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“Black Wings is an exciting new Urban Fantasy with a new twist on some familiar mythology. The story centers on a “who’s who” list of demons and angels - but adds several new faces to create a wonderful new world full of mystery, action and adventure. Set in modern day Chicago, the story focuses...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Oh dear where do I start?
“Hmm... It was fun and fast but... I don't know... It lacked some depth in the description of characters and sometimes things didn't add up...
And you know what? J.B. might have been a bit of a dick to Maddy throughout the book, but I saw the potential. He was interesting and mysterious in all his grumpy glory. I liked that the book ended with him asking Maddy out. This should be good. ;)”
“Well, I gave this book a shot since it seemed like the kind of urban fantasy I'm a fan of, but I only made it a few chapters in. I just couldn't get past the terrible writing and extremely, willfully stupid main character.
The book really hit one of my pet peeves for writing, where nothing happens for anyone if it isn't 'on screen'. Someone having an important conversation, and desperately needs info from someone who even lives with them? Sorry! We just jumped ahead a day, and in all that time no-one said a word to each other, I guess. I always picture an animated discussion happening, then an invisible hand cuts everyone's strings, and they hand listlessly for hours on end.
Oh, plus, the main character has a chapter long dream, and the entire chapter is italicized. Very annoying.
And the story setup? Starts out okay, then falls apart. People born shackled to a shadowy magic organization that makes sure the souls of the dead move on. It's set up like a giant corporation, complete with offices and regional managers. Good so far. So, where do they get their money from? And why doesn't the job pay anything? And why don't they all believe in magic? All good questions, but the terrible writing prevents me from caring about the answers. Its probably more magic. Sigh. ”
“Black Wings by Christina Henry is the first novel in her Black Wings Series and definitely one of the best debut novels I’ve read. Christina Henry created a terrific world and I found myself sucked into this book from the first page.
Madeline “Maddy” Black is an Agent of Death and has inherited this title from her deceased mother. These agents escort the newly dead to a door that will take them to the next life. Her boss is driving her crazy with his paperwork and rules, her best friend is a little gargoyle and she is desperately seeking a new tenant for the downstairs apartment.
So when Gabriel Angeloscuro shows up on her doorstep for the apartment, she thinks her life will be back in order. But fate has other plans when demons starting to show up and innocent people start dying without any records. It’s time for Maddy to learn more about her unknown father in order to solve these crimes.
Christina Henry has written an amazing novel with a feisty heroine, some scary bad-demons and a lovable gargoyle. Beezle is funny, overprotective and very direct. Gabriel is HOT, so I wasn’t surprise to feel the sexual tension between him and Maddy coming from the pages.
I cannot thank my best friend enough for directing me to this series, because it’s already one of my favorites of this year. I highly recommend this novel to any Urban Fantasy readers, you won’t be disappointed.”
“It started off interesting enough. It reminded me a bit of the old tv show, Dead Like Me. Reapers=Agents in charge of ushering the departed to The Door.
I loved Beezle, I'd love to have my own snarky but sweet gargoyle. I'm not a huge fan of "angels" in books but there have been a few exceptions. This is one of them. I like the Nephilim idea (though not a unique idea of itself) and I like this incarnation. I liked Gabriel, and I'm not happy that he has that whole "issue" that keeps him and our main character apart. I really REALLY don't like Nathaniel.
I like the way the fallen angels were portrayed, not good or evil but certainly lacking any humanity.
If you asked me if I was going to continue the series at page 100, I would've given you an apathetic maybe and rated it a 3*. At page 200 though, I was hooked and continued to read (with the book hidden under my desk) well after my lunch hour was finished just so I could see what was going to happen next.
I will definitely read the next in the series, sooner rather than later.”
“I picked this up to cleanse my palatte before heading back into another world of vampires and werewolves. I like the subject matter regarding angels of death. I like the story itself but I have some issues. Maddy is a bit petulant. I am annoyed at the way she keeps getting more and more special powers. The writing is a bit juvenile and the main character is a bit too Mary Sue, but there's something that could be interesting here. I'll try the second book and see if the writing gets better.”Peachy K wrote this review Tuesday, July 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting book. I can't relaly comment cause I was doing 30 hour Famine and all I could think about was food, but this passed time for me really well. The ending seems really cliffy...sequel? I want to know what happens between Gabriel and Black (For some reason I call her that....)”SoulsticeX3 wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Through an ability passed down by her mother, Maddy's duty is to help souls pass on the next world. She's got her own set of magical powers, and even a wicked pair of wings to boot. It is a demanding job that keeps her busy around the clock, unfortunately it doesn't come with a paycheck, and a girls gotta eat. So despite her reservations, she takes on a new tenant for the open apartment in her building. However, things start to get funny when Demons start showing up and Maddy starts to develop new powers. She'll learn more about herself and past than she ever wanted to know as she finds herself in the middle of an eons long power struggle that promises to change her life forever.
I really enjoyed Maddy's character as she is both strong and incredibly vulnerable at the same time. She is very flawed, and quite immature, but not to the point of annoyance as I understood the reasons behind it. She just lacks people skills and patience, which is understandable as she never had anyone to teach her these things, and no reason to ever learn them herself. She's been on her own with no other companions than a surly gargoyle, and her "job" keeps her isolated. She has a boss, but there aren't any real repercussions or threat of dismissal to keep her in "line." So whenever things don't go as she likes, well temper tantrums of epic proportions commence. Even so, as the book went further along, these episodes were far less frequent, showing some pretty major character growth. I look forward to seeing her become more adjusted to the changes in her world, as I think she shows an incredible amount of potential.
By far the best thing about Black Wings was the mythology. In a genre that almost over saturated with similar elements, it is always refreshing to read something that hasn't already been done to death. It really intrigued me how the grim reapers, things that are typically quite terrifying, were actually just regular people who happened to have a power passed down through their bloodline. Add in the Fallen Angels, Demons, and other nefarious creatures and Black Howl's world made for a smashing read. Definitely a fresh read!
Whenever a book has been on my TBR pile for a fair amount of time I am always hesitant to read it. It makes little sense, but I really have to almost force myself to pick up those neglected books as I am irrationally convinced that the book will be no good because I keep skipping over it. Of course, most of my fear is unwarranted because something made me add the book in the first place. However, it still seems to catch me off guard when the book turns out to be as enjoyable as Black Wings was. I just loved all the different elements of the book, and cannot wait to dive more into this world!
“This is a very good book. The story development is good and the charecters are likable. I really did enjoy this series. ”Nicole Littlefield wrote this review Wednesday, February 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not sure why I stopped reading this the first time, started again this week and could hardly put it down. Liked the story and many of the characters (Beezle!) and liked the agent of Death aspect. Fun read, will be looking for book 2 soon.”Deyara wrote this review Wednesday, February 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No