Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: 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, part-demon and part-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 part-human and part-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.
Angelbound is a good story all things considered. But I felt like there was something off about the way the story was told. It’s hard to explain.
Initially, the mystery part was interesting at first but the reader (and Myla) are practically given answers without any barrier/resistance. In that respect, a lot of what happens was almost too easy/convenient. There’s a lot of beating around the bush.
Likewise, Myla and her best friend’s, Cissy, relationship was fine at times, unreasonable at others. For me, Cissy went from a good best friend to a very unlikable character.
I like Myla’s character. She doesn’t let being a quasi demon belittle her own value. She’s physically strong and strong-willed. Stubborn but gracious. Absolutely fearless and endearingly brazen. It’s so cool that she’s an arena fighter. That alone makes her a standout main character.
The author’s take on Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell is fascinating. It was a bit strange viewing Purgatory through a human-like contemporary lens. But the story could have done without such cringy high school vibes.
I loved the different classes of beings we’re introduced to: demons, ghouls, angels, and others who are half-human. The hierarchy and how beings interact with each other was particularly thought-provoking. It balanced well; woven neatly between big and small conflicts happening to Myla and all over Purgatory.
The romance was good – your classic enemies to lovers trope but with more antagonism and fire. My only dislike about this forbidden romance was that it was way too insta-love. It’s onset felt so random instead of naturally fleshed out. What it means to be “angelbound” could have been explained more. But Myla and Lincoln’s budding romance eventually grew on me.
Despite the problems I had with this story, I really want to continue reading this series. I want to know what happens next in book 2, Scala.