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Mercy wakes on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business... Or thinks they do. But Mercy has a secret life. She is an angel, doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does, in an effort to resolve a cataclysmic rift between heavenly beings.

In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-
Paperback, UK Edition, 288 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published October 2010)
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I think maybe Jillian’s got a point about these Australian authors. Seriously, what are they putting in the water down there? And where can I buy me some?!

Australian author Rebecca Lim’s novel Mercy is one of the more interesting books I’ve read this year. And at a 111 books and counting, that’s really saying something! Complex, gripping and dark, this novel definitely marks another author to watch out for.

Mercy, as she calls herself, often finds herself in a new place, in a new life, in a new
Wendy Darling
What if you were an angel in exile...but you had no memory of why you'd fallen?

Mercy is a fallen angel who repeatedly wakes up in a new body following each time she's helped someone through a personal crisis. She doesn't know why she's doomed to this existence, only that she must somehow try to better that person's life while she's there.

This time, however, she wakes up as a foster child of a deeply troubled family, whose 18-year-old daughter Lauren has been missing for two years. The mystery un
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal romance, angel books, supernatural books
I loved it!!! At last, a book where the main FEMALE character is tough, strong willed and independent - NOBODY messes with Mercy and gets away with it. She can look after herself, thanks very much!

No spoilers here, but I felt like standing up and cheering when Mercy dishes out her own brand of justice at the end. I was also kept guessing right up to the last moment as to who the "baddie" was.

For those of you who are sick of vampires, werewolves and zombies but like the combination of angels (tou
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I've had this book on my TBR since what feels like forever. I'm sad to say that I am very disappointed and this book wasn't at all what I was expecting.

This book focuses on Mercy, who never is in her own body. She constantly occupies the space of a singer named Cameron. Mercy doesn't remember who she is and even has trouble remember the previous girls she occupies, but a man appears in her dreams warning her of danger. Then
This is how this book made me feel.

Not like I've read a ton of crappy books this year because I've enjoyed most of the books I've read, but this was pretty creative. Different. This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year. I actually haven't read many angel novels, but this series I'm definitely enjoying. I downloaded this for my Kindle for PC. But now I want the actual book for my collection. Just too cool not to have in my bookshelves.

What I really liked about this book was the di
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it

Aussie Book challenge 2011 #1

Soul-jacking is something that is necessary rather then natural to Mercy. See she's an on-the-run (so to speak) angel that has to hide in bodies till she can find herself and the boy who captures her dreams; Luc.
Till then however, Mercy has to live the lives of her host bodies but at least she tries to make some good out of them.
This time Mercy has the body of Carmen, who is in a choir group which brings them to a town called Paradise. A mystery unfolds and
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
2.5 stars and I am pissed.
This book could have been SO much better.

Let's see: the concept is interesting. Mercy is an angel who, for reasons unknown, possesses bodies of women for purposes unknown. That means that all of a sudden she wakes up in a body that is not hers and she has to live with that body for a certain period of time. In this continuous process, she tries to get to Luc, a mysterious man who she seems to want to be with.
When we meet Mercy, she wakes up in the body of Carmen Zappac
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy is a promising start of what is sure to be a captivating series.

This book was so.... different. In a good way. There are definitely elements of this story that I loved and other elements that I felt were lacking in one way or another.

I loved the story of Mercy waking up in these various girls' bodies and inhabiting them for short periods of time, not knowing exactly why she's there, but somewhat unseeingly helping them all the same. She feels their presence within the host body, and she k
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this novel at all. I found Lim’s writing style to be quite clunky and the storyline was cliché and unappealing. The idea of Mercy being an exiled celestial has premise, especially with angels being the new vampires, but this fact seems to become lost in the story and besides vague mentions of dream-like encounters with Luc and others, the reader is left more confused than ever. The start of the novel was baffling and the characters like Tiffany and the choirboy
I really liked how fast paced this one was. I also liked how the angel importance took a back seat and the mystery of her host's daughter's disappearance took over. It was pretty predictable but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. This was a great example of a YA book that doesn't have romance and is still strong to stand on its own. I like that Mercy is more preoccupied with helping the girls than anything else.

Glad that I have the next book since that ending was just too good. On to the next book in t
This book has been waiting on my shelf for my attention for years, and I finally got around to it and read it in a day. So I guess it's not a particularly interesting start but it gets addictive fast?

