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Magic in the Blood

(Allie Beckstrom #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,316 ratings  ·  336 reviews

In the second book in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series, when the police’s magical enforcement division asks Allie to consult on a missing persons case, she finds herself drawn into an underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic.

Working as a Hound—tracing illegal spells back to their casters—has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given h

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Ace
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good! Even better than the first one. I'm enjoying Allie. Bekstrom as a character- she is feisty but also vulnerable. She doesn't know everything and she gets things wrong. This book set up a lot of partial information that I am dying to find out more about. After the Insta lust of the first book, I liked the slow burn on Zayvion and Allie's re-do on the relationship front. A lot of questions still about dark and blood magic and about what exactly is going on with her dad. The magic of th ...more
Jen Davis
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
OK. I’m in. This second book in the Allie Beckstrom series has solidified my investment in these stories, and I know I am definitely going to keep reading. If you haven’t read book one, you need to start there, and be warned, there are spoilers for that book ahead.

We begin with the premise from that surprising revelation at the end of Magic To the Bone: Allie remembers nothing from the events of that book. I suppose that could be annoying to some readers, but for me, I feel like that device give
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
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Beanbag Love
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
4.5 Stars... In this second installment to the series, the readers are given a deeper look into the world of magic, it's consequences, and the impact on life and death... Allie learns to navigate the dangerous waters of dark magic or blood magic while combatting her personal demons, ghostly apparitions, and dangerous criminals... Devon Monk creates a unique and fascinating world for these complex characters to navigate and thrive; I truly enjoyed this read from start to finish; looking forward t ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
hmmm, still really like the magic system in this. Felt less complete than book 1. Guess with 7 more books to go you can't let the story develop too far. Still will probably continue on to the next book. ...more
2.5 stars
my review is on my blog
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Carolyn F.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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. ...more
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Local Oregon author whose series is set in a slightly altered version of Portland. I enjoyed this book and the main character Allie is one tough cookie. I'm excited to see where the author takes her. Can't wait for the next book in November! ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, urban-fantasy
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!!! :) ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 16, 2014 marked it as dnf
I read book 1 over 5 years ago and thought it was only ok. So this book has been sitting there for years. I gave it a go, but could not push through
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Similar to the first, only even more delightful, this series has thoroughly hooked me.
3.5 stars . After a struggling start, the storyline is gaining momentum.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Got to admit these books are growing on me. Devon Monk had created a world that is extremely interesting. For me, there is not much good in Allie's world, at all. It is infested with horrible people, death magic, blood magic and just really insane things Besides Allie's life, I haven't come across much that I find worth saving, which interests me.

Magic In the Blood, starts a few weeks after the events in Magic to the Bone. Allie is healing and still trying to piece together the events that forc
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Allie Beckstrom (9 books)
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  • Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, #3)
  • Magic on the Storm (Allie Beckstrom, #4)
  • Magic at the Gate (Allie Beckstrom, #5)
  • Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom, #6)
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