For the month of April, my book club had picked the Magic to the Bone series by Devon Monk. I only managed to read one book out of the whole series due to my hectic travel. It was an interesting read, to say the least!
Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune – and the strings that come with it. All magic use has costs — hers include migraines and memory loss. She finds a boy dying from a magic Offload with her father’s signature, then her father is murdered. Allie’s search for the truth calls on her country friend and the handsome man originally assigned as her bodyguard. Someone is forging magic signatures — and hers is on her dead father.
This book was very hit and miss for me. I loved the concept, Monk is very descriptive her world building is impressive. I could easily imagine a world where magic has horrible consequences when used badly and that people are trying to abuse their position of power. I like the MC Allie, she just seemed like your typical woman running away from family problems. Her moral compass was heartwarming, even when she acted like a cow for refusing help (made me laugh out loud a few times). I can see where the book was going, a woman coming into her own in a world that is about to be turned upside down.
What I did struggle with was some characters lack of backstory, the chemistry between Allie and Zayvion being slightly erratic. I mean maybe I have read too many romance novels but I had to read their love scene twice just make sure they did actually sleep together. Lastly, I felt the book’s pace was quite slow due to the world building, but maybe the next book’s pace will be faster.
Overall a good read. However, I am not sure I will continue the series, maybe when I have some downtime and what to pick up on series I dropped. Who knows.