Immortal City

Immortal City

by Scott Speer

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101561478
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Series: Immortal City Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 549,001
File size: 375 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Scott Speer is a movie and music video director and a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He has worked with Will.I.Am, Ashley Tisdale, Paris Hilton, Jordin Sparks, and other Hollywood personalities, and most recently directed Step Up Revolution. He is also the author of Immortal City and Natural Born Angel. Scott lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Immortal City: First Edition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was kicking myself for picking this one up. I am over angels. And for the first few chapters, I was still over angels, but then I flipped to the inside jacket of the book and read, "Set in a reimagined Los Angeles that sparkles with glamour and celebrity worship, Scott Speer's Immortal City is charged with passion and haunted by themes of power and idolatry." Then, I got it. All the expensive cars and hero worship and Rodeo drive and designer name dropping and the beautiful people. And all the worshiping of the Angels, the networks dedicated to it, the paparazzi, the nonstop talk among Maddy's friends at high school about Jackson Godspeed. What had seemed over the top became more meaningful when Jackson and Maddy's worlds collide. It is ridiculous, the worship of the Angels, but who wouldn't want a Guardian Angel? Who wouldn't want to go through life knowing that someone was there always to snatch them from the jaws of death? Of course only the very, very rich can afford a Guardian Angel and there are only so many to go around so the demand is high and their cost is even higher. 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book and within the first page I was completely hooked! If you're reading this, please write another book, Scott!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book, its full of action and twists I would have never expected. If you are looking for anything thats good to read, oh baby this is it! It is very entertainig and it will replace that Twilight novel on your shelf in a heartbeat. Grab on ad dont let go, this book reads easy and is very interesting. ITS A LOVE STORY MIXED WITH A MURDER MYSTERY. And durig all this Maddy is finding remnants of her past. I'd HIGHLY RECOMMEND
dear_prudence More than 1 year ago
Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It's so original and different from most other Angel stories out there today. I was extremely impressed and have already marked my calendar for the release date of the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, an amazing & surprising treat by a male author! I love angel stories & this one was at first a little bit annoying however it quickly became an obsession!!!! I could NOT put the book down until I finished it! The characters were interesting & the dynamics of the various relationships intriguing. For a male author to be able to make my heart hurt & bring me to tears is a feat which has never been accomplished until NOW! Cant wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good quick read, loved the plot. A few typos, but not so many that it was annoying. Like twighlight, except replace the vampire with an angel. Will read the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING! It hooked you right when you picked it up. It draws you in with the AWESOME cover, but also with the SPECTACULAR writing!  If you love stories with action and plot twist, but also with some romance in them. This is the book for YOU! 
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
This is a coming of age and a coming to grips with reality (their reality) for Mads & Jackson. They live in a world where angels, trained Guardian Angels, protect people for money. There are also a couple love triangles to sort out along the way with a serial angel killer on the loose to add to the intensity. The characters are authentic and for the most part, well developed. The plot is well constructed and fairly vivid, except for a couple of parts that left me with questions. Overall, a fun read!(less)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very eciting love story with a deathly twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt stop reading i love it sooo much i could not imagine a greater book!!!
mrs_jacoblack14 More than 1 year ago
I read alot of books on Angels some on good angels some on bad angels but this book has found its own category in my angel classfiaction log because it was fresh new and I didnt expect my self to even consider reading it I'm very egar for the next installment because the characters really came alive in my heart truly a captvating read.
janiceb937 More than 1 year ago
when does the second book come out??!!! please help
glittergirl1 More than 1 year ago
it was great :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author did a great job. Thats saying alot considering i've read about thirty angel-like books in the past few months!!! Easy to follow along with and very entertaining!!! HOPE YOU ENJOY IT TOO!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good! Different from other books I've read and it made e,me cry near the end. But It was very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book!! It was a very fast read and I really liked the twist the author put into the plot. I can not wait for the next book to come out:) I will continue reading this series!!
rigger1 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I loved it. I hope that he writes a second book to immortal city soon.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After beginning this book and very excited for it, it did not live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, the book was good, but I felt like something was missing. What I liked most about this book is the unique twist in the plot line. I have read lots of angels stories through out the years but never have I read one where people pay for angels to protect them. I like the stamina that comes with being a angel and what their duties uphold. Through out the book, there is a war brewing. I liked that this part of the book gave a much better insight to what the angels have been going through.The characters of the book were written well but not all that I wanted. There was a girl, Maddy, who in turn had a secret as well. And Jackson. Now Jackson I loved better than the girl. Jackson's life is different despite what he grew up around. I liked that both the characters had a immediate attraction to each other. The fight that is ahead of them is not easy, yet they stood their ground. There were secrets coming out page after page, but nothing gasping. It was all a little to predictable for me. Immortal City is a quick fun entertaining book. The ambition of the book is strong, yet very predictable.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITThis 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.
