Sunday, July 3, 2011
Exile (Mercy #2) by Rebecca Lim
An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, EXILE is the breathtaking sequel to MERCY in a major new paranormal romance series.
Mercy’s search continues ...
Mercy is an angel with a shattered memory, exiled from heaven for a crime she can’t remember committing.
So when she ‘wakes’ inside the body and life of eighteen-year-old Lela Neill, Mercy has only limited recall of her past life. Her strongest memories are of Ryan, the mortal boy who’d begun to fall for her – and she for him.
Mercy soon discovers that circumstances have forced Lela into waitressing at the Green Lantern, a busy city café frequented by suits, cab drivers, strippers, backpackers and the homeless, while caring for her terminally ill mother.
Just as Mercy is adjusting to Lela’s life, her beloved, Luc, reappears in her dreams, and she begins to glimpse her true nature and true feelings for Ryan. What she does not know is that her attempts to contact Ryan may have explosive consequences for everyone around her.
Meanwhile, ‘the Eight’ — the angelic beings responsible for her banishment — remain determined to keep Mercy and Luc apart, forever …
I’m a big fan of Mercy. The writing in the first book was descriptive, lyrical even, but not boring, the story took me a place unexpected. I loved that the story was not just of a boy meets girl, falls head over heels for her, while a battle of good and evil is waged. Instead it’s of one girl who doesn’t know who she is or what she is, and of the girl whose body the former occupies.
There’s more of those things in Exile, but this time Mercy is in Lena. Her story is a touch sadder and tougher than Carmen’s. She’s dropped out of Uni to take care of her sick mother. She’s also working a dead end job with some very colorful characters like Reggie, tough as nails, not so much her friend as a source of an annoyance. Then Cecilla, friend of all; a brooding cook; an understanding boss, a down on her luck exotic dancer, who all made what kind of girl Lena was come clear across.
And there's a little bit more of Ryan in this one too. What I love is the affection that’s there between them, as well as their shared history (brief as it was in Mercy.) While there were elements of “I’ll wait, I’ll wait forever, if I have to,” it was their affection and history that gave their relationship a sheen of plausibility. People who love each other, know stuff about each other. That’s one point for Exile. Now, take that point away for what looks to be a love triangle in the making.
Another aspect that I enjoyed is how we get a peak into her world, the unseen one. We learn of the Elohim and beings quite like herself, the Malakh. The in’s and out’s of her world, her history, what she did or didn’t do are slowly but surely getting a little clear. I love that, since each (re)discovery is new to Mercy, it’s new to me as well.