Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

by Rebecca Lim
Publication Date: May 17th 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781423145172

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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. - Goodreads

Mercy is definitely different than the other ‘Angel’ books I’ve read so far. It wasn’t exactly what I expected at all.

I really liked the main character, Mercy (hosted by Carmen). Mercy is the complete opposite of Carmen. She was quite a feisty little thing. She didn’t care what anyone thought of her, and was pretty much content on doing her own thing. I love how her character grows throughout the book. By the end, I was rooting for her as she took matters into her own hands.

The secondary characters were well written as well. I liked Ryan, and I could feel his pain. He really cared for his missing sister, and never gave up on finding her, even when everyone else had. I liked that there was no insta-love between him and Mercy/Carmen. Most of the other characters, especially Carmen’s ‘friends’, were well written as well. They are the type that you love to hate.

The storyline was creative, and left me wondering. The first half of the book was a bit slow for me, but the second half is full suspense. Once I really got into it, I had the book finished in no time.

Overall, this was a good read. I wasn’t aware that this is going to be a series, and I am glad, because there is quite a cliffhanger ending. I really can’t wait to see where Mercy will take us on her next journey, and I’m kind of hoping we will see some of the characters from the first book, in the second book. (Hint, hint- Ryan!)


  1. I so have to order this book !! Thanks for the review Christy =) !!

  2. I've seen this on NetGalley, but I wasn't really sure whether I'd like this or not. But after reading your review now, I'm interested.
    Thanks for sharing your opinion! :)


  3. Lol, I quit reading it after the first two chapters. I just didn't get into it. Now the bookshop has offered me a German review copy *sighs* maybe I should give it a second chance?

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  4. Thanks guys!

    Nickey- The first half is really slow, but the second half picks up. You might end up liking it, but you never know. :)

  5. I have heard a lot about this book and am loving the fallen angel theme in YA right now! Excellent review - I am going to check this book out soon!

  6. great balanced review. I'm not a huge fan of angel books, so whilst I got this I didn't actually read it.

  7. Glad to hear it was good. I hope to read this one soon.

  8. I'm not HUGE on Angel books... but I do have this one on my TBR list...

  9. Thanks for the great review. I'm not crazy about Angel books, and I started reading this one and just kind of switched to another book because it was taking me so long to read it. I will have to try reading it again now :)

  10. I LOVED this book because it was so different from other angel books and because I appreciated how Mercy grew. I have already preordered the next two since they're all coming out this year (I hate having to wait too long for trilogies).

  11. I just finished reading this book and am still trying to work through what I want to write about it. I really wasn't keen on it at the beginning, but it did get better for me by the end.


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