Apr 1, 2014

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Release Day Review: Stone Cold by Devon Monk (Broken Magic #2) plus giveaway

stonecold5 star

Urban Fantasy
April 1 2014
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages
Roc
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Shame Flynn

From Goodreads –
Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”—those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy—rogue magic user Eli Collins.

Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them—because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world…and magic itself.

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When I wrote my review for Magic for a Price, the last book in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series, I started my review by saying “Now THIS is how you write a final book in a series!”  And let me tell you, Stone Cold deserves the same acclamation.  It is the last book in this short series but it finished it off perfectly.

Stone Cold is non-stop so make sure you have time to sit and just read without interruptions when you are about to crack it open.  It is very difficult to put down and with the twists and turns you meet, you won’t want to.

Shame.  OMG Shame!  I thought the guy had it tough in the first book!  Shame is going through some pretty intense sh*t.  The worst of it is that there doesn’t seem to be a precedent for what is happening to him so he has no clue how to help himself, or Terric.  But where Shame is dealing with Death magic and all that that means, Terric is dealing with Life magic.  Now, you might think that’s not as bad as Death but it’s still pretty extreme.

Terric.  I love him!  Shame, I loved him the moment I met him in the Allie books.  Terric had to grow on me a bit but now I adore him.  He is the perfect friend to Shame and extra awesome in his own right.

Dash is amazing.  That is all.

I’ve always loved how magic is portrayed in this world that Devon writes.  You pull magic and infuse it into a glyph you trace and some are faster at it and better at it than others…it’s all very exciting.  And even though magic has been ‘tamed’ since the Allie books, Shame and Terric still manage to be neck deep in it and the awesome power that very few can channel.

Eleanor.  I really liked her in the first book and I like her even more in this one.  I love how she handles Shame and her own situation.  She is a great character put into very interesting situations.  She fit perfectly in this book’s plot and I am very happy with how Devon wrote her.

Allie and Zayvion fans will be over the moon with this installment.  We see them a little and hear about them a whole lot and what you hear will definitely bring a smile to your face.  Okay, maybe not all of it, but what you see and hear by the end of the book will put a smile on your face. The other stuff will just stress you out but seeing that you are fans of their books, you are used to it by now 😉  There is tons of Davy and Sunny action too.  Sunny did drive me nuts a bit but seeing her situation, I suppose it’s all justified.  Cryptic much?… *grin*

The villain is so nasty in this series!  I have absolutely no sympathy for him this time around and just kept hoping that Shame or Terric or, heck, anybody would give him a miserable ending that involved quite a bit of pain.  Devon wrote him very well.  Every last maniacal inch of him.

I went into reading this book with a certain expectation when it came to the ending.  I didn’t necessarily like the ending my mind conjured up but that was still the ending I expected.  Boy was I wrong.  Devon completely took me by surprise with how she wrapped this book up and looking back on it once I was finished reading, I found that she really did write the best ending for Shame and his story.  My ending was just dumb.  Hers was glorious.  Yet another example of why I am not an author.

More glorious writing from Devon’s part came in how she wrote Heaven.  I am not going to tell you why we see Heaven or who goes there but I will say that Devon’s version of it is fan-freaking-tastic.

I cried like a baby at the end of the first book.  It really does take a lot to make me cry for a book and Devon managed to find the perfect formula to make me cry.  Did a cry this time for Stone Cold?  Yup.  Yup I did.  I didn’t cry for sadness (much).  I cried over all of the emotion my poor heart and head went through while reading this book.  The ups and downs and the constant craziness, in the very best way, really took it out of me which really only heightened my enjoyment of this book.  But I’m still not impressed that Devon managed to make me cry.  Again.  (*shakes fist at Devon*  Dang you Devon Monk! )

All in all, Stone Cold was an absolutely amazing read.  Fans of urban fantasy NEED to check this series out and fans of the Allie Beckstrom books need to jump on these too.  Shame and Terric have some of the most impressive on-page chemistry that I have ever read from a non-romantic couple.  And Shame alone will break your heart, make you laugh and make you *happy sigh* over and over again.  I can’t stress enough that this book is a NON-STOP RIDE!  It really is an incredible read, one you should not pass up.

