Saturday, July 12, 2014

Angelbound by Christina Bauer Review

Title: Angelbound
Author: Christina Bauer
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: Angelbound, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Despite a funny, kick-ass heroine, a hot, sexy alpha male, and creative world-building, this book had me feeling lost and despite its engaging plot, had me yearning for something more. Solid, but not a spectacular read overall.

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Myla Lewis is a quasi-demon--that is, part demon. She thrives on her lifestyle: kicking butt in the arena against souls who want to battle their way into Heaven. But when things start to get a little out of control, even for her, and her world begins to ripple with unrest, she decides to dig deeper into her mysterious heritage, all the while falling for a sexy, obnoxious prince while she's at it.. And she discovers that more than those she loves could be at stake.. Her whole world is about to be turned on its head..

What I enjoyed:
-I liked the pacing of this novel--it was breakneck and I couldn't put it down
-Myla and her hilarious narration, one part a normal teenager with a bad temper and the other a demon with seriously violent (and lustful) tendencies
-Cissy and Zeke
-Lincoln, of course, and his parents
-I liked Myla's character development from a spoiled demon brat into a hero worthy of the title
-The ending
-It was a fun mystery, Myla digging into her past

What could've been better:
-The world-building was very vague and I didn't really get it, even as the book went on to explain it
-The constant ghouls coming in and out of the scene--I really couldn't keep track and it was difficult
-I didn't really like any of the other characters from The Great Houses
-Despite the action and steamy romance, this book just didn't satisfy me and I was left wanting something more

Overall, Angelbound was a good read, but frankly it just wasn't my favorite. Next on deck: Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo!

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