Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Angelbound by Christina Bauer

Title: Angelbound
Series: Angelbound Origins (#1)
Author: Christina Bauer
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 17th December 2013
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Arena fighting quasi-demon, Myla, has always wanted to know who she was; and who her mother was before her. Living in Purgatory isn't easy for her, especially with the quasi-demons being held in thrall to ghouls and forced to serve. With the King of Hell up to his old tricks, and the Scala, the being who transports souls, on the decline, things are looking even shakier than normal. But when Myla meets the thrax Prince, Lincoln, she discovers that there are some things worth fighting for, even if at first it doesn't seem like it.

I feel super guilty that it took me so long to read Angelbound, especially because it was so good! I've found that books from this publisher are all really enjoyable and done in their own unique way. This was a tricky book to catagorise genre wise though, it has elements of modern living (technology and clothing mostly) but is set in another land, Purgatory, and has a lot of action, magic and swords, which is all very fun...oh and tails.

The tails were actually one thing I struggled to get my head around. Not for Myla, because her tail is like the one that appears on the cover (and had a mind of it's own, which made me laugh several times!) but it was the dog, bird and other tails. Mostly I think that's a problem with my imagination though!

I loved Myla. She was a typical teenager, sneaking out, not wanting to tell her Mom about a boy, falling out with her best friend, but she also loved defeating the bad guys in the arena. There was a fair bit of focus in the book about good and evil and I think Myla centred around that a lot. As a quasi-demon she was assumed to be evil by a lot of people at first, including Lincoln, but then actually they realised she had a very clear concience (which was clear to the reader early on).

There was a lot of mystery going on in Angelbound, especially surrounding Myla's heritage (though I had that plot twist figured fairly early on, it was just the details that needed fleshing out!). But her Mom's past was a point of contention between them and as that came to light more was revealed about Myla as a person. Of course this made the ending super moving.

Now, Myla and Lincoln; they're very much appear to be a couple that clash majorly. But as the book, and their relationship, progressed and more was learnt about their cultures, it became clear that there was a lot more to it. I felt that their relationship went at a good pace (especially considering Myla was trying to keep her lust demon side under control!) and it felt believable.

I'm definitely excited to read more now!