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Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1)

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Everyone dreams of that first kiss. Of that magic moment when your lips finally meet those of that special person you’ve waited your whole life for. A little awkward, a little scary, a little hot and every bit amazing. We speculate that the whole world will shake and time will just stop. No one, however, ever imagines that kiss to bring Death himself knocking.

Sixteen year
Nook, 464 pages
Published August 7th 2011 by Wicked Truth Publishing
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Lea A lot of books have the same covers. Not all authors can afford a photoshoot or whatever, so they recycle the covers.
Aynab The whole book revolves around love. Four different "loves", unfortunately -.-
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I finished this late last night and it's been a little over 14 hours since I put it down and I am not sure I still know what to write about it but let's give it a go. I'll just start typing and telling you about the story and see where that takes me…

We will start with Mercy; she is a 16 year old high school student who is half a succubus. She discovered this during her first kiss when she almost killed her now best friend Paul. Mercy is a smart girl and one of the fun things in the story is her
Megs ♥
I received this book to review for the ReadIt&Reap program in the group ShutUp&Read. Thanks to the mods and author for providing this book for us to read.

This book wasn't the most terrible one I've ever read, or even close to that. I just feel there are so much more negative things to say than positive, and that makes me sad.

Our heroine is a sixteen year old girl named Mercy Moore. She attempts her first kiss with Paul, and during the kiss she almost kills him. She soon finds out she is
Nov 25, 2012 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

*Spoiler Alert*
Read at your own caution

This is what it was like when I finished reading this book:


Yeah... It was a bit awkward when my mom saw me like that... MOVING ON!

This was not what I was expecting at all. Hell! I've postponed reading this book for so long and now I don't even know why. Mercy, the heroine is a succubus who can't even KISS without killing (or almost killing) the other person. So, let me get this straight: if my mom knew I wanted to have a normal life and knew HOW I
Shelly Crane
Nov 07, 2011 Shelly Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First thing I can say is wow!

This book was very different. It didn't follow the normal grooves and lines as most YA novels and that is the #1 thing I love about it. It starts off, you understand Mercy and feel sorry for her. she's a little impulsive and immature as most teenage girls are. There were many times in the novel that I wanted to be in the room with her so I could be all motherly and say "Uh, you know this is going to end badly, right?" :) but I loved how the author put truth in that.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

So I read this a while back and I don’t normal write reviews for book I read for pleasure. But here I am. I generally don’t give spoilers. But oh well. I guess since I really liked this book, I want to spread the word.

Mercy is a half human and half succubus. Being part lust demon isn’t easy on her as some might think. Her first kiss turns into disaster when she nearly kills the guy. That’s when her mother finally dropped the bomb as to what she was. And what was the mother’s advice. Stay away f
Oct 28, 2011 Tana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

I found I really enjoyed this book, I liked all the characters and I really enjoyed the writing style of Shannon Dermott. This is a series I will keep my eye on.

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Mercy who is a teenage Succubus, Mercy doesn’t know much about being a Succubus because her mother won’t talk about it. After a bad experience with a boy and her first kiss, Mercy knows her mother is right she needs to stay away from boys.

One night her fri
Karla(Book Addict)
Apr 08, 2013 Karla(Book Addict) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Karla(Book Addict) by: Shannon Dermott
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Alana ~ The Book Pimp

Mercy is your average teenager, that is, if you are a succubus. She cannot even kiss a boy without possibly killing him. Finding herself at a party with the "elite" crowd from school with her best friend she is suddenly thrust into a game of spin the bottle... and just guess where the bottle lands. This one juvenile, innocuous game played by teenagers is the domino that seems to really stir up the fates, and Mercy's usual MO. No boys, no kissing, and predilection for using the SAT word-o
P.A. Lupton
Oct 04, 2011 P.A. Lupton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys YA Paranormal
Two Princes….

Anyone who has read Beg for Mercy will understand why I was replaying a famous song from the Spin Doctor’s in my head over and over. “One two princes kneel before you. Princes, princes who adore you. You marry him your father will condone you. You marry me, your father will disown you.” Now, normally I absolutely loathe love triangles (or in this case I think it would be a love quadrilateral). However, since the heroine is a neophyte succubus just learning to control her ‘demon’, I
Midu Hadi
Nov 05, 2011 Midu Hadi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal fantasy fans
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Alexandria Nicole
One of my favorite books so far this year - amazing!

The story is about a girl, Mercy, who is learning to live life as a Succubus. This proves to be very challenging since her mother won't teach her a thing. The only thing she knows for sure is that if she kisses someone, they could die - her best friend Paul had a personal experience with this. I have to say that I've only ever read about Succubui & Incubui from the Beautiful Creatures Series but even through them I didn't learn a lot. We,
Jun 03, 2012 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better second time around.

Ok, I did enjoy this book a lot but there was just a couple of things that kind of bothered me. For the first half of the book I could not put it down, it was fantastic. Mercy had great guys who were interested in her and I loved them all haha. Couldn't decide which I preferred. But from then, Mercy seemed to just keep doing the same kind of stupid things with other guys, just a in a different place, and Luke kept forgiving her?? There was a secret that everyone el
Charlotte Abel
I loved this book! In fact, I loved it so much, I included an excerpt from the first chapter at the end of my own book (with the author's permission).

Usually, I prefer a romance with a clear choice of ONE true love for the protagonist, but Mercy's character was written with such depth, she pulled my own heart right along with her on her journey of self-discovery.

