Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer

Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer
An Immortal City Novel
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, YA
Length: Full Length (353 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint

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. . .

Maddy’s story was riveting from the very beginning, and kept me entertained to the last sentence. Even my daughter could not escape Natural Born Angel’s seemingly magnetic pull that encompasses its readers.

Maddy is typical of the girl next door, with a angel flare. She seems to just want to do what is best for herself, and what would make her deceased parents proud. Even if it is choosing a path in life that goes against everything she thought she wanted. Part of me feels bad she was robbed of her average human life once she is thrown into the angel affairs. Now she has to worry about her boyfriend’s failing ego, angel politics, and angel\human relations that seem to be failing on almost all levels. Even the few people she comes to depend and care on seem to present their own challenge. This made me really root for her on many different levels.

I was not given the privilege of reading the first installment of the Immortal City series, but I will make sure that I read any books after this one. The story was written in a way that was entertaining to all age’s which is always great for me since I like to read stories with my child. We  were  both immediately hooked on Maddy and her tale. While I did not read the first story, I appreciated that I did not feel lost or confused by the second even though it follows the same main character and storyline.

While angels are clearly a large factor in this story, there is not a lot of religious talk. Angels are almost treated like any other supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires. They are just enhanced creatures.  The angels’ position was based more about enhancing human life instead of focusing on religious beliefs.

This complex yet readable novel was truly entertaining and it captured my attention and held it for long periods of time. I can’t imagine anyone not finding as riveting as I did. I even found myself thinking about the characters long after the last page was read. That is why I would proudly recommend this story.

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