Now before everything: DO NOT READ THE BLURB OF THIS BOOK. I hope you got this message in time! Because the blurb tells us a major spoiler that the book makes a secret about and I wonder how different my experience of this book would have been if I didn't know it. Every time Mercy was like, 'wha
Jessica Lewenda
The opening paragraph was interesting enough. It showed that the writing was clear and concise, but sadly, it was followed by this massive info-dump on what the main character looks like, and it turns out that she’s one of those “I’m pretty but I don’t notice it” characters, which makes me groan, since 90% of YA is filled with these characters. Then, she goes on to describe who I can only assume is a potential love interest, because he has far too many far-fetched descriptions like:

“He is tall,
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This might just be me but I truly love books that offer something convoluted where the main character is concerned. Not convoluted as in perverse but convoluted as in richly complex where issues of identity are concerned. This complexity inherent in the main character is one of the main reasons that I enjoyed Mistwood so much and it is also one of the main reasons I gave Mercy five stars.

There are two distinct personalities living in one body and though the human personality does not surface at
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Mercy's new body is as unfamiliar as the world around her, but it's the same as it's always been for her. She doesn't quite remember her lives before, but in short instants, she'll have flashes of memories of a past she can't recall. Her new body is a teenage girl with a voice so gorgeous it could make grown men cry, but she's your average, awkward teenager, attempting to meddle through this thing called life while on a music exchange program. The family hosting her is struggling with their own ...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Mercy is a fallen angel, though she doesn’t remember much of that time. She did something bad enough to get herself kicked out & she is now inhabiting host bodies with no idea why. She can’t even count the number of times she has woken up in a new body and started a new life. But at night, her dreams of “him” always come, Luc is her beloved & she is trying to find him but has no idea where to start.

This new body is different, she wakes up as Carmen, a talented singer.Mercy/Carmen meets Ryan & st
Tye Cattanach
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will be honest with you, I had low expectations of this book. (Sincere apologies to Rebecca Lim- bear with me)

Having never read any of Rebecca’s other novels, I had no clue what to expect from Mercy. I had preconceived ideas of how this novel might read and evolve, those preconceived ideas coming largely from my exhaustion and frustration with all books that slot into the Supernatural Romance genre these days. You all know my thoughts on the market saturation of this genre, so I will not regal
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, aussie
An extremely enjoyable read, at first I found this hard to get into but then my friend told me to keep reading and as I progressed I couldn't put this book down.
Not your typical fallen angel-on-earth novel that I've been accustomed to reading, Mercy is a book shrouded in mystery with just the right touch of romance that left me wanting for more.
*SPOILERS* Even though it's established that Mercy is an angel exiled from heaven (as the blurb told me), her past/memories and form are so enigmatic I w
usagi ☆ミ
This book’s blurb grabbed me as soon I found it on goodreads a few months ago, so I knew I just had to read it. Thankfully, netgalley to the rescue once again! An e-galley fell into my lap, and so I happily dug in.

From the first page, this book sunk its claws in and never once let go. Lim has an extraordinary talent of retelling the oldest of tales and making them new again. Girls getting kidnapped combined with an amnesiac angel in a pseudo-war with archangels and her lover, Lucifer? All of thi
Michelle Wrona
After reading this book, I have come to realize that getting book recommendations from people shouldn't be 100% trusted. One of the reasons that I picked up this book was because someone at my local library recommended it to me, having me be a YA reader. I read the summary, trusted her word, and took it out, despite the fact that it kind of reminded me of David Levithan's Every Day. And there you have it, I didn't like this book at all.

"I am my worst enemy; that much I've figured out."

Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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After “waking” to the sound of someone shouting, Mercy realises that she is on a bus bound for a small and quiet town called “Paradise”. Self-named, main character Mercy is an angel that has been exiled from heaven for reasons she can’t remember. Every time she “wakes” in a body of a complete stranger, barely remembering any previous memories. The unfortunate “host” person this time is Carmen Zappacosta, a girl that is near t
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Mercy. It was a compelling read with great characters and a strong plot.

