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Exile is the second book in a major new paranormal series that began with Mercy.
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Book Review: Exile by Rebecca Lim - Reviewed by DLN (10 May 2012)
At the beginning of Exile, I couldn’t help but compare Lela to Carmen from Mercy. Even now I’m not sure who I liked better. Where Lela’s life may have seemed simple on the surface, it was a lot more emotional than Carmen’s ever was—especially once Mercy takes control. Towards the end of the book, Exile and Mercy were somewhat equal in “darkness”, I suppose, although this book feels more traumatic.
As in the previous book, Mercy’s dreams revolve around the mysterious Luc, himself an exile who has been searching for her for goodness knows how long. I felt that Luc was more straightforward this time. He helps her to recover memories, names, places. He gives simple direction, instead of talking in riddles or whatever else he did before. Although Mercy yearns for him, it’s almost like she’s pushing him away at the same time. But of course it’s all understandable, as he is the only constant part of her here one day gone the next (literally) life. Exile does also have a lot to do with Mercy’s forgotten past and the angels who exiled her, and even meets a Malakh on multiple occasions (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler!). I liked it. It gave her much more of a history than she previously had.
I did have a problem with the use of technology in this book. I understand that people like facebook, and twitter, and everything else. But when using the internet is a main part of the plot, especially in a book about ANGELS, it just seems like the easy way out.
It took me a few chapters to get used to the new characters, and I still didn’t warm up to them like I did with the “old” characters, but I really did like Exile! If you read the first book, I very highly recommend that you read the second.
Book Review: Exile by Rebecca Lim - Reviewed by Brodie (26 Nov 2011)
Exile picks up exactly where the first book ended. Ripped away from Carmen Zappacosta's body, Mercy is once again thrust into an unknown life. She finds herself in a completely different season, time zone, continent.... an entire ocean away from the human boy she came to grow feelings for, Ryan Daley. Welcome to Melbourne, Australia. And our host body for the novel? Lela Neill. Lela works at The Green Lantern, a cafe which attracts a colourful and varied collection of customers - from suit-wearing computer geeks to local strippers. It's here where most of the novel is set as Mercy slides into Lela's daily life, serving customer's coffee and advice, all the while caring for her terminally ill mother. The angel of death looms closer every day, but is Lela's mother the only soul he's come to reap?
The tone of Mercy and Exile vary dramatically and while I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and suspense of the kidnapping in the first book, I especially enjoyed the relationships formed in this novel. The secondary characters all grew on me, from the ever-quite and mysterious muslim chef, Sulamain, to Justine, the emotionally troubled stripper with an dangerously abusive boyfriend. I love seeing the ways in which Mercy will help mend tattered lives and broken bonds in the new body she resides in. Even while she's on a mission to find Ryan, not to mention uncover answers to her own existence, she still tries to find ways to help the person she's soul-jacking. To be there for Lela's dying mother, to offer Justine sanctuary and to be a beacon of hope and forgiveness to a man reeling over the edge.
But she doesn't see what's right under her nose and an unsuspecting danger is growing larger, one in which she inadvertently fuels. I had my suspicions early on, but wasn't entirely sure how it would turn out. While I was right, Lim still managed to keep me gripping the edge of my seat as the climax played out, fearing the worst, hoping for the best, and preparing myself for an unexpected twist.
I must also mention Luc. Luc and Mercy were once a force to be reckoned with, crazy in love. Until Mercy's unforgiving exile, which she still can't remember. Ever since, the Eight have kept them apart, hiding Mercy in body after body, so now dreams are the only way Luc can connect with her. And he's been doing so ever since she fell from grace. He's hunting though, desperately trying to find her. But he also begins to show a cruel and callous side, one Mercy has never seen in him before. Both Luc and the Eight warn her against the other. Who can she really trust?
Memories are slowly beginning to grow stronger, new abilities rise to the surface and mysterious heavenly beings appear, each another clue to her origins, teasing us with answers to the riddle that is Mercy. Exile is stunning novel and you can't help but become invested in both Mercy and Lela's lives. There is yet another cliffhanger ending, but they're fitting cliffhangers... they suit the type of story that Lim is crafting. But of course, they have me pulling my hair out until I flip open the next book! There is an addictive quality to Lim's writing. Her words flow so easily, so gorgeously and she constantly leaves you wanting to know more. This is a brilliant and well-crafted series that is fast becoming a favourite!
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