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Mercy in an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She's doomed to "wake" repeatedly on earth in a new body, each time 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.
But 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 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 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 spell-binding tale that readers will devour.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 158 x 217 x 24mm | 449g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1423145178
  • 9781423145172
  • 825,711

About Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a commercial lawyer for several years before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of fourteen books for children and young adult readers, and her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish and Portuguese.
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6,560 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,838)
4 33% (2,145)
3 26% (1,731)
2 9% (594)
1 4% (252)

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Waking up in a new human body now and then, taking over their lives to righten things, that's what Mercy's existence looks like. This time Mercy finds herself on a schoolbus on its way to a choir practice trip and with that in the life of Carmen Zappacosta. From the beginning it's all about singing and choir meets - a complete musical overload if you ask me. Then there's a crime case at hand that Mercy gets involved with. Lauren, the daughter of her host familiy went missing almost two years ago and Lauren's brother Ryan still hasn't lost hope of finding her. Mercy and Ryan team up to dig for info with joined forces. There was nothing said about Carmen's life before Mercy or that much about the missing girl's life. Ryan and Mercy as Carmen wander around town, blatantly and obviously asking people about where Lauren could be. I could't call it hunting for clues, they are just too dumb to realise what's right in front of them the whole time. I guess they were supposed to bring a romance factor to the story of MERCY but I hardly felt the spark. From the sound of its abstract MERCY is supposed to be the start of a new paranormal angel series but there's not much talking about angels and everything about the background of Mercy is left in the dark. No explanations, therefore stark frustration. 1,5/5 */* MERCY – Music, angels, a missing girl – all rather disproportionate and shapeless parts of MERCY not really adding up. MERCY was a touch case. The story got more absurd and cruelly evoking disinterest with each passing page. The entire choir and music theme a liability. The romance probably the weakest I've encountered so far this year. Only the idea of some angelic being put into another human's life to offer help and improvement time and time again was what kept me more
by MissPageTurner
First Sentence (from a galley - may be different in final copy): There's something very wrong with me. Mercy doesn't KNOW exactly who or what she is. All she knows is that she never knows when she will wake up in someone else's body-in someone else's life. Today she is Carmen, a talented high school singer who is living with a host family while a number of area high schools come together to practice for a regional performance. Lauren, the daughter of the host family, was also a talented singer; she has been missing for two years. Rebecca, unaware of this, feels the father's deep grief when she touches him. She teams up with Ryan, Lauren's brother, the only person who still believes Lauren is alive. Together, they search for clues, hoping to find out what really happened. This is a very good read - there's wonderful mix of light romance, high school rivalries, suspense, well-written characters and a mystery that keeps you guessing right up until the very end, all twined around glimpses and clues of Mercy's true identity. Billed as YA (ages 13 and up), this would also appeal to many adult readers who like a good mystery. Who and what Mercy actually is does not get spelled out for us, but from some of her dreams and visions, the reader is able to formulate a good guess. This first-in-series ends with a bang as well. QUOTE (from a galley - may be different in final copy): As I look down at the grey and dark weave of the skirt I am inexplicably wearing, I wonder what disaster I am headed for as I try to figure out who the hell I am supposed to be today. Book Rating: 3.75 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
Also reviewed on my blog, the vintage bookworm. ( Mercy was a little hard to get into at first, but around chapter two I really got into it. It's a great start to a new series, and very different from most of the angel books I've come across and read. Mercy, who named herself because her real name is unknown, is a great character. She kind of annoyed me at first, but grew on me by the end of the book. I also really liked Ryan, I didn't think I would at first, but as soon as Mercy and him started really talking I started to like him. This book was originally published in Australia! What is it about these Australian authors? They know how to write some good books. :) I can't wait to get my hands on the second book, Exile. I'm really sad to see Ryan go because of Mercy's situation, but I'm looking forward to reading more about Mercy. I recommend this to any angel lovers who want a new unique more
by Amanda
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