Monday, June 1, 2015

REVIEW: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Mercy (Mercy, #1)
Mercy is an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She's doomed to "wake" repeatedly on earth, each time in a new body, and assuming a new life. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct, and at night her dreams are haunted by her lost love, who pleads with her to find him. This time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old reeling from the loss of his twin sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped two years ago. Only Mercy and Ryan believe his sister is still alive. For the first time 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 mystery of Lauren's disappearance, danger looms just one step behind. Will Mercy be able to harness her extraordinary power in time? The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery, and the supernatural into a spellbinding tale that readers will devour.
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WARNING: Ranting Ahead

I've had this book on my TBR since what feels like forever. I'm sad to say that I am very disappointed and this book wasn't at all what I was expecting.

This book focuses on Mercy, who never is in her own body. She constantly occupies the space of a singer named Cameron. Mercy doesn't remember who she is and even has trouble remember the previous girls she occupies, but a man appears in her dreams warning her of danger. Then there's the fact that she ends up getting wrapped in a mystery of a missing girl.

The back of my book says "A fallen angel haunted by her past. Yearning for her immortal beloved." This is the fact misleading and spoiler-y tag. It is NEVER mentioned that Mercy is a fallen angel. NEVER! I prefer not to read the synopsis of books, because of spoilers, so I was confused by this book. I wanted answers as to why Mercy lives like this, who she is, who these people are that are hunting her, but I get none of this.

In fact, I felt like this book was such a bore. I wanted to know more about Mercy, her dream visitor, and those hunting her, but instead I get a dull mystery. The entire book was spent looking for Lauren with Lauren's brother and choir practice. In fact, the choir practice took up more time than the mystery. Don't get me wrong, I'm fine with singing (though I have no talent), but watching her practice over and over again? No.

I also felt like everything was told rather than shown. We weren't really shown the dreams that much. There are also other ideas like how Ryan was able to connect with his sister, which wasn't really explained fully, so it didn't really make much sense.

Lastly, there is no romance. I think there's was supposed to be, but I didn't see any. I guess there was supposed to be something with Ryan, but they never did anything together exact look for his sister. Luc, the guy from the dream, is, by my guess, the immortal beloved, but we hardly see him.

Yeah, I keep bashing this book. I'm very tempted to lower my rating, but I just can't put myself to do that. The author obviously can write, but I just feel like this book had so much potential. I love the premise, a fallen angel living lives of others, and I want to read that. Instead, this book focused on the wrong things.

Overall, I'm not a fan of this book and I really need to stop typing because it's just making me dislike it more. This book has so much potential, but it ended up being dull and down-right confusing. I own the next book, but I'm not going to put myself through this again. I have hopes that I would get actual answers, but I gt absolutely nothing out of this one. I can see the possibility of people liking this book, if I read it years ago I might have liked it, but I'm not a fan.

I hereby give this book
2 Wheels
Meaning: It was okay

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