Book View: Mercy

Book View: MercyMercy by Rebecca Lim
Series: Mercy #1
Published by Hyperion on May 17th 2011
Pages: 288

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?

Short and Sweet: I really did not know what to expect from Mercy. Angels? Powers? Missing girl with a grief stricken brother? Not sure if I am the only one, but wow, that seems like a novel with a lot going on. Which left me wondering, could a novel with all that, really hold up to its promises? The answer for me was a simple no. Mercy does feature angels and a very unique concept for angels. But the concept felt bogged down by the mystery. Yes, the mystery was interesting. I was, at times, on the edge of my seat wanting to know who done it. Yet, throughout all this mystery, my brain kept screaming, what about the angels? It got so bad that I was tempted more than once just to skim through the novel just to find what I was looking for.
Final Verdict: I loved, loved the idea behind Lim's Mercy. But there was simply too much going on here. I felt like the focus of the novel needed to be more pointed towards one concept or the other. Yes, I know that if the mystery was the only focus then there would probably not be more to this series. However, the mystery builds so slowly that I often found my thoughts wandering to other things as I waited for the actual premise that made me pick up Mercy in the first place to start. As it is now, I am not too sure if I will pick up the sequel.
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