Author: Rebecca Lim
Pages: 276 (ePub)
Published: October 28th 2010
Rating: 2.5 Birds
I picked Mercy, I'm just going to be honest here, because the cover intrigued me. I am a cover snob, I know this. I'm getting consoling, no need to stage and intervention.
When I started the book I was psyched that the story was just as interesting as the cover, sometimes you get an awesome cover and a lame story or vice versa. Unfortunately the story lost steam near the end and also had a few flaws through out that I just couldn't get past.
The author, Rebecca Lim, is from Singapore but speaks as if she is from England. Or, correction, writes as though she is from England. This drove me NUTS! Not because I don't like England, quite the opposite, my husband was born and raised there (don't ask, no he doesn't has his accent anymore - yes I know I got ripped off) but this book was set in the United States and words/phrases/spellings used in the UK kept popping up that we don't use here. It was very, very distracting. I knew what the "translations" were because my in-laws use these terms a lot but the average teenager I can totally imagine going "What the hell is Goose Flesh, gross!?" *must say that last part in a valley girl tone*
They Said/Wrote --We Say
Goose Flesh --Goose Bumps
Language is key for writers, and like the adults who try too hard to sound like a cool teenager, using terms and words that that are not part of the country's most basic every day vocab is a dead giveaway you didn't do your research, or that you just didn't want to. I actually wonder was this book originally set in England but places changed out to reach the US audience?
The story itself was actually really good, in depth with a lot of info, but good. Until the ending. The ending just seemed rushed and cut off. It is a series, I realize this but even so I still feel like I was cut off mid-sentence so to speak. The author did a great job of explaining the info through the beginning of the book, but at the end you just supposed to know what is going on, who (and what) Mercy is, what is happening. Angles are only mentioned by description, not by name. And I had to read the Good Reads blurb just to make sure we were actually dealing with the celestial clan and not a group of ghosts or something.
I'm giving this book 2.5 Birds, the idea is there, the story could be awesome but I would have tightened things up a bit more and explained things a little better before publishing. The language issue was really hard to ignore as was the complete and abrupt ending which left you not wondering for the 2nd book but wondering what just happened, more or less.
I did enjoy things up until the last 1/4 of the book when I began to feel like I over stayed my welcome and was being forced to leave. I will probably pick up the second book in the series to see how the author has grown.