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Grave Mercy

LaFevers, Robin (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Grave Mercy


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In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.
Authors: LaFevers, Robin
Title: Grave mercy
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin,, 2012.
Characteristics: 549 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Summary: In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.
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ISBN: 9780547628349
054762834X
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Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • texasbooks rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I did not like this book at all. Hope someone else likes this book.

Report This Dec 04, 2013
  • Jennirodriguez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was a good book, but there was nothing really special about it :/ While it did keep me reading it's not exactly a page turner, it did make me tear up toward the end even though we didn't really get to know those characters. I did like the main character (whose name I do not remember) and Duval they were both interesting. The book makes you hate who you should and love who you would think to. I will read the next book and want to know more about Annith, Sybella and couple more of the characters.

Oooooh, i love this book. I have no reason to. I never like his wording, the main characters are idiots who are just either too cool or too... Just.... Blech. The plot was nonexistant, but i like it anyways. I love the medievalish setting. Im not sure who would like this kind of book, you just have to read it and see how it is

Report This Sep 30, 2013
  • kitana8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is a stand out.I have never come across a book for teens that takes place in this historical setting and after I finished the book I wanted to learn more about it. Also the idea that Ismae can see a "marque" on a person that no one else can and because of that she knows who to kill. However, I only gave it three stars because I did not care for her character too much (she seemed too naive and was not concerned about killing people and was very excited to do it in the first place!) and though I enjoy romance in the novels I read I did not see any chemistry between Ismae and Gavriel (why did he care for her? ) and it seemed like the author should have expanded on that.

Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was sadly disappointed in this book, to the degree that it was hard for me to finish it. The book seemed to promise intrigue, romance and magic set against the backdrop of medieval Brittany, but the pacing was dull and the romance stilted and awkward. The writing overused cliches and occasionally threw out strange and inexplicable twists, and the mystical revelation Ismae has at the end is thoroughly disappointing. Duval and Ismae have no real chemistry, but they are equally unlikeable, so I suppose they're made for each other. Speaking of Duval and Ismae, I know she has super mystical assassin senses, but unless the man is running a massive fever it's kind of ridiculous that she notices the heat of his body so much. Like, ALL THE TIME.

Report This Jul 10, 2013
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the nominations for the 2013 Teen's Top Ten. Voting will take place Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 via YALSA’s brand new Teens’ Top Ten site for teens at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens, and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • WestSeattleTeenLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

1485 - Brittany before it becomes part of France. Ismae escapes a horrible marriage on her wedding night and is taken to a convent that serves Mortain, the god of death, and there she learns the skills of assassination.

Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • jdaigle3 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A refreshing take on the supernatural genre! YA or adult! I love the idea of a seriously kick-but gal with a brain, despite the past she has. This is a definite must read even with its length into consideration! Just be sure you give yourself a few hours in a row to savour it, I made the mistake of starting it before bed and read till 1, then 3 before I could force myself to put it down and go to sleep!

This book is awesome! when I finished it and realized there was going to be a sequel, I flipped out. now, having read the second, which is just as good as the first, I cant wait for the third! ah, the slow torturer of waiting for a good book...

Report This Mar 20, 2013
  • Monikan21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, what a great book. It was long and yet so nicely written that I enjoyed every word. If you enjoyed "Graceling" this might be the book for you. It is full of action and I really enjoyed the historical timeframe. I can't wait for the 2nd book of the trilogy - Dark Triumph - which is coming out in April 2013. if I am not mistaken Dark Triumph is the story of Sybella - Ismae's convent sister - so really a totally new book.

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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Ismae Rienne is not a normal girl; she is the daughter of Death himself, marked -- and hated -- from birth. When her human father tries to sell her into a brutal arranged marriage, Ismae escapes to the convent of Saint Mortain, where other daughters of Death learn how to kill for their Duchess and their patron god. Ismae believes in the convent's purpose, and is excited by her first assignment -- following the serious Gaviel Duval to the court of Brittany to root out traitors and French agents. But what she learns at court, and what she begins to feel for Duval, might come between her and the convent that rescued her.

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“Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?”

Report This Feb 01, 2013
  • mrfbiini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“When he laces his fingers through mine, my heart does its now familiar panicked flight, bumping painfully against my ribs. My shoulder twitches as if to pull my hand back, but my heart overrules it.”

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“I pause at the door, wishing I could find a corner and sleep until my head clears, but the sailor said the abbess is expecting me, and while I do not know much about abbesses, I suspect they are not fond of waiting.”

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  • mrfbiini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“He barks out a laugh. "My little rebel.”

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“It is this kindness of his that unsettles me most. I can dodge a blow or block a knife. I am impervious to poison and know a dozen ways to escape a chokehold or garrote wire. But kindness? I do not know how to defend against that.”

Report This Feb 01, 2013
  • mrfbiini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The body on the ground is nothing more than a shell, a husk, and I am filled with a sense of peace. Yes, I think. Yes. This is what I want to be. An instrument of mercy, not vengeance.”

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  • mrfbiini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“... true faith never comes without anguish.”

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  • mrfbiini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“God's Teeth,' he says. 'I was only trying to wake you. You were crying out in your sleep.' 'I was not,' I say, then look from his neck to my knife. 'When I tried to wake you, you stabbed me.' He sounds sore put out. and I cannot blame him.”

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  • mrfbiini2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face.”

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“I am sorry,' he whispers. 'I am sorry I treated you so ill. I thought only to protect Duval.' 'It was not I who was poisoning him,' I say. 'No, but you had stolen his heart and I was afraid you would rip it from his chest when you left.”

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