Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review- Black Wings by Christina Henry


Paperback, 295 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Ace
ISBN 0441019633 (ISBN13: 9780441019632)
primary language English
series Madeline Black #1
characters Gabriel Angeloscuro, Madeline Black, Beezle
setting Chicago, Illinois (United States)
Christina Henry's Website

Goodreads Summary:

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell..


Maddy is an Agent of Death, her job is to escort souls to the "Door". Her life is pretty mundane until a deliciously handsome stranger shows up at her door to rent out an apartment in her building and from there ciaos ensues.

First I must say, I'm not usually fond of first person books. Reasons are ones that I had read didn't convey the emotion, enough description and seemed rushed. But that changed after reading Twilight(I am not comparing those books to this one), I learned not to judge all books by a few not so good books. That being said I am glad this book had been written this way , you really feel like your Maddy when you're reading her view point.

There isn't anything about this book I didn't like, Maddy, she is a strong woman but does show her vunerable side as well, Gabriel is the mysterious handsome man that flies into her world turning it completely upside down - all through the book you are left asking what exactly is he? Which I think adds to the mystic of him. And then there is Beezle who can't but love this sarcastic little gargoyle , who loves popcorn and chocolate. My kind of companion.

This book is a fast read, and though do to real life I didn't actually get going with it til last night- I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book in the series , Black Night which is scheduled for release Autumn of 2011.

So if you like Angels, Fallen Angels,Demons and everything in between , this is a must read for you.

I must share with you one of my Favorite quotes , there are many in this book but this one had me laughing out loud.

"My Father lives in Minneapolis," I repeated


"And where does Lucifer live? "

"Los Angeles."

I let out a laugh at that. " Of course he does."

My rating is 5 of 5 stars


Blodeuedd said...

I have seen this book around lately, and I do like to read a lot of reviews before I make my mind up ..and it is positive now :)

Unknown said...

Nice review! I've seen so many reviews of this books lately that I bought it recently =D I love first person narratives btw LOL

BLHmistress said...

I think it was because of my past experiences with them that did it but since twilight and now this one I am enjoying first person much better. I really can't wait to read how she is going to continue with this series.

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