Exile by Rebecca Lim
* Warning* make sure you read the first novel Mercy
Like the first novel, Mercy is brought back to the normal world in another persons body. This time around, before she goes into the next person, the novel goes to meeting Luc again. Luc is Mercy's "companion, or Immortal lover" so to speak. We learn more of their relationship when he meets her in her dreams. This concept was a nice way of introducing the reader into the story again. In this dream like state before she goes into another body, Luc sets up a plan for him and Mercy to meet again. In her past body, Luc says that he was really close, but he was too late. Something is going on with this plot, because I think Lim wants to show the reader background into how/why they are meant to be together.
The plan is that once Mercy is back in a body, she is to try to track down Ryan <3 We all know that Ryan was introduced from the first novel. She is to try to contact him, and to take her back to Paradise to meet Luc again, so that the people who are controlling the other world. I did tear up when you find out that Lela's mother is dying of cancer
Mercy is then put in Lela Neill's body (she in university), who works at a cafe. I thought this part was a little slow at time, but it only picked up when Mercy started chatting with Ryan again through the computer scenes. A young man by the name of Ranald (who has a crush on Lela) helps her set like an facebook account through his laptop. Once she finally talks to Ryan who is in love with Mercy, he tells her that he will be there in two days. OK- I am a little torn at who I want her to be with- Luc or Ryan, am leaning towards Ryan....? When he arrives that day, major events escalate during this scene.
Firstly SPOILER --Mercy wanted to leave with Ryan but felt guilty for setting a date with Ranald. So she sends Ryan to go across the street to wait for her. With her still being inside the cafe, Ranald comes back from the washroom, swipes a gun and kills himself and Lela because nobody gave him the time of day or attention. So with Ryan outside worrying about Mercy, it is Lela's time to go, but we have a guest when she is in this dimension- Micheal (he is like a guardian for Mercy, along with 7 other people from her past centuries ago. We get a little more background about Luc, which from these 8 people are trying to protect her from Luc (has too much power) but he is always so close to her, so they move her over and over. But they will try to separate them. Her reunion with Ryan was lovely even though it was short-lived. Those two do tug at my heart.
The ending is like the last novel, before she wakes up in another body. I have to wait and see what happens next in this series, because I think its just the beginning. Cant wait until Muse
I like Rebecca Lims writing throughout the book, and she put in a lot of detail of what was happening around where Mercy was, but I felt that she could've taken some parts out and were repetitive. I did feel bored at some parts (I admit) but she does tell a good story. This concept is really unique, because you can envision what Mercy is doing and thinking. All the covers are pretty also! I also want to know more of what gonna happen next!!
Exile- Synopsis (goodreads)
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