Mar 10, 2015

BLOG TOUR: ARC Review--Infinity Bell by Devon Monk +Contest!

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....

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review. 

Devon Monk returns to her newest House Immortal series with Infinity Bell! Things are pretty chaotic in Matilda's world! There's so much going on, so many people and villains with their own plans, it can be hard to keep thing straight! And with the impending threat of the world and galvanized and humanity on Matilda's shoulders, there's not going to be any down time for her and Abraham any time soon!

SO once again, my overfilled mind, only had a little recollections on this one! But I was quick to just sit back and enjoy the story! Things are very intense for Matilda, her brother Quentin and her friends Neds and Abraham. The villain has gotten most everyone fooled and if he has his way, well...things won't be pretty. Needless to say!

Though Quentin has an idea, in order to save the galvanized, he can go back in time and help an ancestor correct a mistake in his machine. The details get a little complicated, I won't lie, I can't explicitly say what the plan was, but I could understand it as I read it! Science plays a pretty big role in this story, but not so much that I am completely clueless. The futuristic setting helps with that in my opinion, because in the future, you expect things to be far more advanced than right now.

It basically transforms into a save the world scenario. If Matilda fails, it could mean the death of everyone she holds dear.

The pacing to this one was pretty good! I had a few stumbling blocks in the beginning as I tried to recall what had happened, but then I forged ahead to enjoying the moment of the story! Matilda and crew are on the run and trying to stay out of their enemy's sight. But he has eyes everywhere. What Matilda needs to do is get home and protect her grandmother who may possess the key to their problems.

I did enjoy the linger romance we had between Matilda and Abraham. There's still a decided tension between them, but in this one we see better results! Though I wouldn't have complained for more! But since time is of the essence in this one, there's hardly reasoning to stop and have more romantic moments instead of trying to save the world so there will be more time for such moments! 

The ending was by far the most shocking! There's quite a twist and I for one, cannot wait to see how this all plays out in the next one! There's a decided calmness to the situation, but there's still tension and questions that need answers and resolution. I look forward to seeing how Crucible Zero wraps it up! I don't know if this is a trilogy or a longer series just yet, Goodreads just shows three books so far, but only time will tell!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Contest time! The publisher is offering up 1 copy of Infinity Bell to 1 US reader! To enter just leave a meaningful comment on my review and please leave your email address so that I may contact you should you win! Contest closes on Friday, March 13th at 12am.


  1. From how I read this review, this book is the 2nd in a series. Would you say it is required to read the first book? 11 Houses seems a bit intimidating though. Are these houses superfluous, or is it a bit like Game of Thrones where there are a huge mess of characters?

    Your review makes the book sound like an extremely action packed read.

    1. I see, would you say this series is the author's best work? I want to start reading her books, but she seems to have written quite a few stories.


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