Published April 3rd 2012 by Razorbill
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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.
I don't think I have much to say about this book that hasn't already been said. The idea of angels being the obsession of the world, of saving people with the right amount of money, is something that hasn't really been done before. It's definitely intriguing and the way Speer writes it is perfect. Angels are all anyone talks about; there's basically a Hollywood of angels. The way Speer described the world and how it came to be was something I really appreciated, as it doesn't happen very often in most books.
I love the mystery in Immortal City. Not only about the murders but about Maddy herself. While there are definitely some surprises, I wish there had been a few more clues when it came to the murder. Many novels I read have a bit more foreshadowing than this one.
Maddy and Jackson are enjoyable characters, but at the same time, they don't feel real. I didn't connect very well with either of them, so it almost felt like they were secondary characters. Still, I don't really have any problems with them, though they may have been a bit melodramatic at times. I like the way that they recognized that you can't always stand up and fight - sometimes you need to run and let more experienced people take care of it.
However, the relationship between Maddy and Jackson does progress a little too fast. I wouldn't classify it as insta!love, but I wish they had had a few more interactions before Jackson started to say he couldn't stop thinking about Maddy. If they had more time together, I think the chemistry between the two of them could have been much more enticing.
Maddy's best friend, Gwen, is a character I spent the entire book hating. For the most part, she seems like a terrible friend. Gwen is Angel-crazy, and when she gets upset about Maddy keeping secrets, I wanted to laugh. If Maddy had told Gwen, Gwen would have pestered her relentlessly. Towards the end of the book, Gwen does a few things that help both Maddy and Jackson, but that doesn't make up all of her plain annoying behavior in the rest of the book.
Overall: While I found it hard to connect to the story, I still really enjoyed reading Immortal City because the world and ideas were so unique. Scott Speer manages to capture a paranormal world of fame perfectly. 3 stars.