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Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom #2)

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Working as a Hound?tracing illegal spells back to their casters?has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn?t about to quit. Then the police's magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Roc (first published May 1st 2009)
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The Flooze
A freaky ending, an interesting magic system, and mysterious societies lurking on the fringe have convinced me to read the third book. But, I have my reservations.

It's hard to pin down how I feel about Ms. Beckstrom. I don't dislike her, but I'm not particularly attached to her either. Combine that with paragraph after paragraph of tedious detail and this isn't a series I'm excited about. I can't tell you how tired I am of reading the same phrasing to describe Allie's magic - I got it the first
Beanbag Love
Another good one. I have to stop myself after this one or I'll devour the whole series in one go and that would be bad.

In the world of this series magic has been discovered and harnessed and is sold like a utility. Anyone can use it if they've got the means to buy it or they only use it for tiny things. It also demands a secondary price for itself, giving the user a fever, headache, pain, even blackouts in the aftermath of its use.

It's an interesting world. Set in Portland, Oregon, Devon Monk's
Julie (jjmachshev)
Magic with a twist. Devon Monk's second 'Allie Beckstrom' book, "Magic In the Blood" is just as good as the first. This world is filled with magic available for those who can use it...provided they're willing to pay the price. That price is pain. Small magics? Maybe a headache, fever, or a light rash and a few old memories. Big magic? Bad flu and broken bones and gaps in the memory. Blood magic? Death.

Allie's mostly recovered from the coma caused by her use of alot of magic to save a guy she su
I complain sometimes about urban fantasy heroines who keep racking up more and more improbable powers over the course of a series, eventually becoming such spectacular demigoddesses that it would take a small army to give them so much as a black eye.

That's one problem Allie Beckstrom doesn't have. I'm beginning to think Allie needs more powers to deal with everything Devon Monk is throwing at her. Monk is great — maybe a little too great — at describing the agony of trekking all over Portland in
You know how frustrating it is when you know that you know something but you just can't remember it? Someone's name or the name of a place or something that happened? I say it comes from getting older but for Allie Beckstrom it comes from using too much magic.

There is always a price to be paid for using magic. Rule No. 1. Allie can offer to swap a fever for using magic, or a head cold, but there is always some price. In this book, Allie discovers she is even more magical than she previously thou

3.5 stars.
Ummm... I still really enjoyed the series so far. The writer does a great job getting to know Allie. I just wish she wasn't always so beat up all the time. she gets her ass kicked more than Rachel Morgan.. (and that's a lot) But at least she's not a baby about it and can handle the pain. Zayvion Jones is still a mystery to me. Why was this secret Authority soooo secret anyway? Why couldn't he just tell her before? And now that she knows, will he be honest with her about it
Ahnah Jenkins
Excellent and exciting installment in the Allie Beckstrom series. I did not even think of taking the series in the direction that Mrs. Monk has seen in her brilliant imagination with Allie's father. No spoilers in this review though!!! :)
Loved it! As with the first book, Allie has immediate presence and energy. The story is vibrant and alive. The take on magic and it's consequences is original and supports an interesting story. Zay is hot, if overly mysterious. I like the build of Allie's relationship with Violet and look forward to seeing how that plays out. It's just a good read, all urban fantasy fans should pick it up.
Brigid (is a massive coffee addict)
Magic in the Blood is a great continuation of the Allie Beckstrom series. I really enjoyed Allie's sarcastic sense of humor. Zayvion is one of the sweetest male lead's I've read in a long time. I REALLY get sick of the asshole hero after a while. I mean, alpha does not have to be synonymous with jerk. Serioulsy, authors (*sigh*) Monk shows how much Zayv cares for Allie through the little things, like when he leaves a rose on her breakfast table. Her descriptions of the emotion in his eyes, or th ...more
I am loving Allie Beckstrom. She has such a wit about her and a sharp sense of humor. She’s all sarcasm. And in “Magic in the Blood”, the second installment in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series, you really get to witness these qualities that I personally love in a kick ass lead heroine.

That’s the perfect description for Allie. Even though she isn’t a gun wielding, knife throwing, kick boxing chick, she is totally kick ass. She’s got magic after all! She’s a Hound. Someone whose job is to track
Carolyn F.
First thing, has Allie ever heard of a rain coat. I have a very nice lined Anne Klein black rain jacket with a removable hood. Although Sacramento gets half the rain of Portland, I use it instead of wool hats, wool jackets, no umbrellas. Does she want to suffer? So many times when she's soaked I think, why in the hell would you not have a thick rain jacket? Ridiculous!

In the last book Allie had forgotten a big chunk of time because she used too much magic and it included falling in love with Zay
I kind of liked this one better than the first book of the series, but I'll admit that the main factor was that it featured a lot less paranormal-romance kind of scenes.

The book was moderately exciting, sometimes it even got interesting, but overall it's not worth more than 3 stars. Again there was a lot of stupidity in the book: Allie is still dumb and naive (not to mention how ignorant she is), and other characters also make decisions that make no sense whatsoever (not rationally and not emoti
Seems like ever since the debut of Harry Dresdan, we have been inundated with stories about people who see the things in the world around us the rest of us don't see. Not so nice things. Things that are downright scary. Things that populate what we assumed to be just our collective mythologies.
Magic in the Blood is a book that doesn't break much new ground. Allie Beckstrom is just such a person who sees magic and can use magic in a world much like our own. A world like our own? Well, not reall
Allie Beckstrom, bad-ass Hound in Portland, Oregon, is back! She might not remember her last adventure but she's definitely living with the consequences. Something in her remembers Zayvion Jones but can she trust the thought that they were more than just friends? He's a hard man to read but Allie might have to trust him and his advice about some powerful people who police the use of magic. People her father was involved with.

