Mercy by Rebecca Lim
Genre: YA Supernatural
Received as an advanced electronic copy from netgalley. This book is set to be published May 17, 2011.
Synopsis: Mercy in an exile from heaven with shattered memories of who she used to be. She's doomed to "wake" repeatedly on earth in a new body, each time assuming a new life. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by her lost love, who pleads with her to find him.
But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old reeling from the loss of his twin sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped two years ago. Only Mercy and Ryan believe his sister is still alive. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose: she can help. So she doesn't understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the mystery of Lauren's disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.
Review: I read this book without reading the synopsis first so I wasn't really sure what was going on at first. I wasn't sure if this was a story similar to the tv show Quantum Leap with a human trapped jumping from body to body trying to get home or if Mercy was supernatural. It quickly became apparent that Mercy was some sort of supernatural being, which I now know to be an angel. The premise is still very like Quantum Leap though. Mercy jumps from human body to human body without any warning, and has to quickly figure out who she is and what she is doing. She rarely interferes in her hosts life but when she jumps into Carmen a high school choir Phenom on a school trip, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery surrounding the disappearance of the daughter of the family she is staying with and finds herself compelled to help.
The brother of the missing girl reminds Mercy of Luc who she dreams about all the time, a lover who she can't seem to find anymore and who keeps cautioning her to do nothing. But does Luc really have Mercy's best interest at heart? As Mercy discovers who she is there are more and more questions that pop up about how she became what she is and why she is hopping from one body to another.
Filled with mystery of what might have happened to Lauren the missing girl, who Mercy really is, who the Luc is that Mercy always dreams about and why she wants to help this time the people around her this time. This is apparently the first in a series and it is a great start. I whizzed through this book, completely intrigued by everything.