Sacrificial Magic and Cgasing magic
Sabby, I've also gotten used to the Downside speak..when I read the first book I was ready to give up on it because I found it so annoying. I managed to plow through it somehow and now I love it, ya dig. I got an eARC of the 5th book Chasing Magic from netgalley and there's some intense and possessive moments with Chess and Terrible. You really get to see how much Chess means to be Terrible and what he's willing to do for her..he is just perfect.
Magic Without Mercy
I finished MWM a week ago and the more I think about the more disappointed I am. There's 1 book left and there's no way all the loose ends and questions can be answered in a satisfying way. Starbites, I didn't really get the feeling that Allia/Zay had a prophecy thing going on, just that they were powerful and soul complements so were the only ones who were a threat to Lenader/Isabelle. The book was such a wasted opportunity, most of it was wasted on tainted magic, gatting samples and Shame/Zay/Davy alternately getting sick..it 's not even even necessary to the whole arc of the series.
Random thoughts on WMW that I put on goodreads (sorry it's very long):
-I found Allie to be quite annoying, bossy and a little judgemental. Her transition to leader and everyone's acceptance of it just came out of nowhere. Her taking charge of the Hounds is fine but why Zay, Shame, Maeve and co let her take the lead is beyond me. Up until a few months ago she was being mentored by Victor/Maeve/Hayden and she knew very little about the Authority..so it just doesn't ring true that the more experienced and knowledgable members of the Authority would defer to her.
-Nothing seems to have been revealed in this book. There's only 1 book left and we still don't know about Allie's past, her missing memories, how her father lost part of his soul, why she was closed, why she keeps losing her memories, her possible past relationship to Collins, Allie's mother - why she left and where she's been, how magic was poisoned, why Allie had extra magic in her and why she lost her magic after being attacked by the Veiled, what Allie's dad did to Allie when she was younger and what his endgame is. There's so much that needs to be addressed in the last book and I'm doubtful that it'll be done in a satisfactory way, if at all.
-All Allie seemed to do was state the obvious, boss everyone around and watch whilst other people were fighting. For some bizarre reason Allie thinks that the fight with the corrupt Authority is only her fight. If anything it's less her fight than everyone else's since she's so new to the Authority.
-I got tired of hearing about Zay's eyes, how zen and calm he is and how gorgeous Allie thinks he is. Allie also goes on and on about everyone's magic being so powerful, beautiful and unique..if everyone is so skilled and wondeful in magic - I really don't get why Allie was constantly in awe whenever someone cast magic.
-The romance between Allie and Zay..I've liked them less and less as a couple with each book. For most of this book Allie acted like a fussy, overprotective mother towards Zay. It also comes across that Allie loves Zay more than he does her (though it's clear that they both love each other) because of how much she's risked and given up for him and the amount she thinks and worries about him. At what point Allie even wonders if she'll ever fully have Zay's heart..Zay still loves Chase and as he said in the last book he always will..so it looks like Allie will always have to share Zay's heart with his dead ex-girlfriend. Personally, I can't root for a couple or like a couple that much when either the hero/heroine have already had a love of their life..it just makes the love between the hero and heroine less special.
-The storyline for the most part just seems to go round and round in circles.. though the last 1/4 was excellent. Most of the book was just similar to previous installments: Allie and co investigate something or other, they fight bad guys, someone gets hurt, they recover, rinse and repeat. I would have liked if Allie found out more about herself, her memories and start to piece together her life so it's all set up for the last book. I honestly now think that they won't be enough room in the last book for Allie to find out about her past.
I have read that Devon Monk wants to do another book about Shame and Terric but her publishers need to give it the green light. ..so it may happen.