Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review - House Immortal by Devon Monk

House Immortal by Devon Monk
Series: House Immortal #1
Penguin Group
Publication Date:  September 2, 2014
Date Read: February 18, 2015

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4 Stars!

This book was surprisingly original.  I real a lot of books that revolve around the paranormal.  Vampires, werewolves, shifters of every kind, wizards, you name it and I have probably read a book about it.  Don't get me wrong, I still have a lot of books to read in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres but it is becoming quite rare to for me to stumble upon something that is completely different.  This book was different and that is one of the things that I absolutely love about it.

Matilda Case, or Tilly, is tough.  She takes care of her Grandmother, her family's land, and an assortment of creatures with the help of Neds, her two headed farm hand.  Matila is not just a regular girl.  She is a girl that has been stitched together and she lives in a world that doesn't know that she exists.  There are others that are stitches together and they are called the galvanized.  There are 12 known galvanized individuals who are immortal.  There haven't been any new galvanized since the original 12 many years ago, until Tilly.

The world has been divided into Houses that are identified by a color and an specialized set of skills.  When Abraham Seven, a galvanized from House Gray, shows up  on her doorstep injured, Tilly is quickly pulled into a world that she has spent her life trying to avoid.  The Houses are constantly struggling for more power using whatever means necessary and Tilly is soon at the center of everything. 

This is the first book in a new series and there was a lot of information to process at the beginning of the story.  This story really picked up for me about 20% of the way into the story.  Don't get me wrong, I liked the first 20% but I had a hard time putting it down after that point.  The world had a uniqueness that I absolutely loved.  Right away, I knew that this book was going to be different.  I mean there was a giant lizard dragon living right there on Tilly's land. 

The characters were as unique as the story.  I loved Tilly.  I loved how tough she was and how much she cared about others.   All of the galvanized in this story were so very different and I had a few favorites.  Tilly's farmhand, Neds - Left Ned and Right Ned, seemed to keep things interesting.  I really liked the whole cast of characters. 

I must applaud Devon Monk's writing.  The story was perfectly paced.  The world building was solid.  The characters were unique and likeable.  The story pulled me in and I had a hard time doing anything else until I came to the last page.   This is the first time I have had a chance to read anything by this author but I will definitely be reading more in the future. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a well thought out and unique world.  This is a series that I plan to continue to read. 

4 comments:

  1. It's funny, I love urban fantasy but I just never seem to really take to the Devon Monk books. I'm not really sure why as they are not badly written or anything. Mind you with my tbr, I'm glad when I don't like a book sometimes! I have WAY too many!

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    1. This is the first book by Devon Monk that I have read. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the sequel and I think it was even better but I can't compare this series to any of her other books. I do hope to give those a try soon.

      My TBR is a bit much so I understand exactly what you mean. I think I need to live a very long life to have any chance to getting everything read. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  2. I think it is pretty impressive when you can get an original paranormal read. Sometimes I don't like the genre because they all seem to blend into each other, but this one seems to be different!

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    1. I love reading anything paranormal and this book was such a great beginning to a new series. It really was very unique.

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