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Dr. Krystal Harris thought she was coming to Penton for a job interview, but Aidan Murphy has other plans. Infuriated by his high-handed scheme to imprison her in the small town, Krys can’t ignore the attraction between them. But is it love? Or does her dangerous, charismatic captor want only to bend her to his will?
Posted December 15, 2013
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Redemption is the first in the Penton Legacy series. A virus has wiped out a good portion of the human population. A vaccine was created, but something in the vaccine has caused human blood to be poisonous to vampires. Vampires are now forced to only feed from unvaccinated humans. In an attempt to survive without exposing the vampire race, Aiden Murphy has created a community of vampires & unvaccinated human donors where everyone can live in peace without the fear of starving.
Not everyone is happy about this well running community. The Vampire Tribunal isn’t happy. The vampire world is on the brink of civil war due to the lack of “food”. Vampires are going hungry, and a hungry vampire is bad. Very bad. For some reason, the Tribunal doesn’t want Aiden’s community in Penton, Alabama. They enlist the help of Aiden’s estranged brother, Owen, a brutal and just overall awful vampire. He is sent to destroy everything that Aiden has built.
Here’s what I like about this book. I like the way it was written. I really like the variation of what is going on with the vampires. The whole idea of human blood being poisonous to vampires except for a select few is new to me. I like the characters for the most part and like the relationships between the vampires & humans. I appreciate the idea of the give & take system they have set up in the community. The good guys are good, and the bad guys are bad. Throughout the book I kept asking myself, “Is Krys going to stay? Or is she going to leave? Is she going to run? Is she going to fall in love? What’s the deal between Melissa and her husband Mark? He seems so trusting? What is going on with Mirren? He’s so mysterious!” So essentially, this book kept me interested & looking for more. I didn’t have a point where I felt like I could put the book down & still know how it ended.
Here’s what I didn’t like. Krys is trying not to fall in love with her KIDNAPPER. It’s not that Aiden is a vampire. It’s that he’s a friggin’ Kidnapper for Christ’s sake! I have trouble seeing him as a bad guy because of all the good things he seems to do for his community, but he’s still a freakin’ kidnapper! Now granted, Sandlin tries to make up for this whole concept by having Krys acknowledge & express the ridiculousness of falling in love with her kidnapper, & makes a comment about whether she has Stockholm Syndrome. I have to admit, I found it hard to remember at times that he had kidnapped her. I know he is just trying to do what is best for his community, but kidnapping isn’t cute. I don’t care how cute you are, if you kidnap me, I’m not going to forget it, & I’m damn sure not going to fall in love with you!
The other issue I have with this story is pretty small. We are only told that Aiden & Owen are brothers &there’s a problem between them. We don’t find out what went wrong between them until much, much later in the book, so for a good portion of the book there is this tension & animosity & we have no idea why. It doesn’t kill the story, I just would like to have learned what happened sooner so that I could develop more of a dislike for Owen other than Aiden hates him & he likes to kill humans.
Overall, this was a pretty good book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes vampire books. It has romantic elements, but I don’t feel like it was a main theme. This is the first of 3 in the series so far, and I do look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Posted November 26, 2013
Redemption (Penton Legacy, #1) by Susannah Sandlin
Vampire Aidan Murphy has founded the peaceful town of Penton, Alabama, consisting of vampires and bonded humans with pure blood that have never been tainted with a vaccine deadly to vampires.
Dr. Krystal Harris has unknowingly been sought out for her uncontaminated blood and background by the town of Penton to replace their recently murdered doctor. Arriving at Penton for a job interview she ends up being kidnapped by Aiden. Trouble is she is beginning to fall for the handsome vampire.
Many at the governing body of the Vampire Tribunal, feel threatened by Aiden Murphy and the army he is building in Penton. Matthias Ludiam is one of those vampires. He secretly sends a killer to infiltrate Penton, Aidan’s older brother Owen.
Redemption sets the foundation and is a great start the Penton Legacy Series. This action pact book is exciting and hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters and community of Penton; both having a lot of depth. Penton is a worthy community were the inhabitants feel that they finally belong.
Susannah Sandlin did an admiral job with the start of the Penton Legacy Series. I can’t wait to read book two, Absolution.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 5, 2013
You would think with all the different vampire books available I would get tired of their stories after a while. But then I come across a book like Redemption, and I realize that as long as they are all this awesome, I will never get bored with them.
Redemption is the story of Aiden, your sexy neighborhood vampire (seriously though, he could bite me any day). After a virus left most human blood deadly to vampires, Aiden keeps his people alive by creating a community where vamps and humans live together side by side. But of course, the story would not be complete without the crazy family member trying to ruin you and yours and the kidnapping of a beautiful woman.
