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Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective takes notice, possibly bringing her salvation to a halt.

ebook, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Joss Whedon, an American screenwriter, executive producer, film and television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, and actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures, has quoted about "Redemption" as:

“Redemption is something you have to fight for in a very personal, down-dirty way. Some of our characters lose that, some stray from that, and some regain it.”

C.J.Barry, an American author has penned down a thrilling tale in her b
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got this book for free through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

Reya is a redeemer, her sole mission is to find the names on the papers before they die and tell them their sins, then ask them if they wanted to be forgiven before their death. Unfortunately everyone she talks to dies no sooner after and it raises red flags for the local cop Thane.

Thane is a good cop, at least in his mind he has the right purpose. Unfortunately, he goes about the wrong ways of bri
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cool beans

Ah, fun, fun, fun. I really liked this one and am glad I picked it up. It was well-written, amusing, different, complex. All good stuff like that. Reya, our main character, is a Redeemer. A supernatural occupation I found most fascinating. It literally means that she gives people - usually murdering, raping, thieving scumbag-type people - a chance to redeem themselves before death. Or, to at least acknowledge their sins and ask for forgiveness - whether they deserve it or not. I LO
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
"You cannot judge. You cannot kill them or save them. You cannot divulge any information about yourself, your mission, or the future. Do you agree to these parameters?" Orson asked.
The heroine of this story, Reya, is a Redeemer. It is her job to give wicked souls one last chance at redemption before they die. Ironically, she is doing this to redeem herself of her own past sins. As she performs the tasks of a Redeemer, her work is noticed by a detective named Thane Driscoll. Thane has been tracking t
Is there a point when your soul can no longer be redeemed? Will the temptations of life be too much, condemning your soul to eternal damnation? Who decides? When is your time to die? Do we all have a role in life to play that determines the destiny of others? What about the “afterlife” – what is our role there? Redemption by C. J. Barry is a dark urban fantasy revolving around two characters, one, Reya, is a “Redeemer” who offers up one last chance to save one’s soul, giving her a chance to ‘redeem’ her ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This dark urban fantasy made me stop and consider whether or not I would want certain types of evil to be atoned for and forgiven. The heroine, Reya, is a Redeemer. Right before these really bad people die she shows up and gives them the chance to acknowledge their wrongs and repent so that they are able to pass on. I, personally, find comfort in the belief that God sees all and that vengeance is His. That evil is p
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Redemption was an interesting read in more than one way, dealing with themes that left fewer room to complete black and white thinking than what appeared at first.

The notion of free will permeates it, and from beginning to end, the characters remain able to make their own choices--no matter how wrong those might be. I appreciated how Reya, for instance, didn't try to force her views on Thane, knowing that whatever he chose, he h/>
Neyra ♦

One look at Redemption’s cover and you think “badass female heroine”; and for the most part, Reya Sinclair is. I liked her no nonsense attitude and her inability to be the dreaded damsel in distress. But there was rarely any emotion I felt from her, even as she recounted her past life experiences. What was meant to warm the reader up to this heroine, failed to get me to sympathize with her at all.

Redemption is about what the title suggests, redeeming your soul before you die in order
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. When I first read the description of this book, I was intrigued with the concept and was so excited when I was chosen to review it through Netgalley.

The author has thought of way to an amazing but different approach of what life and death have to offer. Different dimensions and different worlds all working at the same time. Free will controls everything and we all have it.

Reya is a Redeemer of Souls for evil people.
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
I started off really enjoying Redemption. The main character is Reya, a woman who offers evil souls one last chance before death claims them. In the process she works for her own redemption, which plays a bigger part than is obvious at first.

The plot builds slowly in this book - I started off expecting one thing but the book went in an entirely different direction, which has both benefits and drawbacks. There was little exposition - everything is revealed in due time throughout the b
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the publisher (through Net galley), free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank C.J Barry (author) and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this awesome book.
This book is just awesome and I totally loved it. Reya is a kick-ass heroine and she stole the show for me on the other hand I liked Thane but got a little frustrated when his Legacy abilities didn’t come up fo
Eva Millien
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The first book of the metaphysical fiction Soul Series is a unique and intriguing story of ghosts, demons and enlightened beings and a butt kicking heroine.

