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Guardian angels really do exist, and they can be hired by wealthy humans through the Protection for Pay program. A cult of angel fascination has taken over the Immortal City (Los Angeles), where the most photogenic of the impossibly beautiful angels become celebrities. TV networks, advertisements, and countless blogs report on their activities, and now Jackson Godspeed is poised to become the youngest guardian angel ever. Instead, he falls head over heels for 17-year-old Maddy, an orphaned high-school senior who works in her uncle’s diner and has absolutely no interest in angels. Though savvy readers will have the predictable plot worked out early on, the fast-paced action, plentiful hooks, and myriad plot twists will keep them turning the pages. Speer, a music-video director and graduate of USC’s school of cinema and television, clearly knows the industry, and his fascination with and affection for Los Angeles create an atmospheric TV show of a book, with a cliff-hanger ending that guarantees a sequel. It’s not a deep read, but the style is well suited to the topic. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton


"Strong writing, well-rounded characters, and an enticing hook [of] mercenary/celebutante angels breathe life into the world Speer has created." — Publishers Weekly

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

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Immortal City (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595145060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595145062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Speer is a music video and film director who lives in Los Angeles. Immortal City is his first book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover


This story is a unique entry into the angel versus demon theme that has become so popular lately. Told is an almost People-esqe fashion, the story combines brand name dropping with extra beautiful people as angels who aren't quite as honorable as they should be. The angels have made themselves known to mankind and as guardians, they now work for those who can afford their protection services. For enough money, you can pay them to save your life. If this all sounds not quite as altruistic as angel lore, you are correct and that is the fun part about this book: angels that profit and are a bit bad!

The story centers around Jackson Godspeed, his ex, Vivian and the girl next door named Maddy. Maddy is an orphan, living with her uncle and working as a waitress in his restaurant. They are broke and Maddy knows she will be lucky if she gets to go to college. Los Angeles has been renamed as the City of Angels, literally, since this is now where they congregate. She pays no attention to the rock star angels unlike the majority of her school mates. When fate throw Jacks into Maddy's life she finds herself infatuated with this immortal creature, but doesn't fully buy into the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

Maddy finds herself in the middle of an angelic war when she herself is found be a missing link between the human and angelic worlds. There is a war unfolding and with Maddy's recently discovered skills and gifts, she could be the turning point in the battle. This book was a truly happy accident that I was able to read since I really enjoyed the whole thing and now look forward to the sequel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on April 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Thoughts: I haven't read too many books based on Angels so when I come across one that sounds interesting, I jump right on it. I've seen more and more angel books floating around though lately.

We are introduced to Jackson who is an angel. He's not just any angel, he's going to become a guardian soon. What this means is he will get a person to protect and he has to do everything in his power to protect the person. It isn't a choice, its selected by someone above him and people pay angels to protect them. Jackson is used to being in the media. In this city, Angels are popular, they are considered royalty basically. Everyone follows who the angels are and what they are up too. The person they protect also sees his/her time in the limelite. Of course Jackson also comes from a popular family, everyone knows them.

Than we meet Maddy. Maddy is pretty ordinary. She lives with her uncle Kevin and helps him run his dinner. She waitresses to help him out since he can't afford to hire another waitress. She even gets up before school to help him with the morning rush. She doesn't follow the angel news at all. She couldn't care less. She doesn't see what all the hype is about. Now her best friend Gwen is the opposite. She always knows whose dating who, who each angel is, etc.

One day Maddy and Jackson meet. He comes into the dinner while hiding out and he instantly feels something with Maddy.

He wonders who this mysterious girl is and why she doesn't really like him. She doesn't care who he is, she wants nothing to do with him and this just makes him want her more.

Of course there is more to the story, someone is killing angels. First they are ripping off their wings, than murdering them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FantasyFan13 on August 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
From the moment I first read the plot summary on Goodreads, I have loved the idea behind this book. Guardian angels have taken full advantage of America's capitalist system and protect only those who have "coverage." An angel's services are obscenely expensive, so only the richest bigwigs can afford to hire one. Angels are idol-worshipped as celebrities, and just about the only person in Angel City (which in my mind I imagined to be Los Angeles) who doesn't follow the latest angel gossip is Maddy Montgomery. She lives with her uncle Kevin, her parents having died when she was little, and together they run a diner to pay the bills.

Jackson Godspeed is the guardian angels' golden boy. Having completed his guardian training a year early, he is set to become the youngest guardian angel ever. His face is all over magazines, billboards, TV, and the internet. All the girls love him. One night he leaves a party and winds up in the diner Maddy works at. She, of course, doesn't recognize him as the famous Jackson Godspeed, and he doesn't tell her. That same night a pair of severed angel wings are found, and the police come looking for Jacks as a suspect. They find him at the diner, and Maddy is furious when she realizes he lied to her. Jacks comes back and insists on trying to make it up to her the next day, and so they end up spending time together and eventually fall in love (of course), though Maddy at first doesn't want to admit she has feelings for him because she is disillusioned with the guardian angel system.

I felt that Mr. Speer did an excellent job of showing the process of Maddy and Jacks falling in love. I knew going into the book that it would happen, but my expectations were not fulfilled as soon as the two of them met. There was no "insta-love" as with some YA novels.
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