Sunday, April 5, 2015

Review: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Publication Date: 3/3/2015
Series: House Immortal #2
Rating: 4 Stars 


 Official Blurb:

Return to national bestselling author Devon Monk's heartpounding House Immortal series, where eleven powerful Houses control the world and all its resources. But now, the treaty between them has been broken, and no one—not even the immortal galvanized—is safe....

Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality—something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. And normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days.

Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. On the run, she must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear.

Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster....

After binge reading through the first book in the series, House Immortal, I knew instantly that I would likely do the same thing with Infinity Bell. When I saw the book being available to request on Netgalley, this .gif pretty much sums up my excitement about getting to request it…

Infinity Bell to sum it up in a single word would be to call this book magnificent. Just as I predicted this book was an instantaneous binge read for me. After falling in love with this unique world of galvanized immortals and human beings being classified into house associations, I couldn’t wait to find out what Matilda and Abraham would do next.

Matilda is the gentle loving soul that turns into the ferocious protector when people she love and care for are threatened. She knows when to turn that ferocity on and when she needs a gentler touch for different situations.  She has this sense of innocence to her when it comes to the truly corrupt world that she finds herself in yet I never get a sense of naivety from her at all. She is guided by her instincts, heart, and a driving need to save her brother Quinten. While in House Immortal, we were only giving glimpses of Quinten, you are given a chance to really see the kind of man he is. Quinten takes his role very seriously and even though his responsibilities can be somewhat troubling.

Abraham’s character is different, but in a very good way. He has lived for so long that he knows how the world really functions and the intentions that others have for Matilda gift as the thirteenth. He is a natural born leader, but in Infinity Bell we get to see him rise through weakness to become a center of strength for Matilda.

Looking at Infinity Bell as a whole, I really think Monk stepped up her character development game in this book. We continue to learn about the characters and develop a better relationship with this as the book and series continues.  Monk added just a touch of romance to the story to develop another plot sequence to the story.  She has created a bevy of multi-faceted characters that you will know instantly if you like or dislike them for various reasons. This a great urban fantasy series that readers of this genre will highly enjoy. 

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