Black Wings by Christina Henry (ARC)
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle
Received from: Book It Forward ARC Tours
Summary (from goodreads):
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...
This was a very interesting novel-interesting in a good way, though. I'm not really that much into reading about monsters including gargoyles and demons but the author played out this story very well. Maddys job is to help people, move on into the afterlife. But it can sometimes be a tricky job especially that Maddy is running low on money. And when Gabriel moves into her apartment-she can't help feeling a pull to him even though more and more demons are starting to show up. Could it have anything to do with him?
Gabriel is one of those characters that every girl will swoon over-with his bad boyish looks and behaviors. I also liked the connection between Gabriel and Maddy, it was interesting to see how they grew together. I always like reading about a kick butt main character who is strong-so that part I really enjoyed.
Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I do recommend this one to anyone looking for an action packed book. It drew me in and I know it will have the same effect on many others.