Re: NARRATION: I'm currently re-reading this series (again) and decided to try the audio book this time. I enjoyed it so much that I n..Show More »ow own the entire series in both ebook format and audio format. I was impressed by the narrator, Emily Durante, who does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life & giving each character his/her own voice.
AS TO THE STORY: Devon Monk's Magic/Allie Beckstrom series is one of a handful of series that I HIGHLY recommend to friends & fans of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. In it, the author introduces us to an interesting and well-crafted world in which magic is a reality, but comes with a price. Not only do I find Monk's take on Magic and the world she has created to be both unique and interesting; but I also greatly appreciate the fact that our introduction into this world is fairly seemless. I was never confused &/or overwhelmed by too much techno-speak or conceptualization, as can sometimes be the case in fantasy books with respect to world-building.
This book/series might be a bit more UF than PR, but there is a quickly formed romance (w/ complications) for you paranormal romance fans, plenty of magic (most of it out of the bedroom... though some quite literally in it, a fair amount of mystery/ detective work, and some interesting, multi-faceted characters. *(Some of my favorite characters aren't introduced for a few more books.)
IN SUMMARY: MAGIC TO THE BONE ---- some romance, a lot of urban fantasy and some crime & intrigue --- It's a good start to a great series. If you enjoy the first book even a little, keep reading... the rest of the books are even more compelling.
Allie is totally clueless to the point where she's dumb! There are a lot of things going on around her and even with her memory loss she can't figure..Show More » out she's in danger. Plus she has an attitude because other characters realize she's not safe although she doesn't. I like strong female characters, even if the action is improbable. Allie isn't one of them. I can't recommend this to anyone who is looking for a strong urban fantasy femal character.
I am quickly becoming a fan of Devon and her characters. Her first book was good and showed promise. This book is starting to show that she knows how ..Show More »to build her world slowly and populate it with interesting characters that fulfill that promise.
Allie's absolutely frustrating hair pulling wanted to make me walk into oncoming.traffic growing annoying obsession with Xavien has become almost too ..Show More »much. This series was to die for. I've been obsessed literally buying one after another not being able to listen to anything else. Even putting up with Miss Mary Mack ..... omg .... But this ... Goodness, a woman that survived on the streets in a mostly make dominated profession and more than held her own, stood up to, and continues to stand up to the tyrant that is her father ... Now dead, super daddy issues and all, etc etc, but yet lets herself be reduced to a pile of mush for some lip action since the rest ... readers know ... isn't all great with her past issues .... really?!?! What woman does that and continues to struggle on? That's such a conflicting personality type or types. Why! !!! I might just cry. I'm praying the next novel kills Xavien off and sets her free or he cheats on her with a redhead!
In Monk???s Magic series, this book ranks well for me. The story twists and turns in interesting ways. Some I thought were predictable but I like seei..Show More »ng where an author is going before she goes there. The moment Allie goes totally against her nature as portrayed in the previous 6 books I cheered, ???Finally!??? Monk???s character development is slow but steady. Some series authors think they have to stay true to their characters and don???t??? let them grow. Though this is a fantasy setting, I find it more human than other series I???ve read.
I had completely given up on the series since Monk's publisher didn't release audio for so long! So worth the wait and the two final books gave me a r..Show More »eason to re-listen to the series start to finish.
Hopefully, the two books about Shame and Terric make it to Audible one of these days!