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House Immortal

(House Immortal #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,290 ratings  ·  334 reviews
One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized....

Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments,
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Roc
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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So many strange things happened in the first several pages of this book that I made my husband stop constructing whatever diabolical thing he was working on in our basement, so I could have his undivided attention when I read those pages to him out loud.

First sentence:
"The way I saw it, a girl needed three things to start a day right: a hot cup of tea, a sturdy pair of boots, and for the feral beast to die the first time
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

This book was surprisingly original. I real a lot of books that revolve around the paranormal. Vampires, werewolves, shifters of every kind, wizards, you name it and I have probably read a book about it. Don't get me wrong, I still have a lot of books to read in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres but it is becoming quite rare to for me to stumble upon something that is completely different. This book was different and tha
Sh3lly (

I have a new favorite series!

I've never read anything by Devon Monk before. House Immortal is book one in a new series about a young woman named Matilda Case. So in this world, it's about 200 years in the future. The world is ruled by Houses. Blue controls water, Green is agriculture, Yellow is technology, Silver = vices, Gray is over people (services), Black is defense, Red is power (electricity, etc.), White is medical, Orange is minerals, and Brown is the lowest on the list. They are unaffil
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Also review for Addicted2Heroines.

For the first book in a series, this was ok.
I was chatting with some friends the other day about what Monster was going to get sexyfied next.
Vampires, werewolves, demons, fairies...they've all been done.
I was leaning toward Mummies, personally.
Lo and behold, the answer to our question was sitting on my kitchen table, just waiting to be discovered!
And see, making a Frankensteinish character hot, never even crossed my mind. Big forehead, bolts stick
*** 4.35 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks!

My 2016 luck with books continues!!! Another very unexpected, fun and very different book which totally got me hooked!!! I loved the concept, I loved the creativity, I loved this futuristic unusual world! But even more than that, I LOVED the modern interpretation of Frankenstein and his bride (add some relatives of theirs and you have the GALVANIZED!!!).

I don't even know how to explain what this book is about.... It is here, in the US, but about
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

Even though the writing style wasn't exactly my cup of tea, I found House Immortal to be very weirdly fascinating. The characters are interesting and developed well and the plot just thickens and thickens as the story goes on. Matilda was a great character and it's easy to find yourself rooting for her and her friends. The story itself has a lot of potential, if I can assume by those last 30% of the book which were very action-packed, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I'm just not sure why more of my friends aren't fangirling over anything Devon Monk puts out... c'mon, folks! Not only is she in my Big Four, but she's never, not once, let me down with a book. I can't even say that for Ilona Andrews (shakes fist Magic Breaks!).

The story is like nothing I've ever read before, and actually, that's the common thread for all of Monk's books: they're all so unique and original. On top of that very exciting reality is the fact that Devon Monk's world building is am
Pamela / SpazP
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Devon Monk knows how to write ensemble casts, and kickass strong chick first person POV. Already an Allie Beckstrom series fan, I bought this without reading the blurb. I knew whatever she wrote, I'd like it - and I was totally not disappointed. The entire concept surrounding this new series is unique, and I found myself immediately sucked in. I was up most of the night because I needed to keep reading, and now I have a book hangover. Thank goodness the next book is out in roughly 6 months or I ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Frankenstein insta-love that turns into some Hunger Games like gathering at the end?!

Not bad for a first and I LOVE Devon Monks Allie Beckstrom series so I'll try the next one. But stitched together people is just a little past my creep allowance.
Jen Davis
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can safely say that I have never read from a world quite like this one. I became a fan of Devon Monk with her Allie Beckstrom books, and I had no idea what I was getting into here. This series bears absolutely no resemblance to that one, except that they are both unique, engaging, and generally awesome.

You can tell from the first chapter that this book is filled with the unexpected, from its Frankenstein-like heroine, to her two headed farmhand, to her menagerie of strange and deadly animals.
This book caught me completely off guard. I was struggling to find a book that would hold my interest, randomly scrolling through my Kindle looking for something to read and found myself landing on House Immortal. I had never read a book by Devon Monk though I have bought more than one. In the description for this book it says, "... a girl pieced together from bits..." ~ sounded pretty interesting, so I started reading. I couldn't have been more than a handful of pages into it when I met Neds. " ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Original and intriguing, HOUSE IMMORTAL falls closer to the science-fiction spectrum of books than urban fantasy. However, with the kickass heroine, powerful, near immortal beings, fun sidekicks, and original world, HOUSE IMMORTAL will definitely appeal to the standard urban fantasy reader.

The world of HOUSE IMMORTAL is complex and fascinating. Though lacking magic or vampires, there’s still plenty of oddness to be found here – like a scarf that stops
Mike (the Paladin)
Look, you'll note I didn't finish this book, nor did I rate it. I don't think I'll ever be a Devon Monk fan. The book opens with an interesting premise I suppose but somehow the voice of the writer just loses me.

First we get very involved in what struck me as slightly silly parts of the story (the two headed friend who's heads always disagree as their personalities are so different) and the other seemingly pointless stitched life forms. I mean why stitch the "lizard" (read dragon) that has to ha
4.5 stars!

House Immortal is the first book of a new urban fantasy trilogy with the same name from Devon Monk. Set in the near future, it combined the urban fantasy element (urban location, a little magic) with a dip of science fiction. The new modern world is ruled by twelve powerful Houses — each House rules one element, such as water, mineral, agriculture, technology, even people, vice, and defense. There is a thirteenth house, House Brown, which is made up of people living off the grid. The
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, scifi
I finished this book a few days ago and I honestly don't know how to review it. This series is so unique and it has a plot so crazy that it's hard to review. I tried explaining this series to my husband and I failed miserably. It's that different. So, I'm going to try my best.

