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Belle's Book Club: Mercy...

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - Mercy by Rebecca Lim


Synopsis (via Goodreads

An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new paranormal series.

There's something very wrong with me. I can't remember who I am or how old I am, or even how I got here. All I know is that when I wake up, I could be any one. It is always this way. There's nothing I can keep with me that will stay. It's made me adaptable. I must always re-establish ties. I must tread carefully or give myself away. I must survive.

Mercy doesn't realise it yet, but as she journeys into the darkest places of the human soul, she discovers that she is one of the celestial host exiled with fallen angel, Lucifer. Now she must atone for taking his side. To find her own way back to heaven, Mercy must help a series of humans in crisis and keep the unwary from getting caught up in the games that angels play. Ultimately she must choose between her immortal companion, Lucifer, and a human boy who risks everything for her love.

My Thoughts

I'm not usually one for books of the paranormal genre but there's just something about this one that when I saw in on my recommendations on {Goodreads} that piqued my interest and I knew I had to give it a go.

I thought the whole premise of the novel was a really great and original idea - I've never seen this idea of angels inhabiting human bodies and sorting their lives out for them (in essence obviously!).

I particularly like how the author drip-fed the clues as to what Mercy was and why she was there - it felt as if I was learning as Mercy was.

To be honest, the whole Luc (Lucifer) story wasn't very well explained in the novel (in my mind, the blurb does a better job of it than the whole novel did!) - the dream sequences were just a bit too brief and not very clear about what Luc/Mercy were.

The reason why Mercy is inhabiting Carmen's body was an absolutely amazing plot - I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was seriously engaging (I read the whole book in just one day!) - without giving away too much, the family's predicament is just heartbreaking and I thought that it was tackled really well by Lim.

The plot twist at the end was the bit that really stood out to me - it was magnificent! I did not see it coming at all! Though looking back on it, the tiny hints and clues given were so cleverly placed that you felt stupid for not realising it before - just like Mercy did! - again really good of the author keeping the reader engaged by letting them discover and feel the same things as the protagonist.

I have to say that the end was just a little bit too unbelievable for me, but then again I'm not familiar with the paranormal genre so maybe I was just not open-minded enough for it - if I'm honest reading it (the pinnacle of the whole book) it just felt a little rushed and thrown together without being properly explained.

My absolutely favourite element of the book was Ryan (I'm the typical reader the author has in mind when writing the romance element of YA books - I always fall for the guy, every time!) - ahhh Ryan. Bless him, he was my favourite character, hands down. I love how I was willing him and Mercy to get together the whole way through the book. It was 'til right at the  end of the book that the climax of the Ryan:Mercy story happend and (tyring not to give too much away!) it was so gutting yet beautiful at the same time. My heart honestly went out to Ryan at the end. 

All in all, I am definitely going to read the sequel to Mercy, because I want to understand more about the whole Luc fallen angel thing but mainly because I am hoping that Ryan will be in it - their story can't be finished, it just can't!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo