Immortal City  - Scott Speer This review was first posted on Music, Books and TeaI picked up Immortal City on a total whim. The only knowledge I had of it was based on a single review I’d read around a year previous, and thought it might be a book that I’d enjoy. And I was right, despite a shaky start that had me thinking I wouldn’t be able to get through the whole book.The slow start was the main problem I had with Immortal City, and made me question whether or not I should finish it. However, once the murders started happening, the story really picked up pace and I was struggling to put the book down as I was so desperate to find out who exactly was killing all these angels.The concept of Immortal City was really interesting. I liked the idea of angels and humans living together in the same world, and having angels save humans lives, but only if they can afford the cover. In a way, it kind of reflects on parts of todays world were some people buy health insurance, and most of their medical costs are covered, but for those who can’t afford it, they’re pretty much screwed. At the same time though, I thought the idea of buying angel cover was kind of ridiculous, because most of the time, you wouldn’t be getting yourself into stupid situations and need rescuing from. I know car accidents, and other accidents happen thanks to fate, but I’m sure that some people would take that kind of cover for granted and be less careful because they had that safety crutch to fall back on. (I’m going to stop myself before I get really ranty.) And then Jackson saved Maddy, even when she didn’t have any cover, and the whole system goes up in arms, the crap hits the fan and they have to go on the run before they’re caught. And then, just as they’re able to make their escape, Maddy did the one thing that I detest all characters doing. She left him on the grounds that she was saving his life. No, Maddy. Just no. I loved Maddy and her total disinterest in the angels. She knew there was no way she’d be able to afford the kind of lifestyle being interested in the angels brought (having a top of the range phone so she can keep up with the angel blogs, wearing the latest designer fashions endorsed by angels amongst other things), and she really didn’t understand their appeal to everyone else. The visions Maddy would have from time to time were both interesting and terrifying, and it really is no wonder she kept them a secret from most people. If I were her I think I would have done too! And aside from her silly mistake at the train station, she was a really great character. Her best friend Gwen was hilarious, even though she could be pushy at times, but it was easy to see that she only wanted the best for her friend and didn’t want Maddy to feel left out, which really, is what any good friend does. So, ignoring the slow, shaky start Immortal City had, this is a book that I really would recommend if you’re looking for a slightly different take on the guardian angel concept. Immortal City set a great foundation for the rest of this series, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Maddy and Jacks next in the second book, Natural Born Angel.