Monday, June 21, 2010

The Evil Within by Nancy Holder Review

Book: The Evil Within   (Possessions #2)
Author: Nancy Holder
Release date: June 10th, 2010
Source: Author/Penguin
My Summary: 
NOTE: Spoilers for first book in this review
In the second installment of the Possessions series, Lindsay finds herself heading back to Marlwood after a disastrous first semester because she discovers that she has become possessed, and the only way the spirit will leave her is if she does one thing: Kill Mandy.

Add to that a guy who can't make up his mind, a best friend who thinks you might be losing your mind, the Queen Bee's brother who may or may not be a danger to Lindsay, and the murderous attempts by the other girls who are possessed, Lindsay is in for an interesting couple of months where she can't tell who to trust, and who to fear.
Review: Just as mysterious and shocking as the first, The Evil Within is the perfect follow up to Possessions

Lindsay is still the strong protagonist I loved in the previous book. This time around, she's struggling with what she knows about these malvolent spirits that are roaming the campus and threatening those she cares about. Her relationships are all pretty rocky as she tries to learn more about these spirits, and how to stop them. Bits from the past of Marlwood are slipped into the story, and Lindsay slowly learns what happened all those years ago. 

A new character (well, new in the way that this is the first time he actually meets Lindsay) makes his way into The Evil Within. Miles Winters, Mandy's loving and possibly psychotic brother. His character is definitely one of the more intriguing ones, and I always found myself glued to the book whenever he'd make an appearance. With Miles, you just don't know what's going to happen, and the curiosity he brings to the story is thrilling. 

The Evil Within brings in new twists and turns that will surprise you to no end, and leave you anxious for the next installment. 

Highlights: Holder brings the same eerie feel to The Evil Within that she brought to Possessions. She's a master of suspense, and knows just how to keep a reader hooked. Once again, she managed to surprise me by the end, and give me enough incentive to stay curious for the next novel. 

Lowlights: At times, I barely even cared about the other characters, so I'm not quite sure that's a good thing. I didn't sympathize with any of them the way I did with Lindsay. But regardless, I really loved this story and how easy it was to get hooked. 
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- Lea

26 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with this series, but I do love a good suspense novel! Maybe I'll give the first book a try.

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  2. I actually haven't read the first book, so I sort of skimmed your review. Your review and rating make it sounds like I definitely need to start this series though! Thanks, and I'll have to see if I can handle the mystery and suspense. :D

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  3. I wasn't crazy about the secondary characters in Possessions so I'd probably agree with you on the ones here. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Nothing I like better than a good scary book unless it's having two in the series to read back to back.

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  5. Ooh! I bought the first one and can't wait to read this one!

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  6. It seems as good as the previous, I love strong protagonist!

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  7. I haven't read the first one, but it looks really good - and since it's scary it looks like a series I'd be into!

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  8. sounds like the main characters is awesome. this sounds so good!

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  9. I really want to read this one! Its sounds so good!

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  10. I love suspense! This sounds good!

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  11. Great review! This series sounds very good, although a bit scary :P
    Kill Mandy? tsk-tsk

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  12. The book sounds really interesting ! I want to read it.

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  13. I like the cover to this one better than the last one. And I like the idea of reading a book where the antagonist shares my name :P

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  14. The cover looks scary, which is good in the sense that it's a ghost story. I bet I'll love this book!

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  15. This sounds like a great sequel. Just as eerie as the first book.

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  16. OooOoh, great review! It sounds creepy. I might have to put it on my TBR list for Halloween perhaps? :D LOL!

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  17. Nice review. I really want to read this book but first i have to read Possessions. I love how Nancy Holders books are dark and mysterious they're just what i need.

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  18. This sounds good! Can't wait to read this series. I love this type of paranormal.

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  19. I didn't even read the first yet, but i will jeje

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  20. I really want to read this it sounds amazing.

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  21. Wow, this one sounds much more darker. I'm still interested in this:) Great review!

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  22. Well,I haven't read the first book but it sounds good, I'll have to read the first one

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  23. Intersting. I'm looking forward to reading these books!!

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  24. Grr I want to read these books!

    -Briana

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