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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?

©2014 Christina Bauer (P)2017 Christina Bauer

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A Must Listen

I Love this Author and her stories. Christina's voice is perfect. Looking forward to the next book!

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Hard to hate it

I hate that this is a YA series. This story would have made a GREAT Adult Fantasy novel. If written for adults, this series could easily be up there with Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs, or Darynda Jones. It would definitely click with the Charlie Davidson fans as that series is coming to an end. The story seems a bit too complex to get across to most in the 13 - 18 year old range. Unfortunately, Book 2 of these series goes full out YA. I realized in Book 1 that I had accidentally purchased a YA book but the story was still decent enough to continue. However, Book 2 is written only for middle and high school kids. Adults might not be able to stomach this one. To be fair to the author I will rate this book a 3.5 as a teenager might thoroughly enjoy this book. But my review is all grown up me :-)

The kiddy language is hard to bare. I heard the word "Totally! " about 20 times. If I had any wine, I'd have taken a drink everytime I heard it. The maturity level of the characters actually drop.

Then we have the actual story. These kids who haven't even graduated from High School are now Senators. Really? Were there no adults in the entire world who were better suited?

Then Cissy (whom I hate) couldn't function in Book 1 without Zeke, now in Book 2 is able to manage breathing and eating without him. Amazing turn around.

Adair, who is a dimwit in Book 1, becomes an evil mastermind in this book. Her obession with Lincoln is way overdone. I would have preferred her just hating Myla and wanting revenge. Lincoln just doesn't give me that WOW factor to warrant such attention.

It's not that I completely hate this book, I just see a great story wasted in the YA Genre. As I am one to finish a series once I start, I will continue on to Book 3. I'll have my glass of wine ready for this one. Anytime I hear SWEET! or TOTALLY! I'm going to take a sip. I'll let you know how tipsy I end up.

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The author/narrator rocks my world!

I loved this book. Shorter than the 1st one but still very entertaining. Looking forward to listening to the next book!

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Amazing story & great Narration.

I am enjoying this series and can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Off to start it now😊

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Loving this series

I am really enjoying the down to Earth character attributes of the unearthly characters in this series. I loved the first book, and my love for the series has only increased. A strong female lead, not afraid to speak up, kick butt, and take names. No damsel in distress, sugar dumplings in these books. Yet, the characters born to even imperfect circumstances and station, have strong moral fiber and set their own path. Simply great:)

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Best series I have read in 2017!!

Read read read! You will be over joyed with the store romance and fighting !! Yay

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Great Continuation for the Series

What did you love best about Scala?

That the author did the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the dialogue.

Have you listened to any of Christina Bauer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to book 1, Angelbound, and both were great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not that I can tell without giving spoilers!

Any additional comments?

Read/listen to book 1 first and then you won't be able to resist book 2 :)

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This totally just got better!

Seriously. After listening to the last book, this is a great followup. And not just the story. The narrative is so much fun! The author narrates how she wants the story told. The main character is snarky and sarcastic, and I love it. I said it before but I a!m honestly beginning to question why I don't read books like this more often. Really enjoyable and really looking forward to the next book!

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Myla is the bomb!!

Where does Scala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

*audio copy received from author*

The third read through Scala has only solidified my loooove of Myla and Lincoln more. (Dreamy sigh) Let me tell you, I think Christina did an amazeballs job with this audiobook. It's brought it to life in a whole new way, and I'm just in lust with it all. Haha.


****** original review ******

Once again, Christina Bauer has made it impossible to put my book down. I know this one was a novella but truth be told there is no way to NOT get sucked in. Myla Lewis, Scala, quasi-demon, child of the Archangel Xavier and quasi-demon mother, kick-ass arena fighter and all around cool cat is up to her eyeballs in a world of ups and downs. Why? because she is targeted. Yes, again. Does it stop her from being who and what she is? Hell no! She is a tough cookie. even tougher when pissed off.

In the 160 pages of "Scala" you get to see into the world that Christina brought us all. The love, the hate, the pity, the greed... you know all the seven sins plus some. Myla's world is on rocky ground because of Lucifer's Orb. Why does it always lead back to the Devil? Well he is a right asshole. Can't imagine it to be any different.

Myla, her Thrax-Prince-Boyfriend Lincoln, Walker and Cissy try to adjust to new roles. Her mom, Camellia is now the President of Purgatory. Her father of course is at her mother's side, where he belongs. Cissy is the new quasi diplomat, taking over for her Camellia. And under the constraints placed upon them Myla is unable to transport the waiting souls in Purgatory to heaven. if she tries, thanks to Lucifer's Orb they will be transported to hell. (rolls eyes) Damn Ghouls left did this on purpose.