Sexy (I realize I already mentioned that once, but it does bear repeating), charismatic, and at times…intense, Aiden is a vampire a girl could fall in love with. He is a natural leader and others look up to him for guidance. He is also fiercely protective of those he feels responsible for and will do what it takes to keep them safe. Dr. Krystal is sweet, smart, and the perfect match for Aiden. The interaction between the two is a lot of fun and a lot of smoking hot. I loved how author was able to make each character in the story important and gave each of them their own personalities.
With an original story line, great characters, and tons of action and suspense, this story is a must read for any vampire lover.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 30, 2013
This is the first book in the Penton Legacy Series by Susannah Sandlin. This series was on my radar for a while, especially after I read an interview with the author on another blog, but I hadn't yet read it until the tour from Bewitching Book Tours came along.
As far as I can tell, the story happens in what is either the slight future or an alternate earth. A global pandemic has caused most of the population to receive a vaccine that makes their blood lethal to vampires. The vampires hope that if they can wait out this generation, the next's blood will once again be healthy. Unfortunately, because of the loss of their food supply, vampires are literally starving and taking more risks than they once were about how and where they fed.
The story opens with a Prologue in the POV of Matthias Ludlam, master vampire and Tribunal member. Matthias is getting an update from a private investigator he has hired to locate his son, William. Matthias is less than pleased to find out that William has pledged himself to Aidan Murphy in the small backwoods town of Penton, Alabama. Matthias finds out that Aidan has built up quite a number of followers into his scathe and has a large population of unvaccinated human blood donors that are bonded to the vampires in Aidan's scathe. Matthias feels that Aidan is amassing an army and wants it broken up. First, to get his son William back, and secondly, to get his hands on some of the unvaccinated humans.
In chapter one, we get to meet Aidan Murphy as he heads back to Penton after meeting with potential new scathe members. Aidan's idea is that human familiars are vampire equals, and he wanted a safe place for the two to live in peace and harmony. He thought they were flying below the Tribunal's radar until his brother Owen shows up and starts killing Penton residents. Aidan suspects someone from the Tribunal is backing Owen, but without certainty it limits his options. He is actually on his way to interview a replacement for their murdered doctor, when he gets the news that his business manager has been attacked.
Krystal Harris is a new doctor and very suspicious of how such a small town can afford the amount of salary they are promising her to come and work for them. But the student loans need to be repaid, so she is headed for a night time job interview. Once she gets into town, she is flagged down to help an man who has been brutally attacked, Aidan's business manager. And just that quickly, Krystal finds herself immersed into the vampire's hidden world.
I found this to be a very interesting book and enjoyed it a lot. I thought that a vaccine that changed the blood chemistry in such as way as to make it lethal to vampire's was a very unique idea. The author did a fantastic job of using characters and dialogue to really move the story along. She wasn't afraid to take some risk with the storyline, and I think that it gave the book a nice shiny edge to it. I am giving this one 4 stars on Goodreads.
Posted July 15, 2013
I can't tell you how much I truly enjoyed reading the first three books in this series! This is really one of the best new vampire series that I have read in a long while.
I love the unique spin that Susannah Sandlin has put on the age old vampire story - not only are there vampires living in our world undetected, but they are facing their very own "Walking Dead" apocalypse. Humans have been forced to take a vaccine that cured a worldwide pandemic, and as a result all vaccinated human blood is now toxic to vampires. The number of humans who did not get vaccinated is small, thus causing a widespread starvation amongst the vampires. In the midst of this catastrophe, Aidan Murphy, a powerful master vampire, has bought up an old abandoned town in Penton, Alabama and turned it into a safe haven for his chosen vampire and human family, or scathe. Aidan's scathe has an abundance of unvaccinated human familiars, or feeders, that feed the vampires regularly, so they do not know starvation and desperation. Plus, all of the vampires have bonded with Aidan and all of the humans have bonded with the vampires, so no other vampires can feed off of them. The Vampire Tribunal sees this wonderland that Aidan has created as a threat to their power. They feel (or rather one member of the Tribunal) feels that Aidan and his town pose a real danger to their control over the vampire world if they ever decided to rise up and fight the Tribunal. Aidan has no desire to ever do this, but that doesn't stop the rogue member of the tribunal, Matthias, from sending Aidan's estranged brother Owen to kill him.
