Grave Mercy [DNF Review / Discussion]

Posted July 30, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Grave Mercy [DNF Review / Discussion]Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Pages: 550
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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?

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Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 549
Published By: Houghton Miffli
n Harcourt on April 3, 2012
Challenges: Square in Wonderland Book Club, 2015 TBR Pile, 2015 Reading Challenge

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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?
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I know, I’m not in the majority when it comes to rating this book. Let me be clear that I was not able to finish this book. I just could not get through it. Every time I picked it up and read a page or two more, I got bored. I tried to get through this one, I really did. But it just was not capturing my attention.

I gave this 2 stars though, because there is potential. I love the concept of this story. Assassin nuns?! Hell yes! And I hear from reliable sources who did not care for this book, that they loved the second and third book. So, that gives me hope.

Will I read this one again? I will definitely try. But probably not anytime soon. I will attempt this one again, eventually. And hopefully I can change the rating from a 2 to possibly higher. I wish I was able to get through this one because I was so excited to do discussions and what not with the book club on this, but I was so bored when it came to reading this book.

 

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Did you read Grave Mercy? Were you in the same position that I was in? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
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2 responses to “Grave Mercy [DNF Review / Discussion]

  1. Alecia

    Aw bummer this one sounded so good! The synopsis immediately drew me in but a 2 star rating and being bored out of your mind has put me of reading this! Great review.

  2. Debbie

    I’m more of contemporary girl myself but I have to admit this one sounded pretty good by the synopsis and like you said had heaps of potential but what I’ve been hearing about the book has left me disappointed. It sucks when a great concept of a book can be ruined by the whole of the story.

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