Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Posted 14 May, 2011 by Danny in / 9 Comments

Mercy

by Rebecca Lim
publication: May 17th 2011 by Hyperion Book CH
copy provided by publisher via NetGalley 
synopsis from goodreads

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.

Hm this was an odd book and although I finished it some hours ago I’m still trying to process what I’ve read.

Giving away too much in synopsis? 

First, the synopsis (specially the first sentence) gives too much away for my taste. Fallen Angels are NEVER mentioned in the book, you are constantly thinking about what Mercy really is and specially what those other 8 are. But I’m going ahead of myself….

Mercy switches from one female human body to another, occupying their body and mind for a time and then moves on. She has no clue what and who she really is, only that this is body doesn’t belong to her.

This time she took the body of Carmen a tiny girl that looks like a vulnerable doll but has the voice of an Angel. She signs so wonderfully that she is in another town with her choir for a common project.

While she’s there a family hosts her that just recently lost their daughter in a very tragic way. Only her Twin brother Ryan still believes she’s not dead and tries everything to find her!

Mercy also has powers and can see into the minds of the people she’s touching. And it all ends with her helping Ryan to find his missing sister.

Open questions, curse or does it increase curiosity … 

The problem I have most is that I still have so many questions and nearly nothing was answered in this first book. Well of course after reading the synopsis I know what we are dealing with but just from reading the book you can only guess but never know. Also, we never got one step further about who Ryan is because Mercy felt such a connection to him and I’m till in the dark if he just looks like someone or is someone else.

In addition Mercy has this dreams about Luc who loves her apparently deeply and tells her to come and find him. I have a good guess who he is , but not more..

Mercy is a bad-ass character of awesomeness! 

I really liked Mercy though, she’s bad ass and strong and I loved her character. The storyline was also very captivating with the missing girl and the end was shockingly surprising!

Bottom Line 

I think this series has a great potential but right now I just like I’m left hanging in the air with no real conclusion so far. Well, I guess I have to read the next one too to see what’s really going on..

On another note, this book has been published in several countries and with different covers and some of them are so so pretty!!!

                       UK                                           Australia                                       Germany

I think all of them are way prettier than the current US one. The German “Gefangen” means “Caught, or Trapped” and I LOVE this title, it’s perfectly fitting for the book and I LOVE this cover. This eye with the spark, it totally captivates me and I makes me want to read it right now!
I also love the Australian one, the colors are beautiful.

So what’s your favorite???? 
I vote for:
Germany
AUS
UK
..
US 

Much Love my friends.. 

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9 Responses to “Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim”

  1. vonharzj

    I really enjoyed Mercy and am excited about getting the next book in this series. Like you I see great potential.

  2. Shelagh

    I saw Mercy at NetGalley and, being an angel enthusiast, was intrigued by it. I don't have easy access to an e-book reader, so resigned myself to waiting for the print version.

    I enjoyed your review and I'm glad to hear that Mercy is a strong character – from the sounds of things she would need to be to keep the reader interested enough to wait for the next book for some answers.

    The German cover is gorgeous! And I also quite like the UK one.
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  3. nymfaux

    Great review!!!–Your review pretty much sums up how I felt after reading Fallen–also an angel story–I really enjoyed it, but at the end, I felt cheated by not being given ANY kind of info or closure. 🙁

    I also think you're spot on (don't know why that phrase popped into my head) about the covers!–I would have probably liked the US cover, if I hadn't seen the others. But next to the others, the US one looks like another generic cover trying to blend in with all the other YA covers…and doing a good job–The other covers really stand out in comparison!

  4. nymfaux

    Great review!!!–Your review pretty much sums up how I felt after reading Fallen–also an angel story–I really enjoyed it, but at the end, I felt cheated by not being given ANY kind of info or closure. 🙁

    I also think you're spot on (don't know why that phrase popped into my head) about the covers!–I would have probably liked the US cover, if I hadn't seen the others. But next to the others, the US one looks like another generic cover trying to blend in with all the other YA covers…and doing a good job–The other covers really stand out in comparison!
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  5. The Australian cover definately is my favorite cover. It's stupid if the blurb gives too much away about the book; but I'm glad you enjoyed it nevertheless, although a lot of questions were left unanswered.

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  6. Hm, so I guess it's a good thing I let this one expire on NetGalley? I don't like all those open questions if I have a long wait between books. That's frustrating that the publisher put fallen angels in the synopsis even though in the book you're not supposed to know. I agree, the US cover is the least pretty. I like UK/Australian then German/US.
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  7. Heather Rosdol

    Hmm, we have the same taste. The book is already on it's way or I would have cancelled mine. I'm just not interested in a ho hum series. God i'm so tired of trilogies! The only one I'm looking forward to is Starcrossed! That one's worth it to me. Well, by the time I get around to reading this one, the next one will be out anyway so maybe some questions will be answered!

    Have a great time at BEA! I so wish I could go! I'd love to meet all the bloggers going, but not this year. The Book Faery and I have our sights set on next year maybe. Have a blast!

    Heather, not from your blog!

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