Monday, July 26, 2010

Book of the Week (5)

Book of the Week
This is a weekly thing I'm doing in order to show more love to a book I think deserves a little more attention.

Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
published by ROC Fantasy
$6.99 (paperback)
Genre: adult paranormal
368 pages

What it's about:
Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user--maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they offload the cost onto an innocent. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster--and Allison Beckstrom's the best there is.

Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune--and the many strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magical offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now, Allie's out for the truth--and the forces she finds herself calling on will overturn everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine...and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.

I love Devon Monk's books. For starters, me and Devon live in the same city and she bases the books in Portland which is only a short 40 minutes away. That's always exciting for me. Her writing style is easy to follow and she gives great discriptions of everything so it's very easy to see and picture. Plus being an Oregonian herself, she gets the settings and understands the people (no one in oregon wears raincoats. Something a lot of people get wrong).


  1. That's funny! I've lived here (in Oregon) for 15 years and haven't noticed how people don't wear raincoats! Then again, every once in a while you do see a few emerge. All-day marching band competitions (in the rain) tend to do that.

    This series has been on my radar for a while now, but I'm still working through my current pile. SO MANY BOOKS!

  2. Yeah Oregonians really do like sweatshirts better than raincoats. The only time I ever really see raincoats is on really old people or people from out of state. haha. Nothing says spot the non oregonian more than those plastic rain pancho thingies people sometimes wear.


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