Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: Redemption (Soul #1) by C.J. Barry

Book Blurb:

Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective takes notice, possibly bringing her salvation to a halt.

Thane Driscoll is a good cop who’s seen too many bad guys get away, including the man who murdered his father. He exacts his own style of justice, even if it costs him his humanity. A string of mysterious deaths leads him to a woman who’s not quite human and might hold the key to finding his father’s killer.

When death and shadows descend, New York City becomes a battleground for the forces of light and dark. As the body count rises and sparks fly between them, Reya and Thane race to uncover a terrible truth. Can one man hell-bent on revenge and one woman determined to save her eternal soul be enough to keep the planet from spiraling into darkness?

My Review:

From the start of Redemption by C. J. Barry I was hooked!  I liked how she started with Reya.  From the beginning she is intriguing, had me immediately wondering who and what she was, good or bad?

Reya and Thane are brought together because of evil.  I liked how this was done, the build up of their relationship as they worked together and the attraction between them grew.  It wasn't fast, but it was steady and mesmerizing - a great pace!  I really liked these two main characters, separately and together...and they might have more in common than either of them initially anticipates.  Both of them are strong, determined, and think for themselves.  Neither of them hesitates to step outside of the lines, even at risk to themselves, if it is for what they see as the greater good.  I felt like I got to know both of these characters, and with great descriptions I could see the world through their eyes.  

Redemption has many layers and good depth.  I really liked what C. J. did with this unique and thrilling plot. I couldn't wait to see how various parts of the plot played out, and the twists that C. J. weaves in made for an exciting read.   I liked that it wasn't a religious theme, rather more about light vs dark, good vs evil, and what can overcome.  

The suspenseful, paranormal plot is strong and the romance builds but doesn't take away from the overall concept of Redemption.  I really enjoyed this book.

I'd recommend Redemption to any reader who likes suspense, paranormal, the what if's and a romance blended in.

4/5 stars

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