themusescircle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won an early reviewer's copy of this book through Kristen's blog called GrowingUpYA which I am eternally grateful for.Unlike the angel YA book I read before this one (Temptation of Angels) which was a complete disappointment, Immortal City was a fun, addictive read. The first chapter was a great opener and sets the tone of the story right away. Imagine this: a drunk rich kid (or young man) driving erratically down the road at night. Just as he weaves around a bend, he realizes too late that his car is about to hit into a truck. As the vehicles collide, he is suddenly pulled through his wind shield to safety by his guardian angel. His angel informs him that other then some superficial cuts and bruises, he will be fine and that the money for saving his life has already been transferred out of his account-- in the amount of $100,000 dollars. When the rich kid asks about the unfortunate driver of the truck whom he hit, the angel shrugs, stating simply, "He didn't have coverage." And thus begins the funny yet creepy premise of Immortal City-- angels are now "out of the closet" and only save those who can afford their prices in exchange for their services.Along with Scott Speer's original and refreshing plot, so is his unique world building. Instead of pages and pages of angel mythology, the author explains his theories through Maddy's history class aptly called "History of Angels in America". So it almost makes the reader feel like they are learning this information with the characters. The fact that the history of angels has been added to high school curriculum also shows how important angels have become in modern society-- even if their significance has become misconstrued in many ways.So now you are probably wondering not only why angels decided to reveal themselves to man, but how they could possibly save only those who can afford to be saved. Why would they charge people for their services? Well that is for you to find out. However, to sum things up, angels grew tired of seeing mankind self destruct. This idea is not that original and has been used in many books and movies before.This leads me to my few minor issues with this book. I get that the angels somehow symbolize how we today obsess and idolize celebrities and put them on pedestals. It's a clever plot device. What left me confused is the whole religious aspect-- or lack there of. I'm not saying that every angel book has to mention God or choose a "side" or become preachy. However, I couldn't help but wonder where God is in all of this. Or is there no God, only angels? If God does exist in Scott Speer's mythology, then how can he sit back and allow angels to save only those who can afford their astronomical fees? How does it make them any better than demons and dark angels? God or any other higher entity is not mentioned in the book and I find that puzzling.My other issue is Maddy's relationship with her uncle Kevin. She was just a baby when her parents were killed and Kevin took over as her guardian. Maddy calls him Kevin instead of uncle Kevin. Also, she thinks to herself at one point, "She loved Kevin dearly, but the fact of the matter was, he wasn't her parent. Some things were just private." Really?? I could see if her parents had died when she was 10 and then she had to live with her uncle. But for someone who has no recollection of her parents and has always lived with her uncle, I would think they'd have a closer bond.My last gripe is the lack of romantic development between Maddy and Jackson. I am cool with authors who use the "love at first sight" technique. That doesn't bother me so much. However, there does have to be some sort of growth between the characters as the story progresses. The moment they shared in the back office of the diner was not a bad start. They both share the loss of a parent. Sadly, that is pretty much it for their similarities. Most of the novel is Maddy being angry or argumentative towards Jackson and Jackson occasionally wondering w
nocturnewytche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I have to give props to Scott Speer for his great writing style! This male author dabbling in a world (ya paranormal/romance) ruled by females did a fabulous job! I was impressed with how great this book was! The action is top notch! I could see it easily playing out and becoming a movie script. The characters were interesting, nothing was overly predictable, and the concept of angels was taken into a storyline that is different than anything I've read before. I was hooked from chapter one! Jackson is completely likeable despite his persona and Maddy is the kind of female lead character you want to root for. She's not gullible and she's not so swooned by the hot looking guy that she forgets everything she was before meeting him. My only complaint is the building up of their relationship together could have used a bit more finesse. I felt that the development between Jacks and Maddy was at a good pace until it all connected and then it all felt too rushed. This one had a great ending and whether or not there's a sequel, I'm pretty happy.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 starsGoodReads Synopsis: 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 JacksonMy Thoughts: Scott Speer envisioned and delivered a completely different take on Angels¿these are Celebrity Angels for hire. It was a completely bizarre concept that was laid out in the first chapter where someone was saved by an angel, or rather ¿their¿ angel. Yes folks, you can buy a guardian angel, the problem is that very few people can afford them! There is the ¿Angel Lottery¿ where you might be able to win a guardian angel, but your chances are about 1 in 6 Billion. But yet the public at large is fascinated by the Angels and there are whole networks that devote their airtime to covering what they wear, who and how they saved someone, etc. Yep, the Guardian Angels business is BIG BUSINESS in the Immortal City.Maddy kind of irritated me throughout the book. For the same reasons she irritated Jackson. She was melting into tepid pools one minute then pushing him away the next. It got to be a bit much. Then Jackson was so utterly clueless about his life in relation to the lives of real people and he just couldn¿t seem to wrap his mind around it¿or maybe didn¿t want to even try.Speer¿s concept was fascinating and well thought out. I think he fell a little flat in the character department. I feel they could have been a little more fleshed out and well rounded. The mystery portion of the story was really interesting and I just didn¿t see the bad guy, hindsight being 20/20, I should have figured it out. Speer gave us a hint at where the story may go from here and I will definitely check out the next installment.
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was kicking myself for picking this one up. I am over angels. And for the first few chapters, I was still over angels, but then I flipped to the inside jacket of the book and read, "Set in a reimagined Los Angeles that sparkles with glamour and celebrity worship, Scott Speer's Immortal City is charged with passion and haunted by themes of power and idolatry." Then, I got it. All the expensive cars and hero worship and Rodeo drive and designer name dropping and the beautiful people. And all the worshiping of the Angels, the networks dedicated to it, the paparazzi, the nonstop talk among Maddy's friends at high school about Jackson Godspeed. What had seemed over the top became more meaningful when Jackson and Maddy's worlds collide. It is ridiculous, the worship of the Angels, but who wouldn't want a Guardian Angel? Who wouldn't want to go through life knowing that someone was there always to snatch them from the jaws of death? Of course only the very, very rich can afford a Guardian Angel and there are only so many to go around so the demand is high and their cost is even higher.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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago