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Posted October 15, 2013
Is there a point when your soul can no longer be redeemed? Will the temptations of life be too much, condemning your soul to eternal damnation? Who decides? When is your time to die? Do we all have a role in life to play that determines the destiny of others? What about the “afterlife” – what is our role there? Redemption by C. J. Barry is a dark urban fantasy revolving around two characters, one, Reya, is a “Redeemer” who offers up one last chance to save one’s soul, giving her a chance to ‘redeem’ her own soul and move on to a better eternity. The other is Thane, a detective and troubled man on a quest for revenge, but there is more to him, he plays a larger part in the balance between good and evil, but he is unaware. Can Reya bring him out of the dark and into the light? Will evil be foiled again?
After a slow build up, creating the mood, setting the stage and meeting the characters, more information is doled out slowly, creating more tension, but sometimes a little too slowly. Reya is a very strong character who becomes instantly likable and admirable. She has a darkness in her, but she fights it, she wants to do the “right thing.” Thane, is not so likable, as he drowns himself in the past, always on the lookout for the opportunity to seek his own brand of justice. He also seemed to dwell too much on Reya’s appearance, which, admittedly is remarkable! The world is in peril, Thane’s soul is in peril and he is too fixated on Reya’s fine form. It interrupted the story in my opinion.
C. J. Barry can write great Urban Fantasy, her plot took turns I was surprised to see. I liked that aspect, I just wish I had more depth at times there, and with some fascinating satellite characters. Could this be because it is the first book in a series, and the world-building had to be cemented firmly?
I received a review copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing)in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted December 28, 2013
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This is a very intriguing read and the first book in a brand new series. I loved it!
Reya Sinclair is a fascinating character. She is a Redeemer, a type of intermediary who gives souls a chance to atone for their sins, but who is also atoning for her own. She has been to Hell and back, literally. I liked her spunk, of which she has a lot! However, I also think she is rather hard on herself.
Thane Driscoll is a police detective, who has become a bit jaded and disillusioned over the years. I liked this character. He has good intentions, but his moral compass has become slightly bent. (The saying - The road to Hell is paved with good intentions - comes to mind with this character). When he meets Reya, secrets are revealed and his life will change forever.
This is a fantastic Urban Fantasy that captured my attention from the first page. There have been many books that use the concept of angels or other metaphysical beings (such as the Grim Reaper) as soul gatherer's, but this is the first book I have read that uses human souls called Redeemers to do the reaping. This is a good thing, because it gives the story a fresh twist. It's a dirty job, but someone has got to do it I suppose, and Reya is a strong, independent and resourceful woman. The story is a thrilling mix of suspense, mystery, romance and danger that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride with a metaphysical twist. The characters come alive on the page; I even like Orson, Reya's supervisor and contact with Heaven, even though his attitude bugs Reya no end. Surt is a character that I think was not as threatening as he could have been. Although power hungry, he didn't send shivers down my back as a truly evil being would have done. Nevertheless, his dark presence gave the story enough of a threat factor to keep it interesting. The Hellraiders were more scary though!
The author's use of dimensions to describe the evolution of enlightenment and peace, and the role they play in the state of things made sense to me, but may not to other readers. I think that the Earth is alive and evolving, just as we are, and has a soul too; it is no wonder that she takes exception to being used and exploited by us! The ending is bittersweet in some respects, but it is mostly a reminder that love is the biggest healer of all.
C.J. Barry has written a fabulous story that was fast paced, flowed beautifully and kept me entertained. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
I highly recommend this book if you love Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton
Posted November 23, 2013
I absolutely loved it! The author, C.J. Barry, does an excellent job with the imagery in Redemption. The way the book is written puts such vivid images in your mind, it's like watching a movie. I loved the way this book fleshed out from the beginning; the tone and the pace are really great. I read this book in one sitting. I really liked the heaven and hell aspect, and the involvement of demons; both inner and actual demons. Both of the main characters were excellent, and how they change through out the story is great to see, and I was pulling for them from the beginning. I definitely will read more books from this C.J. Barry. I enjoyed the whole book; it's definitely a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2013
Reya is a redeemer, she would go to people and ask them if they were sorry for their sins. If they were not sorry, they would die. Reya was caught on a video tape leaving the property of one of the sinners. Thane was trying to find her, so he could question her. Thane work as a cop in the paranormal investigation unit. Thane finally got to talk to Reya and he thought he was going out of his mind. She just disappeared out of nowhere. Reya envoy told her she had to keep Thane safe because he is the new legacy. With all the crime happening people are losing their faith. They have to stop hell coming to earth. With all the time that Reya and Thane spend together there attraction for one another grows and they can't keep there hands off each other. In there battle to keep hell of earth, Thane died and was sorry for his sins. Reya was beside herself because she didn't know what was going to happen to Thane. Reya current envoy told her she would be getting a new one but she didn't expect it to be Thane. Now they can be together forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2013
Reya is a Redeemer. She is the last person someone sees before they die. She is their last chance at salvation. Sort of a soul-cleansing grim reaper if you will.
