Thursday, September 27, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Dark Lands (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer

The Dark Lands
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins #5)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 1st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

“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, Mylalikes 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.

“I loved jumping back into the world of Angelbound.”Mean Who You Are Blog

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

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Angels, Another-World, Hysterical, Mystery, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Hysterical--

“You’ll be interviewed by our new host . She’ll ask you fun questions about your baby and that’s it. There’s no way she’ll ambush you with some surprise just so she can get an exclusive.”

“What a very specific thing for her not to do,” says Lincoln dryly.

Myla feels like life is exactly what she wants it to be- that is until a televised interview goes very wrong, and all signs point to her close ghoul friend Walker. After hunting down Walker, Myla realizes that he is in more trouble than she ever could have guessed, the kind of trouble that could end the world as they know it. With a timeline that is not nearly long enough, Myla and Lincoln must enter the Dark Lands to find the truth.

I loved how much action there was crammed in the pages of this book, it was so jammed packed there was never a dull moment and I had to keep reading to see how everything would play out. If it is not battling crazy fans of the "Scala Mother", strange worm farming brothers, or a scary lava angel who is basically indestructible, it just would not be a regular day for Myla. Side note here, I love that this plot was something so very different from the rest of the books in the series, unpredictable and random and I loved the mission, the new characters and the change of worlds and problems. Mad props to Christina for mixing up the adventure level, while at the same time keeping Myla and Lincoln together (couples that battle together stay together?).
Folks say that a romantic dinner with candlelight and champagne is the sign of true love. I disagree. In my opinion, if you find a guy who’ll pick valuables off a dead body for you, that’s a keeper.

I like that there were interactions with baby Maxon in the story, even while on a very short time frame to save Walker, we get a small dose of Myla and Lincoln's reality. And he was hysterical and so sweet, the scenes with him in it or about him were my favorite and so human and real (yes, half demons and half angels can be human, shush you!). The dynamic between Myla's badass Archangel father and grubby, busy little Maxon was hysterical- who knew a banana could do so much damage? I find Maxon's whole development to be interesting and crazy so I look forward to seeing what will be in store for the couple and their baby next.

Lucifer: bloodthirsty psychopath and yet, talented armor designer. Who knew?

Yet again this series is one of my favorite, full of personality, action, supernatural randomness and the characters that I have come to root for. The internal monologues full of snark that spill out of Myla make everything worthwhile and I can't help but to laugh all the way through the book. There is no doubt that I will read any and all books in this series, they really are just too much fun for me to resist.

I reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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 withher husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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  1. This sounds so exciting and full of action! Great review, Katherine!

  2. Thanks Giselle, this is such a fun set