Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

Angelbound

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Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: December 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Blurb:
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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.

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Extras:
• Audiobook sample: https://youtu.be/yADVDpUK8I8
• Book trailer: https://youtu.be/roznLuuUY1c
• Video of author doing the voices: https://youtu.be/6mfmw1VT1IU


My Review:

First off…I am obsessed with demon/angel lore. There’s something about this definitive battle between good & evil that makes my spine tingle. So when I saw Angelbound, I just had to read it. And I was not disappointed.

I was confused at first, because the setting is very earth-like, but I guess Purgatory has to look like something and a run down city is as good as any other. But I loved how all the different races brought a different feeling of time and place, such as in the Thrax race is very medieval in customs and fashion. But then you Have Myla’s race that is is very modern in fashion. Well…sweatpants and t shirts.

Myla’s race is very much slave-like- the uniforms, the servitude lessons in school (total farce), the service system post-high school. The quasi’s are all slaves to the demons. But the 5 races are supposed to be in an accord now, right? Since the rebellion? Nope…like all typical Hell Kings, this one wants everything.

Greedy little bastards.

So what is Myla’s part in all of this? She’s literally one of the few things standing between a purely evil soul and Heaven. Now here is what gets me. Myla risks her life in the arena fighting souls to keep them out of heaven. She knows and understands how important it is that she never loses, ‘cus there are some pretty nasty people in the world and she knows it.

So why the heck does the big, bad, holier-than-thou Prince Lincoln think he’s so much better than her? Because she’s part demon? That is straight up angel-lore racism. He’s already judged her based on her genetics, instead of her skills or who she is as a person.

Thankfully the Lincoln’s mind starts to change when he removes his blinders for 5 seconds to see Myla as Myla and not as a descendant of a demon.

I loved the character of Cissy. She’s the little bit of sweet and bubbly you need in a book. Myla is witty and sarcastic, humorous in her own way. But Cissy gives off the lighthearted humor you need when you just know that a book is going to get dark.

The cover is eye-catching, the writing was wonderful and fit well with the projected age of the characters.

Overall I give 4 stars. 4star

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About the Author:
AB Christina Bauer picChristina 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.

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Review: Bridges by Maria Murnane

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Publisher: Wink’s Ink
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

My Review:

If you were here last week, you know that I fell in love with Maria Murnane’s Wait for the Rain. This week, I got to review Maria’s brand new Bridges, just released yesterday. 

Bridges continues with all the feels. Definitely resonates with me, where I’m at emotionally as a writer. Just like with WFTR, Bridges has me all mixed up and thinking about things.

But that’s what makes a good book, right? The ones that make you question and think.

So here’s the deal with Bridges…The trio from WFTR is back, this time in New York for a weekend for a non-bachelorette party for Skylar…the one no one thought would ever get married.

The story is told from Daphne’s POV, along with all of her struggles a year after WFTR ends. KC is still a tiny ball of fire, with a huge secret, and Skylar is in blissful heaven having found the perfect love for who she is.

Just like before, we get to see some twists and turns, hilarious situations, and real people dealing with real problems that people have every single day.

I love Maria’s books, because she makes you sit down and think. The situations are realistic, sometimes a little over the top, but not so much that it can’t happen. It’s just sometimes, people shy away from those situations. The women portrayed in Bridges change, again, together. The time span is ridiculous for it, but the women do actually change a bit.

Now, please keep in mind, that people do not just change overnight. It’s portrayed that way here for the purposes of the story. But the change and growth can happen. Maybe not overnight,  maybe not in a few weeks. But it can and will happen.

Maria, thank you so much for letting me review Bridges and Wait for the Rain. I enjoyed both, immensely. I am no where near the age portrayed in these books, but I felt connected to the characters in a way that doesn’t happen very often with books. Usually I read for the escape. Bridges and WFTR are now my go-to’s for hope and insight. Thank you.

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The story of how Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she’d always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the bestselling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly), plus Katwalk, 2015 International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

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