Published in: 2010
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 1 in the Mercy series
Mercy wakes on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business… Or thinks they do. But Mercy has a secret life. She is an angel, doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does, in an effort to resolve a cataclysmic rift between heavenly beings.
In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is presumed dead. When another girl is also taken, Mercy knows she has to act quickly and use extraordinary powers to rescue her, even if it means exposing her true identity.
I started this book expecting it to be like other books of this genre I’ve read recently, like the Halo series, which is just… well, not fantastic. Thankfully, this book is so much better than I expected. For starters, Mercy is a character you can’t help but like. She has no idea what’s happening, and neither do we! She’s body jumping, something out of her control, she never knows how long she has in a body or why she’s there, but she tries to make each person’s life she’s temporarily borrowing a little bit better.
The mystery of Mercy’s current body is that this tiny little girl named Carmen has ended up a house of misery, a host family with a brooding son and a missing daughter. The way that Mercy helps the family, especially Ryan, to find out what happened to Lauren, is really fantastic- you’re guessing for most of the book as to who did it (although I figured it out way before Mercy did). It was just a really fun read, and I got through it pretty quickly.
My only disappointment is that it’s hard to track down the rest of the series- no bookstores stock the book, I can’t find it in any library, and I can’t get an e-book version anywhere that isn’t going to cost me less than $15 (which is a rip-off for an e-book!). So… I’ll just have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens with Mercy.
Mercy rating: 9.5/10.
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of paranormal fiction, young adult fiction, stories about angels.
Harper Collins: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780732291990/
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Mercy-Rebecca-Lim/9781423145172