Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom #1) by Devon Monk

3 stars for Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom book 1) by Devon Monk.

Once bitten, twice shy. But I am glad that I did not shy away from this book after the first try 5 years ago. Lately, I decide to revisit this author's book and finally manage to complete this urban fantasy novel.

Magic to the Bone is smooth flowing with a likeable female lead character, who is in no way perfect and, like anyone else, is subject to making mistakes.

In my opinion, the mistakes originate from Allie running around fruitlessly and always ending up in mama's house. These happened more than a handful of times that I have lost count. It is indeed distressing and a pain to see Allie tossing herself around unproductively.

All in all, I am glad to have finished reading this book. There is potential for betterment in the later books in this series.

Publisher: Roc
Publication date: 4 Nov 2008


Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it’s Allison Beckstrom’s job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it.

But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic. And the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that some will do anything to control…

*Blurb from author's website*

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