by Scott Speer Series: Immortal City #1 Published by Razorbill
on April 3rd 2012 Pages:
Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect--everyone except for Madison Montgomery.
Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.
Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson's scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi - and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels' wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it's up to Maddy to save Jackson.
When I first heard of Immortal City, I thought eh, it could be interesting. But once I got the book, reread the blurb, and took a second to think about it, fear set in. Despite my interest and originally being excited to read Immortal City, once I sat down and got ready to read that first page, internally, I was actually preparing myself to be disappointed.
Based on the blurb, Jackson, the resident up and coming guardian angel, did not sound like an MC I was going to like. The parties. The fame. I could already feel his enormous ego before I ever cracked the spine. So, imagine my incredible shock when Jackson was the complete opposite. Jackson believes that there is honor in being selected as a guardian angel. And while everyone around him loves the lime-light, Jackson wants to focus on what he can actually do to help as a guardian angel.
Maddy is not your typical teen in Angel City. She doesn't care about who the "it" angel is. Doesn't follow all the gossip and hype. Her and I bonded rather nicely.
Immortal City is told through third person narrative. Giving the reader the insight to mainly Jackson, Maddy, and Detective Sylvester. All leading up to one heck of a reveal. While it all comes together nicely at the end, honestly, I would have probably preferred if the Detective Sylvester chapters had been left out. His chapters, while focusing the most of on the who-done-it aspect, gave the book a sometimes disjointed feeling.
At this point, I think I have read plenty of angel books. Some have stood out. Some I wish I could forget. In sea of angel books, Immortal City stands out for all the right reasons. Original premise. Interesting characters. Plenty of mystery and suspense. An angel book that I can proudly say I read.