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Immortal City

by Scott Speer

Razorbill | April 3, 2012 | Hardcover

Immortal City is rated 3.8333 out of 5 by 6.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.55 × 5.81 × 1.32 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Razorbill

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595145060

ISBN - 13: 9781595145062

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good take on celebrity angels Angels are treated as celebrities. They’re paid by wealthy humans to protect them. So in a way angels are working for the humans. It’s a weird concept, but I also found that some angels like Jacks aren’t fazed by all the glitz and the glamour. When the most famous angel of them all, Jacks is about to be assigned a human to protect, he meets Maddy. And you can guess what happens here. They fall in love. I heard on the grapevine that this book was materialistic and a little floozy, and sure there are points in the book where it values fame, and fortune, but I tend to ignore that in most books. I only focused on the plot, character development, pacing, tone, dialogue, and writing style. Now the plot was a tad slow at first, but I find that once there’s a problem in a book, it picks up fast. There’s a great mixture of action, and romance, and a lot going on that I quickly found myself turning the pages faster and faster until I could figure out who the killer was. I’m glad to know it was who I thought I was in the beginning. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, and this one was kind of sweet. It’s not love at first sight either. I believe Maddy was as normal as ever. She never let Jacks fame faze her, and she stayed humble. Most girls would get swept up with all the money, and cars, but not her. She went back to working at the diner. And Jacks is just as swoon-worthy as other heroes. He’s sweet, charming, and smart, and I love when he teases Maddy. He says the most honest things, and really, why wouldn’t you fall in love with the good boy? Great book, cute concept, and I can’t wait to read more from the faboulous Scott Speer. I can even see this book becoming a teen TV series. Almost like The Hills meets Angels and you’ve got Immortal City..Any takers?
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half-baked male characters As everyone has said, this story has a interesting take with the concept of paying guardian angels for protection. Guardian Angels are essentially insanely expensive life insurance policies. The book is also a great example of how social media and celebrity gossip has become ingrained into our lives. It's a good and quick read but I find that there are a lot of flaws in the writing, especially in two male characters. By the way, there are spoilers for the ending of the book ahead. Read at your own peril. The main romantic couple is Maddy (a human girl) and Jacks (an immortal angel). Their worlds collide after one fateful meeting but I find that their development as a romantic couple is not fully explored before the author makes them have a break up over their differences. They fight because they are trying to find a compromise (like when Maddy criticizes him for having a person deck in his bedroom or driving a Ferrari like a maniac) and they try to understand each others' lives. Maddy brings up the flaws the Guardian Angels system, such as why it is insanely expensive or why the angels can't save people out of good will. This is where I think Jacks has the greatest potential for non-romantic character development when he sees how Maddy views the system, but this really does not happen. Instead, his focus is always on Maddy, his family, his Commissioning (angel graduation) or his general disgust for the ridiculously decadent life he lives. (Really, he's calling the kettle black.) The moral issues are swept under the rug to make place for the angel murders that have been happening across the city. My other problem with the book is with the reveal of the antagonist. The angel murders investigation is more or less background noise until the next target of the murders is Jacks. The real antagonist is someone we meet early on in the book but there are next to no clues that it would be this person has been commiting the crimes. I know this adds a sense of mystery for some readers but this was a poorly written reveal. The author left no clues about who was potentially the antagonist and when I did find out, I was remarkably annoyed because it made no sense to me. Granted, the villain's justification for what he does is understandable but I saw nothing to indicate that he would go as far as murder for revenge. The villain speech he made at the end was insanely cheesy, just like an anime villain, and it just had no place in this book. For me, Jackson and the villain are definitely underdeveloped and the author could have spent another couple of chapters giving them development. Other than, fun read! I love Maddy and Jacks, and I look forward to the next book.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book i really like this book! It's about a normal girl who doesn't like the world of angel but end up in it(my short version of the story haha). I really liked the way it's written and i recommend it if you like books about angels!
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Celebrity Angels Immortal City is set in a world where Angels are known to humans and have become the equivalent of today's celebrities. The paparazzi follow them everywhere, they have fans, people are obsessed with them. The Guardian Angels also charge humans for their services and there's a lottery to win a Guardian Angel and reality shows with the same goal in mind. Maddy has no interest in the Angels until the day Jackson walks into the diner where she works and he's shocked that she doesn't recognize him. I really enjoyed this book. It's different from the other books about Angels I've read since the Angels aren't hiding and the human obsession with them, from what they're wearing to who they're dating to who's been saved by them, is pretty spot on in a time when so many people are obsessed with celebrities. The forbidden romance between Angel and human could have easily slid into tiresome cliché but Jackson and Maddy are such great characters who work