Sunday, 29 December 2013

Angelbound (Angelbound #1) by Christina Bauer

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Angelbound (Angelbound, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Angelbound by Christina Bauer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Angelbound (Angelbound, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to INscribe Digital and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Maya is a Quasi-Demon, who loves nothing more than fighting. One thing that annoys her though is how many secrets her mother keeps from her, especially those concerning the identity of her father.
What is her mother hiding? Who is her biological father? And why won’t her mother just tell her?

This was an okay story, but I found it difficult to keep focused all the way through.

Myla was an okay character. She had a bit of an issue with authority, and liked to do things her own way, so she was a fairly typical teen really. She liked to fight, and went out of her way to try and do that as often as possible, even when it meant going against her mother’s wishes.

The storyline was okay, but there seemed to be a bit too much bulk to the story. There were quite a lot of things that could maybe have been trimmed down a bit to make the story more streamlined, and there was also quite a lot of information in there that I had very little intention of learning and remembering. I think that the story might have been a little easier to get through that way, but to be honest I think this maybe just wasn’t the book for me. Some of the plot points I guessed very early on, and so when we eventually got confirmation of my suspicions, it felt like a long time coming.

There was some romance in the story, although most of the time it didn’t really hook me. There was one moment that I thought was sweet, but there were also some scenes which were maybe a little too close to the edge of what is acceptable in terms of sexual situations in a YA book. Although there wasn’t any actual sex, or graphic encounters, some of the descriptions of Maya’s responses, and some of the physical manifestations of their passion were a little risky, and I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone younger than 17. Certainly if my friend with teenage daughters asks me if her 13 year old could read this – I’ll be saying no.

The ending was okay, but it was also clear that the story will continue on in the next book.
Overall; an okay read, but didn’t keep me interested all the way through.
6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, not hearing great reviews on this one but I am still excited for it.