This is the first book in the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk.
Using magic means it uses you back - and every spell exacts a price from the user. Some people, however, get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent, then Allison Beckstrom's job is to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune and the strings that come with it, but when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father's signature all over it she is thrown back into the world of his black magic.
This was my first book by Devon Monk and it was a pretty good read. She has a unique take on magic - the use of magic and the consequences of that use. The main character in the book, Allie, is strong and independent - not afraid to stand up for what's right, no matter who she's facing.
I look forward the next book in the series. :) I give Magic to the Bone 3 out of 5 stars.