Angelbound: Book One by Christina Bauer starts out with an eighteen year old girl named Myla Lewis going through her daily routine. Getting dressed, talking with her overprotective mother, and ehh you know, kicking some evil soul’s butt in Purgatory’s arena. When it comes to kicking butt, Myla is your girl. She is called upon by the leaders of Purgatory when the souls that enter request a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell. She hasn’t lost a battle yet!
Everything is going great for Myla, but then she notices things starting to change. Her mom is acting extra dramatic, she’s getting called into the arena more often, and the demons are acting weird. Myla starts to notice some things about herself that she has never noticed before. For example, she has never known what it’s like to “like like” a guy. Why is she worrying about things like that? She’s supposedly just a quasi-demon that’s forced into slavery, working for the ghouls. She’s supposed to have her life all planned out for her and she won’t have to worry about anything except serving the ghouls.
Plus, her mom has this mysterious past that she’s keeping from Myla. Myla tries to get details out of her mom time and time again, but gets nowhere. Myla starts to get impatient and starts to look for answers herself. I mean, it’s her identity that she’s searching for really.
Things start to come to surface right after she meets this boy. This boy is a Thrax (half-human and half-angel demon hunter). Not just any Thrax, but the HIGH PRINCE of Thrax! She finds him very attractive and repulsive at the same time. He is a demon hunter, she can’t fall in love with a demon hunter. He looks down on her in disgust, because he thinks of all quasi’s as nasty demons. When really, they’re more human than demon. Myla doesn’t know why she’s so attracted to him and it confuses her when she starts to see him more often than she thought she would.
You can see why this complicates things as she’s searching for herself. Having newfound feelings while searching for your identity can for sure make things harder. Is this a new Myla? Or has this Myla been in there all along, right beside her deadly sin of wrath?
Myla discovers some hidden secrets, but will she like them? Why did those secrets make a difference in the realm of Purgatory? What in the world do they have to do with Myla and WHY was her mother hiding them from her all these years? Is her father who she thinks he is?
Myla isn’t willing to give up a fight, no matter what the outcome may look like for her, so who’s to say that she’ll give up the fight to make Purgatory something worth fighting for?
I enjoyed this story so much! It is right up my alley with fantasy and adventure books! A kick butt tale, with lots of sass and wit along for the ride! I’ve never looked at Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory in this way before and I love it! It’s so fun and scary at the same time.
I enjoyed hearing this story as an audiobook, because it helped me really feel the tone of the book. Author Christina Bauer is the one reading it and she has an amazing way of reading her story that’ll make you fall in love with it. I have to admit, if I was reading this to myself, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the tone of the book like she meant for it to be. I love having an insight on how the author expresses the character of Myla and all of the rest of the characters. I especially loved how she did Zeke’s voice. I laughed and laughed at that one. I can think of a few guys that fit that description so well, even the voice.
My favorite character was Walker. He was such an incredible friend and I kind of pictured Myla ending up “being” with him throughout the first half of the book. It was silly of me! Because I like who he ended up to be for Myla. Such a strong character with such an important role in Myla’s life. I wish I had a Walker in my life…
My least favorite character was Myla’s teachers. They were so mean and reminded me of the green slug lady named Roz off of Monsters Inc. Except Roz turned out to be pretty cool in the end of that story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fiction! Especially if you love having a female as the strong lead and main character of the book. Another thing, if you loved Maximum Ride by James Patterson, I feel like you would love this book as well! I recommend if you buy this book, buy it in audio! It is available on iTunes and Audible!
1 star- terrible, couldn’t make it through
2 star – had to push through it
3 star – wasn’t my cup of tea
4 star – good, but wouldn’t read it again
5 star – EXCELLENT! Would read again!