Series Review: Angelbound Origins #1-3 by Christina Bauer

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Series Review: Angelbound Origins #1-3 by Christina BauerAngelbound
Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Author: Christina Bauer
Pages: 525 (Kindle)
Publisher: Ink Monster
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Source: For Review
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

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.

2 Stars

I was excited and nervous about reading Angelbound. Angels aren’t my thing, but I do tend to adore demons, and it’s set in Purgatory! Myla is a quasi-demon, meaning she’s mostly human but with a hint of demon blood. She also has a tail, which is like a character on its own! And she’s an Arena fighter, so she battles evil souls who want to get into Heaven. But, her mom has been acting kind of strange and asking her weird questions, but won’t answer any of Myla’s questions about her father. Then she meets Lincoln, and everything changes.

Angelbound has a really interesting premise, but I found the world-building questionable. I loved the idea of Purgatory and that it’s primarily occupied by quasi-demons and ghouls. Unfortunately, a lot of it doesn’t make any sense to me, and some of it was just down right silly. For example, ghouls eat worms, and quasi-demons who are basically second class citizens must learn how to properly cook these worms! The undead eating bugs? Totally cliche. In fact, the whole way quasi-demons are treated is over-the-top, and a lot of the school scenes are cringe worthy. I can tell it was suppose to be humorous, but it’s not my type of humor at all.

As for what didn’t make sense: the entire Arena fighting thing. The Scala transfers human souls to either Heaven or Hell, which is perfectly understandable. But then there comes the souls who are given the choice to battle for their fate. They fight Myla (or another fighter) and if they win, they get to go to Heaven. This would be interesting if all souls had this choice, or if it was souls who were middling in their goodness or evilness. Instead it’s only purely evil souls. Why would you give the evilist of evil a chance to get into Heaven?! I mean, I know one character in particular wants to see this happen, but they could easily just let the soul in to wreak havoc. And why does everyone go along with this plan?

The plot of Angelbound was pretty good though. There’s a war brewing between the demons and the quasi-demons and ghouls. Ghouls think demons are their allies, but obviously not. Then the Thrax, who are demon hunters, show up and aren’t killing anybody. Very suspicious. Of course, Myla ends up being the most super important person in the upcoming battle and the only one who can save Purgatory. And there’s an enemies to lovers romance! It’s kind of insta-lovey, but I didn’t mind, because of reasons.

Angelbound was an okay read. I would have liked it better if it had been dark, rather than funny, because the humor wasn’t one that I found funny. It was really long though. This first installment is almost longer than the following two books combined!

Series Review: Angelbound Origins #1-3 by Christina BauerScala
Series: Angelbound Origins #2
Author: Christina Bauer
Pages: 249 (Kindle)
Publisher: Ink Monster
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Source: For Review
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis has transformed into the Great Scala, the only being with the power to move human souls to Heaven or Hell. Although she no longer fights demons in the Arena, Myla still has tons of ass-kicking to do as she redefines the afterlife and rebuilds Purgatory's government. Unfortunately, her world falls apart faster than she can put it together. An enemy out of Myla's past is sapping her powers, making her weaker by the day. Even worse, her angel bound-love Lincoln has mysteriously disappeared. As her true enemy becomes clear, Myla discovers that all the after-realms are at risk. After losing so much power, does she still have the strength to save her world?

2 Stars

Scala picks up two months after the closing of Angelbound. Myla is deep into her duties as the Great Scala, but there’s a problem: the ghost towers are full to bursting, threatening to overrun Purgatory with angry ghosts. Myla should be sending these souls on, but something known as Lucifer’s Orb is hidden somewhere and allowing only passage to Hell. While having this many souls trapped in Purgatory is dangerous, Myla refuses to send innocent souls to Hell. Then a crazy person from her past shows up and makes things even more complicated.

I did like Scala better than the first book. It moves fast and isn’t bogged down by a ton of senseless jokes. It does move too fast in places though. There’s no build up. Myla and Company have a problem, devise a plan, execute plan. Lather, rinse, repeat. And once again, I was bothered by something major that simply didn’t make sense. Myla can’t send souls to Heaven, but she can still send them to Hell. Her Scala powers also let her sort these souls so she knows where to send them. So why hasn’t she been sending the Hellbound souls along to relieve the pressure on the ghost towers?!

Scala was an okay sequel and overall read. I did like the darker tone much better, and I enjoyed learning more about Myla’s abilities. It’s a very quick read, but not very exciting. There’s a lot happening, but it’s all over so quickly, that I never got fully engaged. The ending is a happy one, but obviously there’s more to come. Myla has one more enemy to the peace she’s creating in Purgatory.

Series Review: Angelbound Origins #1-3 by Christina BauerArmageddon
Series: Angelbound Origins #3
Author: Christina Bauer
Pages: 313 (Kindle)
Publisher: Ink Monster
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Source: For Review
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

Myla Lewis once fought gladiator-style in Purgatory’s Arena. Now, she’s fighting again, only this time in Hell. And the stakes have never been higher. The King of Hell, Armageddon, has kidnapped Myla and Lincoln’s young son, Maxon.

In the wake of Maxon’s abduction, all the after-realms calling for war, and no one shouts louder than Lincoln. Myla knows that a war against Hell will cost millions of lives, so she devises her own plan, involving a small attack team and a secret entrance to Hell. Will Myla save Maxon, or will her child and all the after-realms fall to Armageddon?

2 Stars

Armageddon was certainly not the finale I was expecting. It’s a few years into the future. Myla and Lincoln are married, have inherited the Thrax throne from his parents, and have a three year old son, Maxon. All seems peaceful in Purgatory and Antrum, at least until Maxon is kidnapped and taken to hell by Armageddon. Now, Myla and Lincoln have to break into Hell, get their son back, and kill the king of Hell once and for all.

It’s no secret that I don’t like plots involving kids, which is basically what Armageddon is. I really did not care about Maxon at all, especially since he appeared out of nowhere. I knew Myla would have to fight the king of Hell eventually, but not three plus years later! I hate time jumps! The story isn’t all bad. I did enjoy seeing this series’ version of Hell. It’s not the most original, with its personalized trials, but it was interesting enough.

Armageddon does, once again, suffer from a plot point that doesn’t make sense and it distracted me from the time it was revealed until the very end. Two characters make a deal, and one of the terms of that deal is that they get Maxon’s soul. Except that it’s not really Maxon who is part of the deal because of the language used. One of these characters emphasizes a certain word, and Maxon doesn’t qualify. Although later in the deal different language is used, which Maxon does fit. But, either way, the original term of the deal wasn’t even met which would make the whole thing void anyway. Sure, you can’t really trust this person in the first place, but they’re not getting what they want either, so none of this would have even happened. And in fact, it wasn’t even necessary for the kidnapping plot.

Of course, Armageddon has a happy ending. I’d expect nothing else from this series. I just really wish I liked it more.

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