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Apr 9, 2012

Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway: Redemption (Redemption Series 1) by RK Ryals

Hi everyone! I'm back again with another blog tour and a GIVEAWAY. This lovely tour was organized by CBLS Promotions. I'm posting my thoughts about this amazing book entitled Redemption by R.K. Ryals. It's actually the first book of the Redemption Series. I'm also going to post a review for Ransom, which is the second book of the series, in a few days. I promise you wouldn't have to wait so long. First, let's see what Redemption is all about!

Title:  Redemption (Redemption Series, Book 1)
Author:  R.K. Ryals
Publisher:  Self
Length:  Approx. 105,000 words
Genres:  YA Paranormal Romance
Buying Link: Redemption (Redemption Series)


“The Time has come when He will come looking. She is ready. I have faith in her. She is her father’s daughter. She carries my blood. And I will never forgive myself for feeding her to the wolves.” 
~Bezaliel from Redemption~

One Girl...

At sixteen, Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed, grief stricken shell of a girl forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt following the death of her parents.

One Sacrifice...

Often upstaged by her moral older sister, Amber, Dayton is often flung into the shadows, forgotten. But age changes things.

No Hope...

As Dayton's seventeenth birthday approaches, her Wiccan best friend, Monroe, sees a vision outside Dayton's bedroom window that flings her into a world where right and wrong become dangerously twisted.

Redemption is the story of one young woman who must disentangle herself from a web of lies endangering her soul, and who discovers an attraction to a mysterious stranger that may just kill her. 

My Thoughts:

Redemption had been a big surprise to me! Ms. R.K. Ryals wrote a book that has a perfect mix of everything you would want in a YA read. 

I will absolutely not give out anything more than what was written on the book blurb. I figured out that the blurb was written that way for a reason. Sometimes, it frustrates us that the blurb doesn't give out much, but what we didn't know is that it is written that way to make the reading of the book much more pleasurable. The mystery is what gets us going. The craving to want more gives that much needed push to make us read more and it doesn't spoil us, doesn't it? I absolutely love that the blurb was written as vague as it could be. The intensity of the read would be much affected if I outed anything more and that's why I've decided to leave you guys in the dark, I'm sure you'll find the light once you've read this book! This is the only hint you'll get from me, nothing more and nothing less!

Redemption has been a revelation to me. There are certain perceptions about self publishing going around the net, and I think most of you knows this, but Ms. R.K Ryals has proven them all wrong!If you read this then you'll see that there are treasures hidden in the Self Publishing World.

 Redemption is one of the most exciting reads I had the pleasure of reading this year. It's full of action and mystery that would make your head swirl! It has a bit of romance. Note that there is a love triangle here but not the kind that would make you irritated and throw the book out. It's done in a way that you could probably relate to it. It's done in a way that you'll know who to root for and it's pretty fantastic!

The characters in this book are simply amazing! The story actually revolves around Dayton (Day) but what I liked about this is, we get to see this girl around the people she interacts with and in turn we get to see those people around her and as a reader we try to complete the puzzle of their personalities. The complexities around them are what makes this book so much enjoyable to read. You'd want to know what pushes them to do what they did! The mystery of what Dayton is and the mystery of what the people around her are, makes you go on reading this book no matter what the time is. I think it's one of the signs if an author is effective. You'd just continue on reading until that very last period. 

I also liked the pacing of the story. It was just right. The build up was getting intense page by page and I absolutely loved it! There are some little typos along the way but it's barely there. I don't think you'd really notice it if you didn't look for it. I'm just wired differently that's why I noticed those few little typos.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book! There's nothing I didn't like about it actually, which makes this book so amazing. There were no dull moments when you'd want to skip a page to get to the point. As I said the build up of the story was getting intense page by page and that's why you wouldn't want to miss one. If you're looking for a book that would make you think and feel intensely then, this book is for you! It would be a colossal mistake to miss reading this book!

More about the Author:

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, R. K. Ryals is a scatterbrained mother of three whose passion is reading whatever she can get her hands on. She makes her home in Mississippi with her husband, three daughters, a Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, and a coffeepot she couldn't live without. 

She is currently working on Retribution: Book 3 in the Redemption Series.

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  1. KimbacaffeinatedApril 09, 2012 8:27 AM

    Fantastic review..i love when a book gets you like this..thanks for bringing this one to our attention.

  2. Very nice review. The book sounds very good.

  3. Holy cow, the BEST BOOK, EVER? That's tricky. I'm a huge fan of the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane, but if we're basing "favorite" on how many times I've re-read a book? Then it'd be Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne -- a historical western that is my idea of literary comfort food :)

  4. I haven't read those books yet. I might check them out! We all have that special books that we always read when we have the feel to read them! Thanks for commenting and joining the giveaway! :)

  5. Thanks for commenting and liking the review!

  6. First, full disclosure: I helped with some minor editing on R.K. Ryals' book, Redemption.
    I can't tell you how great it is that you mentioned some typos-- it is so much more helpful to read a review that honestly points out problems!
    Thanks so much for your comments, and I'm glad I found your blog. I'll be back in the future to read more of your reviews.

  7. It was actually a sci-fi book :) I don't want to be a total geek so I won't leave the title!! The book sounds awesome!!

  8. Hi Melanie!

    Thanks for dropping by on my blog. Thanks for appreciating my honesty. It's very gracious of you to accept them. There are a few typos on the book but it's barely there and as I said I'm just so meticulous when I'm reading that's why I noticed them. Those few typos didn't really affect the feelings I got while reading this amazing book. And I must say that the second book is much better! I don't think I saw any typos at all.

    Thanks again for commenting!

  9. Thanks for commenting here! I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope you'll give this book a chance to amaze you as much as it amazed me!

  10. Yes! this book is awesome! You should try to read this one! Don't be so afraid to be a total geek.. we're all geeks here! We all have some geekiness inside us! Thanks for dropping by Nikki!

  11. Pride and Prejudice

  12. Hard for me to pick just one favorite book as I read such a different variety of books! Dracula is one of my favorites that I have read many times!

    I have had Redemption on by TBR list but your review helped me realize I really want to read it sooner rather than later! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

  13. RbamericanhistoryMay 23, 2012 9:00 PM

    Great blog site! Glad I visited! Rosanne Bittner

  14. Got your message from Book Blogs and came over and followed on GFC & Google Plus. Can't follow on FB because they have put a cap on how many you can follow! Can you believe that? Anyway, I will have to go thru and see which companies & businesses I can unfollow now that their giveaways are over. I try not to unfollow other bloggers. So, it may take me some time. Would love a follow back on GFC & Google Plus, though. You don't have to do FB since I could not follow you yet. Thanks!

    Mary Bearden
    Mary's Cup of Tea


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