Monday, September 5, 2011

Mercy (Mercy #1) by Rebecca Lim

Genre: paranormal
Series and Book #: Mercy #1
Pages: 280

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?


Mercy was a unique angel novel because Mercy didn't even realize she was an angel. During the entire novel, she was clueless as to who she was and that was the half of the story. Mercy was trying to find herself along the way of finding Lauren, Ryan's kidnapped sister whom she volunteers to help him find.

Mercy's voice was haunting, sarcastic, and strong. It was lyrical, honest, and unemotional, speaking of facts and things that were, never letting emotion get in the way. She was a girl who wanted to get her new "body" over with and move on to the next, hoping that she'd eventually find who she was. But with each person she took residence in, she tried to help them discover that they were better than they thought themselves to be. Especially with Carmen, the body she inhabits when she meets Ryan.  

I thought the kidnappings were clever because they let Mercy discover who she was as a person as well as what she was. Mercy knows that she's something special, something inhuman. She reflects upon much of this, especially in her dreams when her and the mysterious Luc speak to one another. She also grew closer to Ryan, who she felt a strong attraction to beyond her understanding. I must say, the final scene of this novel was incredibly well written. I don't quite know how to explain it, but Rebecca ties the last few knots between Mercy and Ryan, and then lets Mercy go. It was insanely frustrating and I'm going to be scouring the shelves for the next in this series!

I didn't like how this book seemed to drag out certain sentences, as if the characters were thinking before they spoke. I found that unrealistic, because usually I don't think before I speak, and I would guess plenty others don't either.
Overall, this was a novel with an incredible main character who I believed to be something different completely. She didn't understand pop culture, but knew Latin as if she'd spoken it every day of her life. She was amazed by emotions, and the powers she discovered while she was investigating Lauren's kidnapping. Rebecca's novel was amazing and perfect for a dark, rainy day, when you'll believe that there are more things than you can possibly see.

The Cover: I believe this may be the UK version, but I still think it's beautiful.

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