- 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
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immortal City: First Edition Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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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."
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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It seems a bit outrageous doesn't it? Angels taking money to protect people?? Yeah, well some people in Immortal City think so too. Maddy for one. Especially people who didn't have their families saved by Guardian Angels. Can you imagine if your mother was in a drunk driving accident and the drunk driver was saved by a Guardian Angel, but your mother died because she couldn't afford protection even though the Angel could have saved her. You see how some people might hold a grudge against the Guardian Angels.
The main characters are likable enough. Maddy was too insecure to believe Jacks, Jackson Godspeed's nickname, would have any real interest in her, and that got a little annoying. Jacks was a little too self absorbed to see what her problem was. Again, some of Speer's more subtle ways of pointing out what worship and idolatry does to both ends of the spectrum. But once the action starts, I really couldn't put the book down and forgot about Angels. This was less about Angels and more a mystery and Maddy and Jacks defying the odds and breaking the rules. I do love rule breakers and those Guardian Angels had some very strict rules. And the penalty for them was very high. That's all I'll say, but even if you're tired of Angels, and I was, give this one a try. It is not the same worn out story. It's got Guardian Angels as A-list celebrities and the only one that can rub elbows with them are the elite rich. And then the up and coming star falls for a nobody and a non-Angel and you've got a story with unbelievable twists and turns and I mean that literally and figuratively! It's a great start to a new series. I can't wait for the next novel!
For some reason even though I am tired of reading angel books I still pick them up hoping for something new and original and Immortal City did a great job in putting a new spin on angels. I don't think I've ever come across a book in which angels only save you if you can afford to hire them to be your personal guardian angel. They are not this divine and all out good save the world type angels, they are in it for themselves and are the worlds biggest celebrities. And believe me when I tell you Speer's did a fantastic job describing what their red carpet lives are like.
This book could have been 5 stars all the way but there were flaws one being the main character and her indecisiveness with Jackson Godspeed the most famous soon to be guardian angel. One minute she wanted to be with him and the next talked herself out of it because she couldn't imagine a simple human girl and an angel ever working out. It got annoying but once she finally got over it I started to like her more. As for Jackson, he was well fleshed out and some of his actions made him a hundred percent swoon worthy.
Besides the romance between the two there was also a murder mystery going on as well. Someone was killing the angels in a very gruesome manner. I found the murders interesting but not the detective who was investigating it all, which ruined a little of it for me since at times I just wanted to skim past it but knew I had to read it if I wanted to know what was going on with the angel killings. I do give it up to Speers I really was in the dark until the end when it came to who the murderer was, I didn't see that one coming at all. But what I did see coming a mile away was Maddy and her big revelation at the end.
Even though I had the issues that I had with the book somehow it still worked. At the end of it I still came out feeling like I read a book that was worth the read and I didn't waste my time.
I wasn't sure about a book with fame seeking angels -- that just seems so wrong. But -- 17 year old senior Maddy discovers guardian angel Jackson Godspeed isn't what he seems to be.
John Speer did an amazing job twisting together a tale that turns unexpectedly into the story you always hope for. Masterfully crafted words inspire vivid images of likable characters, memorable scenes and quick paced action. Be warned that it's a misleading superhero fantasy that is not in keeping with church traditions about angels. It is however, a terrific romantic action adventure with a murder mystery that is a must read for YA fantasy lovers who dream of angels on earth.
This twist on a Cinderella romance is set in a re-imagined L.A. It reminds me of the diner girl in "A Cinderella Story" and the alien beings stalking the high school hallways in "I Am Number Four." Passionate scenes are tender and go just far enough for YA readers. A good classroom discussion starter for what is a "save-worthy" person and what should be the consequences in the early scene of vehicular homicide? Ultimately -- How could Maddy live in a corrupt angel society where money is more important than what is right or just? Good food for thought!
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