megan (Under the Book Cover)

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... Thank you to Penguin Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! All opinions are my own. I have been waiting for this book for what feels like a lifetime! I binge read the first three books in the series last year (accidentally, but they're so addicting) and when I discovered there was going to be a fourth and final book, I couldn't wait for it to come out. I'm so glad to have gotten the opportunit Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... Thank you to Penguin Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! All opinions are my own. I have been waiting for this book for what feels like a lifetime! I binge read the first three books in the series last year (accidentally, but they're so addicting) and when I discovered there was going to be a fourth and final book, I couldn't wait for it to come out. I'm so glad to have gotten the opportunity to get my copy early and I just absolutely flew through it in a few hours. I quite literally read it under my blanket with a flashlight because I couldn't go to sleep without finishing it completely! Plot: "The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case." If that doesn't hook you, I don't know what will. Last Rites follows Berkley Hubbard, a girl who spent six months at a place called the Institute with a dangerous and alluring roommate named Sofia Flores. Flash forward to the present and Berkley is vacationing in Italy with her two best friends and trying to forget what happened. But Berkley is hiding a secret that may end her life. When she's forced to face the past and accept what she's done, she learns that the devil is always watching and that no one will be there to save her in the end. Blood. Gore. Plot twists. Blasts from the past. These are only a few words and phrases that describe the contents of this book. Going into this, I was hoping for an explosive finale that would leave me as a huge fan of this series satisfied with how everything wrapped up. Let me tell you now, I was not disappointed! I said it above but I literally stayed up late and read this under my blanket with a flashlight because I could not go to sleep without knowing how it ended. There were multiple flashbacks to Berkley in the institute interspersed with the main story of Berkley in Italy and it was done so very well. It was spaced out between several chapters and really felt like every little bit of information that was given in the flashbacks to the Institute would eventually become relevant to the story. The pacing was great and I enjoyed getting the backstory on Berkley's time in the Institute and the buildup to the explosive ending! When all was revealed, I found myself having to stop myself from screaming and flailing around because I just loved the ending so much. The Merciless IV: Last Rites is a creepy and screamingly wonderful ending to a bloody great series! Characters: I loved Berkley! She really reminded me of Sofia from the first and second books and, surprise surprise, she's actually roommates with Sofia at the Institute. I had an absolutely fantastic time following Berkley's story and watching it unfold. I became so invested in her story in such a short amount of time and I really admire authors who have the ability to make me care about their characters within the first few pages of a book. I felt so terrible for all of the things that Berkley had gone through and was experiencing while in Italy. Her friends were incredibly two-faced to her and I just wanted to give her a hug the entire time! It really did remind me of how I felt about Sofia while reading the first two books and I wanted to give Danielle Vega all of the snaps for that. Despite Berkley's secret being pretty terrible, I still sympathized with her character and thought she was so well-written. Berkley was the perfect character to bring the series full circle and Danielle Vega did a wonderful job at bringing her to life. I wasn't a fan of Mara and Harper, Berkley's friends. They were well-written but they were just genuinely awful people. I do feel like they might have been written that way on purpose which, if that was the case, then well done Danielle Vega because I could not stand them. They were two-faced and mean and just all around terrible characters to read about. There were also three local girls that come into the story later on and not only were they awful as well, but they were certifiably crazy! But I have to say, Danielle Vega does such a fantastic job at writing characters that you may not like but that add a lot to the story. Also, just want to give a quick shout out to Sofia. She's come quite a long way since the first book and her appearance in Last Rites was fantastic. Just...so much yes. Writing: Danielle Vega does YA horror like no one else. She does such a fantastic job at drawing me into the story and making me feel like I'm right in the middle of the action. The bloody, gory, spooky action! I love how descriptive she gets, especially with the blood and gore. For me personally, the more descriptive and bloody, the better! I enjoyed the location change and really felt like it brought more to the atmosphere and made everything feel just a bit eerier. There's just something about her writing that I can't pull myself away from and I love it when authors can do that to their readers. I did find a quote at the beginning of the book that I freaked out over when I read it. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but it was the perfect line to include for the scene! "The deal here is pretty simple," she tells me, after a moment. "Confess your secrets and you're saved." If you just read over it and don't think about it, it's not very significant. But I happen to be a huge fan of the movie Girl, Interrupted (and I love the book/memoir as well) and I immediately noticed it as soon as I read the line! Whether it was in there on purpose or not, it absolutely made my day to read. If you're looking for a satisfying ending to an addictive young adult horror series, look no further than The Merciless IV: Last Rites. It has a slow-burning plot that will keep you hooked from start to finish, a wonderful main character, side characters that you will love to hate, and writing that is impossible to put down. Be sure to pick up Last Rites and end the series with a bang!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Madison Holt

