By: Rebecca Lim
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Review: This time when Mercy awakens as Lela, a waitress in a dingy cafe in Melbourne Australia with a terminally ill mother. Luc comes to Mercy in a dream telling her that he will be able to find her through Ryan. While waiting for Ryan’s arrival, Mercy finds herself longing to be with him more and more while growing confused about her feelings for Luc. As Mercy finds herself remembering more, she is becoming more determined to learn the truth of who she is and who to believe.
Because of the complexity of the plot of this series, you really must read Mercy before delving into Exile. With that being said, what a great continuation of Mercy’s story! The backdrop of Exile feels much different than Mercy. Carmen’s life was pretty ordinary. A teenage girl surrounded by snobby teen girls, while Lela’s life is very depressing. Mercy was also a little more action packed with the mystery surrounding Lauren’s disappearance, while Exile is more about the growth of Mercy’s internal struggles and the more romantic development of her relationship with Ryan. I find Mercy’s love interest with Ryan refreshing. Where most YA romances are quick and superficial, Ryan and Mercy were based on friendship first.
I love how Lim knows just how much to reveal about Mercy making the reader desperate to continue to search for the truth of her. Mercy never wakes up and just remembers everything. Her strength and knowledge are directly linked. When one grows, so does the other. This gradual progressions keeps me wanting more!
About the Author:
Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a commercial lawyer for several years before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of sixteen books for children and young adult readers. An Aurealis Awards finalist, Rebecca’s work has been longlisted for the Davitt Award for YA, the Gold Inky Award, the David Gemmell Legend Award and the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Polish.
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