Monday, February 18, 2013

Immortal City (Immortal City #1) by Scott Speer: review + Natural Born Angel Non-Review Explanation

Goodreads rating: 4.09
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Razorbill

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.

This was way better than I expected. I think it's because I live near LA and the idea of people just completely falling over each other to get a glimpse at these ultra-perfect angels, which of course resemble models and are famous and everyone adores. Yeah, sounds a lot like our current movie stars. The book starts out with some random guy driving erratically down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). He hits another car head-on, but he's saved by an angel because he's rich and was able to pay to be saved. The other guy: not so lucky. So the story is set: angels have decided to reveal themselves to humans, and they have agreed to continue being guardian angels as long as humans can afford it. It's created this insane world where the rich feel even more entitled because they're basically indestructible and angels are the extreme versions of the rich beautiful stars we have now. Jackson Godspeed is one of these angels. In fact, he's one of the most famous to-be guardians, who's getting a little tired of being chased by the paparazzi. That's how he ends up in Maddy's diner. Maddy is poor, both of her parents are dead, one of the few not impressed by angels, and everything Jackson is not. Or so she thinks.

Maddy and Jackson were an interesting couple. It's obvious that Jackson doesn't really enjoy being in the limelight all the time. He sees that not everyone loves the angels, and Maddy really grounds him when she treats like he's a person rather than some god. And when Maddy ends up falling into Jackson's world, he realizes the person he can be with her. And without Maddie even realizing it, she falls in love with Jackson. Maddie was fine with her normal life with her uncle, and working in the diner in the mornings and going to school. But as soon as she's seen with Jackson Godspeed, her life is never the same. Everyone is telling them that they shouldn't be together, and that they're not going to last. But there's something about Maddy that no one could have guessed. Maddy's been able to see bad things before they happen for as long as she can remember. Angels have the same power, which is how they're able to save the people that are paying them. There's one big rule about that though: angels aren't allowed to save anyone that isn't paying them. But when Jackson gets a vision about Maddy, he has to get over the fact that Maddy doesn't think they should be together and that he may lose his wings for saving her. The romance was sweet, and although it had it's bumps, it definitely had a promising start by the end of the book.

The other part of this story is that there's someone killing angels. Instead of the names of celebrities being on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it's angels names, and these angels are being killed in the order of their stars. And Jackson is next. I honestly had no idea who the villain was. I mean, there were moments, but I just chalked it up to jealousy or something else. But like I said, not everyone loves the angels, and this serial killer is really taking it to extremes. It shows though that angels aren't perfect and they can killed just like humans can. You would think there'd be a lot of religion in this book, but it's really all about the angels. They're like a superhuman race in a fantasy book: they think they're better than humans, but it turns out that they're more human than they ever realized. I definitely recommend this book as a new edition to the angel/nephilim genre. Speer also put an interesting twist on how the world follows every part of the life of stars. Also, that cover is just... mmm...

NOTE: I have read the second book, but I've decided not to review it on the blog. If you want to read the review, please go to my review of Natural Born Angels on Goodreads.

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