Published: 01 November 2010 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
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Mercy ′wakes′ on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else′s business — or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding ….
As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams.
In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her — for a crime she doesn’t remember committing ….
I put off reading this book for a long time, wrongly thinking that it was just like all the other angel related YA available. However, Mercy is written as a murder-mystery-thriller type book with elements of paranormal romance thrown in. It’s a fresh change from the usual YA that I read, and I loved it.
It’s a well executed novel, a real ripping yarn, and I was hooked literally from the first page as Mercy wakes up into a new girl’s life. Her confusion is captured perfectly: I felt really disoriented in the first few chapters, the author shows how hard it is for Mercy every time she is uprooted and forced to inhabit a stranger’s body. I found it odd that the first time Mercy met Ryan, she told him she is wondering how he is bed, but I came to realise that Mercy needs to have a hard exterior and can’t let people inside her shell if she is to survive.
Mercy is a great protagonist – strong and brave, and aiming to better the lives of her ‘hosts’ while inhabiting them. I like to think that she has improved the futures of many of the girls she has ‘been’. I also enjoyed Mercy’s scenes with Ryan. He’s just the right amount of bad-boy and hopeless romantic, and I like his sense of humour. The romance between them is slow and sweet – never taking the front seat to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Ryan’s sister.
I will freely admit that I misjudged this series initially, but having read Mercy, I have raced through the available books and eagerly await the publication of Fury later this year. This is a great series of YA books that I think most people will enjoy.