Shelf Candy Saturday (4)

Shelf Candy Saturday is hosted by Five Alarm Book Reviews

I enjoy doing somewhat themed Shelf Candy posts. This weeks theme is books with 'posses' in the title. I'm not sure how three similar titled books all ended up with gorgeous covers but you won't hear me complaining about it!

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Rule #1: Do not show fear. 
Rule #2: Do not show pity.
Rule #3: Do not engage.
Rule #4: Do not let your guard down.
Rule #5: They lie.

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

So so pretty! I love the focus and texture of her face.

The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor

34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace.

Believing she is possessed, Genie Magee's mother has imprisoned her all summer encouraged by the sinister Reverend Schneider. Beautiful Rian, love of her life, sets her free, and their escape washes them up at Marshall's remote farmhouse downriver. But why are there newspaper clippings of the missing kids pinned to Marshall's bathroom wall? And should they believe his stories about the experiments at the Fortress, an underground research station nearby?

Genie meets Denis. Missing two years now, but hasn't grown an inch. Rian is haunted by Renée, who insists she's not actually dead. Soon they discover the terrible truth about Reverend Schneider and worse, Genie is next ... and Rian can't do a thing to prevent it.
The Repossession is just the beginning.

I hadn't heard of this book until this week so thank you to my friend Emma for bringing it to my attention! This is such a beautiful, eye catching cover! I love the blue tone to the girl's face, she almost looks ceramic! The cover has an artsy feel with the way the face is coming undone/disappearing. I also like how the title looks like it's about to come undone as well, it helps the title feel connected to the rest of the cover.

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Possessions by Nancy Holder

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 Lindsey.

I bought a copy of this book partially because of the cover and was so disappointed when it showed up and was a different cover! Anyway, I'm sure you've figured out by now that I'm really attracted to dark covers and this is another good example of that. I like everything about this cover, the text and little swirls at the bottom, the darkness of her eyes, the stillness of the black water, the reflection of her face, and the use of similar colors for text at the top and bottom and her face!


  1. I LOVE the cover on the top one!
    All of these books sound really good! I may have to add 3 more books to my wish list!

    1. I should make that one of my goals this year, to help make your tbr list go crazy like mine ;)

  2. I totally agree! I bought Nancy Holder book purely based on cover! And I loved the top cover. I cannot wait to read that one. I haven't seen the middle one before. I agree, it does have this artsy feel. And a little bit creepy too. Great picks!

    1. What website did you order Possessions from? I have been meaning to order another copy (with the better cover) but I'm afraid I'll get the other cover again.

  3. These are great! I think my favorite one is the last cover. I love the text treatment on the bottom. And it sounds like a great eerie ghost story!

    1. It really does sound like an eerie ghost story!

      I honestly can't pick a fav among these three. I guess that's why all of my shelf candy's have multiple books lol

  4. These are all amazing choices. I especially love Possess. It is haunting and beautiful at the same time.
    Possessions sound like a great read. I actually don't remember coming across it before. Thank you for sharing all three of these.

    1. Thanks Steph! Glad I could help expand your tbr list too :)

  5. I love the cover for Possess. All three books sound like good, creepy reads. Nice and dark.

  6. These are incredibly creepy books! The only one I might be able to read is "Possess". Maybe. I don't usually read anything horror-related (nor do I watch horror movies), because I'm much too sensitive. I remember reading "The Exorcist" years ago...while reading it, I didn't sleep very well at night. Even after I had finished, it continued to haunt me for a very long time...

    I must say that I love the covers of "Possess" and "The Repossession". They are both beautiful, although I do prefer the one for "Possess", because I love the effect created by the tree branches covering her face, as if they were actually her hair. However, both covers have shades of blue and aqua, and that draws me to them! I LOVE the color blue!! And, of course, aqua as well! Oh, and I agree that the girl's face on the cover of "The Repossession" looks like a ceramic piece. Very asture observation on your part!

    The third cover is too, too scary for me...I can't bring myself to look at it for too long. I get chills... but it is very well done!

    Thanks for featuring these!! : )

    Maria @

    1. I love reading thrillers but I really don't like watching horror movies! I'm not sure what the difference is but I try to stay away from scary movies.

      I'm really drawn to blue covers also! They're the best!

  7. Lol, it's weird to see my name up there. Glad you find the cover pretty though, it's even nicer in real life. Still need to read the book, it sounds kinda weird and creepy and mysterious! Let's hope it's as good as the cover.
    Not a big fan of the last cover cause it seriously looks.. well kinda creepy.

    1. It looks better in person? Now I really want it! Let me know if you end up liking it!

    2. Hahaha I'll let you know! It's even prettier, I dunno.. you can see all the details and it just look spectacular. Plus the sides of my book (the pages) are blue :D So cool.

    3. Blue pages!? Now I really want to order a copy!

    4. Yeah!! It's a pretty blue color too!


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