Sunday, November 28, 2010
By Devon Monk
Published by: Roc
Summary: (from Goodreads) Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it’s Allison Beckstrom’s job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic. And the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that some will do anything to control.
Dislikes: This book started really slow for me and I had a hard time getting into it. I can't really pinpoint what I didn't like it just seemed like a slow read. By about the halfway point it seemed to pick up and I read right through to the end.
Likes: I loved the world that the author built for this series. Very different from any of the other books I have read involving magic. I really liked the characters as well. Both Allie and Nola (even though she is not in it much) were very strong characters and you could relate to them well. I also enjoyed Zayvion and cannot wait to find out more about him.
Overall: I really enjoyed the second half of this book and cannot wait to read the next in the series. I liked how Monk resolved the main focus (problems) by the end of the book without leaving you hanging, but still managed to leave enough for you to want to continue with the series.