    Can I just say right off the bat that I LOVED this cover? It's got a little bit of shimmery stuff with the type/design, and the weird black and gray denim-looking smoothness and I adored it. Simple but attention-getting. Now, as for the plot, it was reminiscent of the first book and Berkley was similar to Sofia (and not only because Sofia was brought back as Berkley's roommate at the psych hospital). Similarities include a dark secret from her past and mean girl friend problems. However, Berkley Can I just say right off the bat that I LOVED this cover? It's got a little bit of shimmery stuff with the type/design, and the weird black and gray denim-looking smoothness and I adored it. Simple but attention-getting. Now, as for the plot, it was reminiscent of the first book and Berkley was similar to Sofia (and not only because Sofia was brought back as Berkley's roommate at the psych hospital). Similarities include a dark secret from her past and mean girl friend problems. However, Berkley was only 2/3rds as reasonable as Sofia was. I didn't like Berkley very much as a character. I often compare these books to slasher films because they're fun, digestible and fast-paced and Berkley is definitely a slasher movie girl. She made so many decisions that weren't thought through at all while in Italy, a foreign country with people/places she doesn't know. What irritates me is that I feel like this was a rehashing of the first book, just in Italy with a new girl. There wasn't really any reason for it to be in Italy, cults exist elsewhere and this easily could've been another cult. (I understand there were some ties to Cambria, but since it isn't a big part of the story as much as cult shit is, it didn't feel needed). Berkley made stupid choices, like kissing and fondling with an Italian stranger, riding his moped and taking drugs at a festival. None of this was as graphic as the other books were, which was a little underwhelming, and most of the book was Berkley running around and ruminating over herself and her friends. The villains were interesting, namely Elyse and Angelica, but they were written with only a few standout traits. There was, of course, a weird romantic subplot with a one-dimensional guy that thankfully didn't go far. It seems like all 4 books have been the same story, just with different people and very little variety in plotline. This is about the ending, so there might be a few spoilers. Is Sofia the devil, or was she possessed? It's always felt like something possessed her, but now it seems like Sofia herself was a devil. If so, what are her origins? How was a devil born to a regular woman (Nina Flores)? If Sofia's the devil, what about Brooklyn? It's been a while since I read the other three, but these questions popped up with me. The ending felt super sudden, like shit just started happening boom boom boom and then it was over. I think Sofia's suicide was a shocking twist and relieving that she's free, but after that things were sloppily tied up. (The "Before" vignettes were the best tbh). For the most part, I'm going to stick with The Merciless 1 and 2. The 3rd and 4th are a bit lackluster, like when a slasher movie has too many unnecessary sequels. I'm disappointed that there was so little plot variation when a lot could be done, given the new settings and characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Before I begin, I need to clarify two things: 1. There are *SPOILERS* in this review. 2. I really did enjoy this book even if my review makes it seem that I didn’t. I thought characters were very well written in this book. I hated who I was supposed to hate, felt bad for who I was supposed to, and enjoyed the (few) good-tempered characters. That being said, I did not care for or feel bad for Berkeley. I didn’t find her anywhere near as relatable as Sofia, or even pre-possessed Brooklyn. I don’t k Before I begin, I need to clarify two things: 1. There are *SPOILERS* in this review. 2. I really did enjoy this book even if my review makes it seem that I didn’t. I thought characters were very well written in this book. I hated who I was supposed to hate, felt bad for who I was supposed to, and enjoyed the (few) good-tempered characters. That being said, I did not care for or feel bad for Berkeley. I didn’t find her anywhere near as relatable as Sofia, or even pre-possessed Brooklyn. I don’t know how I expected this series to end, but I wish it hadn’t been with Berkeley. I wasn’t sorry when she was consumed by the Sofia-Demon. However, I found this plot to be exactly like the other 3. Girl who doesn’t know she has demon potential gets exercised (or almost) by someone that has no business performing an exorcism. There is a big fire, a male character that serves no real purpose, bitchy girl friends, and lots of torture scenes. That being said, I really really enjoyed the ending. It was surprising, vengeful, fast-paced, and exciting. I loved the differences in pre-possession Sofia and her character in this story. We saw the same transition in Berkeley and even a little bit in Hope, and I loved it with Sofia as well. However, I found it leaving me with more questions, instead of answering them: 1. So the demon/devil transforms Berkeley’s body into Sofia, her “real face”. Why? What is so special about Sofia that she becomes the new face of the demon instead of it just hopping to Berkeley’s body, like it did from Hope to Brooklyn and then to Sofia? 2. Did the fire consuming the demon/Sofia kill her? Which leads to #3... 3. If Sofia is dead, then who was narrating the epilogue? I originally assumed it was the Sofia-Demon and she was hiding in the trees because she didn’t want her grandmother to see her, but after rereading the last chapter with the fire, I am not sure what to think. 4. We know that the real Sofia died in the hospital of suicide (for means of the demon to escape). Berkeley says she is going to Italy 7 months after leaving the institute and we know Sofia committed suicide before then. So why was she buried so late (after the events of the novel) allowing the demon to attend her funeral? This question just may be me nitpicking as well as not understanding the ending. Haha. Finally, I really loved these books. I read all four in a week and half. They were captivating and so hard to put down. I definitely recommend them, although, in my opinion, the 1st and 3rd are the best. I would definitely read this series again and others by Danielle Vega.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    So today I am bringing you a very special post because I am part of the Merciless 4: Last Rites Blog Tour for Penguin Teen. Guys, I can not tell you how excited I am to be a part of this tour and how pumped I was for this book. I have read all the other books in the series and they actually helped to get me into reading horror books. I remember picking the first one up from my library and reading it and not being able to put it down because I just needed to know what was going to happen next and So today I am bringing you a very special post because I am part of the Merciless 4: Last Rites Blog Tour for Penguin Teen. Guys, I can not tell you how excited I am to be a part of this tour and how pumped I was for this book. I have read all the other books in the series and they actually helped to get me into reading horror books. I remember picking the first one up from my library and reading it and not being able to put it down because I just needed to know what was going to happen next and see how bad it was going to shock me. So without further ado here are my thoughts on the fourth book! Also, I have created a Spotify playlist to go with this book so I hope you guys enjoy. SPOILERS AHEAD*** I really do not want to give too much away since this just came out yesterday so I will try to keep it light! In this book, we get to spend time with Berkley a girl who came to Italy to spend some time with friends and try to relax after time at the Institute. Now I personally loved the character of Berkley and how the story was told. I thought this book was a little different than the other three in the series just because of her story and that made me like this book even more. The traveling abroad and being a young college-aged person really gave me Amanda Knox/Crime show vibes from the start of Berkley’s story. Getting back to the story a bit..Berkely spent six months before her Italian trip with her friends at the Institute with Sofia (my personal favorite character, who in book one I totally did not suspect what was happening at first). Now if you have read the other books you know all about Sofia and you are thinking OMG spending six months with her, you are lucky to be alive. If you do not know Sofia you should definitely give the first book a read or visit Goodreads and learn a little more about our girl cause she is one interesting character. As I said above I do not want to give away too much of the story so I wanted to keep my review here simple and give my ideas, which are I loved this book and Sofia is still one of my favorite characters to read about. If you have never spent time with Sofia definitely check out these books. They are amazing, scary, and twisty in all the best ways. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and I can not wait to see what else Danielle Vega writes. All of the Merciless books are out now, so go forth and read! P.S. Go check Danielle Vega out on social media at @dvegabooks.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    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 o 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. 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

