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Women of the Otherworld 03 - Dime Store Magic (original 2004; edition 2011)

by Kelley Armstrong

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Title:Women of the Otherworld 03 - Dime Store Magic
Authors:Kelley Armstrong
Info:Orbit (2011), Paperback, 416 pagina's
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Tags:Fantasy, Urban, Women of the Otherworld

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Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (2004)

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Dime Store Magic
4 Stars

New coven leader, Paige Winterbourne, has a lot on her plate coping with her powerful yet troubled young ward, Savannah, over the objections of her fellow witches. Things only get worse when a dark faction in the supernatural world attempts to get their hands on Savannah and Paige is forced into an unlikely alliance with a sorcerer.

Armstrong’s world building continues with additional details provided on the dynamics between the various supernatural races. The focus in this installment is on the witches and sorcerers as opposed to the wolves, and the history and conflicts between the cabals and the covens makes for interesting reading. Moreover, the idea that magic itself is neither inherently good or evil, but linked to the intentions and actions of the wielder is also very compelling.

The POV in this book is that of Paige, the young witch introduced in Stolen, and there is little to no mention of Elena and the pack. Although Paige is less physically kick-ass than Elena, she is intelligent, courageous and loyal to a fault. While she does initially allow her prejudices to overrule her common sense, she is ultimately able to put them aside and accept Lucas’s help.

Lucas is the newest addition to my hottie harem. It is wonderful reading of a hero who uses his words rather than his fists to get his message across, and one cannot help comparing him to the more overtly aggressive and less in control Clay from Bitten and Stolen.

Paige and Lucas’s romance is slower to develop that Elena and Clay’s, perhaps because they lack the backstory of the previous couple. Nevertheless, their banter is excellent and leads to numerous laugh-out-loud moments, and their chemistry is hot and heavy.

Savannah is one of the more complex characters in the series so far. One the one hand, she is a typical teenager with the angst that accompanies this, but there is also a darker side to her personality and it is clear that she is in dire need of discipline and some lessons in humanity and humility.

The plot is fast paced with Paige forced to face one obstacle after another from a murderous foe who frames her for Satan worship and murder to vigilante extremists and religious fanatics determined to “burn the witch”.

In terms of the audiobook narration, Laural Merlington takes some getting used to. She sounds much older than Paige’s 25 years and all of her male voices sound alike. Nevertheless, her voice for Savannah is spot on with its mix of childishness and teenage rebellion. Moreover, she does the verbal sparing between Paige and Savannah and Paige and Lucas very well.

All in all, Dime Store Magic is an entertaining addition to the series and it will be interesting to see where Armstrong takes her characters in the future. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Strong willed women, great world to read about. Savanah the witch is becominga women and strong too.. Cortez is a doll. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
This is the third book in the Women of the Otherworld Series. The story is narrated by a witch named Paige Winterbourne. After the death of her mother, she is supposed to be the leader of the American coven, however the elders and most other members don't seem to respect her. She is taking care of a young witch, named Savannah, who is just on the verge of gaining most of her powers, and the coven isn't fond of her either. All of a sudden, Paige is being challenged on custody of Savannah by a half-demon named Leah who is representing a sorcerer claiming to be Savannah's father. Thanks to Leah, Paige is set up for murder and several other incidences that lead the town to thinking she is part of a Satanic Cult. Getting no support from her coven, Paige is left to depend on herself, Savannah, and a sorcerer (most untrustworthy to witches) named Lucas to keep Savannah out of the clutches of those who would harm her.

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  Tanya-D | Jan 15, 2016 |
Dime Store Magic is a well written, well thought out, enjoyable novel of witchcraft in the modern world. In the world created in the story, witches live in hiding afraid that they will be found and exposed, allowing their magic to wane over time. Paige Winterbourne is a 23 year-old witch who is the leader of her Coven, taking over from her mom. Part of her responsibilities include taking care of the teenage Savannah, who has a talent for dark magic. This leads to the attraction of dark forces, including that of her sorcerer father. Paige turns to Lucas Cortez, a geeky sorcerer for help.

Dime Store Magic is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I liked the style and voice that Kelly Armstrong employed in this novel. It really fits the narrative and makes the story work. The plot is logical and well-developed. All together this was a strong novel and I look forward to reading more of Armstrong’s work.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Nov 7, 2015 |
Trigger warning for attempted rape

Dime Store Magic is the third in Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, but it stands alone. I was able to understand what was going on even without having read the second book.

Dime Store Magic was an okay book. It wasn’t particularly great, but it wasn’t particularly horrible. I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t read it again. It was fairly entertaining and managed to hold my attention.

The plot of Dime Store Magic basically boils down to a supernatural custody case, which was something I hadn’t seen before. The main character, Paige, has been the head witch of the coven since her mother’s death. She has a ward, Savannah, whose deceased mother practiced black magic. Leah, an evil half-demon, has attempted to snatch Savannah before. But now, Leah’s got an ace up her sleeve: Savannah’s father, who’s part of a nefarious sorcerer’s cable which will stop at nothing to get their hands on a young witch.

The relationship between Paige and Savannah was probably my favorite part of the book. Savannah’s a rather difficult thirteen year old, but it’s clear she cares for Paige and vise versa.

I liked that the focus wasn’t on the romantic relationship. There’s really no romance at all for the first 300 pages, although this does mean that there was almost no build up when you suddenly got a sex scene.

On the trigger warning… the attempted rape was completely unnecessary and added nothing. She was already being threatened with death and torture, I have no idea what the Armstrong felt rape would add to the situation.

I would tentatively recommend Dime Store Magic for fans of urban fantasy.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Jul 7, 2015 |
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From one of today’s most original writers comes the mesmerizing tale of an exceptional young woman caught up in an otherworldly realm where some will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world’s most powerful elite organizations—the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge—an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil...and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder—and frame Paige for the crime. It’s an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive.

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"From one of today's most original writers comes the mesmerizing tale of an exceptional young woman caught up in an otherworldly realm where some will stop at nothing to get what they want. Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world's most powerful elite organizations--the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige's wildest antics can't hold a candle to those of her new charge--an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil...and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder--and frame Paige for the crime. It's an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive."-- BOOK COVER… (more)

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