Review: Zinnia by Christina Bauer

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


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.4 

I am going to give you a spoiler here: Zinnia aka Ves reminds me of Helena from Orphan Black. Helena was my favorite character. Now when I say this, I do not mean that Zinnia is a serial killer (laugh). I do sense a trend in the women I like…hmmmm. I liked Cosima too (just saying). Zinnia has the innocence and warrior stance of Helena. You cannot help but like her. It is all very clear and simple to Zinnia.

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There is this scene where Helena meets a truck driver and she immediately decides he is her boyfriend. That’s it, he is her’s. He agrees. Zinnia is like that. Christina Bauer has once again created a completely different character in the “Angelbound Origins” series and I love her and her name is: Zinnia

The lines are clear for Zinnia, it is either black or white. She was taught one way. When she finds out she has been lied to then she sets out to find out what is real. This takes tremendous strength and courage. Bauer creates these amazing young women that are strong, risk-taking, and who make mistakes yet get back up again.

I wish I had kids to give these books to or that my nieces were younger to say: “Hello, read this.” (laugh) 

Bauer provides humor, action, and some really funny one-liners. Zinnia is a heroine to root for. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Books in the “Angelbound Offspring” series: (Angelbound Origins)

#1 Maxon (See my review on 13 June 2020)

#2 Portia (See my review on 18 June 2020)

#4 Rhodes

#5 Kaps is set for release on 30 June 2020

#6 Huntress set to be released in 2021

Meet the Author

Christina Bauer

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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

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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Further Details:
Publisher: Monster House Books, 978-1945723896, 30 July 2019
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Series: Angelbound Origins #3
Settings: Earth
Sex: N/A

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