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Short Description for Mercy An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new paranormal series.
- Published: 28 October 2010
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007382224 ISBN 10: 0007382227
- Sales rank: 23,622
Reviews for Mercy
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
Mercy is a mystery through and through, and kept me guessing the entire time.
I read the blurb first, but it took me awhile, even longer than Mercy as Carmen did to figure out what was going on. I enjoyed reading it, and it was a great story but I was confused a lot.
There are great characters, either that I could relate with and love like Carmen and Ryan, and the characters that were wonderfully written to make me hate them so bad.
If you like mysteries and want a new twist on angels, this is the story for you. by Brandi Kosiner
- Top review
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Wow I'm still trying to get over how fantastic this novel truly is, i think the author has really brought her own and placed her mark, there is no way you can compare any other book to this simply because of the MC, Mercy, now she's a character. I really liked the sound of this book so I was excited to know i was to receive a copy, However I never imagined it to be as breathtakingly amazing as it turned out to be. Mercy has no real name; she is an Angel and has spent a lifetime living through others due to being exiled to earth for being a traitor, she has no recollection of her past life only flashes of what might have been. All she knows is that from time to time she will be placed in a human?s body and without warning taken back out when it is her time to inhibit another human. She holds memories that seem to eventually fade, some are of fondness love or anger but are they truly her own or of those she has inhibited? There's a lot about Mercy that we don't know, a lot that I am curious about. I don't know if she will be everyone's cup of tea, she is harsh but so very honest but closed off, I adored her as a character and felt like I could relate to her a lot. She hasn't really known love and isn't exactly one to feel either, emotionally she is quite cold, someone under the name of Luc visits her in her dreams, they seem to share a bond from a time beyond but it's not really elaborated upon. I don't trust him and just got this bad vibe from him.
Carmen the girl whose body she has inhibited this time is different from the past girls she has been in, she is much younger and not the most confident of them all, she is very self-conscious and is always wondering what others think of her, Mercy whilst is confident snarky and has a ruthless past which also isn?t talked about, all we know is that since then Mercy has changed, she is more empathetic towards humans and no longer cruel. Their personalities completely clash but somewhere along the line both seem to meet in the middle. Mercy arrives at her new family?s house under the name Carmen as a host who after losing their daughter Lauren it seems are aching for someone to fill her place. Ryan Lauren's brother is furious, the last thing he wants is a replacement as he has full hope that his sister is alive, if anything hope is all he latches on to. From not being too fond of Carmen, when she tells him she is willing to help him in his search to find his sister they seem to form a friendship and a mutual respect for each other.
I can't exactly pin point what it is about this book that blew me away but I just got this feeling that I had stumbled across something quite special. Mercy is unlike any other character I have ever come across before, she doesn't care if you like her or not but I found myself respecting her and liking her still. Carmen is a singer so Mercy finds out what she can of Carmen's life and sings in the school choir, she is one of the very best. Upon enrolling she comes across a girl called Tiffany who it seems has always been competing with Carmen. Almost as a rival. Ryan is the bad boy In school but not of his own will, ever since his sister?s death it has almost become a obsession in finding his sister, others in the school perceive him as this boy who has completely lost it. It's in the realisation that Mercy believes in him do they finally connect. He is so lonely and lost; Mercy brings out the old Ryan and along the way brings him back.
Towards the end of the book things take a darker turn which was not expected at all but surly welcomed. It showed that the author could pull of a variety of things and keep the reader hooked all the same. Not coming across someone quite like Mercy in the past made me take a step back when I first saw her, she is so different from other MC in YA today; I don't think I can really explain it unless you read the book for yourself. All I can say is I feel like the author with this book has bought something very unique and wonderful into the bookish world. I feel like many will be pleasantly surprised and find Mercy's voice a breath of fresh air. The ending was just heartbreaking, I really felt for them and I just kept reading the last page over and over, it leaves a lot unsaid and the reader aching for more. I became very attached to Mercy and Ryan; they are just genuine wonderful characters who are utterly themselves. Ryan wasn't over exaggerated about how hot he was but he didn't need to be. I saw what made him so attractive and appealing although it wasn't over dramatized like you see in other books and that is a big plus for me. I miss them already, I really cannot wait for the next installment it's sure to be a killer that's for sure :) by Aly