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Posted May 28, 2011
Sing it out, girl, you got to be what tomorrow needs
mercy is hard for me to describe without going too wordy. The best way to describe mercy is that it is a mystery wrapped in an even bigger mystery. Similar to Veronica Mars as she solves smaller cases while chasing after that BIG ? that won't get solved until the very end. That is how mercy begins for us, and Rebecca Lim delivered such a strong "small" mystery that will get you hooked into the series!
Mercy is such a fascinating character. I mean, here is a girl who does not know who she is, but knows that the body she's inhabiting is not really hers and has to share with the original person. A potentially complicated dynamic, but Mercy has the upper hand and keeps the other person in check. Which is weird considering that throughout mercy the other person stays present, somewhere, somehow. Mercy doesn't even know how affected Carmen will be after this current ordeal. I'm curious as well, but I don't think we will ever know.
The only aspect of mercy that threw me off is Mercy's dream encounters with strange men who seem to glow in the dark. Yes, it alludes to the larger mystery of Mercy's identity - but his doom-and-gloom premonitions seemed out-of-place when it showed up during the small mystery. Rebecca Lim dances around Mercy's identity with careful but deliberate steps, and unknowing readers like myself will delight in following the breadcrumbs to an unknown but surely grand finale.
mercy gives a story unlike any other - and it will draw you in very carefully and then pounce for keeps as you become invested in the characters - Mercy and Ryan, especially - and realize that the current mystery has ran its course. I don't know about you, but I am definitely in line for exile when it gets released!
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Posted March 31, 2013
4.5 Stars 'Mercy' is the first book in a series that follows a
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'Mercy' is the first book in a series that follows a girl named Mercy who was exiled from Heaven and can't fully remember who she truly is. She is thrust into a different human form each time she "wakes" and she must assume the life of the person she has taken over. Her only solace comes at night, when she is visited by her soul mate in her dreams. Things are different when Mercy wakes this time as a teen girl staying in a host home whose daughter, Lauren, was taken and never seen from again. Lauren's brother - Ryan - is different than most people Mercy has met and they feel an instant connection to one another. Mercy finally feels she has a purpose in this body - she is going to help Ryan find his sister. As Mercy and Ryan close in on the person behind Lauren's kidnapping - more girls begin to go missing and it seems that Mercy has found herself the newest target. Will Mercy and Ryan be able to find and save Lauren in time? Has Mercy finally found her true calling while being trapped inside these bodies?
This was an absolutely mind blowing novel that went above and beyond any expectations I had for it. Mercy is a unique main character who only has bits and pieces of her true memory and identity and is constantly searching for her soul mate. She inhabits the body of a seemingly random girl and assumes their life until she is jarred out of that body and wakes in a new one. Mercy is a strong female lead who exhibits courage and bravery along with compassion, sympathy, and love. We get to glimpse a bit of her true origins in the book and it really intrigued me. The history and story behind Mercy and the others like her was captivating and I'm really hoping to read about it more in the other books in the series. Towards the end of the book, Mercy comes into her powers and is able to do amazing things. I loved that she finally is able to tap into her natural form and help others. The way that these supernatural occurrences are described in the book are vivid and incredibly detailed. I'm really hoping to learn more about Mercy's history, her soul mate, and her purpose on Earth in the following books. The plot was really intriguing and original. It was also fast paced and had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next. The book was a blend of fantasy, action, adventure, and mystery with some romance thrown in for good measure. I loved how the author easily mixed genres together to enhance the story. This was a captivating and enchanting first book in a series that promises to have readers devouring every page. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and paranormal fiction!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 27, 2011
A real brain bender!
Mercy is one of those books that just drops you right into the action--but since that's exactly how life is for the main character, it's completely fitting. Mercy has become used to--if it's actually something one can become used to--waking up in a completely different body and life than the one she used to know. She's done it over and over again, after all. As she slowly comes to realize the person that she's suddenly become--in this instance, it's Carmen, a high schooler who is participating in a regional chorus concert in another town--Mercy also slowly remembers certain things about herself. Dreams that she always has, with a mysterious man named Luc, who only offers her cryptic and fairly non-helpful information. Snatches of other lives she's lived (sort of) and people she's helped (she hopes). Much of the beginning of the novel has readers struggling to figure things out, right along with the main character. Though it was frustrating at times, it really did help bring Mercy's plight home to the reader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The novel really picks up, though, once Mercy/Carmen meets the son of the family she's been assigned to stay with for the duration of her stay in town, Ryan. Ryan's twin sister Lauren, a singer like Carmen, disappeared over a year before and everyone but Ryan has given her up for dead. Carmen is actually staying in Lauren's old room, a room which has been preserved pretty much exactly--and eerily--as Lauren left it. Mercy/Carmen is drawn into Ryan's search at the same time she is drawn to Ryan himself. What follows is a suspenseful and action-filled read and a real page-turner. I had a hard time putting this one down while in the final third of the book, and will be looking forward to the second installment in Lim's series.
Posted May 10, 2011
I have only read on other book like this and I like it. I like the plot, the characters and most importantly how the story flows. A person or soul going from body to body, using them as a host until the find a new one. And in each body it's a different life, different place.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Mercy traveling from body to body just intrigues me so much! I just love to see how her encounters not only change her life but the life's of the ones she taken over temporarily. I really enjoyed the plot. I thought that way it was written and told was perfect. I like how as the reader, we get clues to her past, but also what is happening right in front of your eyes. We see Mercy trying to piece together the disappearance of finding Ryan's sister.
The love interest is rather funny! At first Ryan was mean to Mercy. He told her off. But what I like was how well Mercy responded. She put him in his place real fast. I really enjoyed her giving it to him. It was funny because he never really expected her to act like that. I knew that they fall for each other eventually. It was just a matter of time.
Mercy is great, non-stop mystery. Filled with lots of anger and hurt, Mercy goes on a great adventure to search not only who she is, but who she is to become. This is an angel story like no other that you will definitely enjoy!