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Length: 525 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. An avowed girl geek, Christina loves creating immersive fantasy worlds with action, adventure, romance, and kick-ass female protagonists. As part of her work in Ink Monster, Christina has co-developed the ‘Heroine’s Journey,’ a blueprint for telling female myths inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and golden retriever Ruby.

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  • File Size: 1873 KB
  • Print Length: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Brainshark. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 29, 2014
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I don't write many books (despite reading 100+ each year), but I felt like I needed to take the time and write a few things about "Angelbound". While entertaining, this book does not warrant the 4 and 5 star reviews it's been receiving.

First of all, this story is SOO predictable. I predicted how it ended by page 50. The plot is not even close to being mysterious or suspenseful. Very elementary.

Also, many aspects of this book were just downright corny and cheesy. Oftentimes, the dialogue and character actions seemed silly and ridiculous. Every time Myra had to fight, and risk her life, she hollered, "yayyyy!!!" while jumping up and down? That doesn't make any sense, and diminishes from the risk of fighting someone to the death.

The whole quasi-slave thing didn't make sense. They were "slaves" but this didn't affect their lives AT ALL outside of job choice and wearing sweat pants? I literally laughed out loud when the ghouls told the high school students yell, "take me! take me!" in order to sacrifice themselves to demons to protect their ghoul "masters". How ridiculous. That doesn't even make sense.

An as always, the insta-love pisses me off. She hates Lincoln, all of a sudden likes him, and then falls in love with him after really only talking to him 3-4 times... who does that? Then the story shocks me from being all sweet and Innocent with cute smooches to raging hormonal lust. The sweet "brush of the lips" turns into full on "get me naked now!" Say, what?

Furthermore, it took me a LONG time to warm up to Myla. She seemed childish, simple, and brash. Her relationship with Cissy didn't make sense. Cissy was a HORRIBLE friend for almost the entire book.
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116 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2014
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I don't normaly write reviews, but this book really made me want to write one. I don't know if I read a different copy of this book than everyone else did because for the life of me, I can't figure out why it has so many 4 and 5-star reviews. I was highly disappointed. First off, the book is way too long and the writing style is choppy. For some reason reading this book really annoyed me and I ended up with a massive headache (and the urge to throw my kindle out of a window) trying to read through it. I love a detailed and descriptive story, but there is way too much excessive and unnecessary information and detail in this book. I read through 535 pages of a whole lot of nothing. The book dragged on endlessly and took forever to reveal anything and to just get to the meat of the story. There is a whole lot of "telling me instead of showing me" (which can really make a book drag on) going on and it all seems to just get forcefully shoved down my throat. Also, the majority of the plot points were very predictable--like who her father was--and when the truth was finally revealed 300 pages later, all I wanted to do was scream No Crap! at the top of my lungs and bang my head against the wall. The writing and a lot of the things that happened like the fight scenes and characters' reactions were very repetitive, which should have been a sign that the book was getting too long.

It took forever to get to the whole romance aspect of the story between Myla and the prince. I am not a fan of the insta-love that is so common in YA novels and this book is rife with it. I was wondering if they were ever going to get to the romance and love that's mentioned in the summary because Myla and the Prince hated each other immensely for about half of the book, and then BAM!
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44 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Corrigan on December 22, 2013
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I picked up Angelbound because the premise sounded interesting. A part demon slave girl who fights to the death in the Arena but also attends high school? A love interest who was part angel? Sign me up! Everyone knows angels are my favorite supernatural race! But I was unprepared for how much I was going to love Angelbound. I read what is not a short book in 3 days, partly because I stayed up way too late on two of those days reading it.

The world is complex and unique. Five races live in five different realms---angels in Heaven, demons in Hell, undead ghouls in the Dark Land, quasi-demons in Purgatory, and demon-hunting, half-angel Thrax in Antrum. Angelbound takes place in Purgatory, the land where human souls go to be judged, where the quasi-demons live under the rule of the ghouls. While quasi-demon slavery is a problem, it does lead to much hilarity when main character Myla mocks her overlords or goes to a high school where all lessons ridiculously revolve around serving ghouls. Myla serves in the Arena, where she faces souls who choose to be judged by combat, usually because if they were judged by their deeds, they would go straight to Hell, so she gets to encounter all the other races as well.

The plot was suitably epic, dealing with the balance of power between all the races, which Myla ended up right in the middle of because of her role, her family, and super-special-secret stuff about her. Honestly, the plot was so huge and life-changing, I'm wondering a little bit what's left to cover in the next books, but there was suitable prophesy that even greater things will be happening, so I'm excited.

And as for the romance... It was compelling. It was believable. It was completely secondary to the plot. In short, it was awesome.
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