The book begins with Mercy awakening in the body of an insecure teenager called Carmen, who is on a trip to Paradise in a music program. For Mercy, this is nothing new, because she repeatedly finds herself 'soul-jacking' different girls; sharing their bodies and controlling their minds and actions. She has been a young mother, an abused girlfriend and a wealthy, spoilt girl. It is implied that this i
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Mercy is an intriguing story of a spirit who assumes different identity at any given time. She has no control over when it will happen, who will she become, and has no idea why it is happening to her. All she knows is that somehow, her name is Mercy and she dreams of reuniting once again with her immortal beloved, Lucifer.

The story starts with "Mercy" waking up in a new body named Carmen, and is on the way to a small town, Paradise. As she tries to make her life as Carmen work,
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
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Mercy is the first book in an new angel series by author Rebecca Lim.

This story follows Mercy, who wakes up on a school bus in another girls body. Mercy calls herself a soul snatcher as she inhabits another person's body until she figures out her mission on earth. As Carmen, Mercy stays with a host family as a part of a choir and soon finds out that their daughter Lauren, has been missing for almost 2 years. Realising what her mission is, Mercy b
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this book. I read it before my teenage son, who was a bit apprehensive that it was targeted to girls, but my rave reviews encouraged him to read it too. He also loved it and is now really keen for the sequel to come out.

The book is beautifully written with spare but carefully written and thoughtful language. The author also manages to capture the teenage girl lexicon without it feeling forced or unnatural, which is no mean feat.

There are two story lines running throughout the book - Mer
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Mercy both intriguing and unique. Granted, I'd never read paranormal or angel teen fiction before, but since I read this book I've read (or rather, I've tried to read) several other such books... This was my favorite, and the only one which compelled me to actually finish the accompanying series.

It's not just a fallen angel story. It's better. Just read it. I think you'll understand.

Questions to consider:

Do we fall in love with a person based on how we see them or on who they are?

If the
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
When reading this book, I was confused. Very confused. In the book, Mercy doesn't know anything about herself or why her soul jumps from body to body, but that just makes it all more confusing to the readers. Some mysterious lover of her's, Luc who she can only see in dreams, is supposedly the love of her life. Yet when she talks to him in her dreams (which only happened like twice in the entire book yet the summary makes it seem like he should be in the entire book) there is no real connection ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner by: Goodreads people with 5 and 4 Star rating-DAMN YOU!!!
Meh... Mercy wasn't for me.

I don't know what it is. This Mercy chick just got on my nerves a lot. So,she lives (in the body of Carmen-isn't that freaky enough? I mean you snatch someone else's body*shivers*) with these people who's daughter is gone missing two years ago. And she likes the brother-Ryan. I did NOT get why does she like him or he likes her. There were no cute scenes,just a bunch of choir sessions,Ryan and Mercy finding out where the missing sister is. Boring,if you ask me. Um,yeah
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather by: MOD-Sylvia
Shelves: challenge-me
Oooh, you know that when you are an angel and pick the "wrong" side you are going to have to pay for it somehow. Mercy is constantly changing into other peoples bodies. People who are in desperate need of some kind of divine intervention. Mercy knows she's being "punished" for something...she just can't remember what it is.

I really liked this book! I enjoyed reading how Mercy would end up in someone new and have to figure out how to help that person. Mercy is a strong female character which I a
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, galley
Holy blindside, people, this book was so much better than I thought it would be. Previous angel books (at least, I think this is an angel book) haven't lived up to expectations so I wasn't expecting much, but Rebecca Lim has BLOWN ME AWAY.

I can't get over the ending. Huge cliffhanger. I must have the second book IMMEDIATELY. At least we don't have to wait a year to read it; only a couple months. But still. WANT!

Read this. Especially if you've been disappointed in angel books before.
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Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christina
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In amongst the growing number of young adult novels based around angels – particularly the exiled kind, comes Mercy by Rebecca Lim. When there are quite a few books based on a similar topic, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd, or in this case, the bookshelf.

Mercy combines the concept of exiled angels with a forbidden and intriguing romance and adds a twist – a mysterious kidnapping.

When Mercy (in the form of an angelic soul) wakes up on a school bus, now
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Rebecca Lim is an Australian writer, illustrator and editor and the author of over twenty 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 Awards, Queensland Literary Awards and INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, shortlisted multiple times for the Au ...more

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