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Subject: Devon Monk-- Like or dislike?
Date Posted: 11/14/2009 4:29 PM ET
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I just started Devon Monk's "Magic to the Bone" last night. I'm only 60 pages in and am not sure if I like it or dislike it. Usually when I've gotten to this point in a book, I have pretty strong feelings leaning toward one end of the spectrum.

If you've read this book, what did you like about it? (spoiler-free, please?) If you are a collector of paranormal fiction, did this book make your keeper shelf? If I'm uncertain what I think reading the first book, will the second book win me over completely?

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 5:40 PM ET
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i adored the first book in the series.  i liked the people and the relationships, but the system of magic is completely different than anything else i've ever read, which i thought was great.

the second book, i didn't like as much.  the focus wasn't so much related to the magic.

i just got the third book, so i'll find out soon which way this one goes.  so far, i've been keeping the series.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 5:49 PM ET
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Thanks for the feedback, Ellen. I'm about 90 pages into the book right now and it's not looking too good for the book. I'm not sure if I'm trying too hard to not get attached to it because it's a book I can use in a swap I'm doing for the holidays, or if it's really because I'm just indifferent to it.

I agree, the system of magic in this book is really unique to anything else I have read. I'm interested in the relationship between the main character and her father, and want to know more about the snake man. It's interesting how sections of this book move between first person and third person.

I'm trying to be frugal about which books I buy, and I did buy this one brand new. I'm always a little sad when putting new books into the system because almost always the books I get in return are pretty heavily read already and full of heavy creasing to the spine.

In a way, I hope I can fall hopelessly in love with this book and its world, but I have a feeling it's something I can't do.

More updates to come, I guess. :-)

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 6:03 PM ET
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I also liked the first book (it took me about 100 pages) and was not as thrilled with the second.  I am still on board for book 3 though.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 6:05 PM ET
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Thanks, Karen. I'm almost to that page number. :-) I guess I'll see if anything changes for me.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 7:30 PM ET
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I've got the first in the TBR and was curious about what others thought as well. What aren't you liking about it so far?

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 11:58 PM ET
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Just little things are annoying me. She overuses a lot of her exclamations, for example: "lovely" and "sweet hells". There is also another section where the narrator is saying how she is not a cat person, and then just a few paragraphs she re-states it. Another thing she says that I can't stand to read in a book like this is, "As I've said before". That really bugs me for some reason!

Her "relationship" with her object of affection seems to have come out of nowhere. She is suspicious of his angle, yet she is overly trusting of him at the same time. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for why she is attracted to him.

As far as the plot goes, I'm fairly interested. I got to page 133 and I'm about to settle in with my blanket and read further. I perked up around page 120 when some exciting things started to happen. Before that, I was just so-so.

I still think part of it is that I'm trying not to get too attached to it since I know it's a book on my swap buddy's list that she was interested in receiving. My rule is that I will always keep a book if I like it a lot and think I will re-read it. And especially if it's a book I've purchased brand new. Those I seem to have a harder time letting go of.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 12:15 AM ET
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I had a hard time getting into it at first too -- I have the second one on my TBR pile, so we will see how I like it.  I thought it was ok -- not on my favorite list,but worth finding the next and continuing to read the series.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:18 AM ET
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I couldn't really get into it, but it was a library book so I didn't push on. I'm not sure what I disliked about it. I'm going to try it again a little later since it sounds like it just takes a little bit more reading for it to get good:)

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:25 AM ET
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I'm now on page 172. If I've made it this far into a book, I'm 98% certain that I will finish it. It has gotten better, Leslie. :-) Maybe you were just in a funk when you had your library book. I hate being rushed and on a "time limit" with my books, which is why PBS is so great--no late fees! I think it's still too soon to tell if it's a keeper or not (instincts say not) but I think I'd still be interested in reading the other books at least one time.

What are some other authors you guys have had a hard time getting into?

Mine are: Adrian Phoenix (quit about 150 pages into "A Rush of Wings"), Karen Chance (still undecided how I feel about her books. I've read the first Cassie Palmer book and the first dhampir book), and LA Banks (read "Minion" and gave it away. Won't be reading the rest). I can't think of any others at the moment.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 8:40 AM ET
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I'm reading Phoenix's A Rush of Wings right now and I've already been forming my review in my head. I dont like how the author writes from like 6 different people's perspectives in this book. It's like it's a way to keep the character's from actually interacting with eachother if the reader can just read what's going on in the next guy's head a few pages later. So there's little dialogue and interaction between the characters of the book and lots of inner-dialogue with all the perspective changes. The storyline is intersting, the characters are interesting, but the actual writing is boring!

