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Posted March 13, 2013
In Erica Hayes' Redemption we jump right back into the chaos of the upcoming Apocalypse as the sexy Tainted Angels return to find another of the keys to the end of the world while fighting demons here on Earth as well as those inner demons weighing on their souls. And no Tainted Angel seems to have more weighing on him than Japheth, who's kept his emotions locked inside since being cast out. His inner torment made me ache for him and I longed for him to find someone to ease his pain. He allows no comfort or happiness into his life as penance and continues on as the dutiful soldier, at least until he meets the one woman to tempt him in over a 1000 years. She's his enemy though something about her calls to him and unthaws his cold heart and for the first time he's unsure of what is right. Should he give in to the only bright spot he's found since being cast out or throw away his last chance at redemption for the love he sees in her conflicted soul? Rose was made a vampire against her will and has done whatever necessary to keep from being sent to Hell. Her latest mission is to corrupt the incorruptible Japheth through seduction and once they meet it's hard to tell who's really being seduced. Rose knows she's abhorrent because of her demon blood and can't understand why the pure-hearted and sexy Japheth wants her, but wants her he does. Rose is a strong-willed woman who hates what she's become and the hurts she's caused. She doesn't believe in redemption or the concept of honor until Japheth shows her a different way of living.
What follows is a journey full of sexual tension where they have to rely on each other to get what they both want. It's a dangerous and bloody war they wage against powerful enemies and with their own desires. Neither wants to hurt the other but at times it's hard not to cause each other hurts when there's constant betrayal all around them. They fight each other every step of the way but you can sense their connection and the succor they could give each other if they just give their true feelings a chance. The verbal sparring at the beginning is the first glimpse into their attraction. Their sexual interludes later on are super steamy and well worth the wait. The final part of the story was about great sacrifice and brought a tear to my eyes. It gave new meaning to what redemption truly is.
Hayes' world building is unique and vivid with its dark and gritty city full of a dangerous cast of various demons all partying their way to the Apocalypse. The action scenes are numerous and heartpounding with much blood being shed. In a separate storyline we see the rest of the Tainted Angels hunting another piece of the Apocalyptic puzzle in a deadly fight of their own where the archangel Michael continues to crave power and continues to poison his warriors through promises and lies. He's becoming more dangerous and I fear for those sexy and heroic Tainted Angels. A final scene that caught me completely by surprise involving Tainted Angel Jadzia and her demon lover opens up an entirely new can of worms and has me greatly anticipating the next book in this series.
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Posted May 8, 2013
I will stand by my statement that these angels scare the crap outta me! However, they are oh so bad which is oh so good! LOL Things pick right back up in the second book from where one finished, and things are getting all crazy. And way to add a sort of Romeo and Juliet type theme to this as well. Literal enemies supposed to kill each other falling in love. It’s a blast!!
Japheth is the one in the hot seat this time. He is an angel, who is stuck on earth, and he’s literally taken a whole new light to working for redemption. He’s quiet and serious, and is dead set on working his way back into Heaven’s good graces. And you totally catch that there was something going on between Michael-yes the arch angel who is in my opinion one of the complete worst- and Japheth. Michael gives Japheth the order to kill the “Angel Slayer”, except that this slayer is a chick, who is a demon vampire, and I think there’s gunna be hell to pay with her. LOL
Rose has had a seriously bad hand of cards dealt to her. She’s angry and bitter, and really good at what she does, hence the name Angel Slayer. When she meets Japheth, it made me giggle at the one she has picked to try her “deal” with. I had to giggle, because Japheth is one of the last you would expect to be seduced. This was such an interesting relationship building here. It’s so good, you just have to read it.
The secondary characters are back, and some of them are my favorite! And there are some who are bad, who I don’t believe to be completely evil, and some who are good, that should be rotting in hell. It’s such a twist on the Angel concept. The demons are fascinating. And it’s on like Donkey Kong to get Satan out of his “prison”. 4.5 CREEPTASTIC ANGELELIC PAWS!! I can’t wait for book three to come out!