The events in the first book, Redemption, are very fast paced and adrenaline inducing. Sandlin keeps the action going at the same time she is world building and introducing quite a lot of characters. I think that she did a very good job balancing it all, and there was never a time where I felt lost or bogged down. In this book, we get to see the story of Aidan and Krys, the human doctor that he kidnaps and brings to Penton to replace the doctor that was murdered by Owen. Aidan and Krys sort of fall into insta-love, but she is in for a shock once she discovers the existence of vampires. I usually do not enjoy books that have insta-love. I prefer that the characters have to work for it. But if you can make me believe in it after the fact, and do it enough justice to make it seem credible, I'll go with it. And that is what Sandlin does here. She builds the relationship between Aidan and Krys methodically and logically after they are in love with each other. And it works. She uses the same tactic in book two when we get the story of Mirren and Glory, and it works there also.
By the end of this book, I was totally engrossed with the world of Penton, and with all of the characters. Sandlin has done an extraordinary job of crafting a world that I want to keep coming back to book after book, and of creating a large cast of characters that I would love to see featured in books of their own. I can't wait to continue on with this series!
Posted April 19, 2013
Redemption was a very fascinating read. The author did a fantastic job creating a world where the human race is faced with a pandemic. A vaccine is created to treat the pandemic and the crisis is averted, for humans at least, vampires aren’t so lucky. The vaccine changed the blood of any human that received the vaccination, making it poisonous to any vampire that drinks it. Now the vampire world is thrown into chaos. Their food supply is now very limited and the few humans that weren’t vaccinated are being kidnapped and made into blood slaves. Aidan Murphy is a vampire on a mission-to protect his people anyway that he can. He created a community where vampires and unvaccinated humans live together in peace. Everyone is happy in the community, until jealous vampires try to take what Aidan worked so hard to build. To help fight this new threat Aidan kidnaps Dr. Krystal Harris.
From the moment that Aidan and Krys meet you can feel the pull that exists between the two. Both have had bad things happen to them in the past, both must push past their differences to help save the Penton community. Susannah Sandlin has taken the popularity of the Vampire genre and made it her own. Her unique ideas and complex characters make for a thrilling and fast paced read. The chemistry between the two main characters is very strong and try as they might they cannot fight it. Passion, danger, and the race to save an entire species make Redemption an excellent beginning to a new series.
Posted February 6, 2013
When I selected this book I was in the mood for a good paranormal vampire romance. I was so tired of the Billionaire BDSM books, the rock star books, the seriel books that come out weekly, the immature new adult books, and the run of the mill romances. It has been awhile since I got my hands on a good juicy vampire book. My favorite paranormal authors are all between releases. This series looked intriguing.
When I started Redemption I was drawn into the Penton world. I could not put the book down. The moment I closed the book I had to get my hands on book 2.
Penton is a community that was created so that vampires and humans could live together peacefully. The vampire world is in danger due to a vaccination that rendered human blood piosonous to vampires. Adian Murphy foresaw blood wars, human trafficking,and extincition in the future of the vampire world. He did not want to live as a predator with no regards to human life. He created a community that would give a more humanized life to the vampires and hope to humans who had lives that were unbearable in the human world. All the citizens were living happy existances in Penton. The Tribunal- the ruling body of the vampire world feels threatened by the Penton community. And one of the head members has a vendetta against the community because his son has chose that life over the predator life. Thus begins the war.This series is fantastic. If you are a fan of the Blackdagger Brotherhood, Midnight Breeds, Darkhunters, and Darkyn series....you will love these books!
Posted December 18, 2012
Posted October 16, 2012
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I really loved this book. It was a great introduction for a great new series. I loved the different world these vampires live it. True Blood fans will for sure love this series.
I really liked Aiden, he is swoon worthy for sure. And Dr. Krystal Harris I really liked alot, I was able to connect with her and felt part of this world right along with her.
The writing is top notch, and have no complaints on that at all. Its a great idea that Susannah had for this series, and will enjoy reading the rest of the books.
I rather not spoil anything for you, so will keep this short. You can basically get an idea on the summary what its about, and I just wanted to add that I liked the characters, and was hooked from the start.
I loved how we swapped back and forth from Krystal's point of view and Aidens, I like when I get to get into the head of the men. It's a great insight, lol.
Overall, great story, and worth giving it a shot.
5 out of 5 stars.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book along with the 2nd book Absolution for a book tour, for my honest opinions.
