Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review: Immortal City by Scott Speer

Goodreads summary:

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.

My review:

Immortal City was just another disappointing angel book - it seems there's very few books about angels that I actually like.  At first, I thought this one might be unique because of the cool idea of guardian angels.  However, it ended up being full of cliches. 

Insta-love?  Check.  Jackson and Maddy pretty much started liking each other right away, which made no sense, especially on Jacks's side.  He kept saying he couldn't forget about Maddy and that she was so different from everyone else.  Which brings me to my next point...

What is it with all these dull, shy, plain main characters that keep popping up in YA novels?  Maddy is unpopular at school, is lonely and has only a few friends, constantly wears hoodies, never wears make-up and thinks she isn't pretty, has super low self-esteem, and immediately falls in love with Jacks, who, for some strange reason, loves her back.  Oh yes, and her parents are dead, so she lives with her uncle.  Sound familiar, anyone?

I'm just tired of these boring characters like Maddy.  Why is it that their parents are always dead, and so they live with a relative or family friend?  Why do they never wear makeup?  Who says they have to have low self-esteem?!  I've read so many books with characters just like in Immortal City, and it made this book completely unoriginal.  I didn't find the plot to be thrilling or exciting at all, either.  This book was a waste of time to me and I don't think I'll be at all interested in reading the sequel.

My rating:   4 out of 10 (2 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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