Where do I start? First let me say that Ransom was every bit as good as Redemption and where Redemption hinted to the growing feelings between the bonded Naphil Dayton and Demon Marcus, Ransom revealed what we all knew to be true. *swoon*
Ransom starts right where we left off in Redemption, flying on the Carpet of Solomon in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon, a holy artifact that will release the blood bond between the two. With a deathly fear of heights, Dayton is just barely holding it together.
Everyone she has ever loved is fighting a battle against demons sent to destroy her by Marcus’s mother, Lilith. A battle she just abandoned them to fight on their own so she can betray her only allies in order to find a solution to their bonding.
She’s coming undone and with her new power growing by the day, she hasn’t felt more lost in her own skin. The strength of her Light is a force to be reckoned with but her heart . . . her growing affection for her Demon is drowning her focus.
With a war approaching, both sides are scrambling to sway the pair for their own advantages. And the longer the two stay bonded, the more Heaven and Hell fear the outcome. And the longer Dayton stays by Marcus’ side, the more she risks losing her soul. But it isn’t her soul she fears losing the most; it is her heart.
What happens when a child of God and a product of Hell surrender to their desire to be together? With Satan after Marcus’s obedience and Marcus’s crazy brother thinking a joining between demon and nephilim will bring redemption to them all; will the two be able to fight for the right to decide for themselves?
Ransom is an incredible journey that will leave the reader desperate for more. R.K. Ryals is a master storyteller with the ability to create characters that you can’t live without. I am forever hooked; whatever she decides to write, I will definitely buy without question.
Now on to Retribution . . .
I won the entire trilogy from the wonderful girls at Young Adult and Teen Readers on Facebook. I can’t tell you how frigging glad I am that I won them! If you haven’t read them yet, go get them now.
Sisters, Dayton and Amber Blaineys’ world comes crashing down around them when they lose both of their parents in a tragic car accident.
Still deep in grief, they are forced to live with their mother’s sister, an unaffectionate woman who lives in a creepy old Abbey, run by an equally creepy religious Order who thrives on secrecy and moral high ground.
If growing up in this cold and detached place wasn’t bad enough, Dayton had to deal with being the outcast amongst the group because of her rebellious attitude, potty mouth and her unwillingness to conform into someone that she is not.
Her older sister, Amber quickly accepts the lifestyle and was embraced by the Order while Dayton becomes increasingly suspicious of them.
And as her 17th birthday approaches, her aunt and followers start acting really strange, enough for her to worry about her safety in her own home.
With her two best friends, Conner and Monroe agreeing that she needs to leave the Abbey, Dayton is tore from being worried about her own wellbeing and getting the answers she so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, she wasn’t given the chance to choose before she is thrust into a bond with an ancient being that neither wants it or the responsibility of protecting them both.
With her whole life becoming one big lie, she and her friends must find a way out of this bond before all hell breaks loose.
R.K. Ryals is a master storyteller with an uncanny talent of completely drawing her readers in and never letting go. I devoured this book and I enjoyed every minute of it! With swoon-worthy demons and snarky heroines, what’s not to love? Ms. Ryals takes a very popular genre and makes it her own. Redemption is unlike anything I have ever read and I am officially a fan for life!
Now go away . . . I am reading Ransom.:)
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. Just wow. Ali Cross has created an elaborate world blended from fable and reality with engaging characters that not only stole my heart, but left me wanting more.
Desolation Black is hell spawn and I mean literally as in Lucifer’s daughter. She plays the part as minimally as possible. She tries to appease her father’s wishes, all but one. No matter how hard he tries to push her to Become, she refuses. That tiny sliver of humanity she holds on to for dear life, the spark within her, means too much to her for her to embrace her demon side.
With her father growing increasingly impatient with his heir, he forces her out of the safety of Hell and into the unknown of Earth. This place of feeling and remembering scares Desi more than any part of Hell ever could. But her father always gets his way, assuring her it’s for her own good that she will learn to be a better demon among the human sinners.
It is not the sinners or the darkness her father’s pawns that scares her the most. It is the one boy that could be her greatest downfall and the girl that needs a friend more than she needs one of her own. Because once she Becomes, how will she be able to save all she loves when she will be their greatest danger?
