July 5, 2018

The Merciless IV: Last Rites Blog Tour: Author Dream Cast

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE MERCILESS IV: LAST RITES! If you haven't check out this amazing series yet - now is definitely the time to get started! Read on for more information on the latest installment, the book that started it all, and the author. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour and check out more awesome content!

The Merciless IV: Last Rites (The Merciless #4)
Author: Danielle Vega
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Razorbill


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 Berkley's captors search for the mark of the devil on her body. They say they want to save her--drive the devil away and cleanse her soul--but will she make it out alive?

When Berkley arrived in Italy a week ago, the last thing she expected was that she'd end up fighting for her life. After spending six months at the Institute, confined to a room with the dangerous-yet-alluring Sofia Flores, Berkley was certain that a vacation in Italy with her two best friends would be the perfect getaway. But Berkley is hiding a terrible secret, one that threatens to undo everything. As she's forced to face her wicked past, she learns that the devil is always watching, and no one is coming to save her.



- Characters -
Sofia Flores:

I probably wouldn’t have picked Camila for the Sofia of the first Merciless. When we meet Sofia, she’s meek and easily manipulated, and the actress who plays Betty on Riverdale is anything but meek! That said, by book IV, Sofia has become a completely different girl. [SPOILER ALERT] By now, she’s living in a mental hospital, and has fully accepted the evil inside of her. With those eyebrows, Camila could do her unhinged and conniving personality justice.

Camila Mendes: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6161516/


I’m going to be real here…I truly believe that Millie Bobbie Brown could play any character on this list. She won me over as Eleven on Stranger Things, and since then she’s been rocking the red carpet like she was born there. Likewise, Berkley is girl with a few different faces. We need to see her losing her shit in a mental hospital and then, in the very next scene, walking the streets of Italy in strappy sandals and a cute sundress. Millie definitely has the range to pull this off!

Millie Bobbie Brown: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5611121/?ref_=nmls_hd


We need to see someone casually beautiful, but with an undercurrent of mean girl manipulation to play Harper, one of Berkley’s two best friends. Rowan’s roles in Girl Meets World and A Wrinkle in Time have been mostly innocent, but I think she has the skills to pull off something a bit darker.

Rowan Blanchard: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3688576/


I’m dying to seen Kiernan in more roles, and I think that she perfected the stone-faced, “you couldn’t possibly know what I’m thinking” look during her run in Mad Men. Mara is a type-A perfectionist, who’s ruthless enough to do whatever it takes to come out on top. Kiernan is perfect.

Kiernan Shipka: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2215143/


Giovanni was the hardest character to cast! He has to be young and Italian and hot, and every hot Italian actor I found was in his thirties (which makes sense, since I am in my thirties and otherwise it would be yuck.) I’m looking for an Italian Timothee Chalamet type, but he doesn’t exist, I tell you! I’m totally stuck, guys. Tell me who you’d cast in the comments?

(someone like) Timothée Chalamet: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3154303/


I discovered Matilda in Rings and immediately knew that she’d be the perfect actress to cast as Giovanni’s unhinged, obsessive ex-girlfriend. Doesn’t this chick look like she wants to punish you for stealing her boyfriend?

Matilda Lutz: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4436761/?ref_=tt_cl_t1


The Merciless (The Merciless #1)
Author: Danielle Vega
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror
Release Date: June 12, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill


Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls...unless she wants to be next...

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


Other Books in the Series:

Danielle Vega spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from the pages of Stephen King novels. Now an adult, she can count on one hand the number of times in her life she's been afraid. Danielle is the author of the Merciless series and Survive the Night. Follow her @dvegabooks.

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June 5 – Lisa’s Lost in Lit – Instagram Giveaway

June 6 – Bookish Lifestyle – 5 Reasons You Need To Read The Series

June 7 – @xenatine – Instagram Giveaway

June 8 – Here’s To Happy Endings – Series Review


June 11 – FearYourEx – Creative Instagram Picture + Playlist

June 12 – Bookie Crumbs – Creative Instagram Picture + Unboxing

June 13 – Lost In a Book – Creative Instagram Picture + Review + Playlist

June 14 – [thehollowcupboards.blogspot.com]The Hollow Cupboards – Book Aesthetic + Creative Instagram Picture


June 18 – [instagram.com/the.book.talk]the.book.talk – Book Aesthetics

June 19 – Under the Book Cover – Moodboard + Creative Instagram Picture + Review

June 20 – [instagram.com/bookhoarderproblems]Book Hoarder Problems – Creative Instagram Picture

June 21 – A Dream Within a Dream – Author Guest Post: Dream Cast

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