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The Merciless IV: Last Rites (The Merciless #4)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  167 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Razorbill
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Nicole (FearYourEx)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Amanda Locke
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.)

Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oooooooohhhhhh baby what a fantastic way to close out a fantastic series. rtc!
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-horror
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!!??
Briana Williams
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Liz Laurin
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always love beginnings but this might have taken top spot for favourite merciless book. so good!!
Adam Howell
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Stephanie Harless
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Megan (Under the Book Cover)
Review also posted at: http://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
Madison Holt
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lost in Book Land
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Brandi Aga
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Nicole (taleswithnicole)
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
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:
Amanda Grace
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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 !
Jo Cross
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My god! If this is the last book in the series, I'm both okay and so sad about this! The demon is back and bitchier than ever in this installment. If you are a fan of the Merciless Series, read the fourth book because it will blow you away!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this series! I’m so sad that it’s over! I’ve read all of Danielle Vega/Rollins books and they are always amazing. Definitely read this series if you love scary books! I couldn’t put it down!
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Vega never disappoints! I love the way she builds her stories with background and then plows right into the action.
her attention to detail had me on the edge of my seat reading, which doesn't happen often. She is one of my favorite horror authors to read.
Melissa Giraldo
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great ending for an entertaining series. Was not disappointed.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Do you know how they rid of demons?
They burn them.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Welp. These books never fail to leave me shook.
Hannah Michaels
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
But why is it over....? I couldn’t love this creepy, disgusting, gory series more if I wanted to. And I do. Holy bologna.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
What the fuck. I’m bringing this book back to get a refund lmaooo
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Danielle Vega is the author of THE MERCILESS and SURVIVE THE NIGHT. She's also the author of BURNING, under the name Danielle Rollins.
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The Merciless (4 books)
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  • The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores (The Merciless, #2)
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