I began the book hoping she'd end up with one boy, but switched my allegiance twice before the end of the book. All without losing an
Shannon Dermott has done a great job on her first novel. This was a fun read. What made it compelling for me was the different personalities of the guys pursuing Mercy: Bad boy Flynn, sweet and soulful Luke, boy next door Paul, and dangerous demon Sebastian. Because Mercy is part succubus demon, she tends to make some bad decisions that makes it more complicated and difficult for her to decide whom she should be with. It's like a soap opera for high school, lol. By the time I was done with this ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Fathima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sooooooo wish i was a Succubus .. No wait , i think that's too much to ask for !! But this surely makes you wanna wish that you were a succubus , honestly !!!
Cover - speak : I absolutely loved this cover . Its simple , yet sexy and intimate in its own way !
Beg for mercy is the story of Mercy who is coming to terms with the fact that she is'nt a normal girl but instead is a Suucubus . Turns out , this startling revelation turns Mercy's life upside down and inside out . Life becomes hell for t
I loved this book. I thought the concept was very original. Most YA books are about vampires or werewolves. It was refreshing to see quite a different creature as the main character. Mercy, who is half succubus, is so real as she struggles to battle her inner demons while still having to deal with real life issues such as parents, boys and high school. She makes mistakes like a normal teenager and this makes you love her all the more.

I was warned by the author herself that if I didn't like love
Maghon Thomas
Ok, as usual, my thanks go out to read 2 review, since that's how I got a copy and learned about this book!! Now, boy am I glad that I got my hands on this book!!! When I read the synopsis, I was more on the probably-won't-like side of the fence. Well I was DEAD WRONG, and that little description gives this book NO JUSTICE!! This is a great read! First, I pretty much loved the details of every character, even her mom which I didn't like or understand until the end. And as for all the male candy, ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book it was a great read and i never wanted to put it down!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait for the next book to come out!!!!!
NightlyReading Heather
This book was a different twist on demons than I am use to reading. Mercy is a succubus demon and she had no idea until her first kiss which left her best friend lying on the floor and begging for his life.

The writer was brilliant with surrounding Mercy with all types of men which REALLY threw her for a loop. Her succubus side was starting to outweigh her human side and trying to take over. I enjoyed reading about Mercy’s interactions with all of these boys, but I was rooting for Flynn. He is ve
I would really give it 4.5 stars, but I round it not just because of the fact I don't have that option here on GR, but because I am really giving credit to the author for really entertaining me with her story.
Mercy is a teenager, but she doesn't have the problems most teenagers have. Sure, she is "obsessed" with boys, but that's pretty much normal at her age. The "only" problem there is she's not allowed to kiss one, because she is a succubus.

"I wish I was a vampire if such things existed inst
Oct 31, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent read! (Though I didn't really like the cover, the people on it felt kinda old? They don't look YA age). The story line, characters, plot.. everything is written out very well. I really enjoy the writing style of the author, it is something I sometimes miss in new books. She clearly has her own unique style and it is very pleasing to read. English isn't my first language so I can't really say anything about spelling and grammar and stuff.
So, I loved our main girl! She i
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod!

I love love love this book! I can't put my love of this book and the amazing characters into words... buuuuuuuuuuut here is my try at it! Mercy is smart and strong. Flynn is AMAZING! Luke is the sweetest boy ever, prince-in-shining-armor style! I can't wait for the next book!

Shannon Dermott has put a spin on the succubus demon in a way I've never seen - I can't explain how genius it is to show a character who doesn't want to use power she ha
Nikki  Peterson
Jan 21, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone above 15
Recommended to Nikki by: ARR via Making Connections

We start out with Mercy, a 16, going on 17, year old girl talked into going to a party with her best friend. They end up sitting in a room in a circle playing spin the bottle. Problem is Mercy found out with her first kiss with her first boyfriend, Paul that she is a succubus. She ends up having to kiss Flynn, part of the "elite" crowd and the schools "player". However, nothing happens to him. Luke also apart of the "elite" crowd is sitting next to her and follows her out of the room in
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
So good. As long as someone edits this book, it will be amazing.

Out of all the boys that are after Mercy I had a hard time choosing. At first I liked Luke, but towards the end I think I love Flynn! She should be with him. There isn't anything wrong with taming the bad boy. Plus it's not his fault he has to use girls to survive.

Team Flynn:)

If not him, then I guess Sebastian is another great candidate.
Paul is just out of the question...good guy, but he is human after all.

When will the second b
Shannon Dermott
May 29, 2013 Shannon Dermott added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Mercy is getting a face lift. New cover will be on the paperback soon. Audio book in production!
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
3.5 stars

This was my first succubus story, and a pretty decent one to start with. The story starts with a little bit of information overload. All of the important people are at a party, playing spin the bottle. (Mild spoiler alert, but this is all laid out in the first couple chapters so I think you can handle the rest of this paragraph). Mercy is afraid to play since a kiss from her can suck the life out of someone. We are then told the story of Mercy's first kiss. Basically she was dating Pa
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
This was a wonderful book and I cant wait to get my hands on the sequel to bad I have to wait until beginning of next year. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that I think the spelling was off a bit at times. English isnt my first language so maybe I should keep my mouth shut because I guess I could be wrong but I do think someone needs to take a second look at the book when it comes to the spelling.

So lets move on shall we?
I loved the story line and the setting in the book
Nov 05, 2011 Roro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a big surprise to me. In some novels, when you get a glimpse on the synopsis, it gives away the story. Not this book though. Since the beginning of the first chapter, there are already mist of secrets and mysteries. Like what is Mercy? Who is human, who is not? I like the setting of the story that, there were teen school drama and romantic issues. Then as the story progressed, more secrets are laid out, like was Luke really what he appears to be? Or what was Mercy's mom keeping fro ...more
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