REVIEW: Immortal City by Scott Speer

IMMORTAL CITY (Immortal City #1)
by Scott Speer

PUBLISHER: Scholastic
RELEASE DATE: 5th April 2012
FORMAT: Paperback, 406 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Young Adult

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. (Goodreads)


IMMORTAL CITY is written by a Hollywood insider and a well-established movie, commercial and music video director, so I was a little hesitant that Scott Speer would also be trying his hand at writing a novel. He can’t be great at everything, right? My assumptions were quickly proven incorrect as IMMORTAL CITY sucked me into the world of fame, fortune and guardian angel’s, whose services were bought by the rich. IMMORTAL CITY is a novel narrated in the third person set in a fantasy world where Speer replaces our Hollywood and famous actors with his Angel City and beautiful immortal angels.

The opening chapter shows how shallow and money orientated the guardian angels have become with a scene of a speeding driver cutting corners and causing a head on crash but because he was insured by a guardian angel he was rescued from the crash.

“How much…was this?”

“One hundred thousand dollars, in addition to your monthly rate.”

Brad’s gaze drifted to where the cars had landed in the water. His M5 was already submerged, but the back end of the pickup still protruded in the surf, bobbing in the swells like a corpse.

“What about him?” Brad asked.

“Him?” the Angel asked.

“Yeah,” Brad said, and pointed to the tailgate as it slipped under the waves. “Him.”

The Angel looked at the sinking pickup as if seeing it for the first time.

“He didn’t have coverage,” he said.

At first I was uncertain of the angels that Speer had created and as the book progressed the majority of the angels did little to change my opinion of them; selfish, greedy, shallow immortal beings that had everything and shared very little.

However, don’t let my feelings over the angels distract you from the plot, one of the main protagonists we follow is an angel, Jackson Godspeed (Jacks), who is the next hottest star to hit Angel City and his feelings are different from the other angels. Jacks is worshipped, followed and idolised by the majority of the population with only a select few not being caught up in the hype and one of these is Maddy Montgomery. Maddy is a freshman in high school and another prominent protagonist of IMMORTAL CITY.

Jacks fed up of his fame and feeling like no one is interested in him as a person, leaves one of his parties early, only to be told by his step father to lay low as an angel killer has just struck, as only an angel can kill an angel Jacks becomes a suspect. Jacks hides in the first dinner he finds where Maddy is working the shift for her Uncle Kevin.

A chance meeting Jacks and Maddy instantly find themselves attracted to each other, although once Maddy realizes Jacks is an angel she is annoyed and asks him to stay away from her. Jacks being a famous angel dislikes being snubbed and can’t get Maddy out of his head so goes to see her at school from there Jacks is determined to make Maddy like him and they start seeing each other regularly.

Maddy realizing they are from very different backgrounds continues to push Jacks away even pointing out that if she were an angel she would act differently to him.

“What I know,” Maddy said curtly, “is that if I could do what you do, I would use my power to help as many people as I could. I wouldn’t use it to get rich.” A few traitorous tears spilled over her cheeks, and she wiped them away quickly. “I would save people because it’s the right thing to do.”

As IMMORTAL CITY is from different view points there is much more going on to keep you interested while the rocky romance is going on, a serial angel killer is on the rampage and it seems to be targeting angels in the order of their stars on the Angel Boulevard, with Jacks becoming a newly commissioned Guardian Angel, his star will become the next one on the strip, will that make Jacks the next target? Can Maddy and Jacks find away to be together? And who is responsible for the angel’s deaths?

There is lots of suspense in IMMORTAL CITY and Speer’s gives you plenty of suspects to choose from, and even though I guessed that there was something off about one character, I had forgot about them when it came time to see who was behind the murders. I was amused by the surname choices for the angels, Godspeed, Steeple, Godson, Templeton, Trinity, Churchson, Holycross etc. it’s a fun use of church related names and very apt for the characters and I enjoyed Scott Speer’s writing.


All in all an enjoyable, well written young adult book with some unpredictable twists to keep you guessing, and one I couldn’t put down. As a fan of the young adult genre, IMMORTAL CITY was right up my street. A mixture of angels, romance and crime thriller all rolled into one book that I devoured quickly. I must admit that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy IMMORTAL CITY based on the author’s background but I was absorbed from the very first chapter. A great fantasy twist on Hollywood and angels. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.


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Laura August 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This sounds like an interesting book as I probably would not have picked it up for the same reasons as you, I like the Hollywood angle though it sounds a bit different.


Becs August 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

It was a classic YA read and the Hollywood angle added something new while the murder mystery kept you interested. With so many people followed I reckon it would be a good movie.


Gemma August 30, 2012 at 9:46 am

Oh, I’m such a dummy. Angel City= City of Angels= Los Angeles.

Anyway, it seems an interesting book. I’m nost sure if I would pick it up because after reading your review, I’m convinced I’ve read something really similar before.

The Angel twist is rather unusual. I’m glad you enjoyed it though


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