Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer


Christina Bauer

532 Pages

Published December 17th, 2013

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.
Myla wasn't your average, everyday character. She was a hybrid of sorts; part demon, part human and part something she isn't yet aware of. She was completely spunky, sarcastic and strong, and I loved her to pieces. Though she isn't aware of her roots when the story begins, going along with her down the path of discovery was a thrilling and ultimately shocking ride.

Myla lives for battle and fighting, often being summoned to a place called the arena, a special are where souls are either banished to hell or released to heaven. It's Myla's job to keep the bad guys being sent to where they belong, though each battle is a matter of life and death. She's ruthless and skilled far beyond her years, having been training for much of her life. Though her mother is overbearing and protective at times, not feeling comfortable with the constant chance of her daughter's death, she was overall a supportive key character.

When everything about the world she knows begins sliding away from her, Myla knows she must dig in deep and throw herself into the action. Along the way she discovers who she really is, learns the dark past that is her family history, kicks plenty of demon ass and even hooks up with a steaming hot Thrax boy named Lincoln, who also happens to be a prince.

Lincoln seemed so so dreamy to me. Though he starts out arrogant and cocky, as many male main characters seemed to, he grows on you so quickly. Deep down he's sweet and had his heart in the right place, putting the greater good of his world high up on his priority list. Though he was only a prince, in my mind he already should have inherited the throne.

Angelbound was a unique twist on a number of different plot points. There are angels, demons and so much more that intertwine together to create a fascinating set of characters in a mystical land much like our own, but at the same time so very different. A definite winner in my book, this is one you won't want to put down.

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