As Walker searches for the Orb Myla is left to dodge The Lady Adir of the Acca house since she is the Thrax diplomat trying to cause problems for Myla. Doesn’t that just over joy you? Yeah, no. I’d’ve put a boot up her ass but that’s just me. (laughs) things get dire when Adair starts to make trouble for Myla at the already unstable “ghost towers”. Which is the place where they hold the souls awaiting a trip to Heaven or Hell. Finally the Orb is located but it will take searching an entire warehouse of ‘junk’ to actually find it. At the moment the orb is located Adair flips out. So not cool man. the building is cleared and Walker takes control of the Orb.

Somethings up with Adair.. more so than normal. As the book progresses so does the mystery of what is Adair up to now. There is a problem but it takes a lot to get to the bottom of it. Adair is trying to do anything to get Myla discredited as the Scala claiming to be the ‘real’ scala. And since she was already in the fake ceremony all she needed was demon blood… comes to pass that she takes on demon blood. But whose? Hmm… why Armageddon of course.

Needless to say a lot happens in a very short period of time. Along with the daily drama of being the Great Scala. I won’t tell all but be warned this book made me gasp a few times and burst into a fit of laughter a few. So make sure you’re alone when you read. Haha.

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I love the story. I freaking love you! I absolutely love the last part where you talk about the story and your method of writing. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself. I think sometimes the most intriguing part of the story is the person that created it. You are the holder of the secrets and the keeper of the fait of your characters. You are a indeed a Great Goddess of your realm. That sounded all official. I heard Conner saying it to you in my head when I wrote it. lol loved it. keep them coming.

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  • C----.
  • 08-07-17

Highly entertaining!

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author and YA Bound Book Tours for this opportunity. I will also briefly state that this review may contain MINOR spoilers, as I was unable to formulate my review any other way. These spoilers should not spoil your enjoyment of the book in any way.

As this is an audiobook review (which is new to me), this will critique the quality of the Audible narration as well as the actual content of the story. Some of the voices put on by the narrator/author were quite annoying, in particular for her mum in the beginning and for Sissy. Her mum’s voice is forgivable as the book is told from Myla’s perspective and she finds her mum very annoying and aggravating in the beginning, but I think we are supposed to like Sissy most of the time, so it was a little off-putting, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story very much. The mum’s character also annoyed me at the beginning, but I enjoyed her character much more towards the end of the story and understood why she was the way she was.

Myla is the main character and I will admit that at the beginning she annoyed me and her relationship with her mother aggravated me. However, both of these elements grew on me throughout the novel and I have a feeling that in the next two books Myla will grow so much and become an absolutely fabulous main character.

Lincoln on the other hand, apart from thinking he was close-minded and ignorant to begin with, I absolutely loved. He is very good for Myla and such an amazing character in his own right. I really hope we get to see much more of him in the next books. Walker is a babe and I love his platonic relationship with Myla (like, cousins or siblings) and his genuine goodness. Xavier annoys me to begin with me, but grows on me as well. Zeke grows on me by the end and Sissy, although her voice annoys me and she does some pretty bad-friend things, is also a good person, but they aren’t particularly exciting or interesting characters, so I hope there is a bit more development in the next book. I actually thought that the relationship between Zeke and Sissy went a bit fast. One of the other relationships 😉 moved quite fast as well, but it felt more natural so it didn’t bother me as much, perhaps because we actually got to see what the characters in the relationship were thinking and discussing, rather than seeing it through an outsider’s perspective.

Veris is such a manipulative sneak, but I kind of like her anyway. I hope we get to see more of her plans come to fruition in the next book. Queen Octavia of the Thrax was such an incredible character for the brief moments in which we saw her and I really, really, really hope she plays a bigger role in the next book. Armageddon is, obviously, horrible but that kind of goes without saying from about the second chapter. I hate Tim and the Oligarchy are just cowardly. (Also, please excuse if any of these names are spelt wrong: the one downside of the listening to an audiobook is that although I know how you pronounce all these names, I have absolutely no idea how the author spells them.)
In short, I really liked most of the characters (or hated the characters I was supposed to hate) and some of them I down right loved. Characters really, really break or make a story for me, so this is definitely a positive thing!

On to the world-building: I found the world that we did explore interesting, but I really hope we get to see a bit more in the next books. The different types of demons are all really interesting and nuanced and I really hope that we get to see that more in the next books as well.

Myla’s voice is a bit immature (by voice I mean the words which she uses), especially at the beginning of the novel, which makes the whole book feel more immature because it is told through her perspective, but I feel that it becomes less immature as the book progresses which makes it less annoying.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book and think there is room for much development in the sequels. As a general rule, most of the problems I had with this book got better as the book went on. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy kick-ass main characters with a taste for trouble, wonderful love interests who are characters in their own right, interesting worlds and a unique plot.

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  • Karinda
  • 10-09-17

Yet again another fantastic book!

Only complaint is it was just to short, give me moooooooore!!!! Absolutely love this series