Review: Redemption by Veronique Launier

September 7, 2012 3.5 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 4 ★★★½

Redemption by Veronique Launier

Guillaume: For five hundred years I’ve existed as a gargoyle. Perched atop an old Montreal church, I’ve watched idly as humanity wanders by. With the witch Marguerite gone, there is no one left to protect, nothing to care about. I never planned to feel again. But then a girl released me from my stone restraints, allowing me to return as a seventeen-year-old human boy. I must find out all I can about this girl’s power . . .

Aude: Getting attacked twice in as many days is strange in itself, but even stranger is the intriguing guy I keep running into. There’s something so familiar about him, like a primal drum rhythm from my dreams. But spending time together only raises more questions–about my heritage, a native Mohawk prophecy . . . and an unearthly magic threatening our city..




Equal parts intriguing and aggravation.

Redemption caught my attention because there was gargoyles in the plot line. I thought it would be nice to read something with a paranormal creature I haven’t seem much of.

The storyline had promise and it was interesting how they made it such that gargoyles used to be human, and can take on various forms: human, stone, and reptilian.

Aude (or Odd as she is often called) inadvertently released 4 gargoyles that have been locked in stone, on the top of a church in Montreal the past 70 years. When they are released they can take human form, but they need essence to stay that way or they will turn to stone again. One of the gargoyles, Guil, thinks that Aude is the key to supplying and maintaining their essence.

Unfortunately, I think perhaps the author tried to squeeze a little too much stuff into this first book (back history etc) but at the same time leaving out information that I felt was important for the reader (what is this prophecy and it’s importance).

I was going to list all the things I thought overwhelmed the book but it really might work out for another reader where it didn’t for me. I still enjoyed Redemption and got through it quickly, but I’m not exactly chomping at the bit to read the next book. I’m thankful that at least the relationship that was built up between Aude and Guil was done well and that there wasn’t any insta-love!

Tabitha the Pabkins


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