This is my first review since August last year. I know, I know, I have been pretty slack. Simply put, I have not been in the right frame of mind or had the energy to do so. My reading habits have been pretty slapdash too, so what I needed was a good swift kick up the butt to get my head back in the game.
When I saw an ad on the Ole Bookstagram for a fabulous new website Bookstagrammers.com, after a nosey poke, I immediately knew that this was just the kick I needed, that incentive not only to pick up a book, but actually to take the time to sit down and review it. I swiftly signed up, and it wasn’t long before an opportunity came my way, and I hastily put in my request to review Angelbound by Christina Bauer. I was overjoyed when my review request was accepted, yes, this was definitely what I needed. I had something to look forward to and couldn’t wait for the book to land on my doorstep.
The day arrived, and there it was waiting patiently for me to arrive home from work. Boy, oh boy, on opening the package, I was taken aback by the cover artwork. It is breathtaking, intricately detailed, and my immediate thought was if the cover is this good, what’s the story going to be like? I hope it does justice to the book itself, and I am not disappointed. Let’s face it, as a cover buyer, I have been taken in by all the pretty covers in the past, and at times the book itself has been a total let down.
Anyhoo, last month I finally got the time to sit down one Saturday afternoon and have some uninterrupted reading time. Yay! For me! I was expecting it to be a week-long process (due to my recent reading habits), but I was hooked from the 1st page. Before I knew it, I was 200 odd pages in and getting a touch of the noddy dog. Had I started this earlier in the day, it would have been devoured in one sitting. Instead, I finished in 2 sittings. I literally had the book in hand with my 1st cuppa of the day, as I could not wait to pick it up again. So yes, you have guessed it, the cover did do the book justice, it was a bloody good interpretation of Myla in the arena!
Enough of my waffling, you want to know what I thought about the book, am I right? Well, I’m not going to give anything away because I don’t do spoilers, and I want you to go get the book. This is going to be a tough one though, because it is my job right here to make you want to buy it, but can I do this without giving anything away?
Well, for starters, I freaking’ loved it! It has everything I want in a book, badass heroines, a bit of romance, Angels, demons, ghouls and all kinds of creepy creatures. Anyone who knows me well knows I’m a kid at heart, so YA plays an important role in my book buying habits. There is no taking away from the fact that this is aimed at a younger audience, it’s a YA after all. It makes my blood boil when someone complains the language is too young for them. If you want something more adult, quit whining like a baby and steer clear of the YA section, it’s not hard! If that offends you, well I’m not about to apologise, and I’m not about to mark down a book solely because the language is a little young in places. It wouldn’t be fair of me to do that, due to my age, I seriously am knocking on the door of 50, I need to be objective…… It’s the adult thing to do.
If you haven’t clicked away by now, I want to tell you about the world building. This is always a hit or a miss, in my opinion. This can make or break a book. I can assure you that here, it most definitely isn’t a miss! Christina is clearly a natural in this department. She immediately transports you to Purgatory, yes you heard right, and you can visualise it so damn well in your mind, and I’m not talking about an overview, I’m talking about details here people. This is without overshadowing the storyline and a lot of waffling on (unlike me), it’s so carefully woven into it so you are not distracted at all from the storyline.
Myla Lewis, our protagonist, is an 18-year-old Quasi demon living in Purgatory, who literally lives to Kick Ass. She is a Baddass with a tail. If I was a Quasi Demon, I would want to be just like her! As the synopsis below will tell you, she is in her senior year at school and lives for her time fighting in the Arena. She meets Lincoln, the Prince of Thrax, a “Demon Hunter”, falls in love with him (I mean, who wouldn’t) and her whole world changes. Just putting it out there, Enemies to Lovers, as worthy a trope as any, am I right?
They are supported by an incredible cast of characters, which includes Cassie, Myla’s oldest and undoubtedly only friend. They are friends in the truest form, none of this BFF malarkey, for that I can’t praise Christina enough. There is a clear and present depth to all the characters, which I hope is explored more throughout the series. They all have a story to tell, which leaves me wanting more.
All in all, this was a kick-ass, edge of the seat, witty at times read, which even bought tears to my eyes at one point. Dare I say it, for Myla, a journey of self discovery, this is her story after all.
About the Book
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, part-demon and part-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 part-human and part-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.
In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names
5. The Dark Lands
6. The Brutal Time
8. Quasi Redux
9. Clockwork Igni
Perfect for teen and young adult readers who want their book series to deliver: badass world building, angels, demons, paranormal romance, fresh themes from contemporary fiction, LOL romantic comedy, gods and goddesses, dark fantasy, strong girls and women as heroines, themes about loners and outcasts, the best laughs in humorous literature, general coming of age whackery, and (most importantly) truly unusual epic fantasy.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. An avowed girl geek, Christina loves creating immersive fantasy worlds with action, adventure, romance, and kick-ass female protagonists. As part of her work in Ink Monster, Christina has co-developed the ‘Heroine’s Journey,’ a blueprint for telling female myths inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and golden retriever Ruby. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Links and Information
Publication date: 1st July 2019
Paperback Page Length: 376 pages
Publisher: Monster House Books
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Paranormal, Young Adult
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Angelbound by Christina Bauer