The Mercy Series (Rebecca Lim) Book review (^

 

(There may be some spoiler, you have been warned, though I will attempt to keep them out 🙂 )

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Genre: Paranormal ya Fantasy Mystery

Number of books:  5 


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noun: mercy plural noun: mercies
  1. compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.: “the boy was screaming and begging for mercy” “the mercies of God”.
  2. synonyms: leniency, clemency, compassion, grace, pity, charity, forgiveness, forbearance, quarter, humanity, soft-heartedness, tender-heartedness, kindness, sympathy, liberality, indulgence, tolerance, generosity, magnanimity, beneficence
  3. antonyms: ruthlessness, cruelty
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exclamation: mercy
  1. used in expressions of surprise or fear.: ““Mercy me!” uttered Mrs. Garfield”.

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Book 1: Mercy

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Blurb

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-old whose sister has kidnapped two years ago and is presumed dead. When another girl is also taken, Mercy knows she has to act quickly and use extraordinary powers to rescue her, even if it means exposing her true identity.

An electric combination of angels, mystery, and romance, Mercy is the first book in a major new series.


Book 2: Exile

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Blurb

Longlist, 2011 David Gemmell Legend Award

An electric combination of angels, mystery, and romance, EXILE is the breathtaking sequel to MERCY in a major new paranormal romance series.

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?

An electric combination of angels, mystery, and romance, Exile is the second book in the spellbinding MERCY series.


Book 3: Muse

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Blurb

An angel in exile, caught between lives … and loves

Mercy is an angel, exiled from heaven, and when she wakes in the body of nineteen-year-old Irina, Mercy discovers that she′s one of the world’s most infamous supermodels on the verge of a very public breakdown.

Against the glamorous background of Milan′s opulent fashion world, Mercy continues her increasingly desperate search for Ryan Daley, the mortal boy she remembers falling for in a past life. But this time, Mercy′s memories and powers are growing ever stronger – and she begins to doubt the pleas of her dream lover, Luc, as more of her mysterious past is revealed. Are Luc′s desires as selfless as her own or does he want her for a more terrifying purpose?

The grand scale celestial battle for Mercy′s soul builds to an incredible stormy crescendo as archangels and demons clash in a cataclysmic showdown that not all will survive …


 

Book 4: Fury

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blurb:

Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned…

Heartbreak. Vengeance. Truth. Betrayal.

Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield.

Ryan’s love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her, now places Ryan in mortal danger.

Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice.

Hell hath no fury like Mercy …


 

 

First: can we talk about how beautiful these covers are?

And these are just the UK versions if what I read is correct. Check out the US:

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Now, this is usually the point where I describe the characters looks and such, but I feel I should leave that all to the writer who describes how her character looks with such depth and dedication, I feel there is no need for me to do so.

But I will post a short extract on the main character for you to get a hint of how she does it.

Main characters:

Mercy

  • Described as:

‘ I look sixteen. Sometimes I even feel it.

Me? The real me? I’m tall. Though I only have a sense of that.

I’m pale, like milk, but I never get sunburn. Don’t ask me how I know this, seeing as I don’t seem to occupy any physical space at the present time,. Bu I just know.

My hair is brown. Not a nice brown or an ugly one, just brown. It’s weird but it has no highlights. It’s all the same color, every single strand straight, even and perfectly the same. It hands down just past my shoulders and frames my face nicely, which is over and okay, I suppose. I have a long straight nose, lips that are neither too thin nor too wide, and perfect eyesight. I can see for miles through sunshine or moonlight, rain or fog. Oh and my eyes? They’re a brown too.’

  • Doesn’t know her real name
  • Frequently placed in humans but doesn’t really know why.

 

Ryan Daley:

  • In love with Mercy
  • Could be Lucs twin
  • Black hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Tall
  • Broad shouldered
  • Snake-hipped
  • Dressed in jeans top and a leather jacket he first met Mercy in and refuses to give up (#swoon)

Luc:

  • Hair  of gold  cropped close
  • Sleek winged brows of darker gold
  • Pale eyes
  • Golden skin
  • Tall
  • Broad shouldered
  • Snake-hipped
  • Flawless (not that I think so)
  • Mouth always in a shape both cruel and amused
  • Long and lean
  • Eyes  as pale as living ice
  • And more of a  looker than a thinker 😛

 

Things I loved:

  • I liked the way each book in the series begins,  with Mercy drifting, lost in an empty space as she talks to herself, wondering where she will go next (though reminds me much of the first Pokemon movie opening – but that kind of makes it more epic 😛 )
  • Love the character description in these books. So detailed, and thankfully  repeated in each book – helpful since there are a lot of character to remember (also helpful to someone who wishes to draw them like me!Like the description of characters)
  • Love Ryan and Mercy’s relationship, even if in the last book it seems a bit all over the place – like they fight  would and she keeps insisting that she needs to leave him, but nothing really changes between them
  • Love that the angel posed as a Muslim character, even if his actions are quite negative sometimes – at least in terms of what is good human behavior and not in the  perspective of a whole as the angels always see (makes more sense when you read :P)
  • The love between Ryan and mercy seems a little too fast – only two weeks or less and he is willing to follow her around the world
  • So much good images to draw! Scenes are just perfect and visually appealing for someone who wishes to draw more – I think someday if I ever do re-read this book I will create more art on it – but for now only what I have – I would do them now but I feel I wouldn’t be able to do the pieces I have in mind justice with the equipment and skill set I have right now
  • Opening love its repetitive style – reminds me of something from Supergirl or flash

