Monday, March 11, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - MAGIC FOR A PRICE by DEVON MONK - ALLIE BECKSTROM # 9 - ROC - 4.25 STARS!

By: Devon Monk
Published By : ROC
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from Library, 358 Pages

RATING: 4.25 SHAMUS FLYNN STARS!!

Blurb: Goodreads

Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic, but she’s never faced anything like this.

Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father may have left the only cure in the hands of a madman. Hunted by the Authority–the secret council that enforces magic’s laws–wanted by the police, and unable to use magic, she’s got to find the cure before the sickness spreads beyond any power to stop it.

But when a Death magic user seeks to destroy the only antidote, Allie and her fellow renegades must stand and fight to defend the innocent and save all magic…

Series finale.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle: 

Leander and Isabelle want to rule magic. All magic. Light and dark, all disciplines, he said. They want to live the lie they were cheated out of, here in the living world, together. If they have control of all the magic in the world, they will change it , bend it to their desires, their vision of what magic should be. And then they will find a way to be immortal.

Armed with her dead dad still possessing her, Allie, Zay, Shame,  Terric and Stone, plus some more sidekicks, must save Portland, which is equating to saving the world from The Overseer who just happens to be possessed by Leander and Isabelle.


Seriously people, I know that was a long sentence, just breathe through it, or hold your breath until the end, one of the two.

The gang is back and they are busy.

Shame is still my dialogue hero with his smart comments. I so love the lad.

This is the finale people. No more story to tell. Devon had to wrap this up so she does it by juggling a mass of characters, good and evil, in the endeavour to stop magic landing in the hands of THE OVERSEER. 

I kind of like saying that in my head like I am using a microphone and a deep voice.

Seattle is heading towards Portland with an army of magic users bent on stopping our gang who are out to shut down the four wells and bring down THE OVERSEER.

Our gang is not going to let a little o'l army stand in their way.

The hounds with Davy in charge are all in. Many hands make for stopping an army from getting to our gang and capturing or killing them.

Collins, do we trust him? What have we got to lose?

Dear ol' dad. Do we trust him inside Allie’s head? What have we got to lose?

A lot.

There is no time for romance and smexi times. * whispers* It would have been nice one smexi moment to go out on a bang. But Devon had her characters with their hands full. Sadly no Zay smexi times, although we got some nice declarations of love for eternity.

Shame is my babe. He kind of overtook Zay the minute he entered the storyline in this series. He is just so damn likeable and funny.

Will we ever know Shame’s sexual orientation?

Who cares?

I would have liked Terric to get a HEA, being Soul Complements, but nothing to be found from the finale.

It was a good finale. Violet and Kevin come to the inevitable. If they didn’t I was going to write their inevitable as, well, it was inevitable. I would have loved it to have been written into the storyline in the series earlier. There is just something about Kevin. He was holding out on us.

Good wins over evil, always a sound ending when that happens. Stone gets to continue playing with his blocks and clacking about the place. I think Stone needs a HEA. Just saying J

The action was fired up. The Veiled were hungry. Shame got a little too enthusiastic empowering his dark side. Terric pulled some smexi mojo and nearly had Allie throwing her panties at his head Tom Jones style.

Portland, although a little worse for wear, came out trumps and I had a good time.

I still want a Shame spinoff. Just love the guy, but that is me thinking out loud. 

It was a great ride this series. Magic being thrown about and causing trouble in every installment. The characters and sub characters were hugely entertaining, but alas, it is the end of the road. 

It is fitting I give my fave Shamus quotes from the finale as a send off. 

Dude you did make me laugh in this series :)


FAVE SHAME QUOTES:


“About time you got here,” Shame said as soon as I crossed the threshold. “I was getting tired waiting for the world to end.”



“Done getting your beauty sleep?” he asked.

“I wasn’t sleeping. I was talking to Nola,”I said. “And if I remember right, we were waiting for you to wake up.”

“Behold my awakeness,” he said, spreading his long, thin fingers. “Let’s party.”




“It’s magic ,” I said, managing not to add “of course” to it. “Terric looks like he’s made out of sunlight and sex, and Shame looks like the dead.” “The sexy dead?” Shame asked. 



“Look at Shame,” I said.

Zay pivoted so he could see Shame through the spell.

Shame made a kissy face.





“Tantrum much?” Shame asked, coming up beside me, but watching Zayvion. “What did you do to make him so angry?”

“Like I’m the only one screwing up today?”

Shame stiffened just slightly , but didn’t go away.

Damn it.

“Blunt,” he said, as if sampling wine. “Sharp. Also true. I know my sins, love. What I want to know is why you’re suddenly afraid of yours.”





Shamus Flynn strode down the street, smoking the ash off a cigarette, and throwing the butt to the side as he exhaled.

I could practically feel Terric’s smile.

“Decide to join us?” Terric asked, handing Shame a spare ax from his belt.

Shame met his gaze with a wry grin. “Wouldn’t miss this for the fucking world, mate.”





“Did we do this?”

“Redecorate Portland in apocalypse chic?”Shame asked. “Pretty much. That’s why wars between magic users are a no-no.” 





Michelle



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