But there isn't time to dwell on her missing memories because the polic
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
This was a pretty decent follow up to the first book and went some way to improving on the characterization that I felt was lacking in book one, Magic to the Bone.

Having the main character, Allie Beckstom, have her memories reset back to her back to her 25th birthday, which was the opening scene of book one, was both a blessing and a curse for us as a reader. A blessing because it gave us a chance to get to know the love interest, Zayvion Jones' character a little more, and for them to try and b
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
For me, this book was frustrating to review and read, especially the first third of this book. Allison, is still suffering the effects of losing 3 weeks of her memories from the events in Magic to the Bone. That includes all memories of her so called love entanglement with the mysterious Zavyion Jones, who, like it or not, I don't trust. How can we? The story is told in the POV of Allison, and not the other characters in the book. I don't even trust her fathers newest wife #6 to have her best in ...more
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one thing i hate about this series is the indecision in this series it's annoying. the reader is annoying. it's like she's got a mouth full of marbles and it's distracting as all hell

yes she pulls it out but.. she's no one bad ass. she's also so foolish. even more so in this second book.

she doesn't listen to people.. she doesn't remember anything and it's so annoying ..

this chics a dumbass

always recapping always getting it wrong alway misplace rebellion. normally the rebellion works out.. someti
Second book in the Allie Beckstrom series.

This one has us following Allie on a Hounding job for the police while trying to figure out when she started to see ghosts. Add to that her still confused feelings about Zayvion, trying to dodge her father's ghost, getting tangled up in some bad blood magic and trying to keep the rest of her life organized... well this girl would have no luck if it weren't for the bad luck in her life.

Again, a good page turner for an urban fantasy. Allie takes her share
I think I have a new favorite series ... Magic in the Blood is captivating. The story happens not long after the first book, Magic to the Bone. Allie is asked for help by the Magical Enforcement Response Corps to help find missing girls. But that is not all what she is facing. She starts seeing her Dad's ghost and there are watercolor people who seem to eat on her magic. It is fast and tight paced from the beginning until the (cliff-hanger) ending. Allison "Allie" Beckstrom is a strong, if yet s ...more
This one was a bit rough. To be fair I'm reading this book, which is #2 of a 9 book series, out of order. I started reading the series for the Endeavour Award at book #3. And went back after reading 3 4 and 5 and read #1 - which was like a year or two ago.

In this one Allie doesn't know the people I think of as her friends, she's confused and broken in a quite a bit different way. And she's a bit of a whiner. There's a LOT of extra unnecessary detail. The pace is a whole lot slower than in the l
Had a lot of the same issues as I did with the first book. Aly takes stupid chances, knowing they're stupid, because she can. Great reasoning there.

Insta-love - I get to experience it again, because she forgot the first time. LOL

The magic still doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It's almost too complicated and seems like the author isn't sure how to describe it. And there doesn't seem to be any limits - regardless of what anyone says.

Still, I like it. Enough that I'll continue.

A bit more of my t
It started out as kind of a paranormal Perils of Pauline, with all kinds of magical mayhem attacking her, but it leveled out nicely after that. I like the Allie character, and all of the other characters stay true to form. Here's a quote from this book:

"It is amazing how it doesn't matter how much pain I'm in, I can always feel one more thing. I hit the ground hard, banged my elbow, my hip, scraped the side of my face. Managed not to hit my head, break my hold on the Reveal spell, or impale myse
I've prolonged this review too much. I can't remember most of it. I'm just saying I'm sorry if this would turn out to be a very crappy review. I just didn't have the time to do it.

I think this series has a great plot and my hunch was right. It will all come back to Allie's father. The frustrating thing about this book is that it lacks exposition, meaning action or just keeping the dice rolling. The author is not really giving us that much. She keeps throwing us more questions without really answ
I liked this book a little more than the first one, I think because I already knew about the main characters and the magic stuff. I like that they take place in Portland, and I think that the grayness and drizzle lend themselves well to the dark, gritty atmosphere of the story. But I wish that the author would be more descriptive about the town, rather than just referring to the "dark Portland skies" over and over. It kind of felt like she wanted her story to be set in Portland, but then didn't ...more
Lori Whitwam
I didn't like it quite as well as the first book, but am looking forward to #3. I wish her amnesia were not quite so complete in certain areas, or that the flashes that came back got to stay... and Zayvion was too absent in this one. That relationship was of high interest to me, and it took too long to get back to it.
I really really wanted to like this book. But for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I like the premise of the book. I like the characters but I had a hard time connecting with them. I just don't care all that much about what happens to them. The whole book just feels flat to me.
Shanshad Whelan
I just can't get into this second book. Just over 100 pages in and I think we've been introduced to nearly 20 new characters and at least 3 new organizations. The world building idea is great--but the actual story writing is getting way to unwieldy for me to continue.
Good continuation of Allie and the magical world surrounding her, but it was less original than the first book in the series. Not a copycat book by any means, but some of the things that occurred already felt "done before" from the previous book.

Allie is recruited for a Hounding job by Detective Stotts, an officer of a specialized police group called MERC. His group focuses on crimes involving magic and sometimes the magic used is dark, scary and dangerous. He hires Allie to track spells used t
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Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series. Her collection of short stories, A CUP OF NORMAL is a finalist for the Mythopoeic and Endeavour Awards. When not writing, ...more
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