Monday, April 18, 2011

ARC Review: Mercy

Mercy by Rebecca Lim
Release Date:
May 17, 2011 (In America)
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Pages: 288, Hardcover
Young Adult
Source: Netgalley 
Overall: Fabulous!

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? 
The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery and the supernatural into a spell-binding tale.

My thoughts:

Author of Mercy, Rebecca Lim, brings to us a multifaceted story of Angels, mysteries and lost-loves.  With never a dull moment, Mercy, is a gripping and strong opener to a series that seems to promise to continue the multifaceted trend.

As much as our main character, Mercy, is disoriented as she is introduced to us and throughout the book, so was I.  I am assuming the book is written like this to wrap us in a blanket of mystery.   I truly didn't have any clue what was going on with Mercy when she was first introduced to us but as more was revealed to us it almost seemed to have the opposite affect on me, it felt like the less I knew.  While we may have been introduced to Mercy's mind we ended up knowing the appearance and persona of Carmen, the girl Mercy overtook at the start of this book.

I enjoyed the mystery within a mystery with Mercy, character and book, but I found it a little difficult to understand.  There seemed to be little transition between thoughts of the present and the past, or was it a dream?

I hoped for a little more closure where Mercy was concerned, even with another book set to publish in June 2011 (overseas), but somehow it all worked.  I read on eagerly despite my qualms and I quickly checked up on whether this was a stand alone or a series so I can impatiently await the next installment of Mercy's story.  With a little of this, that and a bit of 'ish', Mercy is a great read which will keep you on your toes.

Note:  Reading the synopsis before you crack into the pages of Mercy's story should clear up most of the initial confusion I felt when I started the book.



  1. Another book I was trying to decide if I should read and review or not! Thanks for letting me know to read the summary as from our conversation on Twitter, you know that I rarely do this! I will probably give this book a shot!

  2. Thanks for the review. I was a little confused too, but it worked.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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