Jul 13, 2011

Review - Magic To The Bone by Devon Monk

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Magic To The Bone by Devon Monk
Released: Nov 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5
Pages: 355
Source: Public Library
Sexual Content: Some Sex


Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user - maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster - and Allison Beckstrom's the best there is.

Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune - and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now Allie's out for the truth - and must call upon forces that will challenge everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine ... and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to like this, and I thought I would, but it just didn't grab me. I wasn't a fan of this world, where magic is almost like electricity, it's pumped through the city in pipes and can be accessed by anyone. I feel like I have a hard time getting into books where magic and such is known by everyone.

Most of the book is from Allie's prospective, but there are a few bits from another character's POV which I wasn't much of a fan of. I ended up reading about half way or more of the book, but then skimmed the last bit. I didn't have a problem with the characters or the overall general plot, that someone has framed Allie for murder, but this world was not one I wanted to be part of.

Although this wasn't really for me, I would recommend to those who like UF that centers around magic and to fans of Three Days Till Dead by Kelly Meding as it has a similar feel to it.

Allie Beckstrom Series

Book #1 Magic To The Bone

Book #2 Magic In The Blood

Book #3 Magic In The Shadows

Book #4 Magic On The Storm

Book #5 Magic At The Gate

Book #6 Magic On The Hunt

Book #7 Magic On The Line (Nov 2011)

Book #8 Magic Without Mercy (2012)


Anonymous said...

I was slow warming up to this book also but after I accepted the setting and the way magic worked I really got into this series. The second and subsequent books just get better and better. You should try book two in the series and see if you dont like it a lot more.

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