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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Mini-Review: Exile by Rebecca LIm

Title: Exile
Series: Mercy #2
Author: Rebecca Lim
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: 9 June 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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

An angel in exile, Mercy is doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does. Now she "wakes" as unhappy teen Lela, a girl caring for a dying mother but never herself.

As her shattered memory begins to return, Mercy remembers Ryan, the boy she fell in love with in another life, and Luc, the angel haunting her dreams. Will Mercy risk Lela’s life to be reunited with her heart’s true desire?


I must start by saying that this is book 2 in the series and this review may therefore contain spoilers to Book 1 Mercy (Review HERE). I will also state that I am writing this review after finishing the whole series, therefore I have added insight into the plot due to the benefit of hindsight ( my superpower of need alongside time travel [ ; D ] ) 

There is very important information revealed in this book, something that doesn't automatically click into place until the very end. In this book Mercy finds herself in the body of Lela, desperately unhappy with her life, stuck in a dead end job taking care of her terminally ill mother. Underneath all the misery and despair in Lela's life you can tell that she generally cares for people. Mercy heightens this quality and it is heart warming to follow just how Mercy touches peoples lives. Improving not only the quality of life but putting their futures back on track, in essence saving them from themselves. It is this essential goodness that enables people to see beneath the surface of the body Mercy is inhabiting to the real her.

Although Mercy is starting to remember fragments of 'her' life there are still huge gaps in her memory. She is still unaware of what she truly is and therefore who Luc is. The introduction of more of the archangels and background details as to their powers and place in the world not just guarding Mercy, really add depth to the plot. The connection and similarity between Ryan and Luc has yet to be fully explored, keeping the continual tension within the plot.

The seedier side of life is unerringly depicted and unfortunately all to realistic. The inner workings of a psychopaths mind were disturbingly portrayed. The undercurrent of evil being hidden is a continuing theme flowing through the books.

The way random acts of kindness benefit society as a whole via their ripple effect was amazing to picture similar to that of the butterfly effect (the theoretical physics not the movie) A truly fantastic concept that would benefit the world if it was put into practice. 

There is still so much more to be revealed about Mercy herself, the circumstances of her 'imprisonment', her relationships and the battle of good versus evil even on the smallest scale. A terrific addition to the series.

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