Friday, May 2, 2014

Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong [Review]
Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: January 11, 2014

Women of the Otherworld
1. Bitten
2. Stolen
3. Dime Store Magic - Paperback | Kindle
4. Industrial Magic
5. Haunted
6. Broken
7. No Humans Involved
8. Personal Demon
9. Living with the Dead
10. Frostbitten
11. Waking the Witch
12. Spellbound
13. Thirteen

Kelley Armstrong
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Dime Store Magic:  I have to get this off my chest -- I adore Lucas. He's a little stuffy at times and he's not the greatest sorcerer but he's so darn cute. Plus, I totally love how he's chosen to stand up for the underdog and fight the Cabals. Well done, Lucas. Well done.

So. Where book 1 gave us werewolves and book 2 expanded the overall world to show us there are plenty of other supernaturals out there, book 3 shows us the inner workings of the witches and their coven and the sorcerers and their Cabals. Frankly, the witches are a bunch of do-nothing ladies. On the other hand, the Cabals are terrifying in their ability to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get what they want -- something we'll see more of in later books.

The coven's desire to stay out of the limelight and not get involved in anything that doesn't directly affect them has tied Paige's hands in a lot of ways. The Elders don't look to her as a leader (although she technically is) and when Paige ends up in trouble, they do nothing to help. Then there's that whole "witches and sorcerers don't mix" thing. Which doesn't appear to be the case when it comes to Lucas and Paige.

Did I mention how much I like Lucas? BECAUSE I DO.

Plenty of intrigue, a fair amount of backstabbing, and a couple who seem to be polar opposites make this a very fun book. Oh, and Savannah. A teenage girl with more power than most PLUS all the angst that comes with being thirteen. Good times.

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