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This time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old reeling from the loss of his twin sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped two years ago. ...
This time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old reeling from the loss of his twin sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped two years ago. Only Mercy and Ryan believe his sister is still alive. For the first time 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 mystery of Lauren's disappearance, danger looms just one step behind. Will Mercy be able to harness her extraordinary power in time?
The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery, and the supernatural into a spellbinding tale that readers will devour.
Posted August 16, 2011
YA; Paranormal; Suspense
I had no expectations for this book going in, nor did I look closely at the cover so I had no idea that this was an angel book. It starts with "Mercy" waking up in an unfamiliar body, knowing that she has taken it over and that the other person is still present but being able to overpower it. All she has are memories of the two previous bodies she has resided in and the beautiful Luc who calls to her.
As Mercy settles into the body of Carmen, she discovers that she has a purpose there. Two years ago Lauren was taken from her family's house and her body was never recovered. While the rest of the town thinks she is dead, her twin brother Ryan maintains that she lives and he has committed his life to finding her. As a visitor to the town and staying with Ryan and his family, Mercy approaches the case with fresh eyes and a believing heart. She juggles controlling Carmen's body and her beautiful soprano voice with investigating the disappearance of Lauren. Mercy also attempts to puzzle out her history, helped only by brief glimpses of Luc and the mysterious Eight.
Mercy goes through a great transformation over the course of the book. She starts out sarcastic and strong with walls built up high to keep people out but she becomes interested in Ryan romantically and attempts to give Carmen more of a backbone. Attachments are formed and her interest in rescuing Lauren becomes the main focus of her life. These all infuse Mercy with more human characteristics and make the ending quite heartbreaking.
Personally I was caught almost completely by surprise by the kidnapper. I had started to suspect him/her but his/her actions moved quicker than I had anticipated. The showdown reveals more of Mercy's powers, confirming that she is definitely not human but that she is compassionate and brave.
Despite the cover, it is never explicitly said that Mercy is a fallen angel, although the goodreads summary and this cover support that explanation. That resulted in more intrigue for me while reading because I wanted to confirm what she was and find out her history. I think Luc is supposed to be Lucifer but I still have so many questions.
Although this is a trilogy, the book as a whole is self-contained, leaving me wanting more without a big cliffhanger. It looks like the next book has Mercy in a new body but still searching for answers with Luc and Ryan making appearances.
Overall: A fast thriller with a great MC and just enough paranormal and romance to please me: the complete package!
Cover: I've seen a lot of different covers for this book and I *think* this is the US cover being released by Hyperion. Personally I like some of the other ones I've seen more but this does make the angel theme obvious and I like the color of the title.
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Posted November 27, 2013
Waking up in a new human body now and then, taking over their lives to righten things, that's what Mercy's existence looks like. This time Mercy finds herself on a schoolbus on its way to a choir practice trip and with that in the life of Carmen Zappacosta. From the beginning it's all about singing and choir meets - a complete musical overload if you ask me.
Then there's a crime case at hand that Mercy gets involved with. Lauren, the daughter of her host familiy went missing almost two years ago and Lauren's brother Ryan still hasn't lost hope of finding her. Mercy and Ryan team up to dig for info with joined forces.
There was nothing said about Carmen's life before Mercy or that much about the missing girl's life.
Ryan and Mercy as Carmen wander around town, blatantly and obviously asking people about where Lauren could be. I could't call it hunting for clues, they are just too dumb to realise what's right in front of them the whole time. I guess they were supposed to bring a romance factor to the story of MERCY but I hardly felt the spark.
From the sound of its abstract MERCY is supposed to be the start of a new paranormal angel series but there's not much talking about angels and everything about the background of Mercy is left in the dark. No explanations, therefore stark frustration.
1,5/5 */* MERCY – Music, angels, a missing girl – all rather disproportionate and shapeless parts of MERCY not really adding up.
