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Posted August 21, 2011
Exceptionally Spooky - Beautifully Written
Possessed is an exceptionally spooky novel that weaves a chilling web of encroaching menace around the reader. The story's heroine is sixteen year old Rayne. She feels trapped and smothered in London, where she takes care of her little brother for her irresponsible mother, and by her boyfriend who wants more than she is ready to give. She also craves silence and space, so she applies for a waitress job at an ancient estate in the countryside near the Wales border.
When she arrives, Rayne is almost overwhelmed by the natural beauty, the silence of the country, and by the strange and unsettling energy swirling around the thousand year old building. The kindly housekeeper, Mrs. Driver, gets Rayne settled into her room, and after her first terrifying night in the strange place, Rayne is ready to head for home. But after her first day of waitressing, followed by a quiet and peaceful walk through the grounds and woods, Rayne experiences feelings she has never had before. She feels free, content, and strangely at home in the natural setting, and feels like she can finally be herself.
All is not as peaceful as it seems, however, and Rayne begins to feel as though something more is going on. Mrs. Driver insists that Rayne always lock her door at night, and mentions that so few people can "sense" the house energy. The few locals Rayne meets are shocked she is willing to stay at the Manor, but nobody will tell her anything specific.
The author is a master at slowly building a feeling of dread, as though an invisible trap is being slowly sprung around Rayne. The prose is so evocative I felt as if I was walking with Rayne through the woods, feeling the sunshine on my skin, and sensing the evil presence of something unseen in the ancient manor. The imagery is very effective at enhancing the theme of a trap and freedom being a matter of perspective. From the geese living on the tiny island in the lake, isolated but safe from the fox, to the magnificent palm tree that has shattered the greenhouse roof that sheltered it and allowed it to grow, and is now reaching for the sky. A major secondary theme is that appearances can be deceiving and all is definitely not what it seems. A pair of beautiful leather gloves embroidered with flowers, except on closer inspection those flowers are actually tortured faces in agony. A handsome local boy who is infatuated with Rayne but who has a seemingly hypnotic hold on those around him. A local fire festival group that may or may not be devil worshippers. And a mother and boyfriend who didn't seem to care about Rayne, yet they call and text constantly, frantic with worry at her silence.
As Rayne struggles to learn who she can trust, and tries to discover the secrets held by the locals, she is also gaining a sense of self. Her journey is full of confusion, fear, exhilaration, and a little of the supernatural.
Possessed is a rare treat, and well worth your time. Very few books capture a feeling so completely, transporting the reader to a different place and a different mood so thoroughly.
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Posted December 8, 2013
This book was alright....but what really pissed me off was that
This book was alright....but what really pissed me off was that nobody got possessed? Like why do you name a book possessed if no one gets possessed and the story has nothing to do with possessions? They hardly even talk about ghosts. Like I said, the book was ok, but a different title would have made more sense. Also there was a lot of pent up anticipation about Rayne being attacked by ghosts of something but in the end literally nothing at all happened that had to do with ghosts. Like it would build up "I'm so scared I think this place is haunted" and then the next morning it would be like "Oh I'm fine" Mixed feelings overall for this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2013
Possessed is a book based upon the history of mortons keep estat
Possessed is a book based upon the history of mortons keep estate resurfaces. And, sixteen year old Rayne is trapped at heart by evil.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2012
Pretty Great Book
Possessed was a pretty great and terrifying book. I'm going to be honest here... I only noticed this book at the public library because I read every book I own and needed something for school. It also didn't totally grab my attention and interest until like the middle of the book. It did get my attention once in the beginning when she stays overnight in the Sty for the first time. That creeped me out and THAT'S the reason I double checked to see if my mom locked everything!! St. John's character ended up surprising me big time in the end. And I was truly creeped out by this book. I would say that it is a good book to read if you want a good scare. You have to be patient though if you're hoping it'll grab your attention in the very beginning, because it won't. Enjoy!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2010
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
Meet Rayne. She's just a normal teen with normal teenage problems. A boyfriend who won't take no for an answer, a mother who can never stay away from alcohol, and a future so dim that she just doesn't know which path to take. All Rayne needs right now is an escape.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This escape comes in the form of a job position as a tea server at an old mansion, Morton's Keep.
Morton's Keep isn't quite normal for most people... but it's just fine for Rayne. It's a place for opportunities for a new life. A new life that includes the mysterious St. John, the protective Ethan, a welcoming yet strange clique, and a mansion full of tortured history.
Accompanied by raw emotions, romance, and a haunting history, Rayne must figure out the spirits that surround her, the clique that entices her, and the boy too good to be true before she becomes possessed by their world - a world that just might kill her.
Kate Cann, known for her teen romance novels, takes a walk on the paranormal side with POSSESSED. A unique, fast-paced novel, Cann is able to capture realistic emotions that will make the reader shudder. This story is just right for those in need of a romantic, haunting adventure that leaves you with goosebumps.
