Saturday, April 9, 2011

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? 

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

        The story starts out with Mercy waking up in a new body. She is thrust into a life of a girl by the name of Carmen. She’s in a completely new environment, surrounded by  people who’s name she doesn’t know, living with a family who carries a burden. Mercy knows next to nothing about her own life, and now she must learn all she can about Carmen’s in order to succeed in her mission. Mercy must make a few tough decisions, putting the needs of others before her own.
Mercy is a refreshing story with a heroine who is hard not to like. I love the fact that Mercy is a tough girl who takes no prisoners, independent, and stands up for herself and others. There is just something about a girl who can kick butt. She carries secrets inside her mind that she must unravel. The more she learns about herself, the harder her choices become. We meet Ryan in the beginning chapters. He’s gorgeous, mean and troubled. His family’s troubles sit heavily on him. He pushes everyone in his life away, until Mercy comes in to the picture. Their relationship is interesting to say the least. They are two people pushed together by circumstances, but they become more than that. 
I like the conflict in this story. The uncertainty, the struggle, the relationships all told in a simple and precise way. This is book one, so of course hardly anything is resolved, but you do find out more about Mercy and who she is. Rebecca wrote a wonderful story that will make you want more as soon as the last words are read. I definitely recommend this book. The beautiful hardcover comes out May 17th. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Happy reading!

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