MERCY was a touch case. The story got more absurd and cruelly evoking disinterest with each passing page. The entire choir and music theme a liability. The romance probably the weakest I've encountered so far this year. Only the idea of some angelic being put into another human's life to offer help and improvement time and time again was what kept me reading.
Posted March 31, 2013
'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 August 26, 2012
Mercy has no point and has nothing to do with angels. The writing was horrible, i didnt like any of the characters, i truly truly regret reading this book. Please do not buy!!
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Posted July 30, 2011
This book was amazing. I know people said it was confusing at the begining, but it wasn't to me. It was a really good book and left me wanting more. And Ryan...wow so sweet never giving up on his sister. I hope he is in the other books i think he is giving luc a run for his money whre mercy's heart is concerned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2011
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.
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 June 18, 2011
When reading this book, I was confused. Very confused. In the book, Mercy doesn't know anything about herself or why her soul jumps from body to body, but that just makes it all more confusing to the readers. Some mysterious lover of her's, Luc who she can only see in dreams, is supposedly the love of her life. Yet when she talks to him in her dreams (which only happened like twice in the entire book yet the summary makes it seem like he should be in the entire book) there is no real connection or even explanation of how he can see her or even what they are. I guess they're supposed to be fallen angels (after reading other reviews) but I didn't get that at all when I was reading it. What I did like, though, was the whole mystery that Mercy (in Carmen's body) and Ryan are trying to solve together. They follow leads and try to find Ryan's missing sister after everyone else gave up hope. The problem with this part of the story was that there were so many new characters introduced in Carmen's life that when it was finally revealed who was behind the kidnapping, I had to look back and remind myself who it actually was. So with all of these mishaps, I feel like the book took way too much thinking and effort on the readers part to actually get through. Some parts of the story were good and interesting, but the execution of the mysterious life of a fallen angel just didn't work out. Great unique idea about angels, it just wasn't all that fun to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2011
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!
Posted May 25, 2011
Oh, my gosh. When I first read the synopsis for this, I thought it sounded pretty good. Getting into the first few pages, I was wondering what the heck this story was about. It seemed very strange at first, and the voice did that thing that usually annoys me where it talks right to the audience. But I kept going, and I'm so glad I did. The voice is one of the elements I love most about this story.
Mercy is an unbelievably authentic character who reminds me of me sometimes LOL She's sarcastic, but not in an annoying or prissy way, but in a relatable way. Many times I found myself nodding along agreeing with everything she said or thought. She's strong and although she's over dealing with things she doesn't understand, she can't help but get involved because she wants the underdog to come out on top. This made me love her immediately. I normally don't get too attached to characters or stories written by British authors, it's rare when I do, they seem to just have this weird vibe that I don't connect with. But I loved this story. Even though words or phrases were different than my own, the author wrote them and used them the way any teen or young woman would, no matter what country she's from.
Ryan is an awesome guy lead. The fact that he's searching for his sister and refuses to believe she's dead and his passion to find her-he's intense. His character is so well crafted. He's got some competition from Luc, though, and to be honest, I don't really know which team I'm on from at this point, I love them both. The plot was very well fleshed out. Elizabeth Chandler is one of my favorite authors, I always get lost in the mystery of her books, and Mercy's 'who did it' theme reminds me a great deal of one of her stories, but with its own unique twists and voice. And I love the twists! This is a wonderful story and I completely lost myself in it. I can't praise it enough. Lovers of mystery, romance, and the paranormal will devour it. Check it out!
Posted May 18, 2011
I loved this book. It has a stong heroine who does not need to rely on others for help whcih is a nice change of pace! She is strong, fierce, and dosen't take any crap. I really thought the paranromal elements and the mystery were woven well and I can't wait for the next in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2011
he story starts out with Mercy waking up in a new body. She is thrust into a life of a girl by the name of Carmen. She's in a completely new environment, surrounded by people who's name she doesn't know, living with a family who carries a burden. Mercy knows next to nothing about her own life, and now she must learn all she can about Carmen's in order to succeed in her mission. Mercy must make a few tough decisions, putting the needs of others before her own.
