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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Mercy by Rebecca Lim
"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?"- summary from Amazon

This was an interesting read. It's different from other paranormal books that I've read and I'm really curious to see where it goes from here. I loved the emphasis too on the musical aspect because it seems like real life things seem to fall by the wayside in most paranormal books.

However, it was a book that took a while for me to get into. Not a whole lot happens for most of the book and then there's an action-packed last hundred pages. Because of this, I didn't really go through the book quickly; I didn't feel any compulsion to read on.

I enjoyed the way Lim presented her characters though and everyone acted pretty realistically. There was a good handle on teenage dynamics, particularly between girls who share a bit of a rivalry. I also liked Ryan- he's a good kid.

Overall, a slightly above average book that starts off a trilogy. I am eager for the next book but mainly because I want answers (and, ok, because I like Mercy too).

FTC: Received eGalley from NetGalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. It's a bummer that Mercy was difficult to get into, but it otherwise sounds great! Glad to hear that it was an overall positive experience. :)

  2. Interesting concept, I'm adding the book to my TBR-list. Thanks for the review!

  3. I'll read it after the second book come out, only because I'm impatient. Thanks for the heads up.