Reya’s only shot at redemption is to be a Redeemer, someone who offers the soon to be dead one last shot at atonement for their sins. Thane is a detective who compromises his own soul by carrying out his own brand of justice. When good people start dying the two will have to work together to uncover an evil pl
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective, Thane Driscoll takes notice. He exacts his own style of justice, even if it costs him his humanity. A string of mysterious deaths leads him to a woman who’s not quite human and might hold the key ...more
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Reya Sinclair’s character fascinated me. I don’t think I have read a character like her before. She is for all intent and purposes a grim reaper of sorts. A Redeemer of Souls is her title. Asking those soon to part the earth if the truly repent their sins before death takes them. Redemption has a Final Destination (The movie) feel about it. Many of these people meet their demise is very dramatic and unusual ways.

Due to some of the unusual deaths, Detective Thane Driscoll takes notice. A cop known for bending
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the start of Redemption by C. J. Barry I was hooked! I liked how she started with Reya. From the beginning she is intriguing, had me immediately wondering who and what she was, good or bad?

Reya and Thane are brought together because of evil. I liked how this was done, the build up of their relationship as they worked together and the attraction between them grew. It wasn't fast, but it was steady and mesmerizing - a great pace! I really liked these two main characters, separatel
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebook, reviewed, netgalley
OMG! I really, really LOVED this book! I just have to say, AMAZING STUFF CJ! I was completely enthralled in the world she created, the characters, the mystery, the suspense, and, of course, the romance. CJ Barry is a new author to me and she has certainly got my attention. Even though this story included paranormal and futuristic/fantasy elements (forgive me if I am miscategorizing) once I was caught up in the world Reya and Thane were dealing with (which was right away, lol) it still just felt ...more
Shay Williams
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now I will be the first to admit that I have heard of CJ Barry but I hadn't read any of her works. That is until now and I have no idea what took me so long. Along with a storyline that kept me entranced, Ms.Barry shows a deft touch with her characters as they grow and become even more arresting as the tale goes on.

REDEMPTION caught my attention within the first couple pages but I couldn't even imagine the questions that this book stirs up about reincarnation and second chances. This
Susan (susayq ~)
I just don't know where to start with this. I enjoyed the world that was set up here...angels and demons but described as dark and light with no preachiness to it at all. However, I don't see where this series can go with the way the bad guy was beaten at the end of the book, unless (view spoiler) Some parts of this moved a l ...more
***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Reya Sinclair is a "redeemer"; her mission is to find people before they die and offer them redemption and forgiveness if they want it. She's not doing it for selfless reasons, though, her own redemption and salvation is on the line.

Unfortunately, her mission is thrown into peril by a detective that happens to notice the trail of dead bodies she leaves in her wake. Thane Driscoll also isn't as pure as fresh snow, exacting his own style o
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you want to read a different kind of PNR
Redemption was one of those books that was more than meets the eye. Initially I thought I was getting a paranormal romance with some action thrown into the mix. Not only did the book provide this, but it also had another layer to its story, giving the book an unexpected depth. Aside from being just another PNR, the book was also a story about enlightenment, hope, faith, redemption and love.

