Immortal City by Scott Speer

Immortal CityImmortal City by Scott Speer
Series: Immortal City #1
Published by: Razorbill on April 3, 2012
Genre: Angels, Demons, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
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Rating: ★★★★½

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.

Immortal City has the coolest book trailer I’ve ever seen. Period.

Amazing, right?? Are you drooling yet? Yes? Okay, let’s continue!

This story is so awesome. So, so awesome. I honestly don’t even know what else to say. Imagine that 100 years ago, angels revealed themselves to the world. Then, with that in mind, what would the world be like today? The answer to that question is this book. Immortal City is about today’s world, plus angels. The angels are celebrities; they dominate advertising, social media, television, news, blogs, and their entire lives are stalked by the paparazzi. But the world of angels is also a corporation. You pay them, and they’ll save your life. It gives a whole new meaning to “life insurance.”

Once you get past the uniqueness of that overall idea, there are a few cliché details—but I honestly don’t care. Because this story completely drew me in and I was HOOKED! I can totally relate to Maddy. I mean, our world is essentially like this book but instead of angels, we have actors, actresses, musicians, models, etc. A lot of the people in my town obsess over celebrity gossip and ensure that they keep up-to-date on all the celebrities’ lives. That is so not me. I’m one of those people that’s just like, “Who cares? Quit obsessing over their lives and focus on your own.” That’s how Maddy is about angels. Everyone is drooling over them and stalking them, but Maddy just doesn’t care. And I love it.

The way this book is written will totally grip you. The story is told from multiple points of view, including Jackson’s, Maddy’s, and a police officer’s. The constant switching back and forth results in multiple cliffhangers at the end of chapters that make you HAVE to keep reading! And then as soon as that cliffhanger gets resolved, there’s another, and another, and another. And then soon you have to read the entire book in one sitting!

Immortal City has romance, action, twists, and incredibly fantasy. The end of the book made me cry! The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the final wrap-up. You know: that moment after the climax when everything settles down and the story comes to a close. I suddenly felt like I went from crying and being blown away by the intensity of the book to going, “What? What just happened?” Things really get cut short and it’s disappointing. It’s almost like it ended too quickly. The romance kind of got cut off and I still have no clue what happened with Jackson.

But minor bumps aside, this book rocked my world. I still can’t get over how incredibly awesome the idea is @_@ And even though this book is a paranormal and is about angels, I can totally and completely believe that this book was real. The society and social life that Scott Speer created was so incredibly realistic. I think it’s the perfect portrayal of what our society would be like if guardian angels truly existed.

I’m giving the second book a permanent spot on my “stalking unreleased books” radar!

The Verdict


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  1. I love this review and I absolutely loved this book!
    This is the kind of book that actually made me forget the heroes must be okay, because it’s a young adult book. Instead, I stressed over all that happened, and was so relieved each time things turned out fine.
    I wasn’t the biggest fan of the final wrap-up either, but I loved the book too much to take down from my rating because of it xD
    Anyway, great review!

    1. I’m super glad that you loved this book too! I was also freaking out over everything and worried that things wouldn’t turn out okay. There were so many twists and conspiracies, and that’s what made reading the book so much fun!!

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