Saturday, May 18, 2013

Supernatural Saturday Review: Mercy (Mercy #1)

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?
[from Goodreads]
Rating:  3 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Paranormal fans
High point:  The body switch
Low point:  The chapters between when I figured out the mystery and when it's officially revealed
Reader maturity: 15+

Mercy is the kind of book that unfolds slowly, giving the reader information to postulate theories and keep them reading to see if they're right. About 50% of the book does this really well. However, the first few chapters left me confused and searching to see if I was reading a sequel by mistake. The last few chapters weren't as interesting because I had already figured out Mercy's story and figured out the present day mystery.

Rebecca Lim did a good job placing Mercy in someone else's body. Her confusion and reactions made sense. However, Mercy herself was quite critical of not only the body she inhabited but of the other characters all throughout the book, a trait that significantly diminished my sympathy.

I probably won't continue the series due to the angel theme (I won this copy), but I thought the body-switching/murder-solving aspect was entertaining and well-executed.

Title:  Mercy (Mercy #1)
Author:  Rebecca Lim
Genre:   YA Paranormal
Year:   2011

Book Source: Won from Sarah's Urban Fantasy Blog

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