Jan 16, 2012

Review - Black Wings by Christina Henry

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, January 16, 2012

Black Wings by Christina Henry
Released: Feb 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304 Pages
Sexual Content: I can't quite remember, but I don't think there was much
Source: Purchased from bookdepository.com

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...

My Thoughts:

I've been really slacking in the reviews lately, and I have a couple books that I've read an enjoyed but since it's been a while I don't remember some of the details so my next few reviews will be brief. Overall this was a good UF read, I will be purchasing more in the series.

+ Story:

Fun and interesting take on angels. I'm getting close to being bored with all the new angel stories coming out but this had a fresh take on the myth and was quite interesting.

+ Lore:

As mentioned above, a fresh take on angels and the lore surrounding them.

+ Romance:

I loved the romance in this, Gabriel is sent to protect Maddy and he absolutely cannot have a relationship with her, it could mean his death since he is a slave to her father's court and is pretty much dirt to them. Maddy of couse doesn't know any of this and when she finds out she doesn't really care since she wasn't raised in a fallen angel's court. I can't wait to see how they'll come together in the next one.

-/+ Side Characters:

Beezle was great, but other than that none of the other side characters really stuck with me.

-/+ World/Setting:

Nothing about the setting in this really stands out for me.

Nit Picks:

I did not like that Maddy's boss ended up having a thing for her.

Favorite Part:

Since it was awhile ago I read this, I can't quite remember, but I do remembering enjoying a few touching scenes with Maddy and Gabe together.

Madeline Black Series

Book #1 - Black Wings
Book #2 - Black Night
Book #3 - Black Howl (Feb 28 2012)


Giselle on January 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM said...

Oh this sounds like a series I would enjoy! I don't think I've heard of it before too. Great review!

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Rebs @ Book-Rants on January 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Italia on April 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM said...

The second installment for the Black Wings Novel, Black Night was such a thrilling read.

Ceska on June 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM said...

A fresh take on urban fantasy and a highly enjoyable read. Read it in one day and it was the perfect way to spend the day after Thanksgiving. The heroine is gutsy and funny, the love interest is hot and heavenly, the talking gargoyle is a curmudgeonly lovable sidekick; and we can all relate to her having an anal retentive boss that works your last nerve. The plot moves at a nice quick pace and the story is well developed with enough background information to explain the event but not overwhelm the current action. If you are tired of the same old vampire or shapeshifter stories rehashed over and over then this is the book for you. Maddy Black is an Agent of Death whose job is to escort souls to the after life (not a single vampire or shapeshifter in the book - yeah for originality!

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