Audiobook Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer


Today I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour for the audiobook of Angelbound! I enjoyed listening to this story and have many more details below for you (including discounted audiobooks!)


Overall Score: 7/10

Genre: YA Supernatural

Series: Yes, Book 1

Publisher: Monster House Books

Release Date (Audiobook): March 28, 2017

Source: I received a free copy of this audiobook through YA Bound Booktours in exchange for an honest review

Book Summary (From GoodReads)

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.


Angel bound was one of those rare books that I truly enjoyed despite disliking the main character at times. While listening, I would find myself eagerly awaiting the next time I could put on my headphones and start listening again.

The concept of a book set in purgatory intrigued me from the moment I first heard of it. The author did a wonderful job with the world-building in this book. Hearing about the purpose and history of Purgatory really allowed me to care about the world. Plus the world-building was wrapped up in a mystery so the reader became engaged in finding out more.

As for the characters, I wasn’t a huge fan of Myla or Cissy at the beginning, although they both grew on me as the story progressed. Cissy could have used a little bit more depth but she did serve as a nice foil to Myla’s impetuousness. As for Myla herself, at first she was a very rebellious teenager (with the attitude that phrase implies). The fist pumps and her talk about how she’s the best fighter and how that’s all she wants to do made it hard for me to connect to her at first. Over time, the author unwraps Myla’s tough outer shell to reveal a lost teenager seeking a place where she belongs. Myla matures throughout the book and I was actually quite fond of her by the end.

The plot can move slowly at times, particularly when detailing Myla’s day-to-day life. While I appreciated the realism and grounding of the story that arose from those scenes (not to mention that they fleshed out the world even more), they are prevalent and interspersed between the action scenes. During these parts, I did find myself eagerly anticipated the next arena or dream scene, which were more orientated toward moving the plot forward.

The moments between Myla and the Thrax (Lincoln in particular) were my favorites. Her sassy side didn’t feel out of place and she held her own against those who looked down on her for her heritage. Myla’s visits to Thrax state events combined teenagers, politics, and fancy situations with a touch of hilarity and magic. The romance was very nicely handled and I found myself really rooting for them. I loved that Lincoln saw Myla as an equal, a partner, and loved her because of that.

Angelbound was an overall enjoyable audiobook. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy worldbuiling and a good plot but don’t mind a younger and less mature main character.


Series Discounts
Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes & Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only $1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound ACCA, which was only released a few months ago!

 For those of you who are new to the series, here’s a quick overview of the books that are now on sale from their author, Christina Bauer:

Book 1 – Angelbound
“This is the original story of Myla, a part demon girl who loves to kick ass in Purgatory’s Arena. She falls in love with a part-angel Prince (who’s also a demon hunter.) Mayhem ensues. You can check out the book trailer here.

BONUS: If you buy the audiobook version of Angelbound, then the ebook is free in March! How cool is that?

Book 2 – Scala
Myla and Lincoln team up to save Purgatory. They also smooch a lot. Did I mention this was my un-official summary of each book based on what I like most about them? Well, it is. I like the smooching in this one.”

Book 3 – Acca – NEW!!!
“In this NEW installment, Myla and Lincoln take down the evil house of Acca while trying to get hitched. I love the final scene in this book which features an awesome tune by the Rolling Stones. Nuff said.”

Book 4 – Thrax
“This is the story of how Myla’s first kid is born while she runs off to the Earth’s surface with Cissy to save Lincoln. Okay, full disclosure: I didn’t put Thrax into the discount structure because it’s not due to launch until September 26th of this year, and launches are how I pay my bills. At least I don’t lie to you :-)”

Book 5 – Armageddon
“This installment is all about the demon we love to hate, Armageddon (I call him Armie.) Myla goes to Hell to save her son and kick that f*ucker’s ass. Good times.”

Book 1 – Angelbound Offspring – Maxon
“This is the story of Myla’s son all growed up. No, I didn’t have to put him at $1.99 since this is technically a separate series, but MHB is kind of awesome like that.”

Book 2 – Angelbound Offspring – Portia
My favorite-eat cover of all time! This is the story of Myla’s daughter and how she maybe gets involved with a hottie dragon king.”

So there you have it: six books discounted to celebrate the launch of Angelbound on audiobook! Be sure to order ASAP—these are limited-time discounts and will end soon!

 About the Author

unspecified-4Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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