Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Published: Hyperion Books (May 17, 2011)
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
GoodReads Summary:
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?

My Thoughts: I went into Mercy expecting darkness. After all, take a look at that cover. DARKNESS, I say. Not only was I given darkness, but HOT DANG, people. Rebecca Lim is a very talented writer. It flows smoothly and beautifully, yet it's easy to read.

I felt bad for Mercy. She's shoved into all these different bodies, different lives, with no knowledge of who she is, how to act, or why she's been implanted into this particular person. Her spark is one aspect that I loved about her. No matter how meek or passive her host body was previously, she didn't care. She did what she wanted to do. It was kind of like being in someone else's super fancy car and driving it like a maniac, just because you can. But that's another thing, Mercy actually CARED about the bodies she inhabited. She was selfless, most of the time, and the things she did were to the advantage of said body.

Things I wanted more of:

ROMANCE. Sure, there were little hints here and there, but none of them actually came to fruition for me. I am willing to forgive this, because it is the first book and there's so much more to be told. Luc? Ryan? I need to know much more about both of them in order to form solid opinions about ANYTHING in the romance department. Also, I must request more kissing. Please.

RESOLUTION. Again, I know it's the first book. And the mystery at hand was wrapped up rather nicely, but I have so many more questions that I need answered. I really am looking forward to the next book to find out more about Luc and the "Eight."

I also would've listed ACTION, but the ending was pretty solid. I definitely got what I was looking for as far as page-turning, I just wish it hadn't taken 250 pages to get there. There was a lot of introspection within Mercy, yet I still don't feel like I KNOW her as I should. And I'm really wanting to learn the "WHY?" of it all.

All in all, I did enjoy this read, but I'm looking for some answers in book two.


  1. I'm actually glad to hear there wasn't too much romance in this book. A lot of times all the romance is used up in the first book so all that's left to be had in the next is relationship problems. Blech.
    I do believe your review has changed my mind about reading this. (In a good way, of course.)

  2. I'm glad that you enjoyed this. The second book in the series, Exile, is even better!

  3. I have this in my TBR, and it looks soooooo good. Glad you liked it, although I will be morning the lack of romance. :( I love series that make my heart go HOT DAMN multiple times throughout it. I don't like waiting for that HOT DAMN moment.

  4. I've had this in my reading pile for far too long. It's about time I've got to this one. And the way you described has me wanting to pull the book out right now and get started on it. I'm a little wary of the lack of EXCELLENT romance, but I'm still going to give it a shot. Loved the review--I think you answered nearly all of my questions about it.

    ~ Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  5. This looks really interesting! I haven't heard of it before. Thanks for the great review :D

  6. I've still got this one on my Adobe reader. Reading this makes me want to pull it up next instead of going in order!

  7. I love the cover of this book. Dark and pretty. :)


  8. This was an excellent, page-turning story. I didn't want to stop reading until I had reached the stunning conclusion. I very much look forward to the sequels that will be following this one. I recommend it to young adults who enjoy paranormal mysteries. I think they will be as enthralled as I was.

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