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[REVIEW] Mercy – Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim
Mercy (Mercy, Book 1)
HarperCollins Children’s (UK: 28th October 2010; AU: 1st November 2010; CA: 8th November 2010)
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The only suburbs included in this book are fictional (as far as I know), and there’s no reference to country, state or whatnot. The author is based in Melbourne, by the way. But because the series has already sold to the US, UK and Canada – as well as Australia – the story feels like it could be set anywhere. And that’s not a good thing. I need certainty! Not vagueness in order to appeal to all countries equally! Internationals aren’t put off by Australian novels, right?

But enough of that particular rant…

We need to talk about marketing – particularly mismarketing. The publisher seems to be targeting fans of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Nora Grey series, but this book is really best matched to readers of Kim Wilkins’ Gina Champion series. Remember that one, or am I being esoteric? Anyhoo, the summary (Australian edition) refers to “angels, mystery and romance”. Well, the middle one is correct. I don’t think angels are ever specifically mentioned in the novel, but we know what Mercy is. As for the romance…maybe that develops over the series (three or four books), but doesn’t really feature here, except for mentioning how good-looking some characters are. That’s not romance – that’s angel horniness. Splitting hairs, eh?

As for the “host of angels out for Mercy’s blood”, they’re very minor here. Really, the antagonist is human, I’m pretty sure. So what is the story about? A missing girl, petty bitchiness between choir members, and singing.

Oh, and Mercy glows in the dark. Just thought you should know.

But for all my ranting, Mercy is actually rather readable. It’s a short, fast trip with little-to-no character development for our narrator, but is still a fun little venture. The publisher may be pushing it as “major”, but the story’s really quite laid back.

November 2010 Releases

Done with October 2010 Releases? Here are November 2010 Releases (behind the cut). To see further into the further, check Reading Wishlist.

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9 New Covers

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October 2010 Releases

Done with September 2010 Releases? Here are the October 2010 Releases. To check release dates further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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9 New Covers

Marta Acosta: Haunted Honeymoon Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: The Gathering Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Amidst a Crowd of Stars
Julia Karr: XVI Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong & Ava Gray: Primal Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Rebecca Lim: Mercy Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Yolanda Sfetsos: Touching Moonlight
Yolanda Sfetsos: Damaged
Alexander Gordon Smith: Fugitives Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)