Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Black Wings
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Black Wings #1
Heroine/Hero: Madeline Black/Gabriel Angeloscuro
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 295 Pages
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Available at: Ace, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: She’s an Agent of Death who really needs to get a life.
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…
As an Agent of Death, Maddy leads a very lonely life filled with only the constant companionship of her pet gargoyle, Beezle. But when her best friend gets killed one night to lure her out, Maddy gets thrown into a world where she’s not just a soul collector but a being with an exceptional amount of abilities with a father who’s apparently very powerful and a new bodyguard to keep her safe from the target she seems to have on her back. With demons constantly trying to kill her, can Maddy figure out why her best friend and mother’s soul never moved on and get used to the new responsibilities, she seems to have now?
This was quite an interesting story! Considering the length, I was very surprised at how fast-paced this novel read with a lot of suspenseful moments that kept me intrigued with the book. Maddy, as a character, is very naive. She had no idea that she was the daughter of an angel and very shocked when her powers start to emerge, especially since she can’t seem to control them. On top of that, she’s got the hots for her bodyguard, Gabriel. I loved Gabriel because he was the aloof, silent but deadly type. Maddy and him could never have a relationship because Gabriel is just a servant while Maddy is the heir to her father’s considerable throne. It’s sorta sad but I still liked the push/pull of their connection.
My biggest issue with this book is with Maddy. I felt like she was a very contradictory character. I liked her but I didn’t really like how she commented on every hot guy that she came across (which coincidentally turns out to be her love interests). I also didn’t like that she never seemed to think about what she was getting into until she ended up in bad situations. The phrase “too stupid to live” could have described her at times. It grew a tad annoying. Beyond that, I found the author’s constant need to describe just about every little thing Maddy came into contact with very excessive to the point that I ended up skimming at certain points; it was a lot of unnecessary information.
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. Besides the fact that Maddy had a lot of hot men in her life and liked to jump into bad situations without thinking, I still liked the premise. It’s an interesting one and definitely has a few twists and turns throughout the book. I wouldn’t really consider this UF but, as a paranormal story, it has a good pacing and concept. I’ll definitely be reading more in the series to see where things go from here.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*