Book Review: Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

Title: Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom #1)
Author: Devon Monk
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 355 pgs.
Published: Nov, 2008 by Roc
isbn: 0451462408 (ISBN13: 9780451462404)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Purchased (years ago!)

Description:Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy-tale, hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o, sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got. 
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.

I’ve had this series on my shelf for a very long and desperately wanted to read it.  But I feel that way about a lot of books and there’s just not time to read them ALL.  But I finally said screw it and I picked it up.  I really ended up enjoying the book and I think I’ll love the future books, but it wasn’t a fun ride the entire way.

I had a bit of a hard time connecting with Allie.  I think maybe because it’s the first in a series and I’m just learning so much about the world, I’m not sure.  But it took a bit before I started establishing a connection and getting her and her actions.  By the end of the book I can say that I do like her and I think this book is just the very beginning of what’s to come.  

I LOVE Zayvion.  LOVE!  He really is a mysterious but sexy dude.  But it took awhile to feel the connection between him and Allie.  Maybe it’s because in the beginning I wasn’t feeling Allie.  I can say that the way things eventually developed I started to see a real connection.  I think maybe they were just moving too fast for it to feel real to me.  They had to really show me their connection a bit more for me to feel it.

I thought parts of this book were a little slow.  The first half really.  I also felt confused.  I think it’s just because it’s the first in a series and I’m just getting introduced to the world and the characters and so I wasn’t feeling it right away.  By the second half I was very involved in it though and was happy how things progressed with characters and plot.

This book was more serious than most UF I read, usually there’s more funny thrown in and there wasn’t in this one at all really.  It’s not really a bad thing,  I just prefer some funny.  BUT she was spending most of her time trying to stay alive, so future books could introduce a bit more of her funny side or some characters with a sense of humor.

I did love that this book takes place locally to me.  I love being able to picture things when she says where she is, etc.  It’s just a bonus for me 😉

Although I pointed out a few things I didn’t love I really believe that it’s because it’s the first in a series.  A lot of it is me and the way I am with most urban fantasy books, there’s just so much to learn about the world.    I really think that the future books will be better for me and it could very easily turn into a favorite urban fantasy series.  

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  1. Hmmm I might have to give this one a try. I don’t read too many urban fantasy/paranormal reads because I often have a hard time getting into their world in the beginning, maybe I just have to stick it out for more than the first book!

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