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Description - Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Exiled from heaven, a lost soul seeks her soulmate ... Age 13+ Mercy 'wakes' on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business - or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding .... As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams. In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy's blood and they won't rest until they find her and punish her - for a crime she doesn't remember committing ... An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new series.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780732291990
ISBN-10: 0732291992
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 139mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim - Reviewed by (26 Nov 2011)

Fallen from grace, cursed to live through an eternity of stolen lives, with no memory of why. Mercy only knows she jumps from body to body, life to life, pushing aside the host soul so the body becomes her own. But she doesn't understand why she's doomed to such a fate - what crime did she commit so long ago to deserve this exile from home?

This time, Mercy finds herself thrust into the body of 16 year old Carmen Zappacosta, who's on her way to the small town of Paradise for a choir concert. She's one of the star sopranos, with a voice like no other, but she lacks the confidence to really back it up. Mercy is the polar opposite of Carmen. While Carmen is a doormat, never standing up for herself or taking control, Mercy's confident. She's unafraid of a challenge and doesn't take crap from anybody. Living life after life that will never be hers, full of endless questions and uncertainty, she still finds purpose. Purpose in helping fix the lives she's forced to live, for every one that she's experienced has been in need of mending. She's a surprisingly relatable character who I took quite a liking to.

Carmen's boarding with the Daley's while in Paradise, a family haunted by a tragic past. Two years ago, Lauren Daley was kidnapped. No suspects, no witnesses, no leads. Rumours abound that it was an inside job have placed a dirty mark over the Daley name. The only person who believes Lauren's still alive is her twin brother, Ryan. He's never given up hope or stopped chasing leads of his own to find her, no matter how dangerous. Mercy offers to help him and the further they dig, the more the mystery deepens. Rebecca Lim is brilliant at creating suspense, toying with your mind until you're unsure what to believe anymore. I had suspicions, but was never entirely sure of who the kidnapper was. I loved that page-turning allure, I couldn't read fast enough. The banter and sexual tension between Mercy and Ryan also helped!

The paranormal aspect doesn't overpower the novel, but there's enough of a presence to maintain fascination. You want to learn more, uncover more secrets, find out the depths of these abilities Mercy holds and the mysterious, powerful beings who are hunting her down. Lim drops just enough clues for you to begin the jigsaw of the mythology, but not enough to complete it and I sort of liked that frustrated yearning to learn more. Maybe because I knew I had the next two novels to dive into as soon as I finished haha. But don't despair, while Mercy's otherworldly ordeal still remains an enigma, the very human mystery is solved by the novels end, a dangerous and sickening unveil that will keep you glued to the pages.

Unpredictable, compelling and just a little bit creepy, Mercy's gorgeous prose and page-turning mystery make for an incredibly unique novel. There's a hint of romance, but it's satisfying enough for the romatic lover in me. I snapped open my copy of Exile the moment I finished, thanks to the torturous cliffhanger at the end! Rebecca Lim has crafted something fresh and wholly captivating. I'm excited to discover what awaits Mercy next.

Book Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim - Reviewed by (19 May 2011)

I was at first hesitant to read Mercy, since I've been underwhelmed by most recent books about angels, but Mercy's premise seemed unique. The whole angel theme isn't very prominent in the book - the plot mainly revolves around the mystery disappearance of Ryan's sister. If the blurb didn't say she was an angel, I wouldn't have known. All we learn through the story is what Mercy can do, not what she is. Which makes sense, considering Mercy herself wouldn't even remember.

I liked Mercy as a character. Her personality seemed appropriate given her predicament. She's hardened, doesn't care what people think of her, and seems older and more mature than the teenagers around her. She feels genuinely sympathetic for Carmen, the host, and keeps in consideration the fact that she'll have to resume the life Mercy leaves her with. I liked how Mercy felt separate from Carmen, always talking about Carmen as a different person.

The mystery surrounding Ryan's sister's (Lauren's) disappearance was well-written, and Ryan and Mercy had to follow more than one lead before discovering who was behind it. I didn't understand Ryan's sudden trust in Mercy, allowing her so quickly to help him, but I liked the pair together.

However, some of the secondary characters felt cliched (see Carmen's jealous frenemy from choir, Tiffany), and the ending felt rushed. It cleared up the main problem - finding Lauren - but didn't address anything about Luc or the other angels.

I look forward to further books in this series, Exile and Muse, in hope that they'll focus more on the paranormal side of the series. I give Mercy a 3 out of 5.


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