Review: Immortally Yours by Angie Fox (Monster M*A*S*H #1)
August 28 2012
Mass Market Paperback
St. Martin’s Press
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Commander Galen of Delphi
Kick Ass Chick – Dr. Petra Robichaud
From Goodreads –
IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE GODS…
No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she’s the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx,vegetarian werewolf, and otherparanormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally). But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table—half dead and totally to-die-for—Petra’s afraid she’ll lose her patient and her heart…
NOTHING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN LOVE
Commander Galen of Delphi is one gorgeous but stubborn demi-god. When his spirit tries to slip out of his fatally wounded body, Dr. Petra has to slip it back in—unwittingly revealing her ability to see ghosts. Now that Galen knows her secret, he’s convinced she’s part of an ancient prophecy. If the oracles are right, Petra could lead Galen’s army to peace. And if he seduces her on the way to hell and back? Heaven knows—all’s fair in love and war…
Sometimes, when you read a first book in a new series and you are introduced to the world that the author has created, you feel nice. You know the feeling where you are happy you are there but the world just blends into the rest of the book? Well, let me tell you that that did not happen when I read Immortally Yours, the first book in Angie Fox’s newest series, Monster M*A*S*H. The world that she’s conjured up in that head of hers…just amazing. Not only is the detail incredible but everything about where this story takes place is unique. I have never read anything like it.
The story in Immortally Yours takes place in Limbo. This is where the M*A*S*H unit is set up. Medical personnel are set up in tents and bunks waiting for an emergency situation to strike during the ongoing was between the Old gods and the New gods. (Quick note: humans have no idea that any of this is taking place but they feel the effects of the war sometimes in the form of earthquakes and volcano eruptions and such). Now just because humans aren’t aware of what is going on that doesn’t mean that there aren’t paranormals living on Earth. Vampires, shifters, fairies…they all exist. And some mate with humans leaving half-breeds behind.
The particular unit that we follow in this series is one on the New gods’ team. If the New gods get a whiff of your existence and your medical talent while you are living your day to day half-breed (or full-breed) life on Earth and consider you a good catch for their team, they will recruit you. And by recruit you I mean they will come to your house and make you come with them now to Limbo (or wherever they need you) for well…ever. You don’t have a choice – you go and that’s that.
It is a sad sort of situation but the personnel who are ‘stuck’ there for their eternity do try to make the best of things. I’m not going to go into how and what it is that they do but I will say that is it quite comical. Makes sense after all: you would have to keep your sense of humor or you would likely go crazy in that place.
Okay, so that’s the gist of the setting and the grand spectrum of the series and of this first book. Not only did I find that Angie wrote this world in great detail but the way she writes is very visual so it’s really easy to picture the details she writes about. And she does it all without being overly wordy. I was impressed with her writing.
Now let’s talk characters – and just a note her to tell you that I must be impressed with the world and the setting since I usually talk characters first (as I am a character reader) but this time the characters show up all the way down here *g*. I liked Petra quite a bit. In the beginning, she did bug me a little with her downer/realist attitude but it does fit her character and the situation that she finds herself in. As you get to know her and as she opens up with Galen, you learn what really makes her tic and she’s easier to like. What I didn’t tell you earlier is that there is a prophecy that is looking like it will be coming true and that Petra is totally entangled in it and that is one of the many reasons why she is wound a little tight at times. Prophecies usually suck and Petra is no dreamer – she knows this is going to hurt. How she deals with it all is what makes her more and more interesting as the book progresses.
Galen is yum on a stick. Heck, he comes into the story mostly dead and he’s sexy even then! Galen is a demi-god and a warrior. But even though he is part god, he still carries his humanity close to the surface. When he ends up stuck at the unit, the things he does to help lighten the mood…man it just made me like him even more!
I did enjoy Galen and Petra as a couple. I felt at first like their deep emotional bond came a little quick but seeing how it all started it sort of made sense.
I loved the side characters. I especially enjoyed Rodger. I mean, there is a little scene with him near the end that made me tear up a little bit. I just felt so gosh darn happy for him! The secondary characters and all their quirks definitely add a ton to the story and to the already amazing world that Angie has created.
As I’m writing this review I’m remembering all sorts of things I should probably be telling you, such as Petra’s gift or Galen’s role in everything but I will keep those things for you to discover when you read the book. And trust me, there is a lot to discover! The odd time it feels as though it slows down the pace of the book but not to the point where you are counting the pages to the end. The overall tempo of the book is okay.
This is the first book in the series and book two, Immortally Embraced, is coming out February 26th 2013. After all of the events in this book I have no idea where book two will take us! I mean, book two also features Petra and Galen but where else could they go? Everything is pretty much tied up in a nice-ish bow at the end of book one… (That means that those of you who are not a fan of cliffhangers will enjoy this ending) I am very curious to see what Angie has in store for us in her second book because really, I am without a clue.
Overall, I was quite impressed with Immortally Yours. The characters were solid, the story was interesting and the world…well that’s the part that really blew me away. It was fascinating and matchless and it made the story that much richer. A wonderful beginning to what promises to be a first-rate series.