Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Mercy ′wakes′ on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else′s business — or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding….

As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams.

In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her — for a crime she doesn′t remember committing…

Review

Mercy isn’t a typical paranormal romance, at least it’s unlike any I’ve read previously, but this is also the first angel type paranormal romance I’ve read. The only reason I picked it up in the first place is because I won a copy of its sequel and I can’t read books out of order so I found the first copy and thought I might as well give it a go. That and a healthy dose of curiosity.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in a few posts before that I’m not religious and I don’t really care for religious themes, but I have been known to pick up those types of books in the past (Memnoch The Devil by Anne Rice is one of my favourites). Whilst Mercy has religious themes because it is following the story of an angel in exile, it isn’t inundated with it and I found myself actually enjoying the concept. Angel in exile sure, but really it’s about a personality waking up in another person’s body and having to live their life with the uncertainty of when it will end and they’ll enter a new life. It is following the angel Mercy, but in this first novel it reads more like a crime mystery.

I think it also helped that Mercy isn’t quite sure what is going on herself and she doesn’t remember much of past experiences or why this keeps happening to her. Plus she is a far different character compared to the girl she has taken over. I didn’t think it was necessary to reiterate how she doesn’t react to emotions like human beings do and how she has some talents that are exceptional, but apart from that I really enjoyed the character of Mercy. She has an interesting and engaging sense of humour, doesn’t pander to anyone or take their shit, and by the end of it I really liked the character.

As for how engrossing the other aspect of the story was with the kidnappings? I felt the plot was rendered well enough to bring about an interest to keep following it, but mostly I was more intrigued with what was going to happen with Mercy after this story ended. Really the kidnapping aspect of it, the plot of the story to give a reason for Mercy to be there in the beginning, was more like dressing and a reason to show Mercy’s internal struggle and confusion rather than any real depth in the story outside of the angel. And that’s understandable when it is about Mercy and her journey, to begin with, but I think I would have liked a bit of a stronger plot with the story within a story aspect.

It was also interesting to read the love story element of it because this girl is in another body and the boy doesn’t know it. It makes you wonder how on Earth that is going to work and if you’re like me you’ll probably question the ethics and morals of it as well. I like ethics and morals present in stories, especially when something feels pretty wrong about the situation and it kind of reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer in that regard.

I’ve already began the next one and I recommend Mercy for those who enjoy angel/paranormal romance with a bit of body snatcher flavour thrown into the mix.

  • Genre: Paranormal (angel) Romance
  • Rating Out of Five: 4
  • Format: Paperback
  • Find At: The Book Depository

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