Posted March 24, 2013
I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to read the first book. I literally spent all day reading this, and I'm in love with the writing, story, and hold nothing back approach. The action, the suspense, and the sexual tension (and release) were executed perfectly.
I did stumble through the first few chapters though, I didn't have the chance to read the first book. This is more my fault, but I wouldn't recommend reading it out of sequence. I'm still new to the angels vs demons in a literary sense, so a lot of the terms were new for me. A more seasoned reader, I think, would be fine.
With that being said, I think the author painted the world in a dazzling manner. The characters were real to me, so real that I felt their emotions. At times I was moved by their struggles, and there were a few times were I even wanted to reach through the pages and smack around Japheth, Michael (tons there), and even Rose. Of course i wanted to kick some demon/vampire butt too.
I look forward to reading the first in this series, and if all books (printed or not) are like this one, well the author has made a new fan for life.
Posted March 5, 2013
Strong Sequel in New Urban Fantasy Series
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review:
Redemption, the second book in The Seven Signs series by Erica Hayes, picks up the tale of the "Tainted" host shortly after the events that took place in Revelation. Continuing her extensive world building, Ms. Hayes gives us two somewhat doomed would be lovers, whose path to peace is fraught with guilt, blood and violence. While I'm not sure I'd call them likable characters, they do none the less grab your attention and garner your sympathy,.
Once a warrior angel, Japheth, is now one of the "Tainted". Unsure about exactly what he did to earn Archangel Michael's wrath, Japheth has spent the last 14 centuries killing demons and denying himself any kind of glory or joy in an effort to earn redemption. Regardless of how many demons he kills, it never seems to be enough to get Michael off his back; at least until now.
Given the order to kill the demon vampire known as the "Angel Slayer" and her master, a demon prince known as Fluvium, Japheth has been promised re-entry into heaven upon the successful completion of his task by Michael. Japheth never thought he'd fall in love with the enemy.
An up and coming star on Broadway, Rose Harley becomes a demon vampire after a night with Fluvium, a demon prince. Tricked into surrendering her soul and hurting the only person she loves, Rose is angry at both heaven and hell for her situation. Taking her anger out on angels keeps her out of hell where the soul of the person she betrayed angrily waits for her.
Trying to stay one step ahead of her master, Rose roams the night and streets of Babylon alone and in despair. At least until she runs across one of the tainted angels, Japheth. Promised more time on earth if she can turn one of the "Tainted" to the dark side, Rose plans to use seduction as a way of taking down the "Tainted" she couldn't kill
As Rose and Japheth meet and circle around each other, the third and fourth vials of the Apocalypse take center stage. Ms. Hayes continues her world building by giving us glimpses into an Earth full of despair, destruction and little to no hope. We get to know Rose and Japheth as the people they were, through flashes of their past, and the people they've become.
While both are desperate to stay out of hell, they can't deny their attraction and are reluctant to carry out their assignments to destroy each other. Both are sympathetic characters and easy to understand. While desperate to gain re-entry into heaven, Japheth is still disdainful of humans (who he refers to as monkeys), though he can't deny his desire for Rose. Meanwhile Rose finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with a man she's supposed to corrupt.
The secondary characters continue to play an important part in this series, especially Archangel Michael, whose hatred of pretty much everyone and everything seems to know no bounds. We do meet the Archangel Gabriel, who's not as clueless as Michael thinks. Gabriel has his own doubts about what's going to happen at the end, and also seems to suffer from a spirit of despair.
The demons also play an important role, especially Fluvium, a theatrically inclined demon who is annoying as all get out, and his boss Azeroth. Azeroth is running things in Hell until Satan is freed from his prison. All four of these powerful beings have one thing in common, their disdain for humans and their growing thirst for power. In fact one wonders what will happen to mankind as no one seems to care for the humans.
Will Rose be successful in her attempts to seduce Japheth to the dark side? Will Japheth choose to stay on Earth with Rose when he's given a chance to get back into the heavenly host? You'll have to read Redemption to find out. I want to warn the reader that this is a series you'll want to read in order as each book builds on the previous installment.