Book Review: Redemption by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Redemption is the last in the Night School Vampire Hunter series by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. Since I enjoyed the first and second novella, I was delighted to get my hands on an early copy of Redemption.

Here’s a quick reminder of what went down in the first two novellas.

Night School Vampire Hunter #1

night school 115 year old Angel’s supernatural problems begin on her birthday, October 31st. Yep, Halloween as luck would have it. This is the first time she has the disconcerting vision of the little girl with wriggling worms in place of where her face should be, some kind of portent of bad events to come. After the mysterious disappearance of her parents, Angel (her real name is a lot fancier -Dasheen Bellamy) enrols in Ame Academy, a wicked looking Gothic-style castle with her younger brother, Jordan. Pretty soon, Angel learns about the existence of supernatural creatures, and the unsettling truth that she is a warrior fated to fight them.

Angel dreams of a boy she has never met; she knows somehow he is coming, but not who he is or what they mean to one another.

In the first book we are also introduced to Elin, Bella Donna and Ismet, her fellow pupils and three supernatural ladies I was hoping would make an appearance in the next book.

Kindred (Night School Vampire Hunter #2)

kindredAngel’s crushing on the gorgeous Rafael. Unfortunately she doesn’t have much time to enjoy the new relationship given the Big Bad Evil that’s on the way. Angel is still reeling from learning about the supernatural world and her central role as a Vampire Hunter. She has a unique ability for a Hunter; her blood kills vampires. She’s also dealing with a younger brother who’s mid transition, and she makes it her mission to save him from becoming a monster.

I wanted to find out more about Elin, Ismet and Bella Donna (half human/half vampire, Jinn and natural born vampire, respectively). I was happy to discover more about them in Kindred.

The first novella was simply a vampire story. Kindred goes beyond that. There are layers of mythology beneath the surface, and a greater fantasy aspect here with godlike beings and all types of otherworldly creatures.

Book Review: Redemption

redemWith Angel lost in the abyss, a sense of dread hangs over Ame Academy. Rafael is in despair and unable to cope without his soulmate. Ismet, Elin and Bella Donna take centre stage in this final chapter, propelling the action along to Halloween Night.

As per the first two books, I found my interest drawn more to the supernatural trio Ismet, Elin and Bella Donna than Angel and Rafael’s side of the story. I was delighted to see these powerful ladies front and centre in Redemption. Their banter about the subjects they studied at school made me wish I’d had the option to take  “Supernatural Cultures 101” back in my secondary school days.

My only gripe with Redemption would be with the final battle. Halloween night loomed over all their heads, but when the battle arrived, it was very short. I’d like to have seen an extended battle scene because I’m blood-thirsty like that. 🙂

The mythological creatures in the Night School series are fascinating. When I read the first novella, I thought the trilogy was going to be about vampires and slayers only, but then a host of Supes were introduced, making these books pretty unique in the YA vampire/otherworldly category. Redemption, like the first two books, is a short and enjoyable read. I’d love to see another story that follows Angel on her next adventure. ****

Favourite Quote:

“Soon there would  be Supernaturals on Reality Television”

Check out the series on Goodreads and Amazon where you can get all 3 novellas in one.


Anyone got any supernatural books you’d like to recommend?


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17 Responses to Book Review: Redemption by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Sounds like a unique series. I like the idea of multiple supernatural creatures. And yeah, Supernatural Cultures 101 would have been a lot more fascinating than Social Studies!

    • Emma says:

      They’re fast and fun reads. You could fit them in during your lunchbreak.
      I don’t think we had a Social Studies class. Feel like I missed out. 😦

  2. Indiewritersreview says:

    Thanks SO much Emma!:O)

    • Emma says:

      You’re welcome, Michelle. Will we be seeing another book featuring Angel making her own way in the world without Rafael for a while?

      • Indiewritersreview says:

        Actually yes:) I’m working on a series of graphic novellas called Legend of the Eclipse…it will introduce new characters and follow Angel and her new friends as they set out to catch many of the “Big Bads” that actually escaped Halloween night when the portal was opened for those few seconds…Lol so Rafael has to make it on his own for a little while…although he makes some guest appearances…he has his place as staff now back at Ame’ helping Mr. M:O)I do also want to dedicate a few of the novellas in the series to my fave ladies Elin, Bella Donna and Ismet who are back with the Alliance and having their own adventures:)

  3. Reblogged this on CultureShock and commented:
    Go Michelle!!! She got a great review of her novella Redemption! Emma, to answer the question you posed…. one of my favorite supernatural books in the indie world is “Final Life” by Rose Garcia. I also really love anything Christopher Pike. 🙂

  4. fuonlyknew says:

    Now I really, really need to read this series. Thanks Emma. I think you know some books I’d recommend from stopping by my blog. I’m getting ready to do something different. A friend is now writing some erotic paranormal stories and I’m going to be reviewing them. I bet I blush while reading them. LOL

  5. Yep, yep Supernatural Cultures 101 sounds more interesting than most of the classes I took.

  6. Anything supernatural is fascinating, if not scary at times. I remember you reading and reviewing the first two, so am glad you enjoyed the third one just as much. I like all the covers, but Redemption’s is my favourite!

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