Published by Roc on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Steampunk
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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....
If you’ve known me for five minutes you know my love for Devon Monk runs deep, and it’s hard for me to not five star this just out of loyalty, but, it happened… Devon Monk has written a book I wasn’t head over heels with.
This is a sad day in my life.
This is the second book in Matilda’s series, and it’s not that it’s bad, because it’s really not, but the book doesn’t feel like it was as complete as it could have been I guess. It’s like there was just a tiny bit of magic missing – I don’t know how to describe it. The characters are still there and still awesome (give me more Neds!), and the new characters were just fabulous (hellooooo, Sallyo!), but that ending. UGH. We pick up right where book one left off but there’s no need to reread before diving into this one; there never is for a Monk book – she’s just that good. Abraham, Neds, and Matilda still have spectacular chemistry and the evolution of the romance plot was great. There’s a lot of action going on and it’s impossible to not be excited and tense while going on this crazy trip with these guys. Who wouldn’t love a book with all that plus subtle humor and ride-or-die friends?!
The missing magic, for me, is mostly in the ending. Matilda and Quentin are in this high-stakes mission that is very nearly impossible, but as we go along I’m realizing that the end of the book is no where near enough time to wrap up the bomb dropped on me. I see what she did there when she wrote it, it’s definitely fitting with the way things went down, but christ almighty, the last word written made me really aggravated. Cliffhangers, and cliffhanger-like endings always get to me, but it’s the way things changed that I also got really frustrated with, even though I see how it sort of came to be. Sort of.
I just don’t like it.
So, basically, this book is really hard to review because things are spoilery but I can’t possibly recommend Devon Monk’s books higher – even when I’m left frustrated by one, LOL.