 

Things that were ehhh… in my opinion 😛

  • It was a little difficult to understand at the beginning – because of the mystery to it (and I’ll admit it was so late when I started this book – my anxiety wouldn’t let me sleep so I lost myself in this  book to help :P)
  • Never does explain whyRyann and Luke look alike
  • Kind of annoyed with ending – I would have loved to see an epilog to see what happens after for her and Ryan, his parent’s response and such
  • So sorry for Lauren
  • Kind of predicted paul’s involvement though
  • Hate that there is such a value on looks in the books though – and it’s not just a vanity thing its overall – looks are important to her it seems.
  • Sad we don’t find out her real name – begins with a ‘H’ – and why is she only girl
  • Would love to have seen more of Ryan’s sister

 

Fav moment

  • When Ryan stupidly jumps out of Uris arms thinking that mercy is dead – This guy is really a ride or die when he cares for someone

He’d rather be dead because he thinks I must be fall like a stone through the sky

  • Love the scene where Ryan’s in the bath and everyone barges in on him and starts talking about changes as he screams asks what is going onvday

 

Fav quotes

  • Though I don’t like Luke I agree –

‘memory is power… mercy’

  •  this sounds doctor who ish

‘Death is everything’s final limit – franklin

  • Her argument on free will

‘You’re wrong’ i say ‘uriel, too. Humans exercise free will each and every moment of their waking lives. How do you think Ranald died? He chose to kill himself, which has to be the ultimate expression of one’s free will – the freedom to destroy oneself’

  • When Ryan sees her tears

Are those for me? What happened to the hard ass I fell in love with?

 

Overall

One word – mystery, slow

One sentence – defiantly a book to stick with till the end,  and once you do you won’t regret it 🙂

 

  • Have you ever been so tired you don’t understand what you’re reading but you read it anyway? Yeah, that was me with this book – but you read it anyway as it is too exciting and when you leave the book it’s all you can think about and you can’t sleep 😛
  • Honestly, I feel sorry for the people who had to wait between books – i think this is a book good read overall because I got my hands on all of the series – but if it were a singular things – I don’t think I would have liked it as much
  • I couldn’t find much on the author which is a  little annoying. I can’t help but feel when reading book that touch religion it is nice to know the writer’s background
  • Slightly predictable – yet not much
  • I like no actual interaction with God, it was weird enough for me, a religious person, to think of Angel in such a way as the book does, romantically.  Especially since the book stick close to the original angels.
  • As I read the second book what happened in the first is starting to make sense as the mystery is unfolding

 

Spoiler alert – but it must be said:

  • Why does everyone portray death as such a good character – strangely my fav?
  • Justine and Sulaiman – the otp I will wish for even if I know I will never get it

 

Would I recommend it?

Definitely!

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(Note: after writing this, and on the day of posting, I realised that there are actually five books in the series and not four – the fifth was published around the time I read the books but I never found anything on the book release whenever I searched up the series name or author’s name ( I literally only saw it today, i.e the day I publish this, when looking the series up on good reads for a link) – hence why even though I have not completely read the series, I have doing a series review other than an individual review and such)


 

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The Syrena Legacy – Book Review (^_^)

 Warning: possible spoilers (though I will attempt to avoid them, though read at own risk!)

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Genre: YA, Paranormal

Number of books: 3

Number of shorts stories: 6

Note: I have not read all the additional stories, so I shall be reviewing the main three books in the series, with some mention of them at times where I feel it needs to be mentioned.

Book one: Of Poseidon

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Blurb:

 Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Book two: Of Trident

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Blurb:

Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen’s points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.

Book three: Of Neptune

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Blurb:

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

Characters:

Emma:

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  • Main character

  • Pale skin

  • Blonde hair

  • Purple eyes

  • was voted the sweetest out of all of them, in class, but won’t hesitate to throw you through a glass door if you irritate her.

  • Galen’s Mate

Galen:

  • Emmas Mate

  • Prince of Trident

  • Syrena

  • Black hair and Purple eyes

  • a strong protective streak

  • Pretty sure he is wanted by any readers, straight or not 😛

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Toraf:

  • Rayna’s mate

  • Galen’s best friend

  • Syrena

  • Black hair and Purple eyes

  • the guy next door type, I imagine with the floppy hair and infectious smile

Rayna:

  • Galen’s twins sister

  • Princess of Triton

  • Torafs mate

  • Syrena

  • Black hair

  • Purple eyes

  • Love to paint her nails.

