Magic To The Bone, Devon Monk – Book Review


Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy-tale, hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o, sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got. 

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 innocents. 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 strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now Allie’s out for the truth – and must call upon forces that will challenge 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.

Page 52 of 245 – Chapter 3

What. The. Fuck.

Okay, so the writing is fine, the book is fine – but they’ve just kissed.

I feel like I’ve missed something.

These two characters have just met and now . . . they’re kissing?! I want to include spoilers (although, are they really spoilers considering WE FIND OUT STRAIGHT AWAY?) so I’m going to keep it- ah, fuck it, you need to feel my confusion here.

So this is another one of those “I’m-branching-out-from-my-evil-tycoon-father-who-somehow-seems-to-have-cities-in-his-back-pocket-yet-still-wants-me-back” books. I’m not saying this is a bad thing – I definitely liked that “IBOFMETFWSSTHCIHBPYSWMB” element in Chicagoland Vampires (although, Chicagoland Vampires is definitely more polished and altogether . . . better than this book) and I think it’s definitely helping the character development of . . . urm, what’s her name? Ah, shit, I forgot. I don’t think it’s been mentioned all that much.

Anyways. She meets this random guy, who is very good looking and helpful, and they then go to see her lovely daddy. Great. At this point, we then find out this guy is working for her dad, they leave her dad’s den and then go for lunch. She then heads home and they end up kissing.

Well, isn’t that a great relationship? The build-up, the tension, the deep and meaningful connection . . .

Blew my mind. Anyways, back to the book . . .

Page 125

Yes! The heroine (Allie, I have now remembered) just admitted that it’s weird how much has happened in . . . two days.

Page 139

I gave up. I – I’m just done, okay?

The characters (*cough cough Zay-whatever-the-fuck-the-rest-of-his-name-is) don’t have depth – and you don’t randomly try to introduce some. We already know there’s something magical about Zay-? (That’s his name now. Zay-?) – something “more” than just the normal magic. You have made this much painfully obvious – to the point I want to bash the heroine over the head for not noticing it.

Or the author could just be making him Super-Man. Either way, poor form. Tut tut.

And the characters just had sex, I think? I mean, there was mention of stripping and shivers and then they rolled over and went to sleep. Which, I think, sums up their “relationship” – BORING AS FUCK. But – side note – why would you include a sex scene? The characters have . . . no chemistry. They have kissed twice. They met the morning before. And she is still half-convinced he’s going to kill her somewhere along the line.

It was such a bad idea that the author knew. Allie’s best friend forced them into seperate rooms and left a dog with them. (Although Zay-? is apparently a dog whisperer too, because he made short work of that pooch.)

Maybe the author was bored? I don’t-I don’t know. I always thought the whole “sex scene” thing was for the end – you know, the three book build up of story and romance and . . . gee, I don’t know, maybe some CHEMISTRY? Or, at least, a RELATIONSHIP of some kind. Even a friendship. Something.

This entire book has just left me feeling like

I’m not continuing, okay. So I’m just going to review what I’ve read so far.


I know you’re probably like “uh, come again?” with that rating, but hear me out. The writing is good; the idea is good and the story itself is . . . yeah, you could say it’s good. I definitely find myself wanting to stick it out at parts and there are even chunks that had me glued to the pages.

The problem is it’s slow – the author gives you enough to figure out what’s going on, (well, I mean, your common sense and the fact that the same things happen in all unoriginal paranormal books – “the guy that is more than he seems”, “the girl who defies all rules of the universe she’s set in and is just generally special” – gives you enough. Which disappointed me, because the idea seemed quite original) but the main characters don’t know it. And I’m not sure if we’re supposed to know, or if it’s just a knowledge of the genre that gives it away.

The world building is quite good – all the issues with magic and the repercussions I felt really added to the book.

In fact, I would’ve liked this book if it wasn’t for the . . . I can’t even bear to call it romance.

I feel like this describes it.

But, as I have recieved a bunch of other (really exciting looking) books, the fact this book was so easy to give up on has left me like this.


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