Sunday, July 29, 2012

Immortal City Review

Title: Immortal City

Author: Scott Speer

Date of Publication: April 23, 2012

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book

Synopsis: In a world where Angels are treated as celebrities Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel to become a Guardian, saving the lives of the rich and famous in exchange for money. When Jackson meets Maddy, a high school senior who couldn't care less about Angels, he can't get her out of her head. As a deranged killer starts murdering Angels one by one the police become desperate to catch the killer and the Angels are desperate to cover it up. Jackson becomes a prime suspect in the case after his love for Maddy causes him to make a terrible mistake; soon Maddy and Jackson find themselves on the run for their lives as they face the greatest evil the city has ever seen.

My Review:

I'd never been a big fan of books about celebrities, however Immortal City offered an original and interesting take on Angels with a bit of mystery thrown in so I figured I might as well try it. While I didn't dislike this book I quickly found myself frustrated with the slow moving plot, lack of action, and needless filler events.

I neither liked nor disliked any of the characters, but Maddy's constant hot then cold attitude toward Jackson drove me insane. One moment she would admit that she liked him and the next moment she was telling him how much she wanted him to leave her alone. Their entire relationship just went around in circles, never really going anywhere until the last 50 pages of the novel. The only character I truly couldn't stand was Sylvester, the detective on the case. The mystery aspect of the novel left much to be desired and Sylvester's two dimensional character didn't help matters.

Maddy's premonitions where another source of extreme annoyance, instead of stating they were a premonition before she had them the story would just keep going and after a dramatic event happened we would find out it was just a premonition and be transported back to the seconds before the event happened. I soon found myself constantly questioning if what I was reading was actually happening or was just a premonition. Most of the plot was anti-climactic and flat, only a few events standing out and the rest all blurring together.

A rather unmemorable book, full of unmemorable characters and an unmemorable plot Immortal City would likely appeal to younger readers looking for a book with an original idea with a bit of romance thrown in. While older readers may find themselves annoyed with the unrealistic events and hot and cold romance middle school aged readers will likely devour this novel.


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