|AUTHOR: Scott Speer |
PUBLICATION DATE: April 3, 2012
SOURCE: publisher's ARC
GENRE: paranormal romance
GIVE IT TO: teen girls who really love angel romances
REVIEW: Aaannnddd...I'm done. No more YA angel novels for me, at least not anytime soon. Immortal City was my fourth paranormal romance featuring angels, and I just can't take anymore. So many of my library girls have gone angel-crazy over books like Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush, Smith's Eternal, and Kate's Fallen, so I am constantly on the lookout for well-reviewed angel romances. But while I am hardly a spiritual person, I can't help but wonder, what does God think about all these reckless angel-hunks shirking their heavenly duties and falling for the wrong girl? Does He condone guardian angels selling their services to the highest bidders?
I had hoped Immortal City might be different from the other angel romances I've read. In alternating viewpoints (love!), readers learn about Maddie and Jackson separately, within their own lives and relationships, before their fateful first meeting. I love the uniqueness of the whole angel-for-hire program. Non-altruistic angels? Um, okay! Despite the interesting premise, Immortal City ultimately put me to sleep. I had to force myself to finish it, and then only by skimming the last 75 pages.
Characters and events are typical of the paranormal romance genre, complete with beautiful immortals, a "normal" human girl, love-at-first-sight, an annoying best friend, a vindictive ex-girlfriend, a spoiled little sister, and no parental guidance to speak of. I'm really getting bored with the "instant, inexplicable love connection" stuff going on in recent paranormal romances. Maddy and Jackson's courtship begins abruptly and smolders despite the fact that neither character really knows anything about the other; in fact, the pair seems more interesting separately than together. The predictable murder mystery seems tacked on simply to add intrigue to a plot that features too many angel-crazed teenage girls and reads like an extended episode of TMZ.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Slow-paced, shallow, and predictable. Recommended only for the most die-hard angel romance fans.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We don't have it, and I have no plans to purchase it. Content-wise, middle school librarians have nothing to worry about beyond a little language.
READALIKES: Fallen (Lauren Kate); Hush, Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick); Halo (Alexandra Adornetto)
- Overall: 1/5
- Creativity: 3/5
- Characters: 1/5
- Engrossing: 1/5
- Writing: 1/5
- Appeal to teens: 3/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 2/5
- Language: mild
- Sexuality: mild; some kissing
- Violence: mild; angels are murdered
- Drugs/Alcohol: medium; teens drink alcohol at parties, protagonists refrain