Review: Exile by Rebecca Lim

Here’s Some Fair Warning: This is the sequel to Mercy, which I have already reviewed. I’ve managed to avoid spoilers in the review itself, but as it is with most sequels, there are a few spoilers in the synopsis.

Mercy′s search continues …

All Mercy knows is that she is an angel, exiled from heaven for a crime she can′t remember committing.

So when she ′wakes′ inside the body and life of eighteen-year-old Lela Neill, Mercy has only limited recall of her past life. Her strongest memories are of Ryan, the mortal boy who′d begun to fall for her – and she for him.

Lela′s life is divided between caring for her terminally ill mother and her work as a waitress at the Green Lantern, a busy city cafe frequented by suits, cab drivers, strippers, backpackers and the homeless, and Mercy quickly falls into the rhythm of this new life.

But when Mercy′s beloved, Luc, reappears in her dreams, she begins to awaken to glimpses of her true nature and her true feelings for Ryan. How can she know that her attempts to contact Ryan will have explosive consequences?

Review

In Mercy I was finding myself growing to like the fallen angel and enjoy the story, but after Exile I find that I don’t like Mercy anymore and there are elements of the story that are starting to antagonise me. As far as series goes, I don’t think I can continue on with this one.

It’s not a bad read and it is an interesting concept; the fundamental idea of a woman being injected into another’s body over and over again resulting in her fighting a battle to find herself, remember how this sentence came about, and try to figure a way out of it is a concept that does intrigue me and I know would entertain lots of other readers out there, but I find it hard to not be distracted by unanswered questions that probably can’t be answered anyway.

We can blame this on my scientific mind, but that makes it sound like I can’t suspend disbelief. On the contrary, I can suspend disbelief without a problem. I’m one hell of an imaginative person and I read all sorts of fantastical fiction. I am almost a suspension of disbelief master! You know what gets me every time Mercy remembers something? How can Mercy remember something when that isn’t her brain? I consider the brain to be where memories are stored and this is frustrating because I want Mercy to remember what happens, it’s part of the whole hook of the story with Mercy not remembering how she got there and who she is, but it’s distracting when I’m trying to figure out the mechanics of her recall.

That not being defined pretty much ruins the whole story for me, but that’s just me and it doesn’t mean that others won’t look past that or even think about it at all.

The reason why I don’t like Mercy though? She has a lot of compassion for those that she takes over and it appears as if she is divided because she considers their wants. Granted it would be frustrating to never have your own body and in Mercy the main character did choose her own goals over her hosts’, but in Exile she goes with her desires far more. Sure she stops to think about how others might feel, shows a little remorse here and there, but I don’t see what the point is and I probably won’t see if she learnt from that till the next book where this whole process may begin all over again. So there’s another two reasons why I can’t continue on with the series; Mercy is starting to piss me off and I don’t know if I want to risk reading it all again.

The important factor to remember though is that the main reason I won’t carry on with the series is because of the main character and the above mentioned. On top of that, compared to the last book, I didn’t feel it really engaged as much and the story that occurs to give Mercy something to do feels just like that; giving her something to do.

Whilst a small part of me feels like continuing on with the series to see how Mercy copes and adapts to her new lives and if she’ll ever get out of this perpetual involuntary reinvention, I don’t feel particularly inclined to read for any other reason. I haven’t cared for the love interest, I don’t really care for Mercy anymore, and I did find myself becoming a little bored during the story.

Given all of this, it’s still possibly a good read for die-hard fans of paranormal/angel romance, but I’m not sure about those who aren’t that into the genre.

  • Genre: Paranormal (Angel) Romance
  • Demographic: Older YA and up
  • Rating Out of Five: 3
  • Format: Paperback
  • Find At: The Book Depository

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