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Review: Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer

Posted April 10, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Rowena’s review of Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer.

Main Character: Maddy Montgomery-Godright
Love Interest: There’s two
Series: Immortal City #2
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Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and the fervent adulation that comes with being in the celebrity Angel world. She’s trying to juggle her ordinary life—high school, family, friends—with the intense demands of being in the public eye as heartthrob Angel Jackson Godspeed’s girlfriend.

And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She’s been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means entering into dangerous and high stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind—forever—and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war. . .

I’m not going to lie.  I requested this book for review because I heard that Scott Speer was Ashley Tisdale’s boyfriend.  I’m a fan of the High School Musical movies but I’m also a huge fan Ashley’s character, Maddy Fitz-something on Suite Life of Zack and Cody (from the Disney channel).  So when I heard that her boyfriend was a YA author, I was curious.

I’m glad that I was curious because I really enjoyed this book.  It reminded me of the X-Men movies with…angels.  Now, I didn’t read the first book in this series (though it was my plan when I first requested the book) but I charged right into this book anyway.

And I’m glad that I did because this book was good.

So, Maddy Montgomery is a half human-half angel girl who is dating the Jackson Godspeed, the it Guardian angel.  Angels in this world that Scott Speer has created are celebrities.  They’re followed by the paparazzi and they’re idolized and loved by everyone around the world.  Angels are guardian angels who save people’s lives…for those that can afford to pay for their services.  I thought this was a really interesting way to portray angels and it made falling into this story so easy because angels are always portrayed as being holy people who are religious and who always choose the right.

But these angels are just like humans.  They’re not perfect.  They have their own struggles and their own problems and that made it so much easier to connect with all of the characters in this book.  Maddie is only half-angel but when she makes the decision to train to become a Guardian and hopefully help save lives, she thought she’d be able to make a difference within the angel community.  Help bring about change to help even more people than the angels help right now.

When the book first begins, Maddy and Jacks are so close and so in love.  Maddy has made the decision to join Jacks as a Guardian and Jacks couldn’t be happier but over the course of the book, the trust they had in each other is tested and things start to unravel for the both of them.  Maddy has her own issues to deal with, living in this new angel world that is slowly overwhelming her and then Jackson is dealing with his new reality, after the big bang of whatever happened on the library tower in the previous book.  His angel wings haven’t healed and he can’t fly and if he can’t fly, he can’t save lives.  You see the stress of all of that start taking over their lives and driving the two of them apart.

Even though I didn’t read the first book, I thought Speer captured their struggles in a way that was easy for newcomers to relate to and connect with.  I will say that the way that this book ended, had me sitting up in bed cursing myself that I have such a long wait until the next book …and then I remembered that I still have to read the first book so I got all excited again and once payday gets here, my first purchase will be The Immortal City by Scott Speer.

So I think it’s safe to say that I enjoyed this book.  I enjoyed getting to know Maddy, learning all about the world that Scott Speer brought to life within this book and even though the love triangle in this book felt like it was thrown in there without much thought, I still enjoyed this book.  So yes, I definitely recommend this book.

…and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Razorbill. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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