Type: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Pub
My Copy: Sent
“Some people say they don’t care. I actually mean it.” Mercy Green didn’t become this way overnight. Centuries of monotonous life have left her jaded and detached. Humans weren’t meant to live forever. But then again, she isn’t human. Adam is though, and his purity baffles her. How can he remain unpolluted in a world tarnished by corruption? It doesn’t matter. Her time in Birchwood Creek is coming to an end and she must prepare to relocate. That is, until she inexplicably wakes up in a pool of her own blood. The answer seems simple enough: leave immediately. But when an attempt is made on Adam’s life, a failed murder she inadvertently caused, she feels obligated to stay and protect him.
But then she’s attacked again. And Adam begins to ask questions.
Victim to an unseen stalker, Mercy’s forced to seek help from Nick, an immortal teenager whose sudden appearance suspiciously coincides with her plunge into chaos. With her structured life unraveling and revelation of her immortality looming, Mercy must accept the truth: she’s being hunted. But why?
…And she thought immortality was boring.
I confess to not really knowing what to expect when I started reading this book. It seemed to be a mix of urban fantasy, paranormal romance and young adult. Initially that last part turned me off because reading about teenagers is not my thing. Fortunately, while many of the characters appear to be in their teens or twenties, they are actually immortals who have been “alive” for decades or more. They simply spend eternity with the physical appearance they had when they died.
The paranormal aspect of this book was interesting. It wasn’t your usual werewolf/shifter or vampire book. The immortals in this book are simply humans who died or were killed, then “created” – brought back to “life” as an immortal. There are several different types, including Geos (who control Earth elements), Fringes (who can blend in to their surroundings), Creators (who create other immortals) and Pumpers (who feel pain, have a heartbeat, bleed, eat and sleep, but cannot die).
Mercy Green was killed in the 1800s. As a Pumper, she has “lived” a long time and learned to do it solo, mostly because she figured out real quick that people don’t appreciate someone as abnormal as an immortal. She also keeps to herself because she learned the hard way that attachments always end up in heartbreak. She keeps a low profile, moving every year or two, and never leaving a trail of her existence. It’s lonely and monotonous, but after hundreds of years, she’s learned that happy ever after is an illusion.
Her careful life is turned upside down when she unwittingly forms several relationships. Adam is a human she met at the animal shelter where they both work. She likes him and admires him, and over time the friendship they develop turns into more. He cares for her, but she fights the attraction they share because she knows getting involved would be no good for him. Even if she could figure out how to explain her immortality, there is no way he could live the life she does, not to mention that as a human he is destined to die. Then Nick enters her life. He is a Fringe immortal who becomes one of her few real friends (despite her attempts to push him away), and watches her back when it becomes apparent someone is targeting her. At first they can’t figure it out, because who would try to kill an immortal? It soon becomes clear that someone is after her, but not to kill her. That someone believes that her blood can kill immortals and he is after that power.
This is when the story really became interesting and things started happening. The first half (or more) of the book was slow-moving. I forced myself not to skim, though, because I didn’t want to miss any of the back-story since the immortality concept was so unusual. The author does a good job of giving the reader a feel for Mercy’s character, and I liked her interaction with Nick and his friends Emily & Ben. They become entrenched in her life despite her protests, and the end result was a happy little “family” of immortals for eternal loner Mercy. I would have liked Adam’s character to be highlighted a bit more, as I feel that his romance with Mercy was a tiny little sidebar instead of a main part of the plot. That’s a minor complaint, though, and I make it simply because I’m first and foremost a romance fan!
I give Perpetual by Michaela Debelius 4 stars!