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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,957 ratings  ·  252 reviews
A fateful car accident, a strange Abbey ruled by an even stranger Abbess, an insane Demon, a world where right and wrong becomes dangerously twisted, and a confident, rebellious teenager . . . .

Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed, grief-stricken young woman forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt who favors her moral older sister. But when Dayton's life b
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published September 26th 2011 by R.K. Ryals
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Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I picked up this book for free on Amazon, but I wasn’t completely sure I knew what to expect. Once I started it, I still had no idea what it was about. What I did know was, that I instantly loved Dayton Blainey, the girl that still needed a nightlight as a teenager. A girl that even though life hadn’t been kind to her, was determined to remain true to her self and the future she imagined. A girl that was addicted to dumdums, was a total tv/movie buff, absolutely PETRIFIED of heights, a total ...more
Mikila Marshall
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know what to say. If it weren't for the fact that I had been given the second book I would be going out of my mind right now. Argh! What an Epic book! I couldn't put it down. The more I was getting into it the more distractions came my way from real life. (Damn you reality). But low and behold I have finished it. Sneaked away to finish the final beautiful chapters. And WOW what an ending.
When Dayton's parents die at the age of ten, she and her sister is forced to live with h
Nicole Storey
I am so glad this book was free. I can't even begin to describe everything I found wrong with it. I will say that it COULD be a good book. The plot is interesting, but the author ruins it by thinking her readers have the I.Q's of mushrooms and can't use their imaginations, so she tells us EVERY little detail.
The main character, Dayton, drove me insane. Even before I got 25% into the book, I was hoping someone would kill her off. She is too dramatic, even for a teenager. I wish I had a doll
Elise Marion
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When Dayton's parents die and leave her and her sister with no other family, they are sent to live with their aunt, a deeply religious Abbess and the head of a strange religious order. Their lives are strict and structured, and the only way that Dayton knows how to break the monotony is to get into trouble. With a foul mouth and a taste for recklessness, the teenaged Dayton consistently bucks the rules, along with her two best friends Connor and Monroe. When Monroe, a practicing Wiccan sees a vi ...more
Nadège Richards
Angels and Demons have become something of a new phenomenon this year and I find that when an author is daring enough to take similar concepts and twist them into their own tales, they really have to know where they want to go with the story in order to execute it well. There will come a time when they will tire out like vampires, but Ryals, with this amazing new series, has managed to create something different, spicy, and new, all while building on the same idea. I was horrifically disappointe ...more
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 reli
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Sweet Lord, why did it end? I want to read more! Yes, I'd move on to the sequel ASAP!
A craving for Redemption lead to the bonding of a demon and an angel - Oh. My. God.
This book is a cracker! Honestly - I mean the story is sooooooo good! I love how Bezaliel, the angel, has one quote under each chapter. This makes his character justified even after all the mystery. I really wonder what's going on in Marcas's mind all the time! I mean I somehow wonder he's a lot more
Christina Silcox
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those times that I am thrilled to have started a series late. Because that means I don't have to wait for the next installment! I love this book! I usually easily pick the bad boy in a love triangle, but this time I just don't know! Marcas is strong, hot, and hiding who knows what behind those eyes. Connor, there's just something about him, and I know he has so much more story to tell! Maybe with book two, I can pick one. Haha, not that there has actually been any triangle suggest ...more
~Mindy Lynn~
Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I first started this book, I had a hard time figuring out exactly what was going on, but when I did, boy was I hooked. Dayton and her sister Amber lost their parents when she was 10 years old. Forced to live with their emotionally distant aunt at the Abbey (which is sort of like a religious convent) Dayton's only support has been her best friends, Monroe and Conor, who are more like family to her. As she approaches her 17th birthday, she finds things changing. Her aunt and the evil Damon ha ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels-and-de
Note: Here be spoilers, maybe
Before I start the actual review let me tell you, Miss Ryals has impressed me greatly. Normally I am wary of any book that gets a lot of good ratings. But in this case I can see that it was deserved.

The blurb
Dayton's parent die in a car accident when she is 10. Dayton and her sister Amber are sent to live with their Aunt. Her Aunt is an Abbess. Something is weird with her Aunt and the Abbey where she lives. On her seventeenth birthday Dayton is ambushed/>
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
An awesome book! I've never read an Angels/Demons/Nephilim book like this one before. It was well-written, exciting, and had fantastic and engaging characters. This story introduces us to Dayton, a teenage girl living in an abbey with a stern and unforgiving aunt and her sister Amber after she was orphaned at age ten. Dayton is as stubborn as a mule and refuses to back down from anything - even when she's terrified. She is also afraid of heights, loves sweets to the point of stashing them in hid ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, you can never have too many books about Angels. Especially when the lead character is a feisty, sarcastic redhead who's mouth tends to get away from her. Dayton, the main character of the story, has had a rough few years and the chip on her shoulder has only gotten bigger. Unfortunately her future isn't looking like it's going to get any easier.

Dayton and her sister Amber lost their parents at a young age. With no real family to care for them they are sent to the Abbey to liv
H.K. Savage
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this series was fantastic. The concept of a bond between creatures not normally compatible is a fascinating one for me, I love to read about it and write about it. These characters aren't easily pigeon holed either- I liked the fact that the author didn't rely on simple tropes in her story. The love, loss, and defense mechanisms of Dayton (heroine) are believable and easy to empathize with. She isn't a "super" character either, even though this plot allows for it since she's not entirely h ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
I couldn't think of a single thing about it that I didn't like. It is well written, fast paced, has great characters, believable relationships and no stupid INSTA love. It drew me in and I wanted to know what happened next.

