Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer picks up a little after the events of Immortal City. Maddy is still with Jacks, who is still recovering from the injuries to his wings in the last book. Uncle Kevin, Mark and Detective Sylvester follow the lovable Maddy and Jacks into this second book. Including some old favorites, there are also a couple of new characters. Tom, the super-hot Naval officer/F18 pilot (seriously, the author wrote him in to be super-hot and charming in an authentic way) is one of the good new characters. He is there to help Maddy learn to fly. Emily, is the new witch in town, her sole purpose is to ridicule Maddy and try to get Jacks' attention. Susan is one of the Archangel tutors; she seems key to Maddy, Tom and what unfolds at the end of this novel.
For the sophomore novel, Natural Born Angel wasn’t so bad. It had its moments when I just couldn’t remember why I loved the first book, but then Tom was introduced. I don’t want to make it seem like a boy made me love this book, that is not so. I loved what Tom’s character does for Maddy. He reminds her of what it means to be human and to stay true to who she really is, even when she cannot see it. During the first half of the book we deal with Maddy becoming a guardian, everything she never agreed with. There is also the issue of Jacks losing what makes him a guardian, his wings. We have to deal with his hurting pride and bleak future, which is shadowed by his girlfriend’s new found fame. Not only do they have problems, but Angels and Humans are dividing more and more. Maddy is faced with choosing sides and everyone else is facing Armageddon. (I would just like to point out that Angels were probably never meant to be bff with humans… I mean I have you read some of those early stories, including the one about the angels that fell from grace for consorting with humans?)
A lot of the thought provoking parts had to do with the ensuing separation of Angels and Humans. There is a war brewing and Maddy must chose in love and life, what side will she choose?Thanks Net Galley 4/5 stars!