Thane is a dirty cop whose soul is on the verge of becoming lost. He, along with his partner, head up the paranormal investigation unit in the police force. His path crosses with Reya as he is called in to investigate the "accidental" deaths of so many citizens.
At first the book was somewhat confusing. The various dimensions and ascending worlds sent me threw a loop a few times. However, I liked the over concept and the book was well-written. The characters developed and grew throughout the story. Over all I give the book three stars.
Posted November 1, 2013
OMG! I really, really LOVED this book! I just have to say, AMAZING STUFF CJ! I was completely enthralled in the world she created, the characters, the mystery, the suspense, and, of course, the romance. CJ Barry is a new author to me and she has certainly got my attention. Even though this story included paranormal and futuristic/fantasy elements (forgive me if I am miscategorizing) once I was caught up in the world Reya and Thane were dealing with (which was right away, lol) it still just felt so real to me. The characters actions, reactions, and dialogue were just so well written and believable it felt like I could have been right in the middle of it. Reya and Thane's love story unfolds in such a natural way considering the troubles, dangers and times they are dealing with that even though their time together was fairly short their love didn't feel rushed. Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed about REDEMPTION is Ms. Barry's take on heaven/hell/afterlife/reincarnation/light vs. darkness was enough to feel all her own (or the story's that is) yet not all that far-fetched. In a perfect world, as they say. It added a wonderful depth to her storyline. I know I am leaving out details, but most are included in the blurb and anything in the more would just take away from the experience of the reader. Which for me was so wonderful I am really hoping this is not the last I see of this world by CJ Barry.
Posted October 27, 2013
4.5 stars. Reya is an immortal being called a Redeemer; her job is to confront
thoroughly evil people, just before they are scheduled to die, to offer them once
last chance to turn their lives around. If she performs her job well enough, and
in accordance with the ba-zillions of irritating and ridiculous rules set up by
the Powers That Be, not only can she redeem those souls, but her own soul,
and just possibly, help the planet Earth itself move more firmly into the light.
If she fails... not only her own soul, but all or Earth could be plunged into
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest
Thane is a rulebreaker, a cop gone dirty for the right reasons - at least in his
mind. He's killed a lowlife scum more than once, he's planted evidence, and
more than anything else, he'd like revenge on the man? who killed his father.
He's also coming into some very special paranormal powers of his own, and
of course, Thane and Reya must work together.
This story puts a whole new twist on the concept of "the ex-boyfriend from Hell."
It offers angels and demons and paranormal critters while tying them more to
a New-Agey reincarnation spiritual theme, ALTHOUGH it doesn't talk trash
about any traditional religions or churches, either. And the most unexpected
people step to the plate and turn out to be heroes.
I really enjoyed the pacing, the slow reveal of the rules for this world, and the
way in the end, the key wasn't smarts alone, but love. This seems to be the
first in a series but has its own satisfying ending; not a cliffhanger.
The first book of the metaphysical fiction Soul Series is a unique and intriguing story of ghosts, demons and enlightened beings and a butt kicking heroine.
Reya’s only shot at redemption is to be a Redeemer, someone who offers the soon to be dead one last shot at atonement for their sins. Thane is a detective who compromises his own soul by carrying out his own brand of justice. When good people start dying the two will have to work together to uncover an evil plot.
This unique story grabs the reader’s imagination from the very beginning and doesn’t let go. The author portrays a very interesting and engaging world with an intensity that brings the world to life and makes the reader feel as if they are fighting for the souls of the human world right along with Reya and Thane.
The strong characters are captivating and draw the reader deeper into this smooth flowing plot. The emotions and charisma of the hero and heroine are vivid and breathtaking real. The reader easily gets caught up in their individual plights as well as the overall conflict. The romance between the two is slow building throughout the story and appropriately paced.
I loved this fast paced book and once I started it, I couldn’t put it down until the end. The story does have one drawback, the metaphysical content can get a little confusing if you are not paying attention, so pick a time that you are less likely to be interrupted and curl up for a great entertaining story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I was provided this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.