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I would say that the first book is one of my favorites. It is really suspenseful, effective horror (in my personal opinion) and should have been a stand alone. This book and the 3rd book are not needed in this series. This 'final chapter' probably has a moral or something but I just can't put my finger on it... **SPOILERS BELOW** Vega has a tendency to repeat herself A LOT when it comes to the verbiage of bodily functions. I get it, she "has an acid rising in her throat", get her some Zantac STAT I would say that the first book is one of my favorites. It is really suspenseful, effective horror (in my personal opinion) and should have been a stand alone. This book and the 3rd book are not needed in this series. This 'final chapter' probably has a moral or something but I just can't put my finger on it... **SPOILERS BELOW** Vega has a tendency to repeat herself A LOT when it comes to the verbiage of bodily functions. I get it, she "has an acid rising in her throat", get her some Zantac STAT. It wouldn't be that bad but over the course of 4 books I noticed this annoying trend in her writing. She also does a lot of girl-on-girl hate where the main character hangs out with friends even through the "friends" are actually terrible people who are so self-absorbed they have no idea that they are doing anything bad at all. There is always a guy introduced who has cheated on the main character with one of her friends or something and then the females exact revenge ON EACH OTHER in violent ways instead of exacting revenge on the guy. A few lines flat out made me cringe, but no more than this one: -main character is in the trunk of the car- "I'm not claustrophobic - not technically. But the small, enclosed space makes me feel trapped."... UHHH WHO WOULDN'T FEEL THAT WAY IF YOU WERE KIDNAPPED AND SHOVED IN A TRUNK? There are other lines that are also weird like that but I digress. If you're gonna read anything in this series, read the first and leave it at that.

