The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores.
Booklist Reviews 2016 June #1
This sequel to The Merciless (2014) starts as a moody, psychological drama and abruptly segues into torture porn. Sofia is the only survivor of the grisly exorcism she and her friends performed on fellow student Brooklyn, only to reveal Brooklyn's demonic powers in a fatal twist. Months later, Sofia is haunted by waking nightmares and sure that Brooklyn will return. When her mother is killed, Sofia is sent to an isolated Catholic boarding school, where she falls for sensitive, troubled Jude. On the surface, everything seems normal, but Sofia is beset by malicious thoughts that thrill and terrify her. Is Brooklyn tormenting her, or is evil inside her already? When she confides in Jude, he decides to conduct a punishing exorcism—like the one Father Marcus once performed on him. Vega blurs the line between supernatural evil and all-too-human cruelty, hinting at a demonic presence while casting doubt on Sofia's and Jude's mental health. This is gripping, intense horror for teens with strong stomachs. A pessimistic final twist is expected but appropriately disturbing. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring
Sofia is still processing the disturbing events of The Merciless when her mother suddenly dies. She gets the fresh start she's desired, relocating to a Catholic boarding school in a small Mississippi town. There a foreboding atmosphere and stifling religiosity help heighten Sofia's growing fears that she harbors evil. This unabashedly grisly sequel isn't for everyone, but true horror-loving readers will relish it. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.