Become is a wonderfully heartbreaking and captivating story. It will pull at your heartstrings and have you cheering the characters on to the very end. I am madly in love this series and Ms. Cross’s style of writing. I can’t wait to start Desolate and continue their quest.
Ali Cross has done it again! I didn’t think I could enjoy Desolate as much as I enjoyed Become but wow!
Desolate starts us off a few months after Become. Desi is deeply regretting her choices and is slowly destroying herself with the guilt of choosing to save Miri over Michael. She is coming apart at the seams and she only wants to undo the harm she caused her true love Michael.
When Miri starts having dark and prophetic dreams about the end of days, Desi is convinced Hell is just getting started and she is right.
In Desolate, we learn that there are so many sides to good and evil; it isn’t all black and white, there is a gray area. And it’s in that gray area that we find ourselves doubt the choices we make and who is affected by them.
With both sides battling for the upper hand, the stakes are even greater than before. Desi finds herself with desperate choices to make. Will she let go of her light and embrace the darkness within herself or will her love help her overcome the darkness?
Ms. Cross spins a hell of a story and I can’t wait to continue Desi’s journey. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are sorely missing out!
My review for: Retribution by R. K. Ryals
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First off, I am so sad to see the series come to a close even if it’s only temporary. I want more. I want more of beautiful Dayton and snarky Monroe. I want more of the swoon-worthy demon brothers, Luther and Marcus. With that said; what a hell of a story!
At the end of Ransom, we are left worrying how far Damon will go to achieve his sick plan of redemption? Will he hurt Dayton before Marcus can come to her aid?
Damon had the Seal of Solomon and the Naphil in his custody. And in the safety of the Abbey, he plans to force a bond and a child onto Dayton. Even with her growing power from the bond, she was no match for the ring.
But Marcus would never allow his brother to hurt Dayton at any cost. Not now, not ever. Without giving away too much, this is a battle that will change them all forever.
With things heating up between Dayton and Marcus and all the odds against such a union, their greatest battle is yet to come. When kingdoms are at stake, Heaven and Hell want their claim on victory. Will Dayton and Marcus’ love be enough to save them all? Or will the prophecy of a Demon and an Angel’s love be the world’s undoing?
Retribution a fast paced, heart wrenching love story. It shows that humanity is equal parts dark and light and how selfish love can makes us. It is beautiful and addictive. And I look forward to anything, Ms. Ryals writes. Her way with words is captivating and is proof that Indie writers shouldn’t ever be overlooked. Their stories will steal your heart and leave you breathless.
Now onto Conor’s story, Acropolis . . .
My Review for: Betwixt by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. I adored it! But I will be honest with you, it did take me a little while to get into it but once I was in, I never wanted to come back out!
Nicole Tepper is your run of the mill mean girl. You know the type; she’s the girl with the hot jock boyfriend and the group of snide female followers, partying every night. She’s arrogant and entitled; feeling her world is perfect. Well, that is until the night someone hit her with their car and left her to die alone out in the woods.
Dale Finnigan is not what you would expect. He is quiet and reserved. And with an awful scar marring his handsome face, he isn’t part of Nicky’s crowd. Not even close. The one time he reached out to Nicole, she branded him with a horrible nickname to save face in front of her group of self-absorbed snotty friends. Even though, he sees something in Nicole that is redeemable; he refuses to put his self back out there for her.
That was until tragedy brought them together again. With her life slowly slipping away, she haunts the only person that can hear her spirit, Dale. Will she have enough time to convince this boy she is worth saving before she is gone forever? Will she finally look past the scar and see the amazing person that is Dale? Or will her would-be murderer finish her off before she is found?
Like I said before, it took me a bit to get into Nicole’s story. It was hard to feel sympathy for such a cruel and shallow person. But as the story unfolds, she grew on me. There is a decent person under all the ‘mean girl’ bravado. And the swoon-worthy Dale opens her eyes to the fact her life and friends might not be so perfect after all.
Betwixt is beautifully written and thought provoking in an age where bullying is spreading like an epidemic. Melissa Pearl tells a tale of human nature, cruelty and redemption. I love it. She had me smiling and crying throughout Nicole’s journey. If you haven’t read Betwixt yet, you are missing out on a wonderful YA paranormal. It's brilliant!