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(Mercy #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,837 ratings  ·  143 reviews
An angel searching for answers, for her destiny…In the third MERCY paranormal romance, Mercy wakes in a new unknown host, her love for Ryan and Luc burning stronger than ever. But who will she make the ultimate sacrifice for?

There's something very wrong with me. When I wake up, I could be anyone…

Mercy is thrust into the excessive world of fashion when she awakes in the
ebook, UK Edition, 288 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
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This is how this book left me when I finished.

This book is my favorite out of the series so far. I think mostly because it had way more paranormal elements and action than the previous two books. I was deeply satisfied. The angels were way more prominent in this book and we learned a lot more about Mercy and the angels. Also I liked that it felt like we were finally getting answers. Things happened a lot faster than in the previous book, which killed me because it was like the light at the end
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muse begins with Mercy awaking in yet another new body. While the transition from body to body has grown surprisingly easier for her lately, the new life she's now living is far from smooth. She's in the body of a high-profile supermodel who can't leave the house without an entourage of paparazzi following her every move. Irina Zhivanevskaya has allowed her life to spiral so far out of control - drugs, public displays of rage and a bitchy attitude have led to countless doors in the modelling ...more
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,
This one was excellent! Best one so far since we get so many questions answered. And even though it's fairly predictable I enjoyed it. There's a lot more emphasis on the angelic history than in the previous books and I liked where the story is going. I'm still confused as to why Mercy is still leading with Ryan. I really liked him a lot and am definitely on Team Ryan. The combination of her host body and her soul is still there, but this one was a lot more interesting because she's inside a ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When one is named “Luc” in angel book, it’s pretty obvious where things are headed. Despite aspects of it being obvious, I still enjoyed MUSE. The writing still has a different tone from books that I normally read, so I understand the lukewarm reception of others to previous installments. I, on the other hand, appreciate the lyrical quality they have. There’s just something to be said to the almost poetic way Mercy sees and thinks; I suppose it adds to her mystery. Only that mystery has been ...more
Muse, the third book of Mercy series isn't as silly and bad as some other badly written angel series, like: Hush, Hush and Fallen. The author has some refreshing ideas up her sleeves and the book is a quick, easy read. As long as you don't think too deeply into the details, then you'll be alright.

Plus, the cover really is pretty.

Although I'm disappointed of the revealing of Luc's true identity---the answer to this mystery is so damn obvious! And for how many times we must remind authors that
WARNING: This review will likely have spoilers for the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim, which includes Mercy and Exile.

Caitlin: My favourite thing about this book? ANSWERS! I love getting answers, don’t you?

Christine: I do. Some of them I’d already figured out before the main character, Mercy, but the BIG one was answered. Of course it was an ‘A-ha!’ moment, like yes, I should have realized that was the answer before and now I feel kind of silly that it took me this long to get it. *sigh*

Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, own-it
WARNING: This review will likely have spoilers for the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim, which includes Mercy and Exile.

Caitlin: My favourite thing about this book? ANSWERS! I love getting answers, don’t you?

Christine: I do. Some of them I’d already figured out before the main character, Mercy, but the BIG one was answered. Of course it was an ‘A-ha!’ moment, like yes, I should have realized that was the answer before and now I feel kind of silly that it took me this long to get it. *sigh*

Lan Chan
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I started reading Muse a couple of months ago and had to put it down for a rainy day. I knew I'd need it as a back up after a particularly terrible bout of YA books. Based on other reviews I've read, I know that some readers don't like Mercy as a character. I personally love her. She's cold and often uncaring and just the closest representation of how I think an angel would behave.
This installment sees Mercy sub planted into the host body of world famous supermodel Irina. I love how
Billie Low
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be warned that I do not actually usually do my reviews like this. Once in a while, yes because gifs are fun!

PS: Did you know if you included emojis in reviews, anything typed after the first emoji disappears?!

I almost died when my entire review was gone... Thank the creators of Google and Goodreads for cookies/session (if you don't understand those terms, it's okay).


