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Thrax and Ghouls – what’s not to like?

The Dark Lands Book Cover The Dark Lands
(Angelbound Origins #6)
Christina Bauer
YA, fantasy,
Angelbound Origins
2019-07
308

"This YA paranormal fantasy series is cute, compulsively readable and above all fun." - The Nocturnal Library Blog Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life--she's now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn't suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens. Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace. Now it's up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker's disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a new criminal called the Viper took Walker in order to release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and bloodthirsty killer. Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have only twenty four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Lucifer's mysterious past with Myla's father threatens the very future of the after-realms. "I loved jumping back into the world of Angelbound." - Mean Who You Are Blog Angelbound Origins In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names. Nuff said. 1. Angelbound 2. Scala 3. Acca 4. Thrax 5. The Dark Lands 6. The Brutal Time (Fall 2019) 7. Armageddon (already here, long story!) 8. Quasi Redux (Fall 2020) Angelbound Offspring The next generation takes on Heaven, Hell, and everything in between 1. Maxon 2. Portia 3. Zinnia (Summer 2019) 4. Kaps (Summer 2020) 5. Huntress (Summer 2021) Angelbound Lincoln Angelbound Origins as told by Prince Lincoln 1. Duty Bound 2. Lincoln 3. Tricksters Also From Christina Bauer - Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, a series of modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance - Beholder, where a medieval farm girl discovers necromancy and true love - Dimension Drift, a dystopian adventure with science, snark, and hot aliens Don't Miss Out Get your FREE copy of Christina's novella, BEVERLY HILLS VAMPIRE, when you sign up for her personal newsletter: https: //tinyurl.com/bauersbooks ***Not available in stores***

I know. This is supposed to be a series for the YA audience, but guess what? Lots of us older people like these fantasies too. And this is one of the more imaginative series with some interesting concepts about Heaven and Hell – or not Heaven and not Hell, and how you get there and all the worlds that lie beneath us and the people – or not quite people – who live there.

One of the things I most like about Myla is her tail.

Now we all now know that we have brain cells in our stomachs – and that ‘gut’ feeling really is our brain – or part of it, as it processes what we have seen and heard. Now Myla has her tail. Which has a brain of its own. It behaves autonomously. It waves at people. It gets angry. It is cheeky. It is fun.

I am enjoying this series immensely and find the writing amusing and light and the stories interesting.

Keep going Christine! Looking forward to reading Rhodes – the latest book in the Offspring series – #4. Review to come in December.

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Who are the victims here?






Victim of Magic Book Cover




Victim of Magic




Magic and Mischief #3 (3 Book Series)





NR Hairston





Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult




Fire Ink Media, LLC




(25 Sept. 2018)




Kindle

Five stories of supernatural carnage.
Including five kick-ass women.
With five unique powers.
On five different worlds. 

Rye Unchained: 
Agent Rye has always been able to depend on her skunk DNA in a fight, but when a vicious man with fly DNA kidnaps someone close to her, it sends her into a tailspin with consequence so severe she may never be able to claw her way free.

Delia Uncaged: 
Elementer Delia is in the fight of her life when something ancient and feral stalks her with one goal in mind, killing her for horrific, hideous crimes it claims she will one day commit.

Leah Untamed: 
Telekinetic Leah exists in the rough world of gambling, so she’s used to a challenge. But when a ruthless man with superspeed comes after her for a debt, it leads to a showdown so bloody and brutal few will be left standing when it’s over.

Kerry Unrestrained: 
To stop the reign of terror of a man named Zeke, Coalition Agent Kerry will have to push her powers to their peak.
Her team is brawling, casualties are falling, to liberate this rhyming world, they’ll have to put their all in.
Then a distraction, the unthinkable happens, Kerry can’t control her reaction, there’s no coming back from this infraction.

Kia Unleashed: 
Succubus Kia’s wrath is uncontrollable, as she hunts down those responsible for hurting her lover and makes them pay.

