Title: Immortal City
Series: Immortal City
Author: Scott Speer
Published: Razorbill, April 2012
Purchased: Downloaded my copy from iBookstore
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 Guardian Angels protect for money, what happens when one saves for love?”
It was a weird experience for me when I first started reading Immortal City. I kept an open mind but it did take me quite some time before I could sit with the concept that angels treated the act of saving people as a lucrative business. It’s like if you had coverage, you could practically be as careless as you wanted to be and still be saved from any harm that your recklessness might have caused. And if you didn’t have coverage, oh well… you’re on your own, and if you happened to be a victim in an accident caused by those who had coverage, the angels would save the ones with coverage and ignore you, meaning you’d suffer and die if there were no one else around.
In the story, Speer did offer some explanation as to why the angels behaved in such seemingly loveless manner but because of the way how the story was being set up, I did not sympathize those angels that were being murdered. It’s actually ironic to watch how the angels chose to market themselves as powerful beings capable of saving human lives when they could not stop a serial killer from murdering and clipping the wings of their own kind.
Overall, the story is entertaining. I like Maddy. She is down-to-earth, good-natured and hardworking. I also like Jackson. I applaud him for following his heart and questioning what’s morally right. It’s interesting to follow the lives of Maddy and Jackson and watch how they both try to learn to fit into one another’s world. I can see the potentials of a much bigger story for this series and if you’re looking for a quick-read of mystery and paranormal romance, you may want to pick this one up.