Mercy (Mercy Series #1)

Mercy (Mercy Series #1)

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by Rebecca Lim
     
 

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Mercy is an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She's doomed to "wake" repeatedly on earth, each time in a new body, and assuming a new life. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct, and at night her dreams are haunted by her lost love, who pleads with her to find him.

This time is different. When Mercy wakes up she

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Mercy is an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She's doomed to "wake" repeatedly on earth, each time in a new body, and assuming a new life. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct, and at night her dreams are haunted by her lost love, who pleads with her to find him.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Related from an intimate first person present tense viewpoint, this opening series title from Australian author Lim consists of two interwoven mysteries. The first is the story of the titular narrator, an exile from Heaven. Her soul hovers between Heaven and Earth, and she must awaken repeatedly to find herself in a new human body, only to move on after occupying it briefly. Memories, sensory perceptions, understanding—all grow muddled from life to life in her consciousness. In her latest "souljacking," Mercy finds herself in the body of classical singer Carmen Zappacosta, in a bus and on her way to a regional concert in a small town named Paradise. Sensitive to emotions in humans, Mercy learns that her host family has suffered the tragic loss of their own daughter who was kidnapped two years before. Lauren was a soprano like Carmen, and now Mercy must not only take Carmen's place in the choir but help Lauren's brother Ryan, who is convinced she is still alive, to find her. Mercy's dreams are haunted by spirits including her lost love who still longs for her return. Others warn her of dangers yet to come. As she gets closer to finding out what happened to Lauren, Mercy's own past begins to come slowly into focus. Page-turning momentum and the progressive urgency of the intertwining stories drive the energy and fully engage readers. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—Mercy, a fallen angel, is doomed to inhabit various bodies on Earth. She takes over the soul of Carmen Zappacosta, a scrawny, eczema-covered teen with the voice of an angel, while she is on a bus headed to the small town of Paradise, where Carmen is supposed to participate in a multi-school choral program. In town, she stays with the parents and "spectacular" brother of Lauren, a teen who also has an angelic voice and mysteriously disappeared two years earlier. Only Ryan believes that his sister is alive. He becomes a romantic interest for Mercy, although she has a lost love who visits her in her dreams and tells her he does not want her to investigate Lauren's disappearance. Then another teen disappears and Mercy realizes that her true purpose as Carmen is to discover what has happened to the missing girls. With Ryan's help, she locates them but not without putting herself, or at least Carmen's body, in grave danger. The conclusion has a great twist that will satisfy readers' need for a neat ending. Unfortunately, Mercy is still doomed to settle in different bodies, never knowing when she will be reunited with her lost love. Mercy is the only female character who is truly fleshed out, and her sarcasm, courage, and determination will hook readers.—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
Kirkus Reviews
From Australia, a series opener in the relatively new fallen-angel subgenre of paranormal romance. Mercy is a disembodied soul in limbo between Heaven and Earth, except when she awakens in a human body—in essence, "soul-jacking" them. Here, Mercy inhabits Carmen, who, Mercy slowly pieces together, is a shy, awkward teen with a show-stopping soprano on her way to a regional high-school concert. She's about to meet the family that will host her during her stay. From the moment Mercy meets the Daleys, her supernatural senses signal something is wrong, and she quickly learns that their teenage daughter, Lauren, also a soprano, was abducted several years before. Soon Mercy finds herself torn between helping Carmen find her voice and solving Lauren's mystery with the missing girl's twin brother, Ryan. Interwoven throughout are visits to Mercy from otherworldly spirits, who warn her of danger in her dreams. This component feels hokey and distracts from the otherwise satisfyingly frenetic pace of the main mystery. Mercy's present-tense narration bounces back and forth between colloquial ("I chugalugged eight bourbon-spiked colas in one sitting") and overwrought ("sweat breaks out upon [Carmen's] skin, drenching the pristine white sheets on which we lie"). This thriller has a creepiness that keeps the pages turning, but it also manages to avoid graphic details, leaving much to readers' imaginations. In the end, it doesn't really elevate itself from the pack. (Paranormal thriller. 13-16)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423145417
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Series:
Mercy Series, #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a commercial lawyer for several years before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of fourteen books for children and young adult readers, and her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish and Portuguese.

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