Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: GRAVE MERCY by R.L. LaFevers

GRAVE MERCY by R.L. LaFevers
Release Date: April 3, 2012

About (from Goodreads): Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Review: GRAVE MERCY is one of those books that took me by complete surprise. I try not to read too much about a book before I read it. I'm always afraid I'm going to spoil something. With GRAVE MERCY, all I knew was the tagline:  

Why be a sheep, when you can be the wolf? 

That's a hefty tagline to live up to. It says and promises so much in that one little sentence, that I was nervous about it. I was worried that the book couldn't possibly match the level of expectation that it built inside of me. I was also a little worried about the book's length. Since I spend most of my free time writing nowadays, I tend to find myself choosing shorter books to read because I hate spending weeks reading just one book.

Luckily, GRAVE MERCY not only met my expectations, but exceeded them in all the best ways. Not only was the storyline gripping and unforgettable, making it nearly impossible for me to flip the pages fast enough, but the characters were so incredibly likeable and well developed, I could hardly believe how soon I'd finished the book. And at the end, I was left wanting more. 

Ismae is a character I immediately connected with and wanted to root for no matter what challenges she faced. I wanted whatever she wanted, and I loved that she didn't accept everything at face value. She made promises, but wasn't scared to break them if she felt it was the right thing to do. And she learned so much about herself along the way that each page felt like a new layer of her was unraveled. I loved it. Every single word, letter, sentence, and page. 

LaFevers is a genius and has solidified me as a forever fan. After reading GRAVE MERCY, I know without a doubt, I'll pick up anything she's written. Thankfully, there is a second book in this series coming next year. I. cannot. wait. Seriously, if you haven't yet read this book, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it! 



  1. Wow, this one sounds great (especially the characters)! Very nice review, I'll have to check and see if my library has GM the next time I visit :)

  2. At fist I thought the concept was weird but everyone seems to love it. I might have to pick it up on Kindle.
    Thanks for the awesome review!
    Janiera @ Books & Beauty

  3. Like you, I really liked the characters. Ismae, particularly. But overall I didn't enjoy the book, unfortunately. I expected a lot from it. But somehow it didn't work for me.

    Oh, after I posted my review of the book today, I found out that three other bloggers had posted it too around the same time (in my Google Reader), including you! So I put a link to your review in my post. :)

    Happy blogging!

  4. Thanks so much for your comments, Lea, Janiera & Charlotte! I'm heading to check out your review right now, Charlotte. :-)

  5. Great review, Cindy. I have had this one on my mind since our book store adventure. I really do need to make time for it sooner rather than later.

  6. I'm so glad you loved it. This just came in for me at the library and I'm so excited to read it!

  7. All of the hype freaked me out too, how could a book possibly be as amazing as everyone was telling me it was? I was afraid it was going to be another of those titles that everyone but me loved. I was SO HAPPY that it wasn't. I couldn't believe how fast I finished it either, Grave Mercy is no lightweight. Can't wait for the sequel, great review! :]

  8. I've just recently read The Fifty Shades Of Grey Trilogy. And although it was my first time reading in that category it was quite refreshing.

  9. hey i read this book and i liked the oldtime feel of the book with u know knights, and stuff. so any books that are kind of like the middle ages that would be interesting for a TEEN GIRL!

  10. I'm sure there are a lot more books you can find from there. Just to give a heads up the Poison Study Series is 3 books. Then it has a connecting series that you'll love if you like the first three called the The Glass Series which is another three books.

  11. I love the Divine Mercy prayers and especially the chaplet. Christ is merciful and compassionate far beyond anything that we can think or imagine.



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