Allie Beckstrom #2
by: Devon Monk
$6.99 mass market paperback
Released: May 2009
Allie's had to suffer plenty for her use of magic, including gaps in her memories and the latest, magical tattoos she's not sure where they came from. When she learns she fell in love with a man she can no longer remember, she begins to wonder if the price for using magic isn't too high. Trying to move on with her life, she's offered a Hounding job with the secret magical branch of the police department. She takes it, never expecting for ghosts to pop out the try to suck down her magic. Turns out the barrier between the living and the dead is weakening, and Zayvion—the man she supposedly fell in love with—is smack dab in the middle of it all. Add to that a disgruntled drug dealer Allie put in jail who's free now and seeking revenge, and it's shaping up to be a really bad week.
Now Allie has to figure out a way to juggle everything going on, while staying alive long enough to save the city she cares about...again.
In book #2, poor Allie has so many problems being thrown at her, she's not sure where to start. Yet through it all, she manages to square her shoulders and do what needs to be done, even if she's not sure she'll live through it. The world and the characters are well-rounded and believable, and the author keeps the story moving so well you're sitting there unable to put the book down because you have to know what happens next. I've already lost sleep on these first two novels because I couldn't put them down until the books were done, and I have a feeling it'll be like that for the rest of the series as well.
Carla gives this book a