Book Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

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Young Adult > Paranormal

(Mercy #1)

A fallen angel haunted by her past. Yearning for her immortal beloved. Forever searching for answers.Who will show her Mercy?

Mercy has lost herself. She can’t count how many times she’s “woken up” in a new body, and assumed a new life, only to move on again and again. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by him. Mercy’s heart would know him anywhere. But her memory refuses to cooperate.

But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen year old reeling from the loss of his twin sister who was kidnapped two years ago. Everyone else has given up hope, but Ryan believes his sister is still alive. Using a power she doesn’t fully comprehend, Mercy realizes that Ryan is right. His sister is alive and together they can find her. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose; she can help. So she doesn’t understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the dark mystery of his sister’s disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.

Will Mercy be able to harness her true self and extraordinary power in time?

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…well, well, well! Some Aussie angel book just captured my heart. =)

I’ve been eyeing Mercy for a long time now. So upon finishing Mercy’s story, I felt awesome. That basement face-off scene with the bad guy? So badass!

Mercy woke up to find herself inside Carmen’s body, disoriented (again). It amazed me that while she has no idea on who Carmen is, she’s so calm and collected, thinking on how she should impersonate Carmen. Oh, Carmen is still there, a hovering presence inside her own body, but she can do nothing while Mercy play body-snatcher. And at the same time, Mercy’s trying to recall her past ‘lives’ – the bodies of the girls she inhabited prior Carmen – to figure out who she really is.

Mercy ‘loves looking’ at beautiful things, and I found that charming on her character. She’s also not afraid to be condescending. Definitely not a dull moment with Mercy! Especially the first time she met Ryan. Ha! My girl got balls. 🙂

The angelology was alright, but it was a solid take on Lucifer’s fall. The angel theme was halfway elaborated because the mystery element overwhelmed the story. Still, it was okay! Because of Ryan’s adamant refusal to admit his twin sister is dead, Mercy found something else to brood about besides her f*cked-up existence. And of course, being a crime/suspense junkie that I am, I was so delighted on how the story unfolded.

Mercy is to my great liking. Not too paranormal, more like a crime/suspense story with a tinge of angelic. And yet, when Mercy had to embrace her true identity as an angel, it was so darn impressive!

#2 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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MERCY by Rebecca Lim

Hardcover, 288 pages

Published May 17th 2011 by Hyperion

4/5 stars

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