4 out of 5 Stars (I really liked this book)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Published: August 2011
Length: 473 Pages
Who would think that one kiss could be so deadly??
That is the story of Mercy Moore who is a junior in high school and has only been kissed by one boy…one boy she almost killed with that kiss.
I read another book by Shannon Dermott and loved it so I decided to pick up ‘Beg for Mercy’. It did not disappoint.
There is a lot of inner dialogue from Mercy, so we really get to know and connect with her character quickly. In the beginning, it took a little time for me to get used to all the inner dialogue, since I am not a fan of that type of writing style. However, in this book, it works. You get a great understanding of how this 16 year old sees her life, school, mom, friends and boys. Yes, there are a lot of boys in Mercy’s life.
You may find some of what Mercy says or thinks is immature, but you have to remember she is 16 years old. Also, she has only kissed one boy and that did not go well so she has been staying away from boys ever since.
Mercy’s mother holds a lot of secrets as to who Mercy is in this world. It was frustrating for me since I had some issues with her mom. However, I love how Shannon Dermott has me not like the mother, but yet try to understand where the mother was coming from by holding all these secrets from Mercy. Many times, I wanted to yell at Mercy’s mom (more like my Kindle) and say “just tell her or she will resent you.” So, yes, I got emotionally involved in the characters.
As the story progresses, we learn why a girl who has only had one boyfriend in her life immediately draws the attention of four. By the end of the book, you will have a ‘boy crush team’ that you will be rooting for. I have mine, but keep switching back and forth. Every time, I am rooting for specific boy, another one does something that makes me switch back. Would it be bad if I was rooting for the devil??? *sigh* YES that was a sigh for the devil.!
I don’t particularly care for love squares/triangles times two. No joke, Mercy is able to attract all types of boys and change them.
Once you have finished this book, Shannon Dermott, wrote a few POVs that are on Figment from Flynn and Sebastian, Two male characters in the series. I love these guys! Who am I kidding??? I think I love all male characters in this book. I am telling you, if you read this book it will be so hard for you to choose your favorite “team boy.”
Plot: Mercy Moore has only kissed one boy when she was 14 years old. With that one kiss she almost killed that boy. Now she is 16 years old, has not been since that scary night and is stuck at a party with her best friend playing ‘spin the bottle’ and the bottle that the hottest boy in school spun just stopped on her. What is she supposed to do?? She wants to fit in? Be like any normal junior in high school. As Mercy learns more and more about her “curse” she meets more characters that may have the answers as to why her kisses are so deadly.
Did I skim? No
Ending/Cliffhanger: I wanted to immediately to start the sequel.
Did I feel connected to the characters: Yes
Did I look forward to going back to the book when I had to stop? Yes
Do I recommend? Yes.
Positives: Great story. Great characters.
Negatives: Mercy can be a little repetitive with her thoughts.
Pace of the story: Good
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