Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mercy (ARC)


Author: Rebecca Lim
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publication Date: May 17, 2011
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Age Range: Young Adult, 12+
Pages:  288
Date Scoot Read: March 2011
Source
: eGalley from netGalley & Disney-Hyperion

 
Scoot's Rating: 9-  Great read! Couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis (via netGalley)
: Mercy in an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She's doomed to "wake" repeatedly on earth in a new body, each time assuming a new life. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by her lost love, who pleads with her to find him.

But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old reeling from the loss of his twin sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped two years ago. Only Mercy and Ryan believe his sister is still alive. 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 mystery of Lauren's disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.

Will Mercy be able to harness her extraordinary power in time?

The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery and the supernatural into a spell-binding tale that readers will devour.

Scoot’s Review:
Mercy doesn’t know what or who she is. Waking up again and again in borrowed bodies Mercy never knows what is going to happen to her next or who she will have to pretend to be.  This time she awakes in the body of a musically talented, but scrawny girl named Carmen.  Quickly trying to adapt to the situation around her Mercy discovers an old tragedy left unsolved, and she can’t resist helping the handsome boy whose heart is wrapped in the core of it.  With memories of a lost love to haunt her and the risk of not knowing how much time she will have Mercy is in a race to discover the truth.  Mercy was a great read.  I enjoyed the fact that Mercy was a mystery – to herself and to the reader.  The reader learned things as she did.  The pacing was great and the plot was tangled enough to keep me interested.  I was able to guess the ‘bad guy’ of the novel pretty quickly, but that didn’t stop me from being worried and wondering about other things.  The further mystery of trying to figure out exactly who/what Mercy was kept me enthralled. The writing flowed well and Mercy was a confident, sarcastic and controlled character.  It was great reading the book from Mercy’s point of view. I enjoyed how although she was trapped in a young body she didn’t act immaturely, because honestly – how old is she? She doesn’t even know.  Mercy tried to avoid attachments because she never knew how long she would have in each body, but at the same time she really wanted to connect with someone. Despite her struggle, there was still a hint of romance in the novel which I (of course – I am a sucker for romance) found myself rooting for despite the obvious fact that huge obstacles would be in their path.  Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and how quickly I read it. Look for Mercy when it is released in May!




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1 comment:

Cheree said...

Thanks for a fantastic review. I've got to get around to reading this.

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