The plot centers around a group of people that are galvanized. They are stitched together people (from body parts of other people) and they have super human strength. Their heads can be chopped off and they'd still live. T
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
6 stars for awesomeness and originality!

Wow, and I mean wow. It has been an absolute blast. This book was sweet, tough, funny, original, brilliant and a-fucking-mazing! It's not the first book I've read from Devon Monk, and I must admit at the beginning I wasn't the biggest fan of Allie Beckstrom, but after reading thins I think I might backtrack and give it another go. Perhaps I see something with new eyes.

This is a fantastic UF with creative individuals like the MC Melita, a 'stitch'. An imm
3.75 stars - would have been a solid 4+stars if it hadn't been for the ending

Well this was cool - and different - and fun! The world is brilliant, so it's a shame that the ending let it down. I think probably the last 20%-ish felt a bit rushed and left me feeling dissatisfied. There was no real ending or resolution to..well...anything?! I know it's Book #1 in the series, but I would have liked a bit more explanation around certain points and all the action crammed into the final 10% or so felt a
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Devon Monk brings us a unique new series with intriguing characters, a power hungry villain, and an original, well built world.

Matilda (aka Tilly), is a pretty awesome heroine. She knows her way around protecting herself, and has no problem telling people what she thinks. I liked that she accepts herself. She was born a normal human but circumstances have changed her into something that shouldn't be possible. When she is discovered, she of course protects herself and is apprehensive about those
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
With a section on her website dedicated to her knitting, it was inevitable that Devon Monk would write a series where craftwork is integral.

In 1910, an experiment killed most people in the region. Thirteen people survived - they are "galvanized", seemingly immortal. They fell into comas, awakening later.

Matilda Case has been stitched together with "life thread", and her grandmother is mostly seen knitting a lengthy scarf from "pocket sheep's" wool with nano-whatever in it. Yes, this is confusing
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Devon Monk does it again.

Her Allie Beckstrom series left a bad taste in my mouth with the whole history between Zayvion and Chase, and how he still loved her and always would. But I still decided to read this series hoping that this would be different.

It wasn't.

I knew, I knew near the beginning that Abraham's ex would be one of the galvanized. I was practically rolling my eyes at the predictability of the plot when it turned out to be January, the perfect, model-like galvanized. Matilda was left
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Why aren't more people reading this? It was awesome! Right from the start I didn't want to put it down. It was so refreshing to read a book with truly original world building. The world is ruled by houses. Each one controls something different like medical, technology, etc. All people are supposed to be aligned with a house.

Matilda wasn't aligned with any house. She was hiding from the houses because she wasn't human. She was stitched together, which made her one of the galvanized. There are on
Vanessa *the Pixie Princess*
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never read anything by Devon Monk before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was good! I loved the characters and the world building. There was so much to this story, but it never felt long or slow. It was exciting and interesting! I'll be reading book 2!
Really caught off guard with this one. I've tried Devon Monk before and felt kind bleh about the book I read. And I'm also not a huge Frankenstein fan. But this was soooo much more than I expected. Really engaging story. And I've never read anything quite like it- it's refreshingly different. It took me quite a few chapters to finally get what was going on due to the way the author lets the story unfold. But I found myself very on the edge of my seat the entire book. The MC is strong, smart, and ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
It’s all about the soil. Out here in the scratch, we still have devilry in our dirt. Makes stitched things stay stitched.” (p. 5)

House Immortal is the start of a new, futuristic series by Devon Monk. It played with the concept of Frankenstein; in this world there are twelve (and now thirteen) immortal men and women who have been stitched together. In order to save the innocent from slaughter, these twelve sold themselves into service, they are no longer considered human, but property of the hig
Hailee (haibooklovers)
I quite liked this! The world was certainly interesting, if a bit confusing. I thought Matilda was a great character, full of sass and recklessness. My favorite kind.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

House Immortal is the first in a brand new series by Devon Monk! And it certainly has an interesting twist to it! Set in a futuristic setting in 2210, we are introduced to a new society with new social rules and governing laws dictated by the twelve ruling houses. And what's the interesting twist you ask? Why there are "Frankenstein" esque beings walking about, twelve in fact, b
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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My English review

This is a brand new series by Devon Monk and it’s true that I could not wait to be able to discover it. I must say that I had a great time with the Allie Beckstrom series and I was curious to see something different, even if it is true that I was also anxious not to appreciate it as much. What a mistake! This novel was a wonderful discovery, full of ideas!

First, I’ll tell you a bit of the world. Several Houses reign supreme on this place while sharing th
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Argh!! Cliffhanger! Super major cliffhanger!! It’s not quite ending in the middle of a sentence, but definitely in the middle of an action scene. Don’t even bother picking this book up until the next one comes out in March. Yeah, it’s that kind of cliffhanger.

So, do you like Frankenstein’s Monster? You do? Good, because the hero and heroine in this series are stitched together pieces of human flesh.

Still here? Ok. You asked for it.

Monk has created a very original world here. She does a fantastic
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book with absolutely no expectations and are so happy how wonderful it was. This is one of those books. Two of my wonderful bookie friends had read this book and their awesome reviews meant I had to read it. Well it gave me the impetus to pick it up. So glad that I did.

Matilda Case was everything a heroine should be in urban fantasy / sci fi. She can kick ass. Knows how to kill things and due to some alterations that have been made to her, she is about to become a target for
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Devon Monk is a national best selling writer of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic and Shame and Terric. She also writes the Age of Steam steampunk series, and the occasional short story which can be found in her collection: A Cup of Normal, and in various anthologies. She has one husband, two sons, and lives in Oregon. When not writing, ...more

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