Book 1 - Angelbound Series
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.
I didn't think I would love this book, especially reading it immediately following a 5 star book like "Becoming Alpha"... But sweet mother of mercy "Angelbound" is beyond fabulous! Bauer creates a whole new world that had me bowing down and praising the universe for whatever is responsible for inspiring this creative genius. I haven't been this in love with something since my King and Queen Beyonce. Argh I didn't think anyone could pack this much amazing into a book anymore! I don't know where to start my loving.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.
The characters are pure perfection. Myla is a wonderful mix of kick yo' ass attitude and compassionate sweetheart. I love Myla as much as I love Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson and all my other paranormal heroines. Lincoln is a pain in the ass, handsome, hilarious, snobby and intelligent male. Their dialogue is amusing, witty and worth every word used. He is strong in his own right and admires Myla's strength. He wants to be with her because she is his equal *fans self* and could definitely take him out.
The concept of half demons, demons, half humans, half angels, angels and ghouls is mind blowing! A fresh take on paranormal staples - FINALLY! Being an avid fan of paranormal, it's hard to read the tired cliche of angels, demons etc. in their typical situations, powers yadda yadda. Bauer throws it all out the window with a flourish, bringing me life once again! Purgatory isn't a soul waiting room and quasi-demons are like humans but with bad ass powers inherited by their demon parents. Thrax are equivalent of quasi-demons but instead of being half demon they are half angel. Thrax are slightly snobby but Myla quickly puts them in their place - get it, girl!
The plot keeps you on your toes while giving you enough information not to be lost in this new land. There are twists a plenty and also more than one kick ass female. The quasi-demon history is rich with potential for future novels and I loved everything about the ending minus well... the fact that it was the ending. If you don't read this book you are going to be missing out on one of the best New Adult Paranormal novels to be released in 2013. I swear on Beyonce you should read this book because I loved it so much I can't even. I'm going to stop gushing now.
xxx Literary George
A HUGE THANK YOU to NetGalley, Christina Bauer and InkMonster LLC for the copy.
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