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Review + Giveaway: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

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Infinity Bell
Author:
Devon Monk
Reviewer:
Gikany & Una
Rating: A-

What We’re Talking About:

Infinity Bell is the second novel in the tension-filled urban fantasy House Immortal series.  Gikany and Una found it more gripping, intriguing and just better than the last.

It is honestly very difficult to relate how enjoyable this novel was without giving anything away.  The story continually is building upon itself.  As our heroes fight to get to where they need to be in order to fix the time rift, so much happens that describing it would spoil this wonderful book for you.  So our apologies that this will be a brief, somewhat vague review, but we hope that we can convey enough to illustrate what made it work and why you might like it as well.

*****If you haven’t read the first book, House Immortal, there are spoilers to that novel in this review.  You have been warned!*****

Infinity Bell is well crafted.  There are clues to the outcome in every chapter.  These clues give very subtle hints, and we spend time trying to figure out who they are from, but the answer isn’t revealed until near the end.  The tension slowly builds as we wonder if our heroes will be able to fix time and prevent the death of the galvanized.

One thing that we really loved is that we had less of the antagonist’s point of views.  In House Immortal, there were several of these interludes that we felt unnecessarily detracted from the flow and feel of the novel.  In this book, the antagonist moments were kept to a minimum.  They did not detract from the novel and instead enhanced it a bit, giving us first hand insight.  Although the information conveyed in these scenes could have been gained in another way, it was fascinating to experience firsthand.

We also learned more about Matilda’s brother, Quinten.  His passion and pursuit in working to ensure that his sister won’t die is honorable.  However, we are given a glimpse of what he sacrifices for it and for her.  It is staggering to see how much he loves his sister and how absolutely confident he is in his ability to prevent her death.  In Infinity Bell, we have more character development and interaction.  The novel is well balanced between action and humor and in fact we had several favorite moments.  One such moment caused Welton Yellow to become near and dear to our hearts.  Hopefully we can share a Sunday Snippet with you in the near future.

Ms. Monk is quite adept at leaving us with tremendous cliffhangers.  Infinity Bell is no exception.  Gikany and Una had a field day discussing the ramifications of the end of the book and the possibilities it holds.  We were so caught up in the world; the ending caught us off guard.  There needs to be more, but thankfully the next novel is due out later this year!

If you haven’t tried the House Immortal series yet, go out and pick up House Immortal!  This urban fantasy series is gripping, exciting and fun.  We eagerly await the next novel, Crucible Zero so we can stop fidgeting over the cliffhanger ending.

Our Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot

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About the Book:

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….

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher:
Roc
Series: House Immortal #2
ISBN: #978-0451467379
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Format(s):
Paperback (368 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Infinity Bell (House Immortal #2)

Reviews in the Series:
House Immortal by Devon Monk (House Immortal #1)

Giveaway:

ACE is generously donating one copy of the Infinity Bell to give away to one (1) lucky commenter. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form AND leave a comment at the end of this post telling if you like to read books with cliffhangers (and give us an example, or if not, what do you prefer). The giveaway is open during the time specified on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open to U.S. mailing addresses only and where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Prize will be delivered by the author. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.

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  • stormi34

    I couldn’t make it through the first one. 🙁 I have it on audio and maybe its just a book that needs to be read or something but I hated the audio and never finished it. 🙁

    • UnaReads

      Maybe you will prefer reading it? Sometimes a narrator makes or breaks a novel. I really loved House Immortal and Infinity Bell. My review partner wasn’t as thrilled with House Immortal but enjoyed Infinity Bell. You might be the same.

  • I didn’t read the entire review, because I haven’t read book one, but this sounds like a great series. *adds to Goodreads*

    • UnaReads

      I really like the mythology and world. I hope you give it a try.

  • Kimberly Hammond

    I don’t normally read books with Cliff Hangers, but The Watcher Series by Veronica Wolff sneaked up on me in the last book. I hope she continues the series some day.

    • UnaReads

      I loved the Watcher Series as well and have my fingers crossed for the next book since the series isn’t finished.

  • Christine Moore

    The first book is in my TBR pile. I like to wait until a get a lot of the books in the series before I start to read!

    • UnaReads

      It is nice when you can binge read the first few books, especially in a series with cliffhangers.

  • Erin F

    eh… I’m not a big cliffhanger fan… but then again, I’m usually so far behind on series that I usually have the next book handy so not such a big deal… the one that comes to mind that I’ve recently read was the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett… big, Big! cliffhangers in that series. But I was too invested to get mad 🙂

    • UnaReads

      I never thought I liked cliffhangers either, but several series I like have them. Just as much as they irritate, they entice.

  • Helen Wawrejko

    Only like cliffhangers if the next book is already out!KM Monings are a killer.

  • Jess1

    Generally, I don’t prefer cliffhangers in my books,unless the next book is already available to read, e.g. The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • dpty5150

    I’ve enjoyed all her books. I can not wait to read the second in this series.

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