Series: Immortal City, #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Razorbill on April 23, 2013
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
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. . . .
Unlike most YA novels that feature angels, the Immortal Angels series doesn’t hide these beings from the masses, it turns them into celebrities complete with paparazzi, commercials, and magazine interviews. It’s a cool concept that could have been even cooler if the human celebrity reaction to the angel craze was explored as well.
Picking up ten months after IMMORTAL CITY, NATURAL BORN ANGEL follows half-angel Maddy as she tries to navigate the complex and chaotic life of a celebrity angel. Maddy is soon swept up by the indulgent angel lifestyle and forgets the more humanitarian reason she decided to become a Guardian (to help the poor) and alienates the surprisingly insecure Jackson when her fame begins to eclipse his. By the time human pilot, Tom, was introduced to help Maddy learn to fly, I was ready for her to ditch the increasingly whiny and depressed Jackson.
Since so much focus is on Maddy coping with being in the limelight, other, more interesting activities happening around Maddy were left to the wayside. The sections of NATURAL BORN ANGEL from Detective Sylvester’s point of view were very intriguing and advanced the plot more so than anything involving Maddy (who views most of the angel attacks and human-angel conflict from news sources). At times I kind of wished Sylvester was the main character so we could find out more about him and the demons appearing to wreak havoc.
NATURAL BORN ANGEL has a unique take on angels and shows a lot of potential for juicier plotlines than it delivered. The book ends on a cliffhanger with a serious choice for Maddy in light of the brewing human-angel war. Hopefully the next Immortal Angels book pulls the focus away from the catty celebrity culture and focuses more on the mounting tension between of conflict for humans and angels while fixing the poorly executed love triangle.