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Muse by Rebecca Lim
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Dec 08, 11

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Read in November, 2011

This is the first book in the Mercy series that didn't really work for me. It's not that I hated it, it's just that I expected something a bit different, something more than what I got.

In Mercy's third reincarnation, she is put in the body of a super(duper) model who is beautiful in a way that makes men silly and women sillier. She is also addicted to heroin a drug (all drugs? I'm not sure) and you know... meets all the stereotypes about supermodels. Like, drug addict, sexually liberated (hey, it's better than "slut"), attitude problems and an ego that would dwarf Mount Everest in size. Mercy wakes up in this woman's body and the show is on the roads, people. Fasten your seat-belts!

There are many reasons this book didn't work for me. But I think the main one (and you may think me very picky for this) is - okay. Say someone asks you a question and you, instead of answering that question start thinking about things, like for pages you are thinking and it seems like years pass and THEN you answer that question to the person who must have been waiting for your answer while you were thinking for ALL THOSE PAGES. It drove me CRAZY!

I know, I know, I'm not explaining it very well. So let me give you an example.

Woman: So do you like blue?
Mercy: (thinking) At the beginning we...............................................
..........................................................................
.............................................................................
.............................................................................
....................... (two centuries later)
Yes.

(This does not appear in the book. Just so you know.)

And okay, this is subjective, I'm well aware that it probably won't bother anyone else but it was jarring and the internal monologues in this book seemed a bit excessive.

Also missing was Mercy's intrinsic quality that set her apart from others and made her into the otherworldly creature that I so adored. Suddenly she becomes a heroine that I cannot connect with. She has a harem of men and new angels are introduced who do not seem to have had any bearing on the narrative until in this book and...let's just say their introduction to the narrative has a simple purpose - a purpose that is foretold so obviously that you can't connect to the new characters because well... you will find out.

Also, Luce? He and Mercy FINALLY meet in this installment and may I say how anticlimactic that was? I understand Luce is a villain (and if you haven't gotten that by now, child, go to the corner and read books one and two) but can he retain some of Milton's Lucifer's qualities and become an intriguing villain with depths and layers other than I WANT TO CONTROL ZIS VORLD, MWAHAHAH... er... sorry. I got carried away. The point is, there's a reason Mercy loved this guy and while you and I both know it didn't end well, let us see some qualities in him that would turn a girl's (or an angel's) head. All I got from Mercy was that "he was beautiful and irresistible" which seems mightily shallow. You know? I don't know how angels do it but surely they must have some sort of personality requirement.

Honestly, I just wanted a little less blowing things up and a lot more confrontation. A little less emotional (romantic) pathos and a lot more growth and anger. I couldn't get used to the idea of a helpless Mercy. She's told to stand aside and let the big manly angels protect her. Where's the woman who beat up the pervert in book one? I'm not giving up on this though because I have a feeling that book four might deliver but I just think that this book could have done a lot with taming down on the whole angel warfare.

Still. This book did answer some pertinent questions and moves the plot along substantially so...I guess I'll wait for the fourth book to put me out of my misery.
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P.E. I agree with your review so much. That's exactly how I felt about Muse.

Every time she starts thinking for a few pages I'd be thinking about whats happening outside of her head. I like knowing her thoughts but I think making her think in a more natural setting, like before she goes to sleep instead of in the middle of conversations would be good for the book.

I was also let down by Luc. I expected great things from him. Awful, but you know, tempting.

Great review!


Nafiza Thanks! It drove me nuts too. Let's hope the 4th book delivers more.


Aiman ikr. I'm still reading the book and TOTALLY agree with your review.


Nafiza Unfortunately. :S.


Heather I'm about 2/3 of the way through right now, and I'm finding it VERY heavy on description. Like, I'm on page 230 and we're still on day one. Yeesh.


Nafiza Unfortunately, it's all downhill from here. :\


Aiman IKR, I had high hopes for this series... :s


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