Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blog Tour and Review: "Redemption" by R.K. Ryals

Treat for you today my peaches! Introducing R.K. Ryals, author of REDEMPTION which I am happily hosting today. I know it's Tuesday, which means a  TRILOGY review, you'll find the regular scheduled trilogy review listed BELOW this post later today.

The book that I'm featuring today love bugs is actually very interesting, so prepare!


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 Author's Blog:  http://rkryals.blogspot.com/

Excerpt from ABOUT ME on R.K. Ryals' blog:

Two words best desrcibe me: quietly eccentric. ;)

I write YA paranormal fiction and am also currently considering a Fantasy series I've had in mind for years. Redemption is my first book.

My favorite thing in the world, aside from my children and my husband, is coffee! I'm ridiculously addicted to the stuff as long as it's Folgers classic roast with at least four teaspoons of sugar. 

 Aside from that, I am your quintessential Southern woman. Kind of hard not to be when I have been raised in the deep South. Mississippi is my home.


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

“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.

“You reek of fear,” a voice spoke suddenly from behind me, and I squeaked.

Oh my God! I wasn’t alone. Duh! Of course I wasn’t alone. I had known that, had hoped, however, for some sort of deliverance. Not likely, I realized now as I felt the power of the man behind me slam into my back, encompassing every inch of my body. I swallowed hard.

“Who are you?” I stuttered uncertainly, my voice hoarse from fear. I didn’t just reek of it, I was fear. The "voice" behind me chuckled.

“Or rather, what am I?” he intonated softly. I cringed.

“Please. . .” I began, trailing off as a pale hand suddenly gripped my shoulder in crushing cruelty.
The impact of the wall was barely noticeable, it happened so fast. One moment, I was standing in the middle of the alley, the next; my head was slammed up against a brick wall, warm blood trickling unpleasantly into the collar of my shirt.

And then I saw him—dark, ominous, huge. He was dark and he was light, his outrageous height accentuated by a long, ebony leather jacket. His hair was black as obsidian in the night, his face pale as snow in comparison. I stared dazedly, my eyes traveling his face in fascinated horror.

“I am Eternity,” he breathed.

Amazon (Kindle Edition) - http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Series-ebook/dp/B005Q22CEY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330221740&sr=8-2
Amazon (Print) - http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-R-K-Ryals/dp/1466392509/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330221740&sr=8-3

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating
I always told myself that I was going to be absolutely honest with reviews, so I'm not going to go off that path now. But, with that being said, if you notice I've rated this book a 4/5. I'll tell you why. It's because it's a dang good story. 
The honesty comes in admitting that it was slow in some areas and I had to drag myself through a couple of parts I thought were unnecessarily drawn out. I was anxious for the story to pick up at the beginning of the book and I was being driven mad with waiting. But, I'll tell you what, when the story finally did BANG into existence, it was something! 
I've never quite seen Angels and Demons represented in this way before, and for those interested in the idea of Nephilim (don't get me started on Nephilim, you wouldn't be getting away from me anytime soon) then this is a good book to grab up. 
Dayton represents a rebellious and withdrawn young woman trying to come to terms with her strange and tragic life. She's stubborn, crass, and pretty much unwilling to conform to anyone's idea of what she SHOULD or SHOULDN'T be like.  Her aunt in particular drives her bananas (and also the other way around, might I add) but this aunt isn't exactly the religious zealot you're expecting and she does something both absolutely appalling... and yet at the same time desperate. She changes before your eyes and while you have to feel sorry for Dayton, dang it if I didn't feel sorry for her ridiculous aunt as well. 
Monroe and Conor (I concentrate on these two because they're the most interesting to me out of the friends... and you'll find out why if you read the book) are good friends-to-the-bitter-end... which is almost kind of annoying. I'm not entirely sure why, but I can't be against that because the majority of the time it was just sweet. But there's more than meets the eye in most cases, with most people, and you'll find yourself gape mouthed about 60% of the way through when things finally start falling into place and you're sitting there going. "Whaaaa? No way!!!!" (that's a good thing, by the way)
The romance in this book was infuriating, but that's because I'm not a beat around the bush type of girl and I couldn't relate to Dayton very well. However, it added to the joy of reading the book. When you're practically screaming at the characters "COME ON! THAT WAS THE PERFECT TIME TO SHOW SOME EMOTION!" you know you're in it.   
Honestly,  in the right hands I think this book would make a darn good movie.  It's plenty full of adventure and suspense, and though I still believe the story could have been condensed in some areas I realize that this is mostly because I'm extremely impatient and has nothing to do with negatives to the author (who has a very non-mottled, engaging, straight forward writing style).  

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Yes I would. 



And be sure to stop by the other stops along the way for more opinions and special Giveaways! And just so you know next week I'll be featuring and reviewing Ms. Ryals second book in the series RANSOM. So keep an eye out! 

Redemption (Book 1)
Apr 9: Journey with Books (Giveaway/Review)
Apr 10: Auggie-Talk (Review/Book Feature)
Apr 11: Luna's Lair (Book Feature)
Apr 12: Literati Shuffle (Review/Book Feature)
Apr 13: Full Moon Bites (Giveaway/Book Feature)
Ransom (Book 2)
Apr 14: Full Moon Bites (Giveaway/Book Feature)
Apr 15: Luna's Lair (Book Feature)
Apr 16: Journey with Books (Giveaway/Review)
Apr 17: Auggie-Talk (Review/Book Feature)
Apr 18: Literati Shuffle (Review/Book Feature)

Until next Blog, 

Read on!



  1. Great review, Auggie! I'm not an impartial observer, since I helped with some minor editing on R.K.'s series, but I soooo sincerely appreciate your honesty. All the "it was good; I loved it" reviews don't help nearly as much as honest, well-meant criticism. I'm excited to have discovered your blog and I'll be back for more!

  2. Thank you for your honest and great review. I am def. adding this to my TBR list because I would love to read this book! It sounds like such an interesting read. Thanks again.