Friday, January 31, 2014

Retribution by AmyThompson

Retribution by Amy Thompson

Regan Edison has just moved from California, to enter her first year at Georgia Liberty College, the place where jacked up Chevy trucks and hunting are a way of life. On the evening of her first day of school, Regan was walking back to her dorm when she was viciously attacked by three men. Regan was convinced she was going to die that night…

Colter Hayes is a member of the Collectors and a wrongfully punished lost soul. Colter and the rest of his team, Finn, Kaiden and Devon, work for the Requiem Council, whose purpose is to find lost souls and pass judgment when neither Heaven nor Hell can decide a soul’s fate. Agro, an ex-councilmember, and his soulless Exiles have other plans. Agro steals souls and hands down his own form of judgment, retribution. He punished those members of the Collectors and has now set his sights on Regan. The Requiem Council dispatches the Collectors to Georgia to work as protectors for Regan. 

The Collectors must fight to keep Regan safe from Agro and work to earn back their chance at redemption, but when Colter meets Regan his world changes. Everything he thought he knew about his curse is turned upside down and Regan seems to be the cause.

Can the Collectors find out why Regan is being targeted in time to save her from a fate they know all too well? And are their fates as sealed as they thought?

Who is meant for Heaven? 
         Who is meant for Hell? 
                 And who is just lost?
Let's get to know Amy Thompson!  I asked her a few questions and here are her responces:

1. What is your favorite quote from Retribution?
“Ok there Princess, you most definitely are not bleeding out, you were barely touched and you’re yelling at the only people standing in the way of you and those guys who, if I’m not mistaken were ready to kill you a second ago,” he gave me a questioning look with one raised eyebrow. “Yea, good luck on your own sweetheart,” he finished.
There are so many reasons why I love this quote, but mainly this is the start of Regan and Colter. In one quote you can see how unimpressed and arrogant Colt is. You also can tell how unbelievable stubborn Regan is for arguing with her saviors. Colter and Regan fight and they argue, but is there something driving their interactions.
2. Is Retribution your first book?
Retribution is my first book in the new adult Lost Souls series.
3. What was your inspiration for Retribution?
My inspiration for writing Retribution was my younger sister. She is an avid reader so I wanted to write something that she would actually want to read, and not just because I was family. I also wanted to write something different in the paranormal genre.
4. What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on Relinquish, which is the second book in the Lost Souls series.
5. What is one thing people do not know about you that you wouldn't mind sharing with us?
Let's see, one thing that I don't mind sharing is that I didn't actually start getting into reading until I was in college. After that though, there wasn't a book that I wouldn't read or a free minute that wasn't spent reading.
6. Who is your favorite author?
Amy Bartol. She is an amazing author with incredible stories and her writing is impeccable. Bartol's Premonition series is my absolute favorite and one that I will go back to over and over again. Amy Bartol has the ability to create a world that sucks you in immediately and keeps your attention.
7. Who influenced your writing and how?
My answer is the same as who inspired Retribution. My little sister was so encouraging and she had so many great comments after every chapter that it made me want to write more.
8. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
That ones fun! I would want the power to summon. In Retribution, Council members can summon themselves and others any place they want. With summoning, the Council can also bring forth objects or make them disappear all together.
9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
Anywhere in the world? Does that include other planes? If so, I would choose Exilium, but you'll have to wait until Relinquish to find out why.
10. Use 3 words to describe Retribution.
Unique, passionate, and unexpected.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us get to know a bit more about you and your work.

Amy Thompson graduated from college with her B.S. in Biology. She currently works as a high school mentor and has just earned her M.S. in Higher Education. Amy is a first time, self-published author of Retribution, a new adult paranormal romance novel that is the first in the Lost Souls series. She lives in Southern Virginia with her family and two lazy cats. Amy Thompson is currently working on the next book in the Lost Souls series, Relinquish and continues to be an avid reader of all things books.


My Review:
I am giving Retribution 4.5 stars! I really enjoyed this book. I think it is an excellent beginning for this series. I honestly didn't want the story to end. I will definitely be reading book two.

Regan is just starting out at college. She is finally going to start a new life for herself, but an unexpected attack changes everything.

Colter is a collector who helps to protect lost souls. He is accompanied by Finn, Devon and Kaiden who are also working towards possible redemption. They have been sent to protect Regan from an ex-council member, who is the one that passed retribution against them.

I couldn't help but fall for Colter, even though he was moody and even cruel at times. As the story progressed I began to understand his behavior and the torment he had endured. I have a soft spot for tortured souls, especially hot ones.

I also loved each of the guys in the story. Who wouldn't want to be guarded by 4 handsome guys who each had their own charming qualities? Devon is sweet and the youngest of the collectors. Finn is the older fatherly type. Kaiden is the silly, fun loving guy. Then of course we have the brooding Colter. *sigh

I found Retribution to be quite an addicting story. The concept of having collectors to protect the lost souls was brilliant. Totally different than any of the books I have read to date. Action, mystery and did I mention hot guys? Great book!

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