Thursday, March 5, 2015

*Book Review* Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Series: House Immortal # 2
Publisher: Penguin/ROC
Released: March 3, 2015
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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..

Infinity Bell (House Immortal # 2) picks up right where House Immortal sent us all over the cliff. Get it? Cliffhanger? Well then...after the events of the Gathering of the Galvanized and their Houses in Hong Kong where one of the House Leaders was murdered, Protagonist/Narrator Matilda "Tilly" Case, her brother Quinten, Abraham Seventh, and Neds Harris are on the run with prices on their head. This all comes as the Wings of Mercury experiment is slowly churning down to a major correction that will lead to the deaths of all the Galvanized, including Tilly if Quinten can't find a way to stop it first.

"No matter how tomorrow ends, we won't be there to see it."

There are several key players in Infinity Bell that I really came to like. The first one is Quinten's former flame, and doctor for the House Brown Gloria. I liked her. I was hoping she would kick some sense into Quinten, but that ended up being Tilly's job. I also liked Welton Yellow of House Technology. Welton came to my attention as a possible ally in House Immortal, and this time he really stands behind Tilly and her band of misfits while helping them against House Orange (Slater Orange) and House Silver (Reeves Silver). I also love his relationship with his Galvanized Foster First.

You want to talk about egomaniacs/megalomaniacs? Let's talk about Slater Orange, and Reeves Silver. Slater Orange is an evil, evil man who wants to kill everyone, or so it seems. He truly believes that he is entitled to immortality and really wants Tilly crawling on her knees in front of him. I do appreciate a good villain. I do appreciate that there is no holding back his utter insanity when it comes to the Galvanized.

Reeves Silver is a selfish, conniving blackmailer who knows no boundaries to what he wants to take from others, including Quinten, Tilly, and their Grandmother. As head of House Silver (Vices), Silver has his finger on the pulse of every single house. He knows the plotting, and the direction the wind will blow next. He apparently is behind a whole lot of stuff, including pushing Tilly to her limits and forcing her to surrender what she believes in.

Shall I mention that there is a sex scene in this book? OK, well, there is. But, unlike other authors who take up entire chapters to get to the steamy, and erotica, this scene is actually smooth, nice, and sweet and didn't take away from the suspense and action that was pretty much full throttle. For those who complained about the lack of romance in House Immortal, well, you get a bit more in this book. I think that Tilly and Abraham's relationship is definitely worth the effort if Monk doesn't do something crazy.

To say that I was puzzled by the ending of Infinity Bell, is putting it mildly. I ended up reading the final chapter several times, and even went as far as reading the blurb for the NEXT book to ensure that I was reading what I was reading. Comprende? I am hoping that Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3) will answer my unanswered questions for Infinity Bell. Apparently, things are about ready to get even more interesting for Tilly.

I will say that I am fully engaged once again in a series by Devon Monk. I love her characters, her unusual world where 11 houses control humanities every needs, and the Galvanized who apparently are immortal. I love Tilly, I love that Monk took her back to the past where she met some of the current Galvanized. Monk teases readers with short paragraphs from a character named Evelyn Douglas. Let's just say that you SHOULD be paying attention to what she is telling. you. It matters a whole lot in the end.

**I received this book for free from (Penguin/ROC) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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