As soon as I read the inside flap of this book, I instantly thought it would be something worth reading. And my intuition was right...to a point. First of all, I have absolutely NO idea why this book was entitled, "Possessed." There was nothing about possession in it whatsoever, and hardly anything supernatural in it. Second of all, I thought the book was good, up until Rayne's talk with Mr. Stewart. It was very unclear, the whole "experimentation" and its purpose, and the purpose of the repetition of the experimentation. Lastly, the ending was just plain dreadful. It made the whole book not worth reading. NOTHING happens. Absolutely nothing. It lacked suspense and action, and there was a lot that needed to be explained. As a matter of fact, I was so disappointed with the ending that I returned the book to the store as soon as I finished it. Please, I beg you, do not waste your time or money on this disappointing book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2010
Quick & Dirty: A vividly written novel that lends a genuinely creepy feel, and is sure to keep you away from the countryside.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Opening Sentence: Rayne sat on the end of her narrow bed next to Jelly's cot, painting her nails.
All Rayne can think about is escaping her miserable life in London. She lives in a rundown, crime laden, and crowded housing development with no real prospect of getting out. Rayne also feels suffocated and trapped by her mother, caring for her baby brother, and her controlling boyfriend, Damian. She struggles to maintain her sanity amid all the noise and violence. Rayne has the opportunity to take a break from her studies and decides to take a job at a secluded country estate, Morton's Keep. The very idea of being near the mansion late at night paralyzes the locals with fear. Eventually, Rayne makes new friends and becomes enamored with the very creepy and mysterious St. John. Not only does Rayne believe that her newfound friends have something to hide, she becomes suspicious about the history surrounding Morton's Keep and as she delves deeper into the Keep's lore she finds a lot more than she bargains for.
Possessed is engaging and addresses a lot of real life issues. For example, Rayne does not possess an idyllic family life to say the least. Rayne also possesses certain foibles, such as her somewhat cavalier relationship with the truth. Strangely, flaws like these serve to make Rayne even more sympathetic. I was captivated by her struggle to strike out on her own so far away from her familiar life in London. Ms. Cann also doesn't skimp on the supporting cast, which consists of well realized personalities that all speak with authentic voices. The interplay amongst these characters was authentic and captured the real vibe between young adults. The character of St. John is a special stand out. I thought that I had him all figured out, but I was completely wrong.
Needless to say I really enjoyed Possessed. Ms. Cann delivers a chilling and eerie world that will leave you wanting more. The pacing of the book is perfect and Morton's Keep drips with atmosphere. I eagerly await a return trip to the world of Possessed.
The words liquefied her with terror. She broke cover and ran. She had no idea if the men were following - the cracking, crashing noise of her flight covered any sound they may have made. She hurtled on, arms out in front, shielding her face from the branches whipping at her, running anywhere there was a path through the trees, running, running, doubling back on herself, her breath coming in great gasps..
FTC Advisory: Scholastic provided me with an ARC of Possessed. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don't receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
Posted December 23, 2009
If you don't believe in something, can it still chase you?
I don't read tons of young adult fiction but this was an engrossing and fun read, little spooky, little mysterious and even realistic enough, I couldn't tear myself away from it and that provides certain satisfaction in itself when it comes to books and reading . It had a certain charm, there was something to it that kept me glued to the pages, it's one of those novels where you promise yourself to read one more chapter before bed and before you know it you're almost done. Rayne is a young girl who has escaped London and took up a post at an old remote mansion that is full of eerie and creepy atmosphere of old museums and catacombs. Not only is the place huge and filled with relics, it enchants and scares Rayne at the same time. She feels a certain pull to it even though some of the locals seem to be deathly afraid of being anywhere near it after dark. Along the way Rayne manages to make some new friends, a crowd dubbed as snobs by the locals who have taken a fast liking to Rayne, but she couldn't care less, she's happy and totally at peace. Unfortunately the smooth ride that Rayne has been on has speed bumps in the near future, it seems that the cool horror stories circulating the place aren't as fictional as Rayne has been told, something strange and dark is clutching to the mansion and now that Rayne lives there, she too feels a change happening. Burglaries and strange accidents shake things up and pretty soon Rayne feels the need to dig deep and discover the real truth behind those rumors, before it's too late, before she looses her mind discovering the secret. And the secrets are deep, their enigma pulls and tugs at Rayne and her innocence, she will either be strong and survive or perish to a throbbing hunger that has shrouded the mansion in mystery for ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There was a certain amount of wit and charm that made this a good read, I adored the food descriptions, they make books real to me, the character was realistic enough where it seemed to live it's own life on the pages, Rayne dictated the outcome of the novel, it wasn't pushed along by some forced speech written by the author. I wished that the ending was longer, the buildup was so good but overall I'm very happy I got to read this book and will definitely tell my friends to check it out.
- Kasia S.
Posted March 18, 2010
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