Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC.
Publishing Date: November 2013
Publisher Description: 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, half-demon and half-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.
Review: This was a great teen angst/daemon novel set in Purgatory, where the Quasi-demons reside under the fateful rule of ghouls that are aligned with the King of Hell. Our heroine, Myla and her friend Cissy make for a dynamic duo that is both funny and poignant. Cissy is the best of friends, until her envy side rears it’s ugly head and Myla is only interested in invoking her wrath in the purgatory arena to take out truly evil souls that have chosen trial by combat.
The author creates some great interactions in descriptive settings and has a splendid imagination with regard to the various daemons and angels in her world. There are arachnid daemons, Queen of Angels, King of Hell, Ghouls that can open portals, Gelatinous daemons and a high school with quasi demons (human and daemon) that sport different tails. Myla is an expert at killing demons of every kind imaginable. She is tough and tender with a great sense of witty self-deprecation that allows for the reader to genuinely care what happens to her. the cover art is really good. Myla in a dragon suit,…kewl.
Wow, I loved this novel. The novels concept and subsequent story-line is fantastic. The scene development really transports you to a different alternate reality. Although primarily written for the Teen/YA crowd, adults should really take a look at a wonderful talent in the fantasy genre. Much like my fave new writer, AJ Salem, I plan on adding Ms. Bauer to that list.