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Black Wings (Black Wings, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Madeline Black is getting fed up. Her job is to coax newly dead Chicagoans to the Door to the afterlife. But what if they don't want to go? Her supervisor, J.B., won't accept any excuses. Maddy also desperately needs a roommate to split the bills. When the beautiful Gabriel Angeloscuro (the name a rare clunker on Henry's part) comes to look at the apartment, Maddy invites him in--and thereby welcomes a host of disasters. Enigmatic Gabriel holds the key to the mysteries of Maddy's past, including the murder of her mother. Emotionally battered, confused, and scared, Maddy is above all determined to find the truth. Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment. (Dec.)
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"[F]ast paced, action packed and hardcore--breathing new life into the vast genre of urban fantasy . . .Black Wings is intense, dark and full of surprises."--RexRobotReviews.com
"Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well-integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly
"Henry does an excellent job of unveiling the first layers of her unique world and it's fascinating inhabitants. There's plenty of kick-butt action and intriguing twists to ensure that this story grabs you from the very first page. One to watch!" --RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
"A fast-paced first novel . . . Black Wings is a lot of fun." --FreshFiction.com
"[A]mazing . . . Henry's pacing is incredible and keeps you absorbed, plus the characterization is fantastic . . . I strongly urge all you [urban fantasy] fans to get this book!"--ReadAllOverReviews.com
"A fun, fast ride through the gritty streets of magical Chicago, Black Wings has it all: a gutsy heroine just coming into her power, bad-ass bad guys, a sexy supernatural love interest, and a scrappy gargoyle sidekick. Highly recommended."--Nancy Holzner, Author of Deadtown
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I quite enjoyed the book. Christina already knows that there are things that go bump in the night. She already has magical powers. What she does not know is that she has only seen the surface of the iceberg, both in terms of things that go bump in the night and in terms of her own powers.
The world building is not at all bad. Madeline is an enjoyable character and so is her grumpy Gargoyle as well as a lot of the other characters in the book. Madeline is not the wining and dumb brat as the "heroine" in some books is. She is both reasonably clever, sharp tonged and serious. She is hampered by her inexperience in the world she is about to be thrown into though. A fact that is pointed out to her several times throughout the book. Both verbally and by other, more physical, means.
The book is fairly fast paced with a fair amount of action. Madeline posses "true" magic, you know the throw fireballs and stuff around kind of magic. Unfortunately for her so does most of the not so nice characters in this book. The author makes her own take on fallen angels, hell and heaven etc. I liked her take on it.
As we progress through the book Madeline is thrown as few twists her way and by consequence the reader is thrown a few twist his way. Not all bad guys are bad guys and some good guys are actually a bit naughty etc... To cope with everything Madeline is forced to learn quickly. I definitely liked the discover and surprise parts of the story.
This is the first book in a book series and despite being a bit of an initial world builder kind of book it never felt dull. Yet it managed to do a fairly good job of the world building and, at the same time, it avoided going way to fast and gloss over important events for Madeline.
I will certainly read at least the second book in the series to see if it can keep my interest up.
This was quite an interesting story! Considering the length, I was very surprised at how fast-paced this novel read with a lot of suspenseful moments that kept me intrigued with the book. Maddy, as a character, is very naive. She had no idea that she was the daughter of an angel and very shocked when her powers start to emerge, especially since she can’t seem to control them. On top of that, she’s got the hots for her bodyguard, Gabriel. I loved Gabriel because he was the aloof, silent but deadly type. Maddy and him could never have a relationship because Gabriel is just a servant while Maddy is the heir to her father’s considerable throne. It’s sorta sad but I still liked the push/pull of their connection.
My biggest issue with this book is with Maddy. I felt like she was a very contradictory character. I liked her but I didn’t really like how she commented on every hot guy that she came across (which coincidentally turns out to be her love interests). I also didn’t like that she never seemed to think about what she was getting into until she ended up in bad situations. The phrase “too stupid to live” could have described her at times. It grew a tad annoying. Beyond that, I found the author’s constant need to describe just about every little thing Maddy came into contact with very excessive to the point that I ended up skimming at certain points; it was a lot of unnecessary information.
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. Besides the fact that Maddy had a lot of hot men in her life and liked to jump into bad situations without thinking, I still liked the premise. It’s an interesting one and definitely has a few twists and turns throughout the book. I wouldn’t really consider this UF but, as a paranormal story, it has a good pacing and concept. I’ll definitely be reading more in the series to see where things go from here.
"Frankly, demonic threats get a little boring after a while. It's always 'I'll pull your beating heart out of your chest' or 'I'll suck your eyeballs out of your skull'. They haven't had any new material in a couple millennia," Beezle said." (I did mention how much I love Beezle <G>)
I love this visual:
"As I walked into the bedroom I saw Beezle exactly where I'd expected him to be-perched on my dresser, arms crossed, opening and closing his wings (like) an annoyed little metronome."
I am looking forward to the next book Black Night.