Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

 

Title: Mercy

Author: Rebecca Lim

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

ISBN: 978-1423145172

Reading Level – YA

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

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.

Review:

Wow, did I enjoy this book!  At first I wasn’t quite certain what to think of it, but as I continued to turn pages, it continued to grow on me.  So much so that I finished it in just a few hours, and I stayed up way, way too late to finish it!  This is a fantastic, unique read, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Mercy doesn’t know much about herself, and in the beginning of the book, this sort of knocked me off balance.  She is rather grating, with a personality that doesn’t allow you to feel very close to her at first.  This fits so well with her circumstances, though, because she doesn’t know who or what she is, either.  As she moves from one body to the next, pieces of her past drop away like water droplets from a melting icicle.  All Mercy knows at this point is that she won’t be sticking around for very long, and she doesn’t want to get involved in her new, temporary life.  She wonders what this life will be like – she rather liked a few, but because she is never allowed to stay for long, she tries not to get too accustomed to whatever body she happens to wake up in.

With all of this constant body shuffling, Mercy has become rather jaded, and that’s what I liked about her.  She doesn’t care what people think of her, because she won’t be there long enough for it to matter.  Over the centuries she has developed a bit of a conscience, though, and she tries to leave her hosts as unaffected by her presence as possible.  She is also indifferent to the people around her; what is the point of getting involved, when she is just going to get sucked into another life somewhere else.  I love this premise; how frustrating it must be to have zero control over these changes.  If Mercy is atoning for something from her first life, it must be something very terrible indeed.

In this life, Mercy wakes up in Carmen’s body, and for one of the first times, she is drawn to Ryan, a boy whose sister mysteriously disappeared two years ago.  Lauren, like Carmen, had the voice of an angel.  Both Ryan and his father were suspects in the case, and the police have made no progress finding the missing girl.  Only Ryan continues to search for his twin sister, refusing to believe that she’s dead.  Mercy doesn’t think that Lauren is dead, either, and almost against her will, she is caught up in the search with Ryan.

I liked Ryan, too.  In fact, I liked him far better than Luc, Mercy’s immortal beloved, a being who visits her in her dreams.  Luc’s presence is fleeting, and while Mercy longs to meet him in her dreams, there is a hesitation to trust him completely, especially after some of her past is revealed to her.  I didn’t trust him, and I will be bummed if he really is her true love.  To me him seemed a little sinister, and he is so evasive when Mercy questions him, hoping against hope to discover the answers about her past and put a halt to the endless cycle of lives she’s been forced to endure for so long.

What I liked the best about the book is the feeling of being off balance.  While Mercy revealed some truths, she also opened up many more questions, and I liked not knowing where the story was going.  It made the read more fun.  I also love, love, loved the scene near the end when some of her powers are revealed, and just trust me on this – she totally kicks butt! 

Grade: A-

Review copy provided by publisher