Series: Immortal City #1
Published by Razorbill on April 3rd, 2012
Genres: Angels, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: bought in-store
Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city that revolves around idolizing Immortals like him. He grew up in the spotlight, and in less than a week, he'll become the youngest full-fledged Guardian ever. People around the world are lining up to pay for him to keep them safe. His lifelong dream of becoming a hero is finally within his grasp--and he can't afford to let the parties, paparazzi, or red carpets distract him.
But Jackson's high-profile life takes an unexpected turn when he meets seventeen-year-old Maddy. She's smart and down-to-earth, and sees Jackson for who he is and not for his celebrity. They forge an instant--and electric--connection. Their vastly different backgrounds seem like the only obstacle in their path of being together...until something much more dangerous threatens to destroy their chance at love.
Because not everyone worships the Angels: a bitter killer is murdering the Guardians one by one. And it's up to Maddy to save Jackson--he's next in the killer's sights.
Set in a reimagined Los Angeles that sparkles with glamour and celebrity worship, Scott Speer's Immortal City is charged with passion and haunted by themes of power and idolatry.
Angels are treated as celebrities. They’re paid by wealthy humans to protect them. So in a way angels are working for the humans. It’s a weird concept, but I also found that some angels like Jacks aren’t fazed by all the glitz and the glamour. When the most famous angel of them all, Jacks is about to be assigned a human to protect, he meets Maddy. And you can guess what happens here. They fall in love.
I heard on the grapevine that this book was materialistic and a little floozy, and sure there are points in the book where it values fame, and fortune, but I tend to ignore that in most books. I only focused on the plot, character development, pacing, tone, dialogue, and writing style. Now the plot was a tad slow at first, but I find that once there’s a problem in a book, it picks up fast. There’s a great mixture of action, and romance, and a lot going on that I quickly found myself turning the pages faster and faster until I could figure out who the killer was. I’m glad to know it was who I thought I was in the beginning.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, and this one was kind of sweet. It’s not love at first sight either. I believe Maddy was as normal as ever. She never let Jacks fame faze her, and she stayed humble. Most girls would get swept up with all the money, and cars, but not her. She went back to working at the diner. And Jacks is just as swoon-worthy as other heroes. He’s sweet, charming, and smart, and I love when he teases Maddy. He says the most honest things, and really, why wouldn’t you fall in love with the good boy?
Great book, cute concept, and I can’t wait to read more from the fabulous Scott Speer. I can even see this book becoming a teen TV series. Almost like The Hills meets angels and you’ve got Immortal City..Any takers?