Posted July 31, 2012
I love sexy, tough, complex and noble vampires and Redemption satisfied my craving. I was immediately drawn into the world Sandlin created. I consumed this in a few hours and cannot wait for the next installment. Intense characters, fantastic world building and a unique plot make this the perfect start to a promising new series. In the tiny town of Penton all is not as it seems. After a vaccine renders human blood fatal to vampires, Aidan Murphy has built a small tight knit community in rural Alabama. Here vampires and unvaccinated humans live side by side. If successful his community may be the answer for his race. After the loss of their doctor he searches and finds Dr. Krystal Harris. When things go wrong the night of her interview, Aidan is forced to hold Krystal hostage. The tale that unfolds is riveting and perfectly paced as Aidan works to save his town from a threat and deal with the beautiful and captivating doctor. The characters were well developed and I connected with each of them. I found Aiden to be complex and a totally smexy vampire. He is a born leader, and protector. He carries the burden of this town and its people on his shoulders. He cares about his community and makes it a point to know both the humans and vampires. To him they are his family and bonded to him by blood. Aiden has a painful history and has closed himself off. When he enters a room his presence consumes the room and others look to him for guidence. Beneath this exterior is a passionate, sensitive man and I loved discovering the many sides of him. Dr. Krystal is smart, compassionate and flawed. She is also curious and her need to know, geeky side, lands her in trouble. Watching the two of them interact was funny, sweet and smoking hot. The relationship grew slowly and I liked that. Members of the community added to the tale and had substance. Hannah was one of my favorites. She is a vampire with physic abilities and her back story was interesting. Of course there are evil characters and unknown players who add to the suspense. The world building is solid and I liked Sandlin’s twist. While she has not changed much about vampires, the back story and vaccination twist were believable and refreshingly original. The utopia Aidan is trying to create was interesting and the perfect setting for endless plot lines. I love small town series, where you get to know everyone and Penton appealed to me. The plot, character development and flow was wonderfully. I quickly became invested in the characters and the tales outcome. Sandlin has a gift for weaving a suspenseful plot with fleshed out characters. This appears to be a series where each can be read as a standalone and focuses on one couple. I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2012
Krystal is heading into Penton for a job interview. Sure she's a little perturbed by the late night interview request but a job is a job after all. And the fact that in Penton she could be her own boss? Well that just seals the deal. However, when she rolls into Penton her skills are put to the test when she comes across Aiden, her potential employer with a man who was attacked and in dire need of medical assistance. When she proves her skills to Aiden, he is all too quick to hire her, but then she finds herself not only held against her will in Penton, but surrounded by vampires as well.
Aiden is probably the most civilized vampire that you will come across. If you didn't know any better, you would assume him to be human. Kidnapping Krystal goes against everything he believes in but with his brother on the attack, he is in desperate need of a doctor. He expects Krystal to be be pissed at the situation and loathe him, but he isn't prepared for not only the mating pull towards her but the fact that she is attracted to him as well.
This was a good vampire story. It flows really well between the different points of view. The whole idea that there is a vaccine out there that keeps vampires from feeding from humans was an interesting twist. Aiden has come up with a solution to this dilemma though. He finds humans who haven't been vaccinated and with their willingness, bonds them to his scathe. They all live in a town separated from everyone and everything. But with Aiden's brother attacking his quiet town, everything is chaotic.
The story was predictable in parts but it was still a pleasure to read. There were some instances where I would have loved to hit Krystal upside the head for her idiocy but we all have our flaws I guess. Like I said, it was an interesting take on a classic vampire romance. I look forward to what happens next at Penton... or maybe we catch up with Mirren, Aiden's right hand man? (I really hope so!)
Posted July 5, 2012
Posted July 4, 2012
Oh my! This was really beyond wonderful. I'm not sure what I expected when I first read the Prologue, but then bam the first chapter really grabbed me, and I was basically hooked for the rest of the story. The concept; the thought of there being a worldwide pandemic, where some humans took a vaccination that left their blood dangerous to vampires was intriguing to me. The setting, Penton, Alabama, was interesting to visualize, as it's described to be a small town filled with humans and a scathe of vampires. The writing was phenomenal; the scenes/dialogue flowed so well. The characters, now...I would love to see these vampires on screen, and to hear the slight Irish accents. Yup, these vampires were originally from Ireland, and they were just developed really well, and all I can say is, I can't wait to see these characters on screen, especially Aidan (sigh). Anyways (cough) so if you can already see from my side, the characters were believable, including human Dr. Krystal Harris. You can see from the first couple of chapters this draw that she and Aidan have for one another. Krystal, seemed a relatable character to me, and I felt for her, for her unfortunate past, her unfortunate abuse she had to endure from her parents, her Father. She is one that may seem reserved, but she is feisty and a determined person, even though she finds herself in a situation that she though she left when she was eighteen, but I think you'll like her very much, as she brings out strength.
This story has so much good qualities including suspense, of course vampires, romance, action, a possible war between Aidan and his enemy, his older brother (Owen) and more, so I really Recommend this story: this first book in a series, as you will not be disappointed. It was...Fantastic! :)