Take the title literally, there will be carnage here, and lots of it. Just a warning!
This book contains side characters who identify as LGBTQ.
This book has a few strong words.

I have read a number of these box sets and usually they have a few good stories in them but not all.

And this is the case here.

I liked books 1 and 3 and would give them 3 stars.

Books 2 and 4 (alternate – hmm) got boring and so they got a 2 star.

Book 5 I didn’t finish. 1 star.

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Enter the Very Dark






The Dark Lands Book Cover




The Dark Lands




AngelBound #5





Christina Bauer





Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult




Monster House books




(30 Oct. 2018)



Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.

Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace..

Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that the ghoul Oligarchy took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and an all around nut job who really needs to stay locked up..

Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just two days to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

Perfect for readers who love angels, devils, and demons but want a fresh take on their related fairy tales, myths, and legends. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and urban/contemporary fantasy.

Well who would want to live on anywhere but Earth after reading the descriptions of Purgatory, Antrum and the Dark Lands in these novels? Light in short supply, lots of grey clouds and rain, and no flowers to speak of? And worm farms? Actually, the latter is not so bad as we have a worm farm in our charity garden – but it is very small and the worms live in a hut like a hive with lots of trays, making compost and fertiliser from our kitchen waste.

So some imaginative worlds here with the 4 realms – and even earth is not so good, as you know that migraine you’ve had for years? Seems it might just be a demon living on your neck.

I went back to the beginning here and read the current 5 novels in order, as starting from novel 5 it is often difficult to pick up the story – and loved them.

I’m always a sucker for stories with some angels, demons, and kick-ass heroines, and this Myla beats all of them hands-down as she has a semi-independent tail with an arrow on its end that can think for itself and helps her fight! I want one… It waves and high fives and all sorts of stuff, all on its own without Myla controlling it. So cool…

I enjoyed the writing style and found the books easy to read. With a fun style  and sense of humour, and mostly grammatically correct – a few small errors that an editor should have picked up. Well suited to the age range, but still good for older adults – if you like this type of writing – which I do as a fan of Eve Langlais and Robyn Peterman who also write about Hell, Demons, Angels and feisty heroines.

I’m now waiting for books 6 and 7 to come out – and intend to read the spin-off series about the children. Maxon sounds like a fun baby to have and he should join in nursery classes with Astrid’s son (Fashionably Dead Down Under series by Robyn Peterman) as they would be a match for each other in precociousness and trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Christina 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. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks 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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Crazy Prison Perhaps?






Crazy House Book Cover




Crazy House





James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet





Jimmy Patterson; Reprint edition




(15 May 2018)



There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. 
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the good twin.
Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:
They took the wrong twin.

I found this too derivative of other teen literature and media in concept. 
Usually I am a great fan of James Patterson, but his co-authors often change the ‘flavour’ of his writing too much, and I don’t think Gabrielle Charbonnet has brought him many adult fans. 
However, I can’t speak for a teen audience.

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Alive or Dead?






DeadGirl Book Cover




DeadGirl





BC Johnson





psychological, mystery, thriller, YA




Curiosity Quills Press




(6 Nov. 2014)

Dead is such a strong word... Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way. Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn't exactly excited that she ditched him on their first date. Oh, and Abraham, Lucy's personal Grim Reaper, begins hunting her, dead-set on righting the error that dropped her back into the spongy flesh of a living girl. Lucy must put her mangled life back together, escape re-death, and learn to control her burgeoning powers while staying one step ahead of Abraham. But when she learns the devastating price of coming back from the dead, Lucy is forced to make the hardest decision of her re-life - can she really sacrifice her loved ones to stay out of the grave?

This book left me a little confused and of course it is not a new story-line. and as a result i could not quite decide on the star ranking. But as I am not the target audience I went for 4 as I rather think some younger readers will appreciate the book.

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