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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Immortal City by Scott Speer

Immortal City by Scott Speer
Expected Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 336 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Books Inc. | AmazonHicklebee's
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.

I have to admit, when I started this book I wasn't expecting something so brilliant. Speer's concept about angels is something I've definitely never read about, and it's so intriguing and well thought out. The idea that angels are money grubbing narcissists who save people's lives only when they can afford it is so original and thought provoking that I was hooked from the very beginning! Speer is an amazing author and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

The characters in Immortal City are all really well written. Maddy is just so much like me that I couldn't help but be drawn to her right from the beginning. I love how innocent, yet strong she is, and I love the way she really connects with Jacks. For some reason, despite his ego, I loved Jacks from the very start. Although he does throw his money and fame around a few times, I was glad that he found Maddy to keep him grounded. The way their relationship develops is so fantastic and so real and I ended up getting shivers on more than one occasion.

Speer is an awesome writer and I loved the world he drew me into. Everything about the angels is really well developed and Maddy even takes a "History of Angels" class which actually helped me understand where the angels came from and why they were being paid to save people. There was never a moment where I was confused about what was happening, unless of course it had to do with who the murderer was! Although some things were a bit predictable, I didn't figure out the most important things until the right moment and I think Speer did a fantastic job of keeping me in suspense.

Immortal City is a fantastic take on angels and angel stories and if you're an angel lover you're going to want to get your hands on this one as soon as you can! Speer takes you into the glamorous world of the elite immortals and provides fans of romance, paranormal, thriller, mystery, action - almost all genres! - with something to enjoy! I highly recommend this book, it is an exciting and entertaining read that had me up late into the night!


  1. Great review Anna! I am so happy you enjoyed it and your review said it perfectly! The angel history was definitely my favorite part of this book too. Can't wait for the next book now!

  2. Hmmm, I'm fairly iffy on angel books, but you sound so excited about this one-- I'll definitely think about it!

  3. I angel stories so much - and this one sounds like no other one that I have ever read! Who would have thought that angels could be so egotistic like this, lol!
    Thanks for the rec!

  4. Oh, wow, I am SO glad this book is so excellent! I love angel books and have been dying to read this one, so hooray for it being so amazing! great review. will DEFINITELY be picking this one up. :)

    Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

  5. Lovely review! I'm actually very excited for this one. *-* It seems like such a fun, awesome read, and I completely adore the concept. Plus, that cover. HOT STUFF. I'll have to check this one out when it releases.

  6. I loved this book so, so much. Great review!

  7. I think it's about time I stop saying I'm not into angel books, because this is, like, the fifth exception to my NO ANGELS BOOK BAN. I'm so intrigued by this and it's mostly due to the world-building. The fact that he was able to pull you into this place so seamlessly proves my instinct was spot-on. Looking forward to giving this one a whirl!


  8. I love angel books, this has been on my wishlist for a while. I'll have to check it out eventually!

  9. I'm really excited for this book but I actually thought it wouldn't be that good, ha. I'm glad to know you loved it though and this review gives me hope! Maddie sounds like a great character and I love that the world is actually developed. Fantastic review! :)


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