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.
I bought this a few years ago and then it got stuck in that huge TBR pile on my kindle. Last month Christina very kindly sent me another copy to review which gave me the boot up the backside I needed to actually sit down and read it, so thank you Christina!
Overall, I loved this story, Myla is a quasi-demon, half-human half-demon, living in purgatory and slave to every other being in the underworld. But it hasn’t always been that way and Myla really wants to get to the bottom of things. As she digs closer to the truth she meets Lincoln a Thrax, half-human half-angel, supposedly sworn-enemies these two just can’t keep away from each other and it becomes apparent that Lincoln may hold some answers to Myla’s questions.
Now, I struggled with Myla’s relationship with her best friend, they spoke to each other as if they were twelve and it really grated on me when I was reading the dialogue between them. I didn’t feel that Myla’s dialogue was as young or irritating with other people just her best friend and it became a sore spot for me throughout the book that I would have to deal with it.
I loved that Myla was an arena fighter in this world, a quasi-demon who fights evil souls to keep them out of heaven. I loved the dynamic here, her eagerness to fight, her toughness. This was enjoyable to read and I would have loved to see more of these fights and scenes included.
I thoroughly enjoyed the early scenes with Lincoln while they were mistaking attraction for irritation. There was so much scope here and some of these situations are hilarious. Myla is such a strong character and even in this world where she is part of a people who are treated as slaves she still stands tall and fights for herself.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, it had an interesting premise, the world building could have been slightly stronger with a bit more depth (but I admit I do like a tad more description than a lot of people), the characters were well rounded, some funny, quirky, serious, annoying, and even downright unlikable.
I will definitely be continuing the series and seeing where it goes from here.
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Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 17 December 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
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