I’m excited to bring you a post all about Angelbound by Christina Bauer! Below, you will find my review and a giveaway of dragon bling, angel wing bobby pins, dragon scale ring, and Angelbound audiobook from Audible!
About the Book
Angelbound by Christina Bauer
*Now an audiobook!*
Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday 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 has not lost a battle yet.
But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not 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 is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 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 does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.
My overall opinion of this book is just meh. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. While there are definitely some factors that I really didn’t care for, there’s nothing to rave about. The things I didn’t have a problem with were just okay.
One aspect I took issue with: the voices are terrible. The teacher sounds like a robot. I despise Myla’s mom’s and Sissy’s voices. They are incredibly annoying. I know it’s narrated by the author, which I would think would be awesome because how cool is it to hear the story the way the person who wrote it meant it to be heard?? But I just don’t think the author did a good job with it. I hate to say that, because who knows the book better than her? But it just wasn’t enjoyable hearing her narrate it. Ugh. But, hey, I can share this video so you can decide for yourself what you think of the voices before purchasing the audiobook! Check it out:
And then we have an instance of instalove. I couldn’t really get into the romance. It just didn’t do it for me, unfortunately.
I found Myla to be annoying, unfortunately. She’s supposed to be so tough. I really like the idea of Myla. I’m a fan of strong female characters, but Myla turned out to not actually be as strong as she is initially portrayed. Sure, she wins fights, but then she is so immature. She doesn’t accept her future very well and she doesn’t want any responsibility.
The story was okay. It was able to captivate me and the author actually did a decent job of narrating the story. I just took issue with the voices, but the way she told the story was pretty good. Sometimes I listen to audiobooks and just can’t get into it. I zone out and realize I missed a bunch of the story. This book wasn’t like that for me. It had my attention.
Best Aspect: Story
Worst Aspect: Voice narration
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About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.