  • Very aggressive, childish but entertaining none the less

Rachel:

  • red hair

  • Kickass woman with all the deets

  • Seems like a second mother to the syrena

  • Human

  • Her never ending need to help the kids, even Emma even though at times I felt she may dislike her, did not make sense to me but she is still a lovable character

  • I think everyone needs a Rachel in their life – then our lives will be SO much easier!

Dr. Milligan:

  • human

  • blue eyes

  • blond hair

  • the helper/knowledgeable character who I kept shipping with Rachel 😛

Nalia:

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  • Emmas Mom

  • Free-spirited but kind of psycho in my opinion

  • Black hair

  • Blue eyes

Grom:

  • Galen and Rayna’s older brother

  • King of Tritons

  • Syrena

  • Black hair

  • Purple eyes

Reed:

  • Blonde hair

  • Blue eyes

  • Don’t really have a proper opinion on him – neither like nor dislike him – but I would love to see more of him

Fav characters:

It has to be Galen’s twin sister, Rayna! I just love the way things she says, even though I did find her annoying at the beginning. I think my most favorite of her lines was

“Did you hear what I said, Princess Cheater-Cheater-Whale-Dung-Eater? Show my brother your pathetic Gift.”

I just found it hilarious at the time, and as a response to the situation. Her childishness is refreshing, especially when the scene is supposed to be serious.P

Best book of the series:

I adored book two ‘of triton

Why? Because kind of predictable and kind of not. Plus, I adore the way Emma and Galen’s relationship works. Their playfulness is adorable and the scenes in the book were something that definitely entertained me

What I loved about the book:

  • Emma and Galen’s relationship. It was just adorable! They are both never too serious when together, even in serious situation. Like when she faint and they joke around, even though he is worried for her.e and g quote2 They do the same in book two during a trial, it’s almost like they give each other a bit of normalcy, allowing them to ground themselves when tension is high. I think my most favorite line occurred when such a scene occurs, is at the end of book two, when they are getting ready to fight and Emma just has to comment on Galen’s fin, telling him it’s Sexy, right before he strikes his part of the attack.
  • Rayna’s character. As I said before, I did find her slightly annoying, and she does do some insensitive acts, but she is stubborn-hearted and can be right if you listen to her. But because of the ways she come across, and the manner she uses, it’s logical why people don’t listen to her 😛

  • The characteristics of the female characters. I like that the girls in this tale are not completely ‘feminine‘ or ‘ruthless‘, there almost a mix of both. Take Rayna for example. She’s really interested in doing her nails, but she definitely isn’t afraid to punch someone.

  • One other thing I do also love about Rayna is that at the end of the series, she finally learns how to do a decent mani-pedi! That there, my readers is great character development 😛

  • The way the book started: ‘I smacked into him as if shoved from behind’ – very different and unexpected.

Things I have loved to see better/differently:

  • The way Rayna and Toraf relationship is presented. But I feel I cannot speak much on this one, as I have yet to read the short story that looks into their relationship, but if taking just on the main books, I feel there was a lack of reality to their relationship, especially with the way it changed from hate to love with one moment, in one night.

  • I really do wish there was a piece from which I can read more from the perspective of Emmas mother, Nalia, as her character is both confusing and seems slightly delusional

  • I wish there was an additional book based on Reed and the journey to possible peace that was hinted at, at the end of the book series – it would be interesting to read.

  • I would have loved to have seen more scenes with Dr. Milligan. He was an interesting character I would love to have read about.

    Overall?

I haven’t read many books about mermaids, but this one did not disappoint.

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This is defiantly a book I would recommend. As a debut series, it is a good one. Though there are many moments where I felt things could have been worded differently and such, I think that was majorly because I am currently in the process of editing my own book and so I read everything with an editing eye.

2fab1be7f595a58815389c0ff90ca1fbI would love to get my hands on the author’s more recent novels. I know she had recently released a book called Nemesis and I absolutely adore the cover of it. Though unfortunately, the library close to me has stopped ordering new books, so I need to find another way to get my hands on it.

Also, as I final note, I loved the Q and A at the back of the books. Here’s a little extract I feel you should read:

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get back on track?

I call this writer’s constipation, and reading is the laxative. Read and read and read until you can’t bare to read anyone else’s words until all you long to do is make your own words.

What should people know about you?

That sometimes during our relationship, no matter how brief it may be, I will try to scare you

what do you like best about yourself?

Not to brag, but I’m pretty good ar eating beef jerky

I also handle stress well, I don’t throw up until after the stressful situations

do you have any strange or funny habits? Did you when you were a kid?

When I was a kid, I never watched tv shows. I would only stop what I was doing to watch the commercials

now that I’m older, I don’t do anything strange expect for everything:P

There was also a question if I remember clearly (I had thought I had noted it down but it seems I had not so I am power phrasing it now) about what she wishes for her audience to receive from the book, and her answer was them to laugh out loud.

And I have to say, Ms. Banks, you succeeded

vdayThis book series was a joy to read so I thank you, Ms. Banks, for writing it.


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Part 2 – Emma and Galen

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As for now, I guess that’s all. This storyteller is out! Until the next review!