Wednesday, December 18, 2019

MAXON, PORTIA & ZINNIA | {Angelbound Offspring #'s 1, 2, & 3} by Christina Bauer #series #Fantasy #Paranormal #YA #Giveaway #Xpresso #christinabauer #BookReview

by Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Offspring #1)

Prince Maxon may be twenty-two years old now, but he’s still haunted by his boyhood abduction and torture in Hell. To deal with his past, Maxon limits his present-day activities to killing demons and seducing women. No long-term relationships. No combat too dangerous. No problem, right?


Maxon’s life has stalled out. The old thrills aren't there anymore, either on the battlefield or in the bedroom. While staking out his next fight, Maxon meets what seems like just another girl after a good time. What he gets is a close encounter with Lianna, a lady warrior with ties to the mysterious elemental rulers called the monarkki.

It’s love at first fight.

Trouble is, Lianna’s running from a dark history of her own, and her elemental enemies are closing in. When Lianna gets taken, Maxon realizes that after years of wrong choices and dead ends, the right woman is worth risking it all...

by Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Offspring #2)

Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To break the curse, the bookworm princess must hit the battlefield. Her only chance? A handsome dragon who just happens to be a greater demon of lust and wrath. It’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires.

by Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Offspring #3)

As the last dragon shifter, I live alone, hiding in one of Earth’s sacred deserts. My human handlers tell me that I have no parents, no name, and no purpose other than to train for battle and one day become a vessel for the reincarnation of Chimera, the greatest dragon shifter of all. Sadly, Chimera’s rebirth will mean my own death. But my handlers say this sacrifice is a noble fate that will rebuild the dragon shifter world.

I shall die on my seventeenth birthday. That’s five days from now.

Then I hear music thumping across the desert. I take my mortal form, follow the sound, and find humans dancing in what they call a rave. There is a stage and a rock band. One thing quickly becomes clear: Unlike the audience, the musicians are dragon shifters, just like me. And one of them, the guitar player Rhodes, makes my knees turn watery. The lead singer, Kaps, has something strangely familiar about her.

It all adds up to one conclusion: My handlers lied to me. I’m not the last of my kind. Memories reappear. I had parents once. Portia and Tempest. I even had a name. Zinnia. Perhaps I have a reason to live as well. I step past the dancing humans to confront the players.

I will find out the full truth, no matter what. 

Angelbound Offspring
1. Maxon
2. Portia
3. Zinnia
4. Rhodes (December 2019)
5. Kaps (Summer 2020)
6. Huntress (Summer 2021)
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My Review of Maxon:

Get ready to be shocked...I haven't read the original Angelbound series. I know, I know. How is this possible, you say.  I've been drowning in good books and life alors... But, now that I've read Maxon's book, I'm completely sold!

See this was one of those books where I'd plan to read for a short while and ended up reading the ENTIRE BOOK!  In one sitting!  Yep, it was THAT good.  Christina Bauer amazes me. She builds these worlds with creatures that are so convincing, so real. I'm sure they must exist somewhere! LOL  And the characters are fantastic.  I felt like they were my friends by the end of the book. Maxon and Linnea's insta-romance totally worked for me and I'm not always a believer when couples have no relationship building time.  This time I was able to feel the love and as I said, it totally worked for me.  As I'm kind of binge reading these first four books in Angelbound Offspring, I'm super excited to get to know the other characters better and hear their stories.  If you enjoy good, believable fantasy books in a series, I can highly recommend this one.


My Review of Portia:

Another very good novel in this series!  I was excited to learn about Portia and her about different from Maxon! Although her curse caused her to be more of a bookworm (Hellooo...can anyone here relate?) she was still a kick-butt character in her own way.  I loved that we got to experience a lot of how she felt and what she thought right along with her through her internal dialogue. Again, the world-building was excellent and although it was a shorter book with a crazy fast storyline (my only negative?) the plot was well thought through and planned.  Then, of course, there was Tempest...THE Dragon.  .:Le Swoon:. He was yummy, yummy, yummy!  And the things he said to Portia... bestill my heart.  So yes, once again a fabulous love story unfolded.  All in all, another really enjoyable read that has me on pins and needles for Zinnia!


My Review of Zinnia:

Well, that settles it.  Christina Bauer is just downright amazing. Zinnia is a whole new timeframe with many familiar names and soon to be familiar faces! It is totally a MUST-READ, especially to set you up for the next few books.  As for her story, I once again {falsetto} LOVED it. Having been told she's the last of the dragon-shifters and must lose her life at age 17 (just a few days off), she meets an amazing band at a rave and the band is made up of - you guessed it - dragon shifters. This is where she meets in Book 4, Rhodes. :grin: So yes, this book is outstanding, a whole new world of fun and drama, action and romance.  Don't miss it!


PS ~ I reviewed Rhodes here

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Author Bio:
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
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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