What took me by surprise about Redemption was the spiritual nature of the story. As I read thro
Petra Grayson
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading C.J. Barry's book, Unchained, when I started this one. The writing style is so wonderful that I just couldn't put it off until the next day. I think I finished this one in 2-1/2 days, reading whenever I had a free moment and staying up late to keep the story going. Hello, awesome Urban Fantasy! This one is set in New York and is a sort-of Spiritual Urban Fantasy. The ultimate battle between good and evil, angels and demons, different dimensions, even some Atlantis thrown ...more
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Author: C.J. Barry
Genre: Metaphysical Thriller
Source: NetGalley- (Forever) Grand Central Publishing
336 pages

Redemption is like Celestine Prophecy meets Angels and Demons. I decided the closest description for genre would be metaphysical thriller. I've read a lot of metaphysical type books and this book actually contained a lot of my personal spiritual beliefs. Yet, I had a hard time reading this one. I loved the beginning and the ending but somewhere
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Redemption was a novel I didn’t really know a lot about until I saw it on Netgalley, but it intrigued me, so I requested. There were a lot of things/ideas that I loved about this book, but for me Redemption kind of fell flat. It’s not that I hated it, I just didn’t love it. I mean I did like it, but that isn’t enough for me.

Redemption revolves around a woman, Reya, who is trying to redeem herself and her soul in order to get to that better place. Reya meets people prior to their deat
Lynn Worton
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This is a very intriguing read and the first book in a brand new series. I loved it!

Reya Sinclair is a fascinating character. She is a Redeemer, a type of intermediary who gives souls a chance to atone for their sins, but who is also atoning for her own. She has been to Hell and back, literally. I liked her spunk, of which she has a lot! However, I also think she is rather hard on herself.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Arc provided by netgalley

Where to start....
Well at the moment i'm pretty much on a urban fantasy phase, so this seemed right my alley.

And it was!

The Writing (it deserves a capital W) was pretty much perfect. Crisp, and engaging, it kept me a happy reader.

The characters, Reya is a perfect leading character. For a Soul Redeemer she has a perfect balance of humanity with "don't mess with me you schmuck" attitude.

Regarding Thane, i felt as if he was perfectly drawn. He's a messed up character. Not ver
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
To tell the truth, I don't know if I love this book or not. Overall it just felt neutral.

I was fascinated from the moment I laid my eyes on the blurb. I thought it would be interesting, and yes, after I read it, it is interesting. Redemption was a whole new concept about light and dark.

Our main, Reya, was a Redeemer and a total bad-ass. Before someone dies, someone (or maybe something) would read their sins and offer them a chance of redemption, and that someone was Reya. Reya's job was doing quite well, until a
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, from the Author and Publisher for a honest review**

This was a good story, even though it wasn't exactly what I expected or really my type. I expected it to be more of a paranormal romance. However even if it lacked the romance that I had anticipated it was still a good paranormal book. There is romance though, just a bit.

For me this story started off strong, but then had so much background that I almost felt lost at times.
REDEMPTION tells the story of Reya, a redeemer, an angel-like being who comes to sinners before their deaths and asks if they would like to repent. If they do, they are allowed to ascend to another level of being (though they still die), and if not--they are sent to hell. REDEMPTION also follows Thane (sorry, but I hate that name, since it reminds me of medieval and Viking history and is usually a title, not a given name), a cop who likes to bend the rules to get justice. It turns out that Thane ...more
Denise Fleischer
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
By C.J. Barry
Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Forever Books
Grand Central Publishing
e-book for review from NetGalley
paranormal mystery
on amazon: kindle $2.99
paperback $15.30
336 pages
published: Oct. 1, 2013

Reya is a Redeemer trying to earn her way into heaven. Not an easy job for someone seeking redemption. She’d been to hell and no way does she want to go back. She seeks the light and its safety. Her mission is to ask those
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

There’s always a natural assumption, I think, when you read anything to do with souls or redemption that there will be a religious element to it. REDEMPTION lives up to that expectation but not in a way I found overly preachy. It’s more focused on a struggle between light and dark, choices and free will rather than an advertisement for church. Anyone with a penchant for angel-themed or reincarnation stories will definitely enjoy REDEMPTION, but there’
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C.J. grew up reading science fiction novels, comic books, and her brother's Cracked magazines. In high school, a creative writing teacher told her she should be a writer, but she decided to go to college instead. In college, a writing professor told her she should be a writer, but she decided to be a computer programmer instead. A husband, a cat and two kids later, an adult education teacher told ...more