so well together that I never once thought 'not another paranormal/human romance'. Maddy is so likeable and it's easy to identify with her. She's strong and fierce with flaws that made sense given her character. She's logical and smart but she's also a little judgemental and closed-minded, especially when it comes to the Angels. Jackson is two people, there's Jackson Godspeed, celebrity Angel expected to live up to the Godspeed name, and there's just Jackson, the guy behind the image who's really sweet, a little clueless at times, and so protective of those he loves. The side characters are also great. Jackson's best friend Mitch is funny and I wish there was more of him. Gwen, Maddy's best friend, provides running Angel gossip with being one of those obsessed with them. Darcy, Jackson's agent, is tough and pretty much always gets what she wants. And both characters have actual adults present in their lives who care about them. The book is told in a third person POV, which seems to be rare these days but it fit so well. Getting the chance to see things a reader normally wouldn't get to see because the main characters weren't present helps in this case, especially with the Angels murders plotline and getting to see things from the detectives' POVs. It made trying to figure out who was the killer, getting more information, reassessing the theory, it was a lot of fun. There are some plot holes but nothing major enough to stop me from finishing this book and waiting for the second. And really nothing that couldn't be cleared up in the next book, as sometimes happens in series.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New take on angels I will admit I didn't know what I was walking into when I grabbed this book. But I can sure tell you I was amazed at what I found. The plot sounded interesting and different from any other angel story I have read, and boy was it ever. Immortal City takes angel stories to a whole new level. The plot was intriguing with just a touch of gore, that will have you turning pages to find out what happens next. The characters are well developed and I found myself ensnared in Maddy and Jacks story. Maddy is a girl who just wants to leave Angel City far behind. She doesn't understand all the hype with the angels. Least of all golden boy Jackson Godspeed. Little does she know that with one chance meeting with the elusive angel was about to turn her life upside down. The tension between Jacks and Maddy will have you turning into a puddle of goo on the floor. I will admit I love a good love/hate relationship. And trust me ladies this is one of them. Maddy is a girl who won't let this golden boy walk all over her and be taken in with his celebrity. I found Maddy's character to be down to earth and her PoV very honest. I loved that she challenged Jacks on the NAS view and made him think about it, that maybe things were not as they should be. It takes a strong girl to be able to point something out and not back down. Maddy is a character you will be cheering from page one. Guess what ladies...Immortal City is dual PoV. So yeah, we get to see into the sexy Jacks head. I honestly figured that Jacks was going to be one of the glam boys I dislike so much, but I was very VERY wrong! Jacks turned out to be everything I figured he wouldn't be. Sure he is a little too used to everyone doing what he says but overall Jack is a guy who dislikes that everyone fawns all over him and treats him like he is a God. He just wants someone to treat him like everyone else. Needles to say Maddy sure doesn't have that problem at all, heck she even takes it one step further to treat him worse than the average person. Their chemistry was sizzling. I was eagerly awaiting the first kiss, and when it happened, talk about true passion. I never once felt that Maddy and Jacks relationship felt forced or rushed. There was no insta-love. First there was a connections, then came hate, friendship and lastly love. I truly felt for Jacks several times. I found myself saying OMG Maddy put this boy out of his misery and kiss him already. So the bottom line is, Maddy & Jacks = perfect. Immortal City will take you on a action packed ride filled with mystery, romance and that touch of gore. The writing flowed nicely and with the dual PoV you can't go wrong. Maddy and Jacks, though they come from two very different backgrounds are really very similar in a lot of ways. The secrets they will unveil with shock you and have you eagerly awaiting Natural Born Angel, the next part in the Immortal City series. I know I will be counting the days until it is out. So what I am saying ladies, is this. Even if you are tired of all the angel books out there, take a chance on Immortal City, it is like nothing you have ever read before.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Different Take On The Good Guys 3.5/5 stars for this one, I really liked this book but I feel like it was lacking something and I think that was a bit more of the romance. I thought this book had a great concept the whole idea of Angels charging people a crap load of money to get saved is pretty crazy. I liked the characters at time the writing got on my nerves cause I didn't always like the other points of view. Overall I liked this book and I will check out the rest of the series and it left on a bit of cliffhanger but I just wish there was a little more development between the main characters :0)
Date published: 2012-04-28

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Immortal City

by Scott Speer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.55 × 5.81 × 1.32 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Razorbill

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595145060

ISBN - 13: 9781595145062

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Scott Speer is a movie and music video director and a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He has worked with Will.I.Am, Ashley Tisdale, Paris Hilton, Jordin Sparks, and other Hollywood personalities, and most recently directed Step Up Revolution. He is also the author of Immortal City and Natural Born Angel. Scott lives in Los Angeles, California.

Editorial Reviews

"An intriguing premise...with an action-oriented mystery sure to entice readers."
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