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Possessions

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The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale

New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn't help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog ...

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Overview

The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale

New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn't help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.

What Lindsay doesn't yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...

And that someone is Lindsay.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
In this exciting new series, high school student Lindsey Cavanaugh finds herself at an exclusive all girls' boarding school where she quickly discovers things are not as they seem. She begins noticing a strange face in the window across the way from hers and witnesses a series of ghostly events that leave her shaken and questioning her own sanity. Creepiest of all, she stumbles upon a secret room in the dorm which is filled with photographs, mementos, and memories from the past. As she begins to piece together the horrific happenings at the school, she becomes more and more aware of the danger that she and her fellow students are all in. Desperate to save her best friend from a horrific fate, Lindsey does not know what to believe or who she can trust. The major flaw of the novel will deter some less avid reads as they struggle to figure out Lindsey's ambiguous background, which is vague throughout the novel. Even still, most readers will have no trouble getting hooked on Lindsey's story, despite the unexplained circumstances that land Lindsey in the boarding school in the first place. This book promises all of the teen gossip and drama of many other popular series of the past decade, with an added modern gothic twist. Though this series will stay away from the vampirism trend of the moment, it satisfies the popular supernatural craving. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595142559
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Series: Possessions Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 649,683
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Holder

Nancy Holder is a Los Angeles Times bestselling author and a charter member and Trustee of the Horror Writers Association. A Bram Stoker Award-winner, she has written more than 63 books.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    An ok read but leaves you guessing

    There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this story. The plot really did not appeal to me. I found myself really struggling to read this story. All in all, the word I think of to describe this book is "confusing."

    Nothing is resolved at the end and I was left scratching my head wondering what this story was about.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    Gold Star Award Winner! After discovering her boyfriend being intimate with another girl, Lindsey finds herself at Marlwood Academy. Can someone say dilapidated and creepy? At night, Lindsey keeps seeing ghostly apparitions out her window that are nothing short of unnerving. One day, she stumbles across a room filled with memories, mementos, and other items from the school's past. To make matters worse, she overhears the Queen Bee, Megan, and her cohorts performing strange rituals and knows they're plotting something dangerous. When the school's buried past comes to light, Lindsey realizes that Megan and her cohorts are possessed by evil spirits who want someone dead. Can Lindsey stop Megan and her friends in time? POSSESSIONS is an extremely eerie, gripping, page-turning book. The characters are well-developed, and the plot is very intense and well-done. This is one book you'll want to read with the lights on. Fans of hard-core horror like THE EXORCIST will have a hard time parting with this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    A good paranormal read. I thought this was a good read especiall

    A good paranormal read.
    I thought this was a good read especially if you love Nancy Holder's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Good

    Liked it

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Possessions

    I have wanted to read Possessions for as long as I can remember (meaning when I discovered it on Amazon, because I like to look at books for fun sometimes—but beside the point). Possessions had all the major components required to create a scary horror story. Freaky boarding school that used to be an Asylum for Wayward girls (and has student room’s unlocked doors 24/7)? Check. Powerful Rich Girl Queen Bee? Check. Dead people? Checkito. Did the story scare the lovely young lady reviewing this novel? Occasionally. I will say that from the start of the novel (which included two quotes that creeped me out for reasons unknown) I was already hyped up to get my socks knocked off, because that happens when you get freaked out.

    I will say that the main character and main antagonist, Lindsay and Mandy, are pretty unforgettable in my mind. Lindsay, because she definitely changes the traditional heroine mold. She was portrayed spunky, serious and willing to face the horrors that might be waiting within Marlwood. Also, Lindsay was one of the characters that seemed to still have a spine and soul and seemed very “real” compared to some of the rich girls who came off shallow and stupid. Mandy, on the other hand, was devious, a traitor and the ultimate toxic friend (don’t know what that is? Google is your friend).

    She was one of those characters that were just created for you to hate, she waved her money and good looks around and could talk about you behind your back and then smile to your face, pretending that you two are still two peas in a pod… Let us not forget the part where Mandy is possessed and also in love with her literally crazy brother (Incest alert).

    But all in all, both of the characters were total opposites of each other and I was thinking “whoa nice one” loved that bit most of all.

    Thanks to author Nancy Holder, I was more than able to feel the emotions that came from Lindsay when she thought of the loss between her and her mother or the shame and sorrow that came from when she thought about her ex-toxic friend Jill and ex-boyfriend Riley hooking up in her own house. Main point is that I found it more than easy to gather emotion and to feel whatever it is that Holder wanted the reader to be feeling. Not to mention the way she described the creepy setting of Marlwood Academy and the strange apparition that would appear in Lindsay’s window.

    The only real issue I had with the novel was that I felt that it took too long to become frightening and to reach the climax point. For most of the novel, I was hoping that something really horrific would happen, and when something horrific did take place I was kind of wishing that I wasn’t so tough because I didn’t really bat an eyelash. But other than that I was in love with the novel. That being said it totally lived up to my expectations and for that I am over the moon! Oh! And it sets itself up for a sequel (one of the three best types of endings, if you ask me). Overall a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    What?

