Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: Black Wings #1
Released: 11/30/2010 by Ace
Pages: 295 Price: $7.99 Paperback
Source: I own a copy of this book
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…
I’m not going to lie, this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I so wanted to find a new series set in Chicago with a kick-ass heroine and had hoped that this series would fit the bill. Sadly it did not. It started off good but about halfway through it started falling out of favor with me. Let’s explore why.
To begin with, I don’t think there was enough character or world building or perhaps I just didn’t care for how it was delivered. I struggled to connect with the lead character or her potential romantic interest. The character that worked best for me was the popcorn-loving gargoyle and we didn’t see nearly enough of him in the second half of the book.
Then there were the rules of this world. Way too many of them and the lead character is constantly breaking them without even knowing what they are. Now I know she is as new to her father’s society but common every single thing she does. It got tiresome. I also did not care for most of the characters we came across in her father’s world and wanted her to tell them off and kick them out of her life. This book could have been so much more interesting if the plot centered more around her job than her being sucked into this new society. It just felt flat after she met him.
After finishing this book I did go and read the short stories (.6, 1.5, & 1.6) found on the author’s website. .6 was alright but didn’t really contribute much in the terms of character development or world building, feel free to skip it. 1.5 I DNF if that tells you anything and 1.6 was actually pretty good. 1.6 is what saved this series and is keeping me around for at least one more book. A character introduced at the end of this book plays a major part in that story and gives me hope that if he has more page time the series could take a turn for the better.
So, I will be sticking around for one more book but if things don’t vastly improve I’m going to move on to greener reading pastures.
My Rating:2 Stars