Review: Angelbound (Origins) by Christina Bauer

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(Angelbound Origins #1)
by Christina Bauer

BlurbEighteen 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.

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Oh my! This is one kick-@ss read… I think this is the most exciting YA-Paranormal-Fantasy I’ve read after ahhh…. I can’t remember!

Myla Lewis has always wondered about her real father. Every morning, her mom asks her if she’s had any dreams but when Myla asks about her dad, mommy Lewis immediately shuts her mouth.

She’s friends with Cissy since first grade and they’re both students of Purgatory High School. Yep, you read it right, this book is set in purgatory and the place teemed with characters you may or may not have met. (In here we’ll meet and see angels in Heaven headed by Verus, demons in Hell lead by Armageddon, the portal-openers – undead ghouls in the Dark Land, quasi-demons like Myla living in Purgatory, and demon-hunters /half-angel Thrax from Antrum).

Myla is no ordinary quasi, though. She’s a fixture in the arena, regularly gets called to serve and prevent monstrous souls from entering heaven by defeating them in a trial by combat. She’s known for her no-loss records in the battle arena, but those winnings do not excuse her from attending school.

If there’s one trait that really fits Myla, it’s her stubbornness.  She always ignores and breaks rules, she often gets involved in things she has no business with.  And oh, she’s got an arrowhead tail that seems to have a mind of its own. That was definitely wicked! (compared to her friend’s dog tail).

Soon she gets to meet the most obnoxious thrax boy she’ll ever meet. The High Prince, Lincoln, and baculum master. Lincoln, at first, shows his dislike for Myla because of her demon DNA, but deep inside, I know, he’s just stalling whatever he’s feeling for her. One thing for sure, I totally ship Myla & Lincoln .. eeep!

Yeah, yeah, there’d been issues about their insta-love romance, but for me, it’s perfect the way it is. Who cares for long-term courtship when the attraction is already there the first time around? Why beat around the bush when in the end, you both know that you’re gonna end up together. In this book, our heroine did fall instantly with the high prince’s swoon-worthy features when they met at the Ryder mansion, she just wasn’t aware that it was already an attraction on her part. With Lincoln’s case, he basically admired her the moment he saw her chasing Doxy demons in the woords. Nothing wrong with admiring from afar, right? And then their feelings for each other grow the next time they see each other again. That’s more than insta-love for me.

Anyway, back to the story… Armageddon and Verus soon show interest in Myla especially after her last two successful fights in the Arena.  But something’s brewing in Purgatory and the lives of all ghouls, demons and quasis are at stake. When Myla finally gets the answers to her unending questions, suddenly, she no longer wants to know about her parentage.

The characters themselves already captured my interest, it’s not often that I encounter ghouls and quasis in a story, so this was surely a treat for my ever-inquisitive mind. Author Christina Bauer surely got a wild and creative imagination. I love the world she built. I love the story she weaved, I love the characters she created, I love everything about Angelbound. This had been totally awesome, definitely badass, astoundingly amazing and superbly recommended! One of the rare books that I’d be willing to read over and over again! Can’t wait to start Scala!

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CHRISTINA BAUER

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in Television, Radio and Film Production and English. 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.

Check out more about her through the following author links:

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