    What is up with the sample? 9 pages of practically nothing doesn't make me want to read this book, I need to know more about it before spending my money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Not shr?

    I just got it. I find it very hard to got into. The way N. Describes ppl, rooms, things, and more are to descriptiv. I like the way she refers to Ls past like its the midl of the story so u feel like u can umderstand Ls past without having to read about it. I just startid so im not shr what to rate it. Tel me what u thimk about it ~ kammy ~

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Good Read for Tweens

    I picked up this book as a freebie at the World Horror Convention and since I resolved to read everything I got from the trip I read this one too knowing it was geared more for tweens than adults. PROS: The book was an easy read. I found myself caring about what happens next and at times, N. Holder's writing shows true potential to be one of the great horror authors for young fiction. The author builds up to the ending in a terrific way that kept me turning page after page. The characters are developed enough that I found myself actually caring about what happens to them next. CONS: It took a bit to get into it. The author keeps referring to this "breakdown" our heroine had but doesn't go into much history. I was confused as to why she kept bringing it up if she wasn't going to fully explain her past. Then by the time I turned the last page I was left thinking "That's it?" It was like the book was unfinished. I know the book is a series (and I'm compelled to get the next one in the series just so I can find out what happens to some key characters) but the ending didn't make sense to me. I realize that in a series, it's always best to leave some questions unanswered but not the KEY questions. Those must be answered at least to some extent. CONCLUSION: I'm committed to the series now (simply out of spite if for nothing else) but I'm truly hoping the second book in the series offers a cleaner flow. It's a good read for teens who are into ghost stories and things of that nature. Adults may find it a bit...tame.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    A Good Ghost Story

    Lindsay got herself into an impressive boarding school called Marlwood Academy for Girls on a scholarship. Once there, she spotted a group of girls having a strange ritual beside a lake. Later, she discovered that the leader of the group, Mandy was an estranged, rich girl who loved to play crazy games to spook her friends.

    The story was well-written, but not much happened in the first half of the book. The words used were rich and descriptive, and these provided a clear image of the places in Marlwood, giving it a menacing atmosphere. The girls' characters were well-developed and we could observe their personalities easily.

    The leader of the "mean girls" - Amanda Winters, or Mandy in short really unnerved me. She felt strange, and maybe a tad bit psychopathic but I could not pinpoint my exact feeling towards her character. She loved her brother, Miles (who was in rehab) a little more than she should. She's someone her friends love and hate at the same time, with the exception of Lindsay who had only negative feelings for her.
    At times, I couldn't help but question Lindsay's sanity. I wanted to trust her but I found it hard because she was haunted by her own past, and only she alone experience "paranormal disturbance"(but she turned out fine every time). I wondered if she was actually scaring herself, but then she didn't look like the scaredy-cat type.

    It was really creepy at times, and I could feel myself in Lindsay's shoes, looking at the mean girls' all-black eyes and the otherworldly apparition hanging on their bodies, talking in a Southern accent. That was outright scary!

    The plot was brilliant and full of twists and turns, but I wished the author had inserted more eerie and bone-chilling moments. Nonetheless, Possessions had reached a certain standard to be labeled as a successful ghost story. If you like reading supernatural stories, Possessions is the perfect book for you!

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    really good

    a thriller that is entertaining amd suspenseful. a must read

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Sample? Hardly.

    The sample is a whopping 9 pages, 3 of which are writing from the story. Kind of. Each page is maybe two sentences. Will not purchase without knowing anything of the writing style. The price is too high to take a chance on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    amazing young adult novel

    this was my first nancy holder novel and it js written for teens but i think all czn enjoy it. i loved this book so much i read it twice!

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Perfect book for Halloween!

    I have to say that I thought Nancy Holder hit gold when she wrote Pretty Little Devils, then I read Possessions and I have to say the creepy factor has been doubled!! The setting is the Marlwood Academy for Girls, an old sanitorium suddenly re-opened and filled with creepy run down buildings. Lindsay is sent there after having a mental breakdown after finding her boyfriend being intimate with her friend. There are alot of sinister things going on at Marlwood, and it becomes clear to Lindsay that there are really ghosts there at the school. And these ghosts want revenge for a fire that happned back in 1889. Lindsay sees ghostly faces all over the campus, and is constantly plagued by nightmares pulling her into the dark world of lobotomies that the old Marlwood School used to perform on the "wayward" girls of the 1800's. This leads her to stumble on the fact that the Queen Bee Mandy is not who she leads you on to be. She and other girls in one dorm are possessed by the ghosts of the past and they want to get rid of one girl....Lindsay. Nancy Holder has created this gothic setting where the girls of Gossip Girl meet up with The Shining and the ride this book takes you on makes you scream at every turn.
    This is supposedly going to be a series so I cant wait to see what the second book, The Evil Within will bring to the world of Lindsay. Way to go Nancy!! Please give us more!!

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