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Friday, August 5, 2016

Review: Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

Title: Magic to the Bone
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Allie Beckstrom #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 4th 2008
Length: Novel (355 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Magic to the Bone is book one in the Allie Beckstrom series. This was my first Devon Monk book and it's been on my TBR for forever now so I'm glad I finally got around to it. The magic elements in this world were unique and I really enjoyed learning a bit about it.

Allison (aka Allie) Beckstrom is the daughter of a wealthy business man but wants nothing to do with him. Instead of living on daddy's money, she works as a hound, if a magical crime is committed she's able to sniff out the spell caster. Think of it as a PI/bounty hunter job but toss in magic. She takes one gig and it leads her to someone unexpected. But things decide to get a bit crazy and she winds up having to go on the run. Along her side is Zayvion Jones, a man hired by Allie's father to watch over her. There were sparks between the two, and I'll be curious to see where the series takes them. While on the run, Allie and Zayvion have to figure out who is behind the magical assassination before Allie is framed for it all.

With this being my first DMonk book, I'm impressed. There's quite a few UF books out there with magic in an urban environment, but DMonk really made this one unique and enjoyable. The magic elements were really different from anything I've really seen. Some people are allowed and able to use magic, but everything you use has a consequence. Whether it be a headache, a bruise, pain or even memory loss, magic isn't supposed to be used lightly. I think I really enjoyed that because it means we won't have one all mighty powerful main character that can just blink and nothing bad ever happens to her. All in all, if you're a fan of Urban Fantasy and haven't read this series yet, I'd suggest you grab it!


20 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this before but it sounds like an interesting UF. I like that the MC isn't invincible and by using magic, has to pay a price just like everyone else. I'll have to see if my library has this in. :)

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    1. It was a pretty interesting one. I'm hoping she doesn't become all powerful in the magic department as the series progresses though >.<

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  2. It's cool you were impressed!! Lovely thoughts :)

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  3. I read the first one aaaages ago, and then no more

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    1. Awww I'll let you know how book two is one day!

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  4. oh this sounds like a good one!!! I like the idea of consequences when dealing with magic. Quite interesting.

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    1. It added a bit of unique element to it most definitely!

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  5. I love the idea of consequences to using magic. I think a lot of people wish they had magical powers without realizing that everything we do has karma attached to it.

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    1. Uh huh!! I think that's why I enjoyed this one so much :D

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  6. I love these classic UF's. Gotta try her at some point.

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    1. Oh yes :) I hope you do, or your library has it ;)

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  7. Oo good to know. I'd been eyeing Monk for a while but not tried them out. Sounds fantastic!

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    1. I'm not sure why I waited so long. Hope you can try one soon!

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  8. This is an author I am curious about. I've heard mixed thoughts on a few of her books and they make me very curious. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I'm really hoping her character doesn't turn all powerful. If so I won't enjoy the series.

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  9. I love a good urban fantasy. Glad to hear this one turned out so well and stands out due to the way magic is handled! Excellent review :D

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    1. It really did! Need to grab book two soon :D

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