5 stars

Roc is offering up a copy of Stone Cold to a lucky winner!  To enter, simply leave a comment below and let me know if you are already familiar with Shame Flynn or if this book would be your first encounter with this dark and crazy character.  Make sure to leave your comment by 11:59pm EST on Sunday April 6th 2014.  Giveaway open Canada / US.  A huge thank you to Roc!  Good luck everyone 🙂

Books in the Broken Magic series –
Hell Bent
Stone Cold

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  1. I cannot wait!! Loved all of Monks books. And I cried for Shame in the last book

  2. I love Shame and this wouldn’t be my first encounter! Love Devon’s books!

  3. Susan Puls says:

    Definitely won’t be my first time around the block with Shame and Terric. Absolutely looking forward to it.

  4. This would be my first experience with Shame and Terric. Sounds great!

  5. Colin Soule says:

    First encounter with Shame and Terric! Can’t wait!

  6. Corey Fry says:

    Shame is one of my favorite characters! I loved him in the Allie Beckstrom novels.

  7. Shame and Terric are wonderful characters, and Devon Monk draws them perfectly. Monk’s works are character-driven, but she never drops the plot either. But it’s the people that make the work come alive…and Shamus is the best!

  8. Sharon Dyer says:

    I fell in love with Shane in the Allie Beckstrom series!

  9. this will be my first time reading about him in is own book

  10. Don’t know much about this series. I just “found” the author on your website and purchased the first Allie book. I’ll be reading it this weekend. I’m looking forward to learning more and would love to win a free copy of the “last” book in the series. Thanks.

  11. Shannon Keith says:

    I love Shame! He was always one of my favorite characters in your Allie Beckstrom series! I’m so glad that you decided to focus on him and Terric for a couple of books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Barbara Elness says:

    I haven’t had a chance to read Hell Bent yet, so I’m new to Shame Flynn, but I can’t wait to meet him. 😀

  13. I don’t need to be entered into the giveaway as I’ve already purchased the book and am 30% in, but I had to comment!

    I didn’t realize there were only two Shame books, so I’m a little disappointed about that, but you are right about how great these are! The angst, the snark, the heartbreak – ugh! I have absolutely no idea how this is going to end and my anxiety is crazy high with what’s going on right now in the book!

    I put off reading “The King” until I could read this, and after reading your review I know that was the right decision. Can’t wait to see how it ends!

  14. I have the first two Allie Beckstrom books on my TBR pile, I’ve just never gotten around to starting them, since I’m already in the middle of so many other series. However, these two books have definitely gotten me interested in finally starting both of these series.

  15. thanks for a fun post and giveaway! This would be my first “introduction” to this author and world. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Wow. I’ve seen his books but haven’t heard much about them. Your review makes me want to try them.
    Thanks so much.

  17. I agree with you I really loved this one as well, it was so great! But now I’m sad we’re done with Shame.

  18. Shame was one of my favorite characters in the Allie Beckstrom universe. I am so happy that he got his own books!

  19. NOT ENTERING! Thanks for the review Julie, I will have to start this short series soon. I like what you tell me about it.

  20. Devon Monk is another author I’ve heard so many great things about! I haven’t been able to pick up any of her work…but I know that I really need to! Fantastic review and I’m definitely putting this series on my TBR list. 😀

  21. Danielle says:

    Still haven’t started this series but love Shame from her other series. Looking forward to it.

  22. Not read the first on of this series, but have loved reading many others of Devon Monk!

  23. I’ve read ALL of Devon Monk’s books, from her Allie B series set in wonderful Portland, Oregon to her Steampunk books, which are a real hoot! I also read Hell Bent and I would love to win a copy of Stone Cold! I love Shame and Terric!

  24. Vanessa V says:

    I devoured the Allie Beckstrom series this last year, finished it off with Hell Bent last month, amazing books. I want to dive right into this new one, but knowing it’s a final book, ahh makes me grieve just a little. I’m waiting until this Summer, to see if I can handle a final ending to the Dark Magic & Beckstrom world.

  25. I’ve followed this series from the second Allie book and I’m still over the moon that Shame got this own two books. Hands down my favorite bad boy around.

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