I love the heroine Dayton. She is a good person who remains true to herself in some pretty horrible circumstances when it would have been easier to go along with her crazy Aunt. I cared what happened to her.

And I LOVE the relationship between Marcas and Dayton. Th
Rachel Marks
I found about this book from R.K. Ryals contacting me directly and asking me to review it on I have to say I am so happy she did, because this book is amazing. From the beginning she draws you into the story and you are taken on a wild ride with Dayton trying to figure out what exactly is happening to her. I honestly sped through this book because I could not put it down.

The story itself is very unique. It is not your normal paranormal romance where a dark being is somehow attracted
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A HUGE thank you to ATOMR Blog Tours for allowing my to be on this tour and allowing me to read and review this ARC. I have to say that anyone who knows me knows I love my angel books. I love the good the bad and the ugly and when the dust settles either the angels have won or the demons have won the battle.This is one of those unique stories that grabs you right from the beginning and keeps you plastered right to the very end.

In Redemption we meet Dayton Blainey. She is an angry teen reeling f
Sara Bree High
Redemption book 1
RK Ryals
Reviewed by S. B. High

Let me start this by saying, this book was recommended. Thank goodness I listened. I loved it! Dayton and Amber, sisters suffer a tragic loss. They are left alone and sent to live with their Aunt, they don't know in a strange and haunting place. The Abbey. Wow this place alone could be a story. But back to Dayton Blainey. When Dayton turns 17 and her whole life turns upside down. Nobody is who they seem, and her life has been
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG what took me so long to read this book? I absolutely love it!! Demons, angels, gargoyles, what a ride.

Dayton Blainey is a 16 year old girl who has lost her parents and sent to live with her heartless aunt at the Blackstone Abbey. No love or affection is shown to her except by her best friends. I have to admit I just love Dayton and her foul mouth. She cracks me up with her comments and quirky behavior. Add to that mix her best friend Monroe and I find myself laughin
B. McMichael
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book- I thought it was a good read.

Dayton lives with her aunt- a strict nun at a nunnery. Little does she know that due to her parents, her life is not of her own. There are expectations and sacrifices she is expect to make. Only Day can decide if that is what she wants, or can she?

The only downfall of this book was that it took a bit to get to the main plot of the story for me. Once you get into the action and the secret society, it is much quicker
Jacquie Talento
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why did I wait so long to pick up this book? This was one that kept me up at night saying to myself just one more chapter then I’ll sleep. When I woke, it was the first thing I thought about. I had to see what was going to happen with Dayton.
Dayton is trying to deal with her living conditions with her Aunt Kyra and her sister Amber in an Abbess. Not exactly the place where she can do what she wants, she finds comfort with her friends from school, Monroe and Conor. Each of her friends has t
Nanette Bradford
what a great story of angels and demons. marcas is this stoic demon whos all powerful and then youve got dayton whos this brash foul mouthed teenager who just found out shes more than she thought she was. these two are bound together by marcas' brother in hopes to change a curse brought upon cain and his descendants by God as his punishment for killing his brother. by being bound together marcas and dayton have to fight off both angels and demons afraid of what the power of their pairing might d ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Redemption was one of the best books I've read in a long time. When Dayton (Day) suffers a painful loss and is forced into an unhappy situation, she pretty much numbs herself to it, until she turns seventeen and she's unexpectedly pulled into a world she didn't know existed. Handsome strangers appear in her life and suddenly no one, not her family or trusted friends, is who they seemed and she's forced to rely on the one person logic says she shouldn't. Thrown together against their will, they m ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-for-free
I got my copy of Redemption through the fantastic Big Christmas Book Giveaway, otherwise I think I'd've missed this book because I don't usually read such stuff! And that would've been my shortcoming :) because I loved this book very much. I may disagree with some actions taken be the main heroine (Day/Dayton) but the storyline is gripping, the characters are quite believing and I could visualize everything what's happening to the characters and their surroundings. And I am so looking forward to ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand how this book has an average of 4 stars. The story has a cool concept that could be developed into something good. Unfortunately, I struggled finishing this book, so I don't think I will be picking up the next one. I was SICK and Tired of hearing the heroin talking about Dum Dums and mindless little details. I understand that the audience is young adults but this was too much. I don't think I'll give this author another chance.
Yep *nods* this ones a keeper!

1. Awesomesauce : DEFINITION (Thanks Urban dictionary)

Something that is more awesome than awesome. It is a modifyer of your basic awesome into a more awesome version
Nick Bauer
Jan 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never made a review for any book I read. But this is awful. I couldn't bear it. The main character thinks she is strong but has a pity party forever about her living environment. She gets warned the environment is dangerous, but she does nothing! She doesn't learn throughout the whole book.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book. I absolutely loved it.
Let me start off by saying - this is a must read kids, its for free but don't let that confuse you, if you are like me and think oh free book must be that it isn't as good as lets say a .99 cent book well that is racist...sort of, in a way, either way i have some pretty crappy paid books before and this was for free so its been sitting in my kindle that i lovingly named Kevin for months and i saw a friend's review of it so i as like...well hmm i am down on cash but need to read like i need oxyge ...more
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R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home ...more

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