Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: House Immortal (House Immortal #1) by Devon Monk

Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Roc
Source: Publisher
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized....
Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.
Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity
The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…

For the first book in a series, this was ok.
I was chatting with some friends the other day about what Monster was going to get sexyfied next.
Vampires, werewolves, demons, fairies...they've all been done.
I was leaning toward Mummies, personally.
Lo and behold, the answer to our question was sitting on my kitchen table, just waiting to be discovered!
And see, making a Frankensteinish character hot, never even crossed my mind. Big forehead, bolts sticking out of the neck, zigzagging stitches running all over the place?
But not Monk. Nope she saw potential in that big hulking creature, and decided to run with it.

Matilda is galvanized, which means she's been stitched together with life threads.
Now, there are only 12 others like her in the entire world. And they aren't even really like her, because she has the ability to feel...well, sensations.
She's also been off the radar for the majority of her life, because galvanized aren't considered human, and are therefore owned by different Houses.
Sort of like superhero mascots!
But, you know, slaves...
Matilda isn't owned, because she used to be human. When she was a little girl, she got really sick. Her brother knew she was dying, and transferred her mind into the body of a galvanized child.
Don't worry, the body she was transferred into had been comatose for a couple hundred years, so I don't think she was ever waking up.
Where he got the body, and how he did it, is all part of the mystery.
Anyway, nobody was aware of her existence, because nobody should have been able to do what he did.

And then all of a sudden, everyone knows she exists.
Due to some spoilery things that happen, she ends up in the middle of a power struggle between the Houses. So she has to try to save her brother, save her new 'friend' Abraham, and save herself, before time (quite literally) runs out for her.

I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Part of it may have been because first books are always a bit crunchy, because of all the world building an author has to put into it.
Or maybe it was because I just never connected with Matilda all that much. She annoyed the hell out of me for the majority of the book, by pulling stupid stunts that made me want to tear my hair out.
For example:
If you're in a strange city, and lots of powerful people are out to get you, and you're not sure of all the rules, and you basically have no rights...but you've found a relatively safe place to hold up?
Don't stroll out the fucking door to get a cup of coffee!
I didn't exactly get all excited over the blooming love between Matilda and Abraham, either.
There was nothing wrong with it, I just didn't feel the sizzle.

The end of the book picked up the pace quite dramatically, and I was hooked by the 75% mark. Which kinda makes me think that the next book will be a lot more exciting.
There are tons of great reviews for this one, so just because it didn't blow me out of the water, doesn't mean you won't love it.


Olivia-Savannah said...

Wow, 75% is pretty far in the book for it to get interesting! It's good that you were able to stick with it for that long as well. I might've given up by then. I hope the next book is even better for you :)

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