Review: Immortal City by Scott Speer

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on April 21, 2014 | 5 Comments

Review: Immortal City by Scott SpeerImmortal City by Scott Speer
Series: Immortal City #1
Published by Razorbill (4.3.2012)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Source: I own it

4.5 Stars

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.

My thoughts

I’ve read a few angel books before, but for the most part I’m not really a big fan of them (I did enjoy Hush, Hush, but the series went downhill fast). So, I was VERY surprised by how much I enjoyed this one!

First of all, the concept was awesome and unique, making this book completely different from any other angel book out there. Instead of being the typical selfless angels, the guardian angels are paid for their services. Crazy, right? Angels in Immortal City are famous and revered, and everything is all about them. All of the places and things are named after them: SaveTube (angel’s YouTube), Walk of Angels (with angel handprints), Angel City High, Angel News Network, and tons of angel souvenirs. It was all about wealth and power. Like I said, SO different from your typical angel story!

I loved the dark undercurrent and hint of mystery that this story had. I totally didn’t figure it out! It kept me guessing throughout the entire story, and I love that. It’s refreshing for the ending of a book to not be predictable!

I liked Maddy and Jackson a lot, and loved the interactions between them. Their relationship was an unlikely one (you know I love those!), and I like that it developed slowly enough for them to get to know each other. View Spoiler »

I loved the ending, too! View Spoiler » I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I would definitely recommend it, even if you’re not a fan of angels (because I’m not either!). I went out and bought the second book after finishing this one. I have yet to read it (*hangs head in shame*), but I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment!

Overall Assessment

Plot: 4.5/5
Premise: 5/5
Writing style: 4.5/5
Originality: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Pace: 5/5
Feels: 4.5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5

Jessi (Geo)

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5 responses to “Review: Immortal City by Scott Speer

  1. I really enjoyed Immortal City. I thought it was a very interesting idea as well. Quite unique. I’m glad you enjoyed it as well!

    I didn’t enjoy the second book, Natural Born Angel, as much as Immortal City. It brought in an element into the story that I was highly against. Regardless I’m highly anticipating the third book.

  2. YAAAY!! I’m so glad you loved this one!!

    I didn’t like the second book that much *sigh* but I’m hoping the third one would be epic. I’d maybe suggest you wait to read #2 until #3 is out.. because #2 might suck for you, but at least then you can quickly move onto #3 and pretend #2 never happened LOL.

  3. I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of positive reviews for this one, especially because it seems to have everything going for it! A mysterious undertone, a great relationship between two characters, a fresh concept… I definitely want to look into reading this! Fantastic review, Jessi! <33 (Sorry I haven't been commenting, I was in Italy last week!)

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Angel books are pretty hit or miss for me as well. Plus the main character has the same full name as one of my best friends.

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