Author: Devon Monk

New series! Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk

Posted June 23, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

New series!  Death and Relaxation by Devon MonkDeath and Relaxation by Devon Monk
Series: Ordinary Magic #1
Published by Odd House Press on June 17, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous Rhubarb Festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she's finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s gonna take some work.

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I need two more box graphics here – New Series and Favorite Author. Since I’m graphics retarded and they aren’t in our graphics set, that’s probably not happening. So I will just say it –  I’m excited to have a new series by one of my favorite authors.

The world building is well done. It has enough to be interesting rather than being boring or confusing.  There are gods which brings my fuzzy knowledge of mythology back to work. There are creatures too – vampires and werewolves, maybe a few more. The creatures aren’t exactly typical in construction.

The main character is Delany Reed, the chief of police, and she is the most developed. Delaney is strong and smart but she doesn’t take very good care of herself. Not exactly TSTL but I worried, especially with Death in the title.

I liked the characters and want to know more about them, especially her sisters, Myra and Jean. There is more to learn about the gods and creatures as well. Only a few mortal townspeople are introduced.  And then there’s Ryder.  He’s one big, old question mark.

There’s romantic possibilities which I always appreciate. There are two guys seeming to vy for Delaney. But really? Argh. Both the guys have some mystery about them.  Jean has a little something happening, too.  I enjoyed Death and Relaxation  and it gave me some feels and questions.

Delaney seems to focus on too many routine things sometimes and not the critical issues. I figured out part of what would happen too quickly but there are plenty of mysteries and questions of mine to be worked out in future books. Luckily, at least two more books are planned and one looks to be available pretty soon.

The Ordinary Magic series

July 2016   Devils and Details

2016            Gods and Ends

About Devon Monk

Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series. Her collection of short stories, A CUP OF NORMAL is a finalist for the Mythopoeic and Endeavour Awards. When not writing, Devon drinks coffee and knits strange things.

Back Lash by Devon Monk

Back Lash by Devon Monk

Posted November 19, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

I loved the feel of this because I love Shame and Terric. In fact, I read 25% and then struggled to pick it up again because I didn’t want it to be finished. Back Lash felt so fast, so short. I looked now and it is 146 pages rather than around 300, so it is a shorter book. I just enjoy their foibles and idiosyncrasies. I laughed and giggled at them and how true to themselves they are. There’s just something about them. This was totally a Shame and Terric book, which included Dash, and Terric’s sister, Jolie. Other favorites like Cody, Zayvion and Allie were only barely mentioned. No characters from other series had dialog or an actual part in this story. I’m also […]

Review Crucible Zero by Devon Monk + Interview

Review Crucible Zero by Devon Monk + Interview

Posted September 3, 2015 by Anne in Author Interview, Book Review | 2 Comments

  I love Devon Monk’s books and always read them.  I wouldn’t even have considered not reading Crucible Zero and definitely wanted to review it.   The last two books in the House Immortal series were 5 stars for me.  I really have enjoyed this series, the sci-fi aspects, the mystery, and the romance in the background. The characters are awesome and I care about them. I want to see Matilda and her family and friends win.  I want them to thrive as well as survive; they try so hard to improve the world.   I felt confused by the first half of Crucible Zero.  It was right after the time travel and none of the characters were quite themselves.  I didn’t feel like I knew them or […]

Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Posted March 5, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

    I still love these characters. I still care about what happens to them and I’m STILL worried. Thank everything the next book is out this fall instead of next March. The ending is another cliffhanger with my heart in a vice. Infinity Bell is packed with action and emotion. I couldn’t put this book down any more than the last one. The focus was on a smaller group of those near and dear to me. The past, the present and the future are all interwoven. It is both emotionally and intellectually compelling. I enjoyed learning much more about Quinten and a bit more about his childhood with Matilda. There is some insight into his time away from home and the last few years. He is […]