Acca – Christina Bauer
I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley for review purposes.
It has been a while since I’ve read the previous books in Ms. Bauer’s series that I’d forgotten how incredibly fun her character, the great Scalla truly is. A mix between Buffy and an millennial, her, first person narration is fun and flirty with enough sly Easter eggs for the book nerd out there, pages turn themselves.
Her world-building is excellent – her vision of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory with its royal families. Arch angels and arch-demons is nearly as eventful as the great master Dante Algeria.
However, there is a slight irritation of the constant use of first person, present tense to force a sense of tension that is unnecessary that draws away from the story. I will forgive, Ms. Bauer for that Hamiltonverse, the language usage is supreme and more of a weapon than any of the spells or ancient Angelic/Demonic weapons Ms. Bauer legacy will lie in the way her main character speaks and acts. And frankly, I want a demonbar for a nibble!
The side characters, from her future mother in law to Connor the keeper of all knowledge are interesting and half filled out but lacking in the Whedonverse in terms of fullness and completeness.
Again, her tail and it’s absolute adorableness will win forgiveness as Ms. Bauer successfully combines Gen X and it’s hispterness with Millennial’s and their disaffectation.
The plot while not complex it certainly fun. It, again reminds one of the Buffyverse and should be highly complimented for this.
I particularly approve of the soon to be mother in law. Octavia. She combines both a 60’s superheroine with and 80’s diva. Out of 5, Octavia alone scales a 5.
The male characters seem to lack the depth of Ms. Bauer’s female characters, something which I am willing to forgive her on the basis of how many male writers slim down their female characters to either pushy broads or flighty chicks.
All together, 6 out of 5 for the humor and sly wit. But since that is not allowed, 5 sly winks out of 5.https://smile.amazon.com/Acca-Angelbound-Origins-Book-3-ebook/dp/B01F6DUFOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493973370&sr=8-1&keywords=acca