[Review] Scala

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Title: Scala

Series: Angelbound Origins #2

Author: Christina Bauer

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Published: May 13. 2014

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis has transformed into Great Scala, the only being with the power to move souls out of Purgatory and into Heaven or Hell. Trouble is, a magical object called Lucifer’s Orb is limiting Myla’s abilities. If she tries to move a soul, the Orb’s forcing her to send that spirit straight to Hell.

So, what’s a girl to do? Send innocents to the fiery down-under?

No way. Myla’s gone on a supernatural strike. No souls go anywhere until the Orb’s history. It’s the right thing to do, but Purgatory’s Soul Storage buildings are turning into time bombs. No spirits are moving out, while millions keep coming in. Myla’s determined to find the Orb and send the innocent to Heaven, but she’s running out of time. Soon, the containment fields will burst, releasing a mob of homicidal ghosts.

With Soul Storage ready to explode, Myla’s got enough on her plate without her old enemy, Lady Adair, causing problems. Adair is launching an ingenious campaign to take away everything that Myla holds dear, including Myla’s Angelbound love, Prince Lincoln.

Between their clever ideas and toe-curling kisses, Myla and Lincoln are fighting back. But will they beat the clock or lose everything to Adair’s devious schemes?
Scala is the continuing book of the Angelbound Origin series, thrusting you back into the eventful life of Myla Lewis, the newly announced Great Scala. Upon finishing Angelbound, I really wanted to immediately read Scala, but alas, at that time, it was a ways away from release. I have to admit, I remember dreading the wait.

As a reader, I didn't really like Adair. Obviously, Ms. Bauer did a wonderful job making you absolutely despise the "innocent" psychopath who makes possibly the worst ideas possibly throughout both books.

This story is much much shorter compared to the 500+ paged Angelbound, but it still keeps you reading until the very end, especially when a huge decision must be made. This continuation slightly lacked the humor and the beloved cheesiness (yes, I loved the cheesiness) Angelbound had, but it still kept me hooked.

I loved the fact that we get to see Myla's father a bit more, but I really didn't find it plausible for someone who lived eighteen years of their life without a father to just... connect. You would think there'd be an awkward "getting used to" stage (though I wouldn't know, I'm just taking a stab at the guess).

There's not really much else to say. It wasn't as kick-ass as the first story (then again, that's usually how it goes), but it was still a great and enjoyable read. I started it this morning at around... 10AM? Went to work at 12PM and finished it just before 5PM. A quick read, just like the next one will be (they're both around the same length). Would I recommend this to people who read the first book? Hell yeah! Just because it wasn't as good, doesn't mean it wasn't fun and exciting! Go for it.

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