Redemption by R.K. Ryals

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Redemption #1

Dayton Blainey experienced the loss of her parents when she was young. Afterwards she and her sister Amber lived with their aunt in an abbey. Dayton had a difficult time living there because her aunt was cold and distant and her sister tended to side with her aunt. She depended on her friends to have any real sense of family.

When her parents died, Dayton began having bizarre dreams that involved her father. She could never interpret their meaning. She also had the feeling that she was being watched. Around the time of her 17th birthday, her aunt began to take interest in her, and it made her suspicious. Plus her friends who had their own supernatural abilities warned her to stay away from the abbey. They didn’t know what would happen but knew it would be bad. Of course Dayton didn’t listen to this advice and her was permanently altered.

Although this was YA, it didn’t feel like it in many ways. The characters were mature for teenagers. Dayton swore a lot, which I enjoyed. She never held back from telling people how she felt. She was tough and stood up for what she thought was right. The best part was she managed to be this way without being bitchy or rude unless the situation warranted it.

I did get annoyed during the first half of the novel because Dayton had many warnings that something bad would happen to her and she ignored all of them. To be fair it made sense for her to ignore them because although she felt alone at the abbey it was her home and it was where her family was. Her family didn’t always treat her right but to some degree she trusted them.

The second half of the book was excellent. A whole new world opened up to Dayton. She learned a lot about herself and about the people in her family. She found out who she could trust and who she couldn’t. This part of the book took a drastic turn because Dayton’s life was in danger. Although a fair amount of information was revealed, it didn’t deter me from immediately wanting to read the next one. Enough was left unresolved to keep interest in the series.

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