Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: Immortal City

Immortal City
Immortal City by Scott Speer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: 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

My Thoughts: Scott Speer envisioned and delivered a completely different take on Angels…these are Celebrity Angels for hire. It was a completely bizarre concept that was laid out in the first chapter where someone was saved by an angel, or rather “their” angel. Yes folks, you can buy a guardian angel, the problem is that very few people can afford them! There is the “Angel Lottery” where you might be able to win a guardian angel, but your chances are about 1 in 6 Billion. But yet the public at large is fascinated by the Angels and there are whole networks that devote their airtime to covering what they wear, who and how they saved someone, etc. Yep, the Guardian Angels business is BIG BUSINESS in the Immortal City.

Maddy kind of irritated me throughout the book. For the same reasons she irritated Jackson. She was melting into tepid pools one minute then pushing him away the next. It got to be a bit much. Then Jackson was so utterly clueless about his life in relation to the lives of real people and he just couldn’t seem to wrap his mind around it…or maybe didn’t want to even try.

Speer’s concept was fascinating and well thought out. I think he fell a little flat in the character department. I feel they could have been a little more fleshed out and well rounded. The mystery portion of the story was really interesting and I just didn’t see the bad guy, hindsight being 20/20, I should have figured it out. Speer gave us a hint at where the story may go from here and I will definitely check out the next installment.

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