Mercy is a refreshing story with a heroine who is hard not to like. I love the fact that Mercy is a tough girl who takes no prisoners, independent, and stands up for herself and others. There is just something about a girl who can kick butt. She carries secrets inside her mind that she must unravel. The more she learns about herself, the harder her choices become. We meet Ryan in the beginning chapters. He's gorgeous, mean and troubled. His family's troubles sit heavily on him. He pushes everyone in his life away, until Mercy comes in to the picture. Their relationship is interesting to say the least. They are two people pushed together by circumstances, but they become more than that.
I like the conflict in this story. The uncertainty, the struggle, the relationships all told in a simple and precise way. This is book one, so of course hardly anything is resolved, but you do find out more about Mercy and who she is. Rebecca wrote a wonderful story that will make you want more as soon as the last words are read. I definitely recommend this book.
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.
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!
Posted May 6, 2011
Mercy has grown accustomed to finding herself inside a new body with no knowledge of who the person is, or why she is there. She is a fallen angel with no memory of why she fell in the first place. She inhabits the person's body for a few days and then moves on. When the book begins, she finds herself inhabiting the body of an awkward, eczema-stricken girl named Carmen. Carmen is part of a school choir and will be spending a few weeks at a host school for a joint choir presentation. She has been assigned to live with the Daly family. The Daly's daughter went missing almost two years ago, and while they are trying to move on and accept that their daughter is more than likely dead, their son, Ryan, is convinced his sister is still alive. Soon, Mercy (Carmen) finds herself caught up in helping Ryan solve the mystery of his missing sister, and in the process, risks revealing who (or what) she is.
This book was an interesting read, and I liked parts of it, but I couldn't help but feel there were too many stories going on. The mystery of the missing girl was intriguing, but I found myself wondering why the story of the fallen angel was mixed in with the missing girl story. I get that Mercy is a fallen angel, and she is sent to help people, but I felt the story would have worked just as well without that element. Perhaps it is because there were still so many questions surrounding Mercy at the end of the book that I felt it was incomplete. All in all it's a good read, I just felt it was lacking in answers, and had too much going on to make it truly cohesive.
Posted April 24, 2011
Mercy is a mystery through and through, and kept me guessing the entire time.
I read the blurb first, but it took me awhile, even longer than Mercy as Carmen did to figure out what was going on. I enjoyed reading it, and it was a great story but I was confused a lot.
There are great characters, either that I could relate with and love like Carmen and Ryan, and the characters that were wonderfully written to make me hate them so bad.
If you like mysteries and want a new twist on angels, this is the story for you.
Posted April 18, 2011
Mercy is a very different being than the ones you are used to. She awakens in a person's body and inhabits it long enough to help the person through a tough time.Then she is cast out and waits in the ether until her next assignment comes along. When she awakens in Carmen Zappacosta's body, she is disoriented and confused. With very little time to adapt to her new surroundings, she is forced to fill Carmen's shoes and take over as a top-rated soprano for the school's choir group. Then Mercy meets Ryan, a boy with a missing sister and a tortured soul. She desperately wants to help Ryan, but is it not going to be an easy task. There are forces working against her, both strange and frightening.
This book was not as good as I had hoped it would be. My feelings wavered pretty evenly back and forth between being entranced and being bored. It was neat to experience Mercy's thoughts and actions as she navigated through Carmen. I was sure there would be a lot of confusion, but Rebecca Lim kept her two beings straight. Both the main and secondary characters held a lot of depth, and Lim makes sure to let each one have their fifteen minutes. Mercy and Ryan get more time, naturally, but it was refreshing to hear the others get their chance to talk too. I found I was never truly gripped by the mystery aspect of the plot, so the characterization rounded out this reading experience. Fans of the angel paranormal trend will dive right into this book, but those looking to try it out may feel lost or confused by the added super power elements. As the first book in a series, Mercy has tons of potential!
Posted September 6, 2011
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