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May
2

Review: Scissor Kisses by Devon Monk

Review: Scissor Kisses by Devon Monk Scissor Kisses Author: Devon Monk Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Scissor Kisses is the third novella in the Ordinary Magic series.  This long awaited novella featuring Myra was only a taste of what Gikany and Una hopes is coming in the next novel.  Though it contains the wit we have come to love, the substance was light in progressing some overarching plot lines. Unfortunately, after two novellas where we see the other two Reed sisters in the midst of an HEA or at the beginning of one, we were expecting something to come out of the strange romance between Myra and the demon, Bathen....
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Jan
2

Review: Paper Stars by Devon Monk

Review: Paper Stars by Devon Monk Paper Stars Author: Devon Monk Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: We absolutely love the world of the Ordinary Magic series.  Gods, monsters, and legends all exist and vacation in Ordinary, Oregon. In this novella, we catch up with Delaney and her boyfriend Ryder. Although we have not been fans of Ryder, in this story he truly redeems himself. In the first three books in the series, we thought that Ryder lost the right to call Delaney his. She repeatedly forgave him and gave him chance after chance.  He wouldn’t heed her advice and he didn’t appreciate her.  By the end of the third book,...
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Oct
24

Review: Rock Candy by Devon Monk

Review: Rock Candy by Devon Monk Rock Candy Author: Devon Monk Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Rock Candy is a delightful novella that centers on Jean and her new beau, the baker Hogan.  Gikany and Una enjoyed this spooky seasonal read.  How could you not enjoy a romantic tromp complete with a curse, zombie gnomes, and Death stopping by to visit?!? Ms. Monk has created a unique and fascinating world set in Ordinary, Oregon.  For fans of the series, you won’t want to miss this chance of seeing Ordinary from the youngest Reed sister’s eyes.  Though Jean loves Halloween, there is one aspect that is trying – the October gnome-sitting. ...
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Jul
27

Review: Gods and Ends by Devon Monk

Review: Gods and Ends by Devon Monk Gods and Ends Author: Devon Monk Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una are delighted that there will be more in this world.  Especially since the subsequent novellas or novels will have a different viewpoint.  We really liked this final novel from Delaney’s perspective. Since this is the third book in this series, we can confidently say we like Delaney.  Her heart is always in the right spot – she loves her town, her family, and especially the gods and monsters that call it home.  However, she is far too impulsive; something that is especially shown in Gods and Ends.  The plot wove...
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Sep
14

Review: Devils and Details by Devon Monk

Review: Devils and Details by Devon Monk Devils and Details Author: Devon Monk Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Devils and Details is the second book in the fascinating world of Ordinary, Oregon.  Though Una and Gikany are a bit split on our rating, suffice to say we both liked it and look forward to more. ****If you haven’t read the first book (Death and Relaxation), this review may contain spoilers.  Read at your own risk – you have been warned!**** Gikany and Una love this world.  The varied paranormal creatures intermixed with gods and humans allows for a rich cast of characters.  In this installment, we see and learn more about...
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Jun
21

Review: Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk

Review: Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk Death and Relaxation Author: Devon Monk Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: Death and Relaxation is a new urban fantasy series from Devon Monk.  It has down-to-earth characters, humor, mystery, and action with a splash of romance.  What’s not to like? This is a fascinating world with a mix of mythologies.  In the small town of Ordinary, Oregon, gods and monsters secretly mix with mortals.  The mortal Police Chief, Delaney Reed, is in on the secrets since it’s her job to police both groups while keeping mortals unaware.  Although the monsters live as part of the community, the gods are only there for a vacation. ...
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Jun
19

Sunday Snippet: Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk

Sunday Snippet: Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk About the Book Death and Relaxation    Author:  Devon Monk Publisher:   Odd House Press Released:  June 20, 2016 Series:  Ordinary Magic Series #1 Genre:  Urban Fantasy Author contact links: book/author website : Facebook : Twitter Snippet There, at the back of the place, sat a man in black. Death, I presumed. He stared out the window at the forested hills that drew off into ever-rising blues of the distance, his face in profile to me. If I didn’t know what he was, if I couldn’t sense the power he carried, I would immediately know he wasn’t from around here. He was very thin, very pale, and sat very stiffly. Only the fingertips of...
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Sep
16

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk Crucible Zero Author: Devon Monk  Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una are a little sad that the House Immortal trilogy has come to an end.  We really loved the world and characters and although this novel wrapped up a little too quickly for our tastes, we still liked it. We have to say that Ms. Monk really took us for a ride in this world.  The story never went where we expected it to and we really liked how the story unfolded and the directions it went.  The characters were endearing and the world was fascinating.  We are sad that what we...
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Mar
11

Review + Giveaway: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Review + Giveaway: Infinity Bell by Devon Monk 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...
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Sep
19

Review: House Immortal by Devon Monk

Review: House Immortal by Devon Monk House Immortal Author: Devon Monk Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: House Immortal is the first book in the new House Immortal series by Devon Monk.  As fans of her Allie Beckstrom and Broken Magic series, we eagerly awaited this new science fiction series.  Gikany and Una liked it and hope to see more in the next novel. First, we liked this new world.  It has an altered history from our own and takes place in the future.  The world is an interesting mixture of technology coupled with complications from a meteor strike, giving it some fascinating quirks.  The most noticeable are the Galvanized.  Twelve...
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