Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Review: Immortal City

Immortal City
by Scott Speer

June 22nd

I just started it last night and it is pretty good. My first impression is that it reminds me a little of the beginning of Twilight. A girl without fashion sense or desire, living with her clueless Uncle, just trying to get through life. A guy, gorgeous and untouchable, lusted after by many. However, even if it is predictable, the story line is fun and I am enjoying it so far (plus, I'm so glad to be done with school so I can spend as much time as I want reading without any guilt!)

July 1st

So, this book is a little slow to start. I'm ready for the main characters to meet already. It was a busy weekend, so I'm only about 50 pages in (I'm not sure why I feel the need to make excuses, but I'd rather be reading I promise!!) and I'm not that interested. I don't love Mr. Fabulous' character ... to the point that I can't remember his name while I write this. I don't know what he thinks, he seems either one-dimensional or shallow. Hopefully it gets better!! :)

July 2nd

Well, I obviously got frustrated too soon because the book got great (now my only complaint is that it took SO long)! There is conspiracy, flirtation, danger, and I love not knowing what is going on! I'm gonna go because I'd like to get back to reading now :)

July 4th


I finished the book this morning. I actually read most of it until pretty late last night because it seems that all of the "good stuff" was saved until the end. Around chapter 23 the book got really exciting and I couldn't put it down until I feel asleep in the pages - so I had to finish it over breakfast. 

The Good: The story was exciting and sweet. I liked the idea of Angel's being the celebrities, although I wish that this part had been explained more, were there ever Movie Stars/Rock Stars? After getting half way through it was a quick read because you didn't want to put it down. I liked Maddy because she seemed realistic, although a little one dimensional.

The Bad: It was a little heavy on the "branding" aspect. When an outfit was described it wasn't just decried, lots of names were dropped. Things weren't explained really well - why are the Angel's famous, are they only in Angel City? Didn't Maddy ask about her parents at other times? The story was very driven by events and glossed over character development. There were typos (like you instead of your, I commented on that already) and LOTS of clarification issues that didn't have to do with premonitions and I would read and re-read sections trying to make sense of them. The story line felt like Twilight but with Angels and that was a little sad, I didn't like how that part was dealt with.

Overall: I know I have lots of  negatives, but don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. If an editor picked this up and gave it a good editing then it would be great. So what if the story is somewhat cliched, it is a fun read about something different. I think you'd enjoy it if you liked Twilight or other paranormal romances!

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