Wednesday, 27 July 2011

A review for Exile (Mercy #2) by Rebecca Lim

Published Date: May 12th, 2011
Finished Date: July 27th, 2011
Source: From Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
The Blurb from Goodreads: Mercy’s search continues ... Mercy is an angel with a shattered memory, exiled from heaven for a crime she can’t remember committing. 

So when she ‘wakes’ inside the body and life of eighteen-year-old Lela Neill, Mercy has only limited recall of her past life. Her strongest memories are of Ryan, the mortal boy who’d begun to fall for her – and she for him. Mercy soon discovers that circumstances have forced Lela into waitressing at the Green Lantern, a busy city cafĂ© frequented by suits, cab drivers, strippers, backpackers and the homeless, while caring for her terminally ill mother. Just as Mercy is adjusting to Lela’s life, her beloved, Luc, reappears in her dreams, and she begins to glimpse her true nature and true feelings for Ryan. What she does not know is that her attempts to contact Ryan may have explosive consequences for everyone around her. Meanwhile, ‘the Eight’ — the angelic beings responsible for her banishment — remain determined to keep Mercy and Luc apart, forever 

The Review: “It doesn’t matter if we have to wait. I haven’t stopped thinking about you since you left. I’ll wait. I’ll wait forever if I have to.” 

When I read the first book ‘Mercy’ I rated it 2 out of 5…yep just 2, I bet your wondering why I continued with the series if I only rated it a 2? Well….even though I didn’t think it was great; I still feel this series has a lot of potential. Angels are always great to read about and Mercy’s situation is completely unique and I felt that Rebecca’s work would get better with each book…..and I’m so glad I’m right. 

Exile starts with Mercy in the form of another body, that body being an Australian girl named Lela. Of course, Mercy doesn’t remember anything from her previous life and most of all she doesn’t remember Ryan. Mercy tries to get on with Lela’s life but with the arrival of her beloved Luc, Mercy starts to see glimpses of her past and slowly starts to remember Ryan. How could she forget him, the boy she loved as Carmen? Mercy is determined to find Ryan but why has Luc got a sudden interest in him and why the Eight are so determined to keep her away from Luc? 

Exile for me was a more enjoyable read than Mercy…that’s why I’ve rated this 3.5. The story takes a few interesting turns and new characters are introduced. I also felt the story developed a bit more and even though there aren’t many answers still, I think we all know that Exile was nicely set up for Muse. Not only was the story more enjoyable but I enjoyed Mercy as a character that much more too. It was nice to find out how she feels and that she finds it hard to deal with the body jumping and is desperate for some answers too. My fingers are crossed for the next book and I pray Mercy get the happy ending she wants. 

The relationship between Mercy and Ryan is completely different this time around. With her not being able to remember him and then finding out there in different countries, it takes a while for them to finally meet up. But when they do…..oh, it’s short but oh so sweet. Their reunion is full of emotion and you can really feel the love the characters have for one another. It was really nice to be able to see the connection has grown between them even though they’ve been apart. 

What I’m hoping from the next book is MORE ANSWERS! I need more! We’re heading into book 3 now and I feel that if I don’t get some answers, I’m going to go crazy. I have an idea in my head who Luc is and why what’s happening to Mercy is happening, but of course only the author can tell us. 

Overall, Exile was a much better improvement than Mercy. I’m now more than ever to find out where the author will take the series and the next release date couldn’t come soon enough. 


Missie said...

That is exactly how I felt after reading the first book in the hush, hush series. I didn't really like it but I thought may be it had potential. Then book 2 happened and it proved me wrong. LOL

I'm glad you found book 2 more enjoyable. I'm an I need answers girl myself, so I understand that frustration all too well.

P.S. That quote is so swoon.

Book Passion for Life said...

Thanks Missy. Oh my, can't believe you felt that about Hush, Hush but then again not every book is for everyone - glad you stuck with it though. - Donna :)

Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

Excellent! I just finished reading Mercy, so I'm so glad to hear that book 2 is better. It bugged me a bit that there wasn't really any hint of romance between Mercy and Ryan until right at the very end. Hopefully I'll get a chance to pick Exile up soon.

Book Angel Emma said...

I enjoyed Mercy must remember to try to pick up a copy of Exile. Thanks for the honest review - I know what you mean about needing answers :D