Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom #1)
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 pay...more
Allie knows all about magic's price. At least she would, if she could only remember. After all, her father and his wealthy corporation have their fingers in all the magic 'pies' in the world. And she was all set to follow in t...more
This one left me really, really wanting to continue reading Allie's story but it also gave me a sense of renewal and fresh start; like a whole new chapter of her story will open with the next book.
I really like the sweet...more
I had a hard time putting this one down. The story completely sucked me in from the very beginning. What a refreshingly, unique and interesting take on magic! I think the author did an excellent job of painting a vivid world for the reader.
I really like the MC personality. Allie is strong willed and sarcastic with a great sense of humor. I also enjoyed the parts from Cody's perspective. I hope he continues to have a large part in future books.
The bad guy was kind of…..Meh. I think that...more
I didn't like that it switched from A's 1st person pov to third person pov for Cody. It was a little jarring. But then I felt so bad for Cody I did like his scene. I just don't like how it goes from 1st to 3rd person.
This is set in Portland which I enjoy, since I live in Portland. However I have a higher opinion of Saint Johns than the author does.
Some of the phrasing is weird to me, like: "My mouth watered so hard I had to swallow." some...more
This is not a nice world, it feels dirty, and the...more
This was book #1 in the Allie Beckstrom series. As an urban fantasy novel, I thought it was good enough to keep me interested with its unique interprettation of magic. The mystery element was okay too. But that was about it.
Allie Beckstrom, was the heroine of the story. She was a magic user, and the only child of a business tycoon. However, she was estranged from her father and she went on to live a very separate life of her own (bordering on poverty). She took on the profession of "Hound...more
I give Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk 4/5 stars.
The novel, Magic to the Bone, really took me by surprise as well as this review. I had previous planned to write a review every two novels, seeing as how there are around eight books in the series. However, I found myself dying to talk about this novel.
Magic to the Bone:
Magic to the Bone takes place in a world that has been deteriorating from over excessive magic use for the past three decades....more
I'm also clearly getting older and crankier by the second, because I'm finding more and more often t...more
MAGIC TO THE BONE is set in an alternate Ame...more
That's the "five-star" part of the book, and if it's all you care about snap this one up.
Unfortunately, the book also has...more
Devon Monk is casting a spell on the fantasy world...
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, Al
It’s a unique setting: 21st century Earth, after the scientific discovery of magic. Magic can be collected like oil or electricity, and stored; when they use magic people don’t pull it from within, but from their surroundings, and every city now has cisterns of magic gathered from storms. And every use of magic has an effect on the user, which you can if you try mitigate by setting up a Disbursement. The effects on Allie...more
There is a great plot here, though. What's most masterful is the complex way in which this book leads to others. We leave the book with a sense of something cataclysmic gathering in the future of this series, but only hints and scattered pieces. It definitely makes me curious about where...more
Angry, she departs with the promise that she will make him pay. But the next day, after visiting her father, he was found dead in his office,...more
So there are two things to know about Allie Beckstrom: the first is that she's a Hound, someone who makes a living tracing magical residues back to their source. The second thing to know is that she's the only child of Daniel Beckstrom, a fabulously wealthy innovator and tycoon. You might think that her profession, Hounding, is the more important fact - but there are books in the series where she only Hounds once...more
Allie is a Hound, she traces magic back to it's caster. In this world, each time magic is cast someone must pay a price. The wealthy usually pass those ill effects onto a proxy, someone that willingly...more
But don't. Seriously. Devon Monk took a tired trope and ran with it - and it was awesome. Instead of finding out she was a magical fairy princess, so to speak, A...more
I'm writing an Urban Fantasy set in Portland.
So out came my Kindle and 42 seconds later I had Magic to the Bone.
It's a fun, fast read. Allie Beckstrom is a Hound, a person who uses magic to track down other magic users, like the person who almost kills a young boy in Johns Landing. She runs into Zayvion Jones, a clos...more
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I could handle dangerous. Dangerous and me went back a long way. We did lunch when dangerous was in town.”