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Redemption

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by Veronique Launier
 

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Aude Vanier is a sixteen-year-old rock star with a problem—stone monsters keep attacking her. And when they do, she finds herself chanting in a language she doesn’t understand. Guillaume de Rouen has been stuck as a gargoyle on a church for the last seventy years, until Aude’s chanting releases him back to his seventeen-year-old human form. An ancient

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Aude Vanier is a sixteen-year-old rock star with a problem—stone monsters keep attacking her. And when they do, she finds herself chanting in a language she doesn’t understand. Guillaume de Rouen has been stuck as a gargoyle on a church for the last seventy years, until Aude’s chanting releases him back to his seventeen-year-old human form. An ancient Iroquois prophecy about the destruction of Montreal is coming true. Together, Aude and Guillaume can stop it. But Aude is the descendant of a centuries-old coven of witches—a coven that Guillaume failed to protect seventy years ago. This time, if they fail, the world will never be the same.

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VOYA - Bethany Martin
Told from alternating perspectives, Redemption follows sixteen-year-old Montrealer Aude Vanier and Guillaume de Rouen, an eight-hundred-year-old gargoyle. Attacked while walking at night, Aude hears drumming and begins chanting in a language she does not understand. Simultaneously, energy is unleashed that releases Guillaume and his fellow gargoyles from their stone forms, something that should be impossible, as the line of witches who sustain Guillaume's life force is now extinct. Aude thinks the drumming and chanting are signs she is going crazy, but Guillaume is determined to figure out what is really happening. His investigation leads him to an ancient Iroquois prophecy and the realization that he must help Aude understand her powers to save Montreal from destruction. Aude is not a well-developed character, and her relationships with the other characters either do not progress or suddenly become fully formed without showing the reader where Aude's intensity of emotion comes from. Plot elements integral to the story, such as an attack on Aude because she is of mixed Native North American and white descent, the Duplessis Orphans, or the role of Ramtin, another gargoyle, are choppily integrated. Other aspects of the story seem too tidy, like Aude's mother having a journal kept by Aude's grandmother, brought out at just the right time to help Aude make important connections between herself and the de Rouen clan. While the plot is intriguing, it is hard to care what happens to any of the characters. This is an additional purchase for collections where supernatural romance is popular. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
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To vampires, werewolves, zombies, pixies, merpeople, angels, demons and fairies, we can now add gargoyles. Guillaume has been affixed to a Montréal church since the 1940s, paying scant attention to the doings of the humans below, when a girl oozing "essence" is attacked and, astonishingly, awakens Guillaume and his three gargoyle companions, who revert to their original, human forms. Aude, 16, is predictably freaked out by the attack and the strange voices, chanting and drumming she hears in her head, but she shakes it off so she can concentrate on her band, Lucid Pill. Glacially, Launier reveals the gargoyles' back story (created 800 years ago, they are the protectors of a line of female witches, or "essentialists," thought to have died out) and current dilemma (the Iroquois "Prophecy of the Seventh Generation" tells of a time of apocalypse, when "stone monsters"--not the gargoyles, different stone monsters--rampage and other bad stuff happens). The narration alternates between Guillaume's past tense and Aude's present tense, as they agonizingly figure out what is happening (kind of) and realize they love each other. Frustratingly, Aude's rejection of her French heritage (she prefers to be called Odd) goes unexplored, along with numerous other plot threads. The promise of the compelling opening chapter goes unfulfilled, as the debut author struggles with voice (would an 800-year-old French gargoyle really say "you guys" and "anyways"?), sentence structure and storytelling. Skip. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738730745
Publisher:
North Star Editions
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Series:
Hearts of Stone , #1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Meet the Author

V éronique Launier is a single mother of two daughters. She grew up near Montreal, where she sets her debut novel, Redemption. She now lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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Redemption 1.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AbbyJ More than 1 year ago
While I'm sure that people will enjoy this book, there's a major problem that needs to be pointed out. THIS BOOK IS A PLAGIARISM. As previous reviewers have mentioned, this book is a cloaked, YA version of Heather Flemming's Gargoyle Legends series, which also features a family of shapeshifting gargoyles, French background and a coven of witches who use magical energy. The only difference is that in Redemption, the energy is called "essence", whereas Flemming refers to it as "aura." Not only are the basic backgrounds the same, there are situations that literally mirror the Gargoyle Club. For example, in the first chapter of Redemption, a girl is walking alone after a fight with her friends and gets attacked, but is saved by a gargoyle. This is the same as in The Gargoyle Club, when Eden is walking home alone after a fight with her friend, who is ignoring her in favor of spending time with her boyfriend, and is attacked on the street, and saved by a gargoyle named Andre. Obviously, the situations are too close to e coincidental. The idea behind this type of book is indeed an interesting one and if you want to read a book based on gargoyles, I suggest you read Flemming's superior Gargoyle Legends series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline and characters all are very similar to "The Gargoyle Club" by Heather Fleming like Fred60 pointed out. Much too close to consider it just a coincidence.
Fred60 More than 1 year ago
It seems to be too much of a coincidence that the characters and plot seem to be the ideas of Heather Fleming from her book "The Gargoyle Club". The reason the main characters meet in the first place is the same as in "The Gargoyle Club". Read the "Gargoyle Club" by Heather Fleming and see if you don't agree with me.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Gargoyles! It’s the first time I’ve read a YA paranormal focusing on gargoyles. The plot was intriguing, the characters were fun too. However, while the novel starts off with a bang, offering all these refreshing elements, it goes downhill fast. By the end, the main characters becomes whiny and needy, and I didn’t like her all that much. A decent novel all the same, but not one of my favorites. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is shameful for someone to pass off another authors ideas as their own. There are too many similarities to Heather Fleming's book, shame on you!