Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2009
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace; First Printing edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 045146267X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451462671
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.18 x 0.92 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Allie even thinks maybe she should get a "new career" when everyone keeps ending conversations with "Be careful". Ya think?? Instead she just keeps repeating the same impulsive mistakes. The worst scene had to be the Hound meeting where she does a snap judgment of everyone's addictions but has been earlier it was explained to us how wonderful Allie was to be a recovered addict. A bit more compassion of judgement would have made her more dimensional and engaging to the reader.
Maybe I wasn't reading close enough but I couldn't always follow the "logic" of the world-building either. Rules kept changing -- or at least new magic keeps showing up. Allie was presented from the very beginning as the very best of Hounds (recognizes magic and can trace it to the source) so that didn't make any sense. And to top off the whole thing, the main character having memory losses and the supporting characters keeping major secrets just doesn't work - there's simply not enough information given to the reader.
In relation to the volume of reading I do, I don't find many books I dislike this much. So maybe it in the end ... it was just the smell thing.
This has all the makings of a fantastic series: good background, interesting universe, lots of interesting characters. Except one glaring detail. I detest bumbling, incapable, overly-emotional protagonists that never learn, never grow, and somehow always come out on top. I would rather read a story about a protagonist that has an 'I win' button, than read a story where I'm constantly smacking myself in the forehead due to the main character being incredibly stupid.
I just can't do it!
This is a complex, magical world, where nothing comes easy and every time someone uses magic, there is some kind of payback - headache, fever, coma, memory loss. My biggest problem with the memory loss, is not that Allie doesn't remember, but it sometimes seems like a convenient way for the author to get Allie out of a jam.
I also enjoyed Allie's growing relationships with everyone - her love interest, her stepmother, the other magic hounds, and her learning about the Authority, and what she may be learning from them. I'm looking forward to seeing how this all plays out in the next book.
I love this author's books: she gives us great characters and alternate universes that are exciting (though I am glad that I can experience them vicariously since they are more dangerous than the world I inhabit). It is hard to put the books down; I am good at anticipating consequences but Ms. Monk turns my expectations upside down.
Thanks for the great reads.
Whether you're looking for great plot, unusual world-building, or just a rollicking urban fantasy, Magic in the Blood is a fun read.
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Our heroine is a human lie detector, we are told. Yet 3 important plot twists rely on the fact that people lie to her and she doesn't notice.
The writing speeds up and slows down. Endless descriptions of some things, glossing over others.
How can anyone go through that much pain, wet, cold, illness and misery and still be too dumb to set a Disbursement?
And the memory thing - very frustrating to me as a reader. Not only do we have pointless repeat info, I am also expected to remember what happened, what Allie has forgotten, what she has remembered and what she thinks has happened but is just cobbling together. It's a bit tiresome, really.
I see the series is still going strong, so maybe these things get resolved. Haven't yet decided if I will bother to find out...
I really loved the first book in this series and was really looking forward to this second installment. But I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It's not bad, by any stretch, and not even a let down exactly. It's got a good plot and doesn't ignore things from the previous book, but in many ways it felt more like a set up for the next book or two more than anything else. It is still a good read, but I wasn't as gripped by it as book one. I'd been warned that the ending was a bit of a cliff hanger, but I saw the ending coming from a chapter or two previous so it didn't have the impact I think was intended. It did leave me hanging, but not so badly that I needed to pick up the next book instantly. I did like this book, I just preferred book 1.
There are some great moments in this book and we get to see more of what Hounding work, and it's cost, is like. We get to know Allie a little better, and meet some very interesting new side characters as well, who I'm hoping we see more of in the next book. One of my favourite things about this series, is the cost of using magic. How it works and works the user. Nothing like that should come without a cost, and it has a huge cost in this series. Seeing the different ways people deal with that cost was intriguing. The build up to the end was good, and it got pretty tense, but I think there was more power in the ending of book one. Still a good read, but this isn't going to be my favourite of the series. Hoping for a little more from the next book.
This book is darker and bloodier than the previous one. It deals with ghosts, blood magic and death magic and Allie has a rough ride over the couple of days this book covers. I rattled through this and I'm now on book 3 of this series because I really want to know more about this world, the mysterious Zayvion Jones and what Allie will do next.