Review: Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk

magic in the bloodReviewed by Jen

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 gives us some real insight. This is primarily in how the characters react to information we know that Allie doesn’t.  And it shows us a lot about Allie’s instincts and how she reacts when she has a blank slate to people and events we have seen before.

My big draw continues to be the series love interest, Zayvion. I think his carefulness with Allie speaks volumes about how he feels for her, even though he is clearly a man of secrets.  He cares about her. He wants her. And even if she doesn’t remember why, her physical and emotional responses to him are real. I wanted more of them in this book. I want more of them now.

As I mentioned in the last review, this world is dark. It actually gets even darker this go around.  As Allie works to help police solve a case of some missing girls, an old enemy has resurfaced, threatening her life. And if that wasn’t bad enough, her father’s ghost is reaching out from the grave. I kept thinking that her dad couldn’t possibly be as bad as Allie thought, but wow, I was very wrong there.  Add to that, attacks from spirits, the misery from the price of magic, a creepy neighbor, and cold rain that seems to keep Allie soaked and miserable, and you scratch the surface of what our heroine has to endure over the course of the book. Plus, of course, those pesky bouts of amnesia. She has no idea who she can trust, including herself.  And as readers, who don’t know much more than she does; only the truths we learned in book 1.

There are times I feel like the book lingers on Allie’s physical discomforts, but I guess it would be easy to forget that she is in constant pain otherwise. I also kind of wish we could see her catch just a little bit of a break. I am a little weary just reading about the unceasing barrage of misery. (Plus, I don’t trust that stepmother.) Once again, though, I ended this book raring to pick up the next one.  Devon Monk leaves us with a doozy of a gamechanger for Allie once again. And I, for one, am not ready to get off this ride.

Now, if Allie will only get herself a raincoat…

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

Magic in the Blood
by Devon Monk
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Roc

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