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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I read the first book it was okay but not great. It was difficult to really like any of the characters. I have the second book I am hoping the write has improved. If I don't like the second one that will be the end of that series for me.

Alice

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:50 PM ET
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Sarah--great point about "A Rush of Wings". That might have been part of the reason why I gave up on it.

Alice--glad to know I'm not the only one who doesn't really care about the characters. The only one I really like is Kitten (I'm a sucker for animals!) and Nola, but Nola doesn't seem like she's going to be a main character in the books. She'll kind of be like what Ronnie is to Anita in the Anita Blake series.


I am just about finished with the book; only 120-130 pages to go and I will make my decision. I think I am wanting to read the rest of the books but not own them. Unless something drastically changes my mind before the ending of the book, I'll probably be giving this book away and using it in my book swap. I think I would like to read at least 1 more book in the series and see if my feelings toward the characters change. Most likely I will get them from the library; I don't like to spend money on books I know I won't keep.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:08 PM ET
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I liked a Rush of Wings.  I can't get into LA Banks' Huntress books.  I also couldn't get into Jaqueline Frank's books at all.  I forced myself through the first 2, and then decided that they were too much of a chore and traded them all.

I second the read but not own for the Devon Monk books.  I read both, and am on board for book 3, but I had no pangs about trading. 



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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:36 PM ET
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I have Rush of Wings but haven't started reading it yet. Looks like the reviews aren't that great.  I was going to ask about LA Banks books... Glad I haven't requested any yet:)  Karen Chance I love. At first it took me a bit to get into the flow of it, but now I love how she writes. Quick, but you get a feeling of the characters. Mircea is starting to piss me off for some reason and I have a crush Pritkins, lol.



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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 7:11 PM ET
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I really liked Adrian Phoenix's book, and she is pretty cool person. I am in her yahoo group and she's great.

I couldn't get into Jacquelyn Frank (her writing, or her as a person :/ ), Christine Feehan, L.A. Banks for sure. I can't stand the way she writes.

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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 7:18 PM ET
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L.A. Banks for sure. I can't stand the way she writes.

I read a short story by L.A. Banks and I would have rather have had a root canal and birthed a baby than read her tripe.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 7:55 PM ET
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Well I finished A Rush of Wings and there was plenty of stuff I liked and plenty I disliked. Like  I already mentioned, too much inner dialogue and not enough dialogue between the characters. I liked how dark it was, the action and violence was good. I thought the characters (besides the villians) were interesting. I thought all the villians were just stupid. I liked Wallace (though I thought she was on a pretty long leash for being a special agent and all) and I still want to learn more about Dante. I'm keeping it until I read the second book then I'll decide if it's a series I want to keep up with.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 1:14 PM ET
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I bought Magic to the Bone a little while ago and tried to read it and did not get very far before I put it down. I have heard good things about this series so for now, I've just set it aside. If I don't get around to reading it in the next couple months, I'm just going to swap it. I hate not reading the books I buy but I finally decided there are too many books out there to keep stuff I just don't feel like reading or can't get into.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 1:23 PM ET
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I'm glad I finished since I felt it I owed it that much. I paid full price at B&N for it, so when I get around to posting it some lucky person is going to get an almost brand new book.

I think I just started another dud. SJ Day's series about the Mark of Cain sounded really good, but I had an "omigod you are $#!++ing me!" moment toward the beginning of the book. I've had a sour taste in my mouth ever since reading it, and I just can't like the main character for it. I would have written that scene a lot differently. (PM me if you have read this and are curious about what I mean.) The writing is ok, but nothing really special about it. I will try to finish the first book, but it's probably going to be swapped pretty soon here too.

Guess I will make someone in the WL thread very happy in the next few weeks!

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 9:58 PM ET
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I just got the Devon Monk books (all three) and am glad that I read this thread.  I'll probably really like them since most people seem pretty so-so about them.  lol

I don't like Christine Feehan, either. I'm also not really into Michelle Bardsley (but maybe it's because I'm not a mom) or Karen MacInerney (talk about overuse of trite phrases---gaaa!). Oh, and I know I'm risking being booted out of the paranormal clique, but I really don't like Charlaine Harris Sookie books or Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series, either. I know, I know, blasphemy!

Thanks for all the tips on other authors, everyone....