My reading habits are notoriously random. One week I will decide to read only Urban Fantasy and the next week I will shun that genre. There will be times where every book I read stinks and times where I love everything and everyone. One thing that also holds true is my love of the glom. Merriam-Webster defines glom as: to take or get (something), glom on to: to grab hold of : appropriate to oneself.
My gloms almost always revolve around an author. I find an author that is new to me and I go buy their entire backlist and spend a week or two reading it. Nothing can stop me until I am fully glutted on that author’s work. I decided to share my monthly glom will y’all in hopes that:
1) you might find a new to you author like I did and you can glom also
2) you can share your glom habits so I don’t feel so lonely and cray-cray
3) maybe you can steer me towards my next new-to-me author that I will glom on
March- Devon Monk
In my never ending search for a really good Urban Fantasy series, I came across Hell Bent by Devon Monk. It is the first book in her Broken Magic series so I thought it would be a good book to read. I wouldn’t be so behind that I had 7 books to catch up on and if I didn’t like it, well it was just one book and I hadn’t invested too much in the series.
Since I am writing a glom post about Devon Monk, I clearly loved it. So here we go:
Hell Bent – As I said it is book one in Broken Magic series. The Broken Magic series is described as:
This two-book series is set in the Allie Beckstrom universe. It takes place three years after the end of the Allie Beckstrom books. While it stands on its own and can be read without having to read the Allie Beckstrom novels, the experience may be even richer if both series are read.
I had not read the Allie Beckstrom series but that blurb made me feel ok with starting Hell Bent without going back to read all the other books.
How to describe Hell Bent….it is the story of Shame and Terric, two Soul Complements or basically the two halves of a whole. They are each other’s soul. The story is told from Shame’s pov and he is Death magic. Terric is Life magic. Shame is heterosexual, Terric is gay. They are not in a sexual relationship but the relationship they have is very complicated.
I was immediately drawn to Shame and his caustic ways. He is not the hero we normally read. He is Death and he draws the life out of people. His control is a thin thread and it is all he can do to not kill everyone around him. Sometimes he slips though and we are made very aware that Terric is the only one who can attempt to control or help him. In Hell Bent he meets someone he, for the first time, thinks he can love but that doesn’t go well. I was suspicious about the relationship because Terric is and will always be his other half. Even if Shame isn’t gay, Terric will always be his soul and the one he is drawn to.
The plot is complex, riveting and crazy and spills over into the next book, Stone Cold. I was absolutely invested in the plot however what really kept me anxious for Stone Cold was wanting to find out where Terric and Shame went with each other.
Stone Cold– WHEW. What a roller coaster this book was. I was gripping the sides of the book and frantically flipping pages. I stayed up way too late to finish it. And that is all you are going to get from me. For now. My review of Stone Cold will be posted this week. 😉
Two books? I couldn’t stop there. Not when I was absolutely loving the tone and style of Devon Monk. Allie Beckstrom it was then!
Magic to the Bone– Book one in a nine book series (yikes). Excellent for a glom. I went a little different here and started with audio. A nine book series takes some time to get through when you are doing audio. As of now I am on book three and I love the world building. Ms. Monk has created a world where using magic extracts a price. It is refreshing to see people responsible for their actions and not be able to throw spells and such out all willy-nilly.
I will continue with the audio books up until the last two in the series, as I believe they have not been produced in audio version.
Now for my giveaway! I will gift one person an ebook copy of Hell Bent, the book that started this month’s glom. To enter just leave me a comment below on what your favorite UF series is. Hopefully I will get a new series recommendation out of this month’s glom! You have until April 4 to enter, winner will be announced soon after. Open to all!
No purchase necessary to win, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within 72 hours of the announcement, they forfeit their prize(s). Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.