Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk

October 28, 2015     Danielle Romero     4.5Stars, reviews

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon MonkCrucible Zero by Devon Monk
Series: House Immortal #3
Also in this series: House Immortal
Also by this author: House Immortal, Infinity Bell
Published by Penguin on September 1st 2015
Genres: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it. . . .Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves. . . .*A Book Obsession

my thoughtsI’m so sad that this series is ending but I needed to know how it was going to end.

This story jumps right into where the last book left off and with the way the second book ended I needed this book asap! I was sad with how the second book ended because I knew it meant we would have to start over with where everyone was at and who people were. I feel that in may books a starting over storyline doesn’t really work out but in this one I feel Monk gets away with it because it was time travel that brought us to this point.

I was happy to see all of the cast of characters back in this one and see how everyone was now. I have to say the one person that I didn’t care for was Matilda’s brother in this book. He seemed to be the most different and I didn’t appreciate the way he treated her and how his arrogance was more up front and center in this book. He was a character that I just wanted to push aside when he was in the scene. The person I loved the most of course was Bram. This man is drool worthy and I see why Matilda keeps falling for him. It was heartbreaking at the same time though to see him because we knew what happened in the second book. It broke my heart to have to watch Matilda love him from afar and keep her feelings to herself. I am happy with their relationship slowly developing in this book but it was still hard.

I also love that we got to see Foster more in this book and I really wish we had been able to learn more about him than we did. I also really like all of the time overlaps and seeing how things were in this world and how Matilda’s decisions from book two affected this world. I loved the changes in the world but I feel that a little too much of this book was spent/wasted on showing Matilda and the reader this new world. As I got closer to the end of the book I was starting to worry because it seemed we wasted so much of the beginning portion of this book on useless things. I wish there had been more to this story because I wanted more! I felt that things in the end were wrapped up a little fast and some of the romantic tension that was building in the story had no where to go because the author ended things before we could see the ending. I’m happy with the ending and where the story went but I feel there were some loose ends that I wanted to see endings to but I guess that is why this is a series. We know life must continue on for them but we just won’t get to see it. I wanted to see the romantic tension come to a conclusion though so I guess that is where my romance reader heart is unhappy.

Overall, this is a great series and I have to say I will now be seeking out Monk’s other books because I need more of her writing. She does a great job of pulling together great characters, emotion, complex storylines, and romance. I need more and I hope you all will pick up this series because it is worth your time. I’m highly impressed ending this series and can’t wait for more Monk in my life.

4 half coffee cupsabout the authorDevon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series. Her collection of short stories, A CUP OF NORMAL is a finalist for the Mythopoeic and Endeavour Awards. When not writing, Devon drinks coffee and knits strange things.