Title: Angelbound (Angelbound Origins #1)
Author: Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: December 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Star Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
*Now an audio book!*
Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday quasi-demon, half-demon, and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she has not lost a battle yet.
But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?
Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.
Myla, the main character is a quasi-demon; half human and half demon. Then, we have Lincoln, a Thrax; half human and half angel. We also have all those demons, ghouls and angels.
I was a bit skeptical at first about this book. I like the premise but the tail that quasi-demons has, that is a bit too anime-ish for me. But I continued reading because I kind of like Myla (well, I am equally fond and annoyed at her), and I like Walker. And Myra’s mom when she’s sassy and a badass. And Xavier Cross.
I was put off a bit by the Myla-Lincoln thing. At first, it feels like the author was trying too hard to show that they have a connection or something despite their antagonistic towards each other at the beginning. But it turned out okay in the end. I like the interaction between the two of them, when Lincoln stopped calling her demon and Myla stopped thinking of him as a jerk.
I think one of the thing I love the most about this book is it always managed to make me laugh. Like, Walker and his love for Java, and then, when Myla asked if her father’s a ghoul and her mom said yes. I found that funny. I would give other examples, but I think you should find those moments yourself. I also enjoyed the mystery of Myla’s heritage.
All in all, I like this book. It’s funny, and there are characters I like and hate and some I just found so funny. I just realized I used the word funny a lot. There are also moments I found myself crying while I read. I may have teared up at the first official Myla’s father/daughter moment. And the world is amazing. I read a lot of angel and demon books when I was younger but none like this. I am looking forward to get my hands on the sequels so that I could read more about Myla and Lincoln, and Myla and her father. I regret I didn’t request for the audio book too though. When I signed up, I didn’t really like audio books, but after listening to a Pride and Prejudice book a few weeks ago, I kind of like it now.
I would definitely recommend this book too readers who love YA fantasy books about angels/demons. I think fans of the Mortal Instrument series would like this book too. There are no vampires, faes and werewolves in here, but there are similarities like those politic things, and falling in love with different species.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes & Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only $1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound ACCA, which was only released a few months ago!
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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