Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Black Wings by Christina Henry [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!
Black Wings
Madeline Black, #1
Author: Black Wings
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: Nov 30, 2010
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0441019633
ISBN-13: 978-0441019632
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex
About the 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 abilities and an impressive windspan, 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 dicectly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

My Review:
Black Wings by Christina Henry is fast paced, action packed and hardcore- breathing new life into the vast genre of Urban Fantasy. I was sucked into Madeline Black's morbid world of death from page one and didn't stop until the book was over. (At which point I was like what!? That's it?! I want mooore!) This is my favorite Urban Fantasy read of the year- an absolutely fabulous debut novel.
Maddy lives in an alternate-Chicago where the Agents of Death have a colossal office. She  has inherited the "agent" title and job from her deceased mother. The agents escort the newly dead to a door that takes them to another world. On top of an intense job- her boss is riding her back, she's got new powers and she is in desperate need of a new tenant. Can she handle all this change at once?

Maddy is majorly kick ass with a sweet vulnerability that makes her likable and easy to relate to. And things are finally turning around for her when a new tenant walks in ready to pay the rent... or so she thought. Everything spins out of control pretty quickly with dead bodies and demons piling up all around her- which only means one thing. It is time to uncover the truth behind her heritage and slaughter some bad guys.

The world Henry created is incredibly believable. The villains are scary bad-asses and the heroine is gutsy. The best part of it all is her best friend/Gargoyle, Beezle. He is snarky, insecure and over protective- absolutely adorable in description. Ah, and before I forget- the sexual tension between our Madeline and Gabriel just spills off the pages.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone that likes Urban Fantasy. Black Wings is intense, dark and full of surprises. I am waiting with great anticipation the next novel in this series, Black Night. Get this book!!!

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  1. I'm sold. Will definitely add this to my tbr list. Thanks for the review.

  2. This book sounds really good. I can't remember if you told me about this book or not. But I want to read it now. ;)

  3. Great review!

    I've had this book on my wish list and I can't wait to get my hands on it. :)


  4. Thanks, guys! You should all definitely add this book to the top of your TBR pile.... SO GOOD! Especially if you loved Nalini's Archangel's Kiss.

  5. Ruby, it is great!! Add it to that TBR list :)

  6. I love Kick ass characters!!=) Looking forward to reading this!!=)

  7. Thanks for the review! I've had this book on my radar for a few weeks. You've made my decision to buy it that much easier. =)



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