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.
I enjoy the magical universe that Devon Monk has set up. She's a clever writer and, while each book answers most of the questions posed, she leaves hi..Show More »nts to tantalize the reader to continue reading the lengthy series. The pacing of revelations is good. My problem is with the main character. One of the given parameters is that magic uses the user and there is a physical price to pay for casting spells. Allie (yes, she's coping with memory loss caused by magic) still can't seem to remember to disperse magic when she uses it. She also seems to be too stupid to realize she needs to eat more than coffee and donuts. And doesn't seem to be able to come in out of the rain all the time, either. The narrator has a nice voice but as the tension ramps up, she becomes very whiny sounding rather than the tired/dogged voice I would expect from someone trying to save the world.
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!