Magic in the BloodBook - 2009
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This new urban fantasy series from Devon Monk is good in a lot of ways. The heroine, Allie Beckstrom, comes from an incredibly rich (in money and magic) family. Unfortunately, Allie's father is a major control freak with delusions of magical world conquest. Allie strikes out on her own and picks a career as a Hound. Hounds do detective, Private Eye, work by using their magical powers to sense, taste and track spells on criminals and "people of interest". The problem is using magic in this new world Allie lives in creates physical illness, pain and memory loss for the user. A "disbursement" spell can be used before casting magic, so that the magic user can pick their "own poison" so to speak - in other words, they can decide if using magic will cause them a migraine later, a case of the flu, body aches, etc. Without the disbursement spell, things can get quite rough.
In Allie's life, there are entirely too many people interested in her and following her - and not just because of the family money. Allie is just now finding out that she is incredibly powerful (in fact, she still hasn't got it, just the reader and everyone around her), and there are various factions wanting to either use her or contain her.
Allie's love interest is Zayvion Jones. He started out watching her, but in this book has gotten to the point of loving and pursuing her. The problems between the two are many - but a huge lack of trust and memory loss on Allie's part has certainly compounded the problem.
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