Everyone dreams of that first kiss. Of that magic moment when your lips finally meet those of that special person you’ve waited your whole life for. A little awkward, a little scary, a little hot and every bit amazing. We speculate that the whole world will shake and time will just stop. No one, however, ever imagines that kiss would be lethal.
Sixteen year old Mercy Moore’s life got more than just complicated. The kiss that originally could have meant she would finally have a boyfriend, now was the kiss that could have very nearly ended his life. A small detail her mother conveniently never told her will take her life for an abrupt u-turn. Dating, no love, was now completely and utterly impossible.
But life, however cruel, goes on. Far too soon for her taste, Mercy finds herself at a party with the elite students of her school and her best friend. And of all things, playing a stupid game that could very well mean the death of someone in that small room. If it were not for her best friend, the hottest guys in school, and a small need to fit in, she may have been able to escape the disaster that was to come. Her worst nightmare, her personal curse, her very life, only gets dangerously worse.
Mercy is a succubus. You find out pretty quickly into the story but I remember the first chapter I was really confused about why spin the bottle seemed like such a huge deal. But after that, the ball really gets going and the story never loses speed. Mercy is inquisitive, and is a quality girl. I thought it was so funny the way she would say that she felt like a harlot after kissing a boy. I felt for her because she was kept in the dark about pretty much everything about herself for her whole life. It felt like a very introspective journey for Mercy. We got to see first hand the effects of being a succubus had on her and how she struggled with herself. I would have liked to see a little bit more about the effects that she had on others.
There are a lot of characters in Beg for Mercy, which I really enjoyed. We got to know a whole crew of people. There are so many. My favorites are Luke and Flynn. I wanted to like Mercy’s best friends, Paul and Maggie more but they were both kind of moody throughout the book. They both had their really sweet friend moments and they both had moments where they annoyed me.
The writing is great, and I love a paranormal book that is not about shifters, or vampires. Demons are not as heavily explored in YA yet and succubus and incubus are certainly not, so I felt like I was reading something more unique. Plus, I am kind of in love with Shannon Dermott’s writing style. It is so vivid. I am dying to read the next book! I am hooked on this series already and I want, no I need more, more more.
Shannon first love was reading, diving into other realities to explore and brave new worlds. To share her writing is the best experience of all. Her first series explores the life and trials of being Mercy Moore, a teenage cambion. When Shannon isn’t writing she loves to shop and watch horror movies that make turning out the lights seem like a stupid idea. You can explore more about her at her websitewww.shannondermott.com. She can also be found on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.
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