Friday, December 2, 2016

Angelbound (Angelbound Origins, Book 1) by Christina Bauer

From the Back Cover:

Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day 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 hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t 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’s not looking good for the quasi-demons.

Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen 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’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

My Thoughts:


It isn't often that a book grabs my attention and doesn't let go. From the first couple of pages, I was hooked on the story. I pretty much sat down and read this in one sitting... except for the brief period of time when the words began to blur on the page because I was just so freaking tired. But the minute I woke up, I wiped the drool off my Kindle and picked it back up again. That's right -- it's that good.

The main character was a strong, kick-butt, likable, and funny heroine that left me with a serious case of tail envy. Yep. I have tail envy. Seriously -- I.want.a.tail.

The romance was slow to build and very sweet. I'm interested to see how it progresses (or if it does at all) in the next few books.

The only downside with this book was that the plot was fairly predictable and I absolutely hate dream sequences. While I appreciate that the author tried to use "dreamscapes" to cover this effect, it's a pet peeve of mine. This is just a personal preference and I know plenty of people who don't mind it, but I would have preferred if the heroine had discovered certain things another way. It's not a huge deal, just not my cup of tea.

Overall, I loved the features of the world, the dynamics and development of the characters, and the story itself was terrific. If you're looking for a well-crafted, and professionally-edited story, this young adult book is highly recommended. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Note to readers: Don't start this book after midnight if you have work/school the next day.

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