Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Book Review: Scala (Angelbound Origins, Book 2) by Christina Bauer

Title:  Scala (Angelbound Origins, Book 2)
Author:  Christina Bauer
Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Monster House Books, LLC
Release Date:  May 13, 2014

From the Back Cover:

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis has transformed into Great Scala, the only being with the power to move souls out of Purgatory and into Heaven or Hell. Trouble is, a magical object called Lucifer’s Orb is limiting Myla’s abilities. If she tries to move a soul, the Orb’s forcing her to send that spirit straight to Hell.

So, what’s a girl to do? Send innocents to the fiery down-under?

No way. Myla’s gone on a supernatural strike. No souls go anywhere until the Orb’s history. It’s the right thing to do, but Purgatory’s Soul Storage buildings are turning into time bombs. No spirits are moving out, while millions keep coming in. Myla’s determined to find the Orb and send the innocent to Heaven, but she’s running out of time. Soon, the containment fields will burst, releasing a mob of homicidal ghosts.

With Soul Storage ready to explode, Myla’s got enough on her plate without her old enemy, Lady Adair, causing problems. Adair is launching an ingenious campaign to take away everything that Myla holds dear, including Myla’s Angelbound love, Prince Lincoln.

Between their clever ideas and toe-curling kisses, Myla and Lincoln are fighting back. But will they beat the clock or lose everything to Adair’s devious schemes?

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My Review:

This was another solid read by Christina Bauer. I absolutely love the world she's created, and the characters of Myla and Lincoln. Myla, a spunky, quasi-demon, who is now known as "The Great Scala" since she inherited the igni from the last Scala and has the ability to send souls to Heaven or Hell has grown up a little from the last book. At least, she seems to be a little more even-tempered... but her tail still has a mind of it's own.

The second book in the series wasn't quite as good as the first. While the book immediately jumps into the action (within the first two pages), you're immediately faced with the major antagonist of the book and it's -- Adair? Wait, what? Adair? Seriously? The whiny, sniveling, little brat from the first book who's still moaning about how Lincoln jilted her for Myla? Why hasn't Myla just bitch-slapped Adair with her tail already and been done with it???

I mean, come on! In the last book, Myla was fighting major demons! She faced down Armageddon, the most fearsome demon in the past twenty demons who had all of Hell and Purgatory terrorized! How much more badass can you possible get? And now.... Adair? She runs around wearing yellow dresses and flipping her hair. Really? She's scary?

By the end of the book, I sort of understood why there was a modicum of scariness in having her as an antagonist.... Nope. No spoilers. But there's a little more to it. Not enough to erase my earlier rant completely, but enough to make me approach the next book with a bit of caution.

Please bring me a worthy bad guy in the next book, Ms. Bauer. Preferably someone who can truly rock the entire universe and makes Myla whip out her badass tail again.

Because quite frankly, her tail deserves it's own fan club all on it's own.

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