After I finished Exile (Book #2), I was beyond excited for Muse (Book #3). I picked up the book and LITERALLY settled
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is really coming together. Fabulous detail & insight in this one

Please bear in mind that this is the third book in the series and may therefore contain spoilers for the previous books.

Following the dramatic ending of Exile (Review HERE) there isn't much time to place Mercy into a new host. When Mercy awakens in the body of Russian super-model Irina she has regained most of her memory. Her own thoughts and feelings although she enigma of Luc and why she is on earth is yet to be
Jovi Underland
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We leave Mercy in Exile dead on the cafe floor still in the body of Lela. As Lela’s spirit begins to move on, Mercy is still entangled. She races to find the knot that binds their souls together and when freed only awakens to find herself thrown into the life of another human.

Irina is a super model with a busy life full of drugs, fittings, makeup, and perfection. Wounded by the guilt of causing Lela’s death, Mercy desperately tries to balance her desperate search for herself while saving Irina
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mercy has been a consistently fantastic series, and Muse doesn't break the trend. After a second book that was a great read but in which the overall plot didn't seem to move forwards, book three hits the ground running. Mercy finds herself in the body of a diva supermodel, and now both Luc and her human love interest, Ryan, are looking for her as the final conflict between heaven and hell approaches.

Lim's prose is as clear and luminous as ever. Her characterisation is deft, and her talent for
Gillian Cohen
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have to admit this before I begin my review, Rebecca Lim has every emotion possible in her books and MUSE left my with an emotional tornado. I loved it! My favourite so far in the MERCY series. Having said that, I think I need to go into more detail as to why the book is one of my favourites, it has a lot more of the paranormal element, the angels seemed to share the spotlight with Mercy and finally Mercy was finding out who she was before she become a "body snatcher". Answers are ripe for the
What bugs me about these books is the sheer unbelievability. It was bad in the first two books, then it just got terrible in the third and now that I'm done with it I wonder if I should even read the fourth. This time around Mercy wakes up in the body of a supermodel who is both a drug addict and an utter bitch. Irina is a nasty piece of work and everyone around Mercy reminds her of that constantly. Mercy, of course, is torn between missing Ryan like she misses a lost limb and wanting Luc, even ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ryan is starting to get on my nerves! He is so...i don't know...desperate? I mean he does love Mercy and that's sweet and all but i just don't like him...I guess Ryan is ok but he's acting like Bella from Twilight...which is annoying because 1. I hated how Bella acted and 2. it doesn't suit his personality! I just don't like Ryan for some reason...I don't hate him but i don't really like him either...
Mercy is sort of okay but I don't like how she's so desperate to become a angel again and get
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Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy is still an idiot. I'm not even going to explain.

After being shot by a crazy lunatic, Mercy finds herself in Irina, who is one of the rudest, famous, and notorious supermodel. Especially for her streak of bloody hearts she leaves in her wake. Because Mercy is so sweet and angelic, Irina is thus Mercy and transformed into a much tamer version of a food-depraved, beautiful, mean, and rude supermodel.

Yeah, soul jacking, possession, mind control. Call it whatever.

Muse gets on with the main
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
It's a compliment to the author of these books that they only get better as the series goes along, and more addictive you want to find out what's going to happen but then life intrudes and all you can think of is getting back to the book to find out what will happen next.
In a time when more often than not in a book series the books gradually get boring and shy away from the brilliance that was the first book this series has stayed constant and in my opinion exceeded the debut.
So this time Mercy
Jennifer Lee
I can't begin to express how awesome this series is. Mercy is a real character, if you know what I mean. She's not perfect, and we see alot of how she used to be in this one (Can you say biatch?). She wasn't a really nice, sweet, caring person like we see in alot of YA novels these days, she was mean and cruel. But she's changing and that's one of my favorite aspects so far, is the gradual changes in her. It took centuries of her seeing how others live to change her ways. Although she doesnt ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I've enjoyed the Mercy series best out of most of the other angel books I've read. This third installment, however, was nowhere near the caliber of the first two books.