  22. 4 out of 5

    misskaelyn14

    I’m so glad I got to visit the horrifying land of The Merciless for one last time! I loved every bit of this book! I found the characters really likable and I was definitely trying to figure out who Sofie was disguised to be. It was nice to have that part of the book always keep me guessing. The horror and gore is spot on and makes for a thrilling roller coaster of a ride book. I liked how Vega wrapped things up in the last few chapters and the epilogue was a nice touch! My only complaint would h I’m so glad I got to visit the horrifying land of The Merciless for one last time! I loved every bit of this book! I found the characters really likable and I was definitely trying to figure out who Sofie was disguised to be. It was nice to have that part of the book always keep me guessing. The horror and gore is spot on and makes for a thrilling roller coaster of a ride book. I liked how Vega wrapped things up in the last few chapters and the epilogue was a nice touch! My only complaint would have to be the pace. I deducted a half star for this reason because the beginning was slow at times and the pace would slow up and speed down. We would get going and everything was fast and happening and then all of the sudden we would get a before chapter. I was like no please keep the action and gore going! Personally, I still think The Merciless is the best book out of the series. If I would have to rate the series it would be (from best to worse) 1, 4, 3, and 2. I’m just so glad I picked up The Merciless a few years back because it has become one of my favorite series. I’m sad that this series is indeed over, but I can’t wait to see what Danielle Vega has next!

  23. 3 out of 5

    Natalie

    I know these are supposed to be horror novels and there isn't really meant to be a happy ending...but I don't know, this ending just really disappointed me. Also, what is with all these psycho people being convinced that girls are the devil and wanting to torture them because of it?! The messed up exorcisms in this series are so gruesome that I'm honestly happy when the evil comes out and the girls end up killing the people who are apparently trying to "save" them. (view spoiler)[This book was a I know these are supposed to be horror novels and there isn't really meant to be a happy ending...but I don't know, this ending just really disappointed me. Also, what is with all these psycho people being convinced that girls are the devil and wanting to torture them because of it?! The messed up exorcisms in this series are so gruesome that I'm honestly happy when the evil comes out and the girls end up killing the people who are apparently trying to "save" them. (view spoiler)[This book was a bit different to the previous ones in that they describe a black smoke coming out of Sofia's body into Berkley's and I don't remember that from previous books when the demon moves on. But also, when the demon does possess another girl, there is always something horrific which triggers it to come to the surface. So really, it's the crazy religious people's fault for trying to exorcise them in the first place! If they just left them alone then none of this crazy stuff would happen...but then they wouldn't be very interesting books if that was the case either! (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becca Brown

