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Redemption by R.K. Ryals
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Aug 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: demons
Read from August 20 to 23, 2012

How would you feel if you woke up one day to find out that your whole life had been one big lie? Well Dayton just turned 17 and nothing will ever be the same again. Growing up was hard when her parents were killed in a car crash when she was 10 and both her and her sister Amber went to live with their Aunt at the Abbey. Their aunt was an austere and fanatical woman who had her own agenda and that did not include being kind to Dayton. Amber her sister seemed to adjust to the lonely and rigid routine better but Dayton just couldn't succumb. The only real family Dayton had were her two best friends who seemed to understand her and save her from the harshness of her life at home. Conor was her childhood bestie and he was like a big brother to her and Monroe well she had visions and her own uniqueness but was more like a sister to her now that Amber had abandoned her. Sure Day was snarky and smart mouthed and her irreverence for God drove the nuns crazy but she had a good heart. She fought for her independence at every turn and even goaded her aunt at times until the unthinkable happened. She was unwillingly bound to a demon - yes that's right not only was her Aunt up to no good with forging an alliance with a powerful demon but she also used Dayton as the sacrificial lamb so to speak. The only person who had not lied to her so far was Marcas and although he was obviously not really thrilled about the binding he was doing his utmost to protect Day and release them both from the bond. Dayton was thrust into a world she never knew existed. Not only were demons real and walking around on the earth but she was part-angel as well. So many lies and so many secrets and Dayton already had trust issues so these revelations did not help matters. Being half angel and bound to a demon made her unique and Heaven and Hell were worried about who side she would choose in the upcoming war. Lilith, Marcas's mother was on the warpath and wanted her dead and also angels were worried about her power falling into the wrong hands. For a girl who never asked for any of it, her inner strength and the ability to adapt made Dayton one strong adversary and she was not going to be anybody's victim any more. If she was going to go down, then she would go down fighting. So much action and I loved that there was no instant romance and things sizzled along nicely between Marcas and Dayton. For all their differences they had a lot in common, loneliness and the inability to trust due to being betrayed before only brought them closer together. Sometimes the best things in life are worth fighting for regardless of the consequences.

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