It did have a thing or two going for it. I love how the books are biblical without being religious. The angels are badass, as angels should be, not the whiny little wimps that populate many angel books. These angels are made for battle. Another good thing about this book is that Lim can write. Although the constant phrasing of
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muse is a haphazard book - more so than those preceding it. I feel the characters are inaccessible and the plot, while engaging, is convoluted. Mercy becomes stronger, asking questions about her past and unearthing dark secrets that have been kept from her for centuries. It’s nice to finally get some details about what she did to deserve her bizarre punishment. However, Mercy’s constant fainting because everything overcame her grew tiresome, especially when she has been strong in the previous ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes I actually finished this book!

I've been loving the Mercy series and this is book is the 3rd sequel to the original series. The main angel (Mercy) is again trapped inside another young girl's body and its a famous supermodel in Milan this time. I really liked it this time because the whole situation and everything was more different than the past ones, and it was more serious and many things happened at the end which definitely makes you wait for the next and last book of the series which is
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Mercy has been sent to the body of Irina, due to the many sins Irina has committed. Mercy doesn’t know why she has been exiled from her fellow angels and forced to home from human body to human body, leaving behind friendships and love each time, her memories being forgotten. She battles to find Ryan again, the human she loves, but also torn to find Luc who she also has feelings for. It is not until the Archangel K’el visits Mercy to warn her of Luc’s pending arrival that she is told of the ...more
Finally, finally there are some answers. Though it is still not revealed exactly who Mercy is, we now know most of her story and what the deal is with Luc and everything. There are some open questions left that will hopefully be answered by the end of the last book, but at least I didn’t feel as much like an outsider listening in to a conversation like last time.

However, I didn’t care as much for the human story this time as I did in the first two books. I’m just soo not interested in the world
Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The reason I liked the Mercy series was because it reminded me of Quantum Leap, and I used to love that programme when I was a kid. Now the plot has turned into something that doesn’t interest me anymore. More angels are introduced, there’s this war, and my attention started to drift. In turn, it took me ages to finish this book. I kept putting it down, and the only reason I finished it was because I have a whole stack of other books I want to read and decided to be disciplined about finishing ...more
Muse is the third book in the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim, about Mercy the angel who is burdened with returning to Earth over and over again in different bodies. In this novel, she is thrust into the body of supermodel Irina Zhivavevskaya who is on the verge of relapsing.


In this book Ryan makes another appearance although I found it quite a short one. This is where all the angels are going to go to war and fight Luc for Mercy and if she chooses Luc then the world will end ...
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally really liked 'Mercy' by Rebecca Lim. It was something different to what I was expecting. Mercy was someone that I really appreciated as a character, that actually seemed like a real person (or there lack of) and didn't crap on like most of them do.
After a super good ending, I had to read the 'Exile'.

It was pretty good as well. But I took awhile to get into it and the ending was the best bit of all.
And again I had to see what was going to happen next so I read 'Muse'.

I thought that
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muse is the third installment in the 'Mercy Series'. When I first read the first novel, I was confused until the very end. Then I caught on rather quickly, this is all about angels and their punishments for their kind against the fight of good and evil.

In the second installment the angels have screwed with her mind again. She doesn't remember very much at all but she remembers her boy and she will do anything to find him before she switches bodies once again and possibly loses him forever this
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book out the the three I've read. Again Mercy's in a new body now, her life as a supermodel isn't that positive and now Luc and the human boy, Ryan are desperate to find her with different reasons as the final warfare between heaven and hell approaches.

Mercy is a mystery as it seems not until she begs for answers and is finally getting them. Though the consequences has been dramatic, Mercy has been in an atonement with the angels. It was interesting to know all about the
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Rebecca Lim is an Australian writer, illustrator and editor and the author of nineteen books, including The Astrologer's Daughter (A Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers), Afterlight and Wraith. Her work has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt Award, and longlisted for the Gold Inky Award ...more

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“We angels are misconceived in the human world. People perceive us as kindly and bountiful; when, in truth, we are about as fluffy, as gentle, as yielding, as rattlesnakes.” 29 likes
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