    Wow. I really don't even know what to write for this review, other than this book was insanely amazing (emphasis on the insane). I read and loved the first 3 books so you would think I'd be expecting how big the plot twists are, but this one really took me off guard- mouth falling open, a little gasp and my hand on my chest. I was also surprised by how the gore in each book is slightly different, this one especially felt stepped up, I don't recommend eating before/during reading this book if you Wow. I really don't even know what to write for this review, other than this book was insanely amazing (emphasis on the insane). I read and loved the first 3 books so you would think I'd be expecting how big the plot twists are, but this one really took me off guard- mouth falling open, a little gasp and my hand on my chest. I was also surprised by how the gore in each book is slightly different, this one especially felt stepped up, I don't recommend eating before/during reading this book if you're squeamish! I absolutely love the way Danielle Vega writes, I love how clearly you can picture the characters and the story. The characters in this book are deeply flawed, and the way the story is narrated by the main character makes you feel her pain and hurt, her confusion and guilt, you'll heart will face when hers does. These books never take me very long to read, but they always stay in my brain for a few days. This book got me out of a 4 month long reading slump and I can't wait to see what Danielle Vega writes next!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karis!!

    I love absolutely every entry in this series so far. The first one will forever be my favorite, but every one after it has been so good too. I loved the change in scenery from this one--we've gone from Mississippi, to a boarding school, back to Mississippi, and now to Italy. It gave everything a fresh new feel to have it set in such a different place, and I liked Berkley too (though Sofia is the best, obviously.) Mara and Harper pissed me off, but I guess that was the point. I hope this series co I love absolutely every entry in this series so far. The first one will forever be my favorite, but every one after it has been so good too. I loved the change in scenery from this one--we've gone from Mississippi, to a boarding school, back to Mississippi, and now to Italy. It gave everything a fresh new feel to have it set in such a different place, and I liked Berkley too (though Sofia is the best, obviously.) Mara and Harper pissed me off, but I guess that was the point. I hope this series continues for a while, because I buy every entry and love the different variations of the covers, and I will continue to follow everything Danielle Vega puts out because her writing is amazing and I love her.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Aga

    I love all of the Merciless books! Danielle is a hidden gem that I think more readers should know about! Her stories are creepy. Her covers are BEAUTIFUL! You don’t *have* to read all four of these but you definitely want to. You almost do need to because one of the character’s appearance is really important! Just read them all, so good! This book was slightly different than the others. The first half is slow, but a good slow burn that leads up to the final events. It’s showing you Berkeley’s hi I love all of the Merciless books! Danielle is a hidden gem that I think more readers should know about! Her stories are creepy. Her covers are BEAUTIFUL! You don’t *have* to read all four of these but you definitely want to. You almost do need to because one of the character’s appearance is really important! Just read them all, so good! This book was slightly different than the others. The first half is slow, but a good slow burn that leads up to the final events. It’s showing you Berkeley’s history which is really important! It also wasn’t as scary as the others, however, it is a bit more gory. I hope there will be another!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Middleton

    Merciless IV was an okay read to me. However, I did like the whole Before and After feel that was going on. It helped with the understanding of how Sofia came into play in this Book. I kinda felt a little disappointed on how nothing really big happened with Sofia and Berkley. I was also disappointed that again nothing really happened in the hospital to. All in all it was an okay job well done.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Jessica

    I've enjoyed this series. It is a quick guilty pleasure read. Fast paced and it doesn't take itself too seriously. You don't go in expecting a masterpiece but it always seems to deliver on it's promise to find the darkness and wickedness that can linger beneath it's characters. I could see where it was heading early on but it's okay, I still gobbled it up. Sad that there won't be any more in the series.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Nicole Shears

    This was definietly the best book in The Merciless series!! Danielle Vega wrote the horror book I've always wanted to write with The Merciless IV. I'm so pleased with this finale, everything about it was extremely creepy and presented perfectly. I read this book in a few hours, it was impossible to put down, I was dying to know how Vega was going to bring a high level horror with devilish twists and bring the series to a close. For my full review, visit my blog: http://taleswithnicole.blogspot.com/ This was definietly the best book in The Merciless series!! Danielle Vega wrote the horror book I've always wanted to write with The Merciless IV. I'm so pleased with this finale, everything about it was extremely creepy and presented perfectly. I read this book in a few hours, it was impossible to put down, I was dying to know how Vega was going to bring a high level horror with devilish twists and bring the series to a close. For my full review, visit my blog: http://taleswithnicole.blogspot.com/2...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Grace

    This is on the lower side of three stars, didn’t really think that it was horror at all which is what I’ve come to love of these books they are gory and creepy and it just felt like it happened to quickly without any real depth this time ! But over all a quick read and do recommend the rest of the series !

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