My review of Angelbound by Christina Bauer
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.
There were things I liked, but there were several things that I didn’t like either. A cutesy little coming of age tale full of teen angst with angels, demons and other assorted creatures.
First off, the things I liked. Myla as a character was interesting. So was Lincoln. Cissy and Walker were as OK. No explicit sex just feelings and emotions, so I’d be OK with my daughter reading this when she hits her pre-teen to early teen years. It was a fairly quick read without any complex story aspects. There were quite a few foreshadowing events, so nothing was a surprise.
Now the parts I didn’t like. The vocabulary was a huge issue for me. Improper choice of words really jarred me out of the story. ‘Onto’ and ‘unto’ are not interchangeable. Nor are ‘pommel’ and ‘pummel’ as a noun. I have no idea what a ‘wadget’ is. An ‘old-fashioned stopwatch’ with a cover that tells time? I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be a ‘pocket watch’. ‘Strum’ is used a couple of times where it appears ‘thrum’ would have been a better choice. It was like the author was reaching to expand her vocabulary and picked words out of the dictionary that were listed as synonyms, without realizing that they aren’t synonymous in all usages. There were also instances where a character was referred to that wasn’t there, which left me asking if that character had said something ‘off camera’ at some point or it was just the wrong character being referenced. I also wasn’t sold on the whole concept of ‘purgatory as suburbia’, where quasi-demons attend school, have social cliques and are envious of various cast-off human relics. The character development wasn’t much. There seemed to be more set development and backstory than actual story. I kept getting the feeling this isn’t the story the author actually wanted to tell, but needed to set the stage and familiarize the audience with the characters before telling the actual story. If so, a much better example of how to do so would be Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card as a set up for Speaker for the Dead and it’s sequels.
In all it was a somewhat enjoyable light diversion but not something I would necessarily recommend nor seek out others in the series unless free.
The formatting was OK, with some minor spelling/grammatical errors and a few places that my Nook couldn’t render the characters. A bigger problem was word choice by the author.