Title: Mercy (mercy #1)
Author: Rebecca Lim
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
\Published By: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 281 pages
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 realize 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.
Mercy starts off a bit confusing, and I was a little put off by it. Then as I read I realized that the author's unique writing style and first person POV are done so well that your reactions are directly connected to Mercy's. When she is confused, so are you, when she's smug, so are you. It was a great reading experience, and I quickly found myself falling in love with the book.
Mercy is struggling to piece together her memories and dreams to discover who and what she is but that isn't the main theme in the book, she's also trying to help
Ryan find his missing sister who everyone else believes is dead. It's a really intriguing murder mystery. There are so many seemingly plausible suspects and almost nothing to go on, besides Ryan's faith and
mercy's determination to help a girl she never knew while trapped inside the body of another girl she doesn't know. It's a pretty gripping set of circumstances.
Mercy is an inspiring character, she sets aside her own personal issues, which are great and many to help people in need. She shares tidbits of information from past possessions and always seems to improve the lives of her host, despite it usually meaning she's kicked out of that body and into a new one once she accomplishes it.
Ryan is just a big, broody mess, but sometimes through it you can see the guy he used to be before he lost his twin sister. Once he warms up to Mercy a bit you get to see he has a sarcastic streak and he's very loyal. I loved them both, and I'm really hoping I get to see more Ryan in the next book.
Overall it was a fantastic, and I can't wait to read Exile, 5 out of 5.