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{April 17, 2013}   {ARC Review} Exile by Rebecca Lim (Mercy #2)

16095133From Goodreads:  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.

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Mercy, a fallen angel, is forced to move from body to body by a higher power.  She doesn’t know why she is destined for this existence, hijacking human bodies, and she doesn’t remember her past lives.  All she knows is that she could go at any moment.  But, this time is different.  Mercy begins to remember her latest life, and the boy she fell in love with, Ryan.  I loved that Ryan is back in this sequel, though he’s definitely a secondary character this time around, but my main question is this: If Mercy can remember much of her past life and humanity, then shouldn’t she know that the visions she’s seeing in the present are warning signs? This time, she knows what love feels like.  She knows how people should treat others, and she knows wrong when she sees it.  Yet, Mercy seems blind and willing to stay that way when it comes to the huge, epic foreshadowing that Lim employs to warn the reader.  For me, it just doesn’t make sense, and Mercy’s reasoning doesn’t either.  She has the ability to see into the minds of those around her, yet she takes the knowledge she gains and chalks it up to humanity, stating that what she’s seen, what makes her ill, is just the way kids are, etc.  Although warning signs go off all around her, her inability to put things together and make smart choices made me like her less and less as the novel proceeded, and the connection I initially felt with Mercy in the first novel was nearly non-existent in this sequel.  I can’t really say any more than that because spoilers would ensue, so I will leave it at this: Mercy is not as smart or crafty as I would like her to be this time around. Thus, I am very sad to say that this second novel in the Mercy series did not live up to my expectations.  Whereas I absolutely adored Mercy, the first novel, this sequel seems to have fallen into the rut of second novel syndrome, a bit flat and dry. Two stars.

2 stars

Disney Hyperion Book Club has been extremely gracious is allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on April 23, 2013.

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