Thursday, May 8, 2014

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong [Review]
Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld #4) by Kelley Armstrong
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: January 25, 2014

Women of the Otherworld
1. Bitten
2. Stolen
3. Dime Store Magic
4. Industrial Magic - Paperback | Kindle
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):
Meet the smart, sexy — supernatural — women of the otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven...

Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all.. . .

In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals — a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.
Thoughts on Industrial Magic: Yep, I still adore Lucas. With all the crazy he has to put up with in his family, his zeal to do the right thing and help those who need it is downright fantastic. Plus, he's so endearingly formal. He obviously loves Paige and yet he's so careful around her and so quick to believe she's going to want out of their relationship as soon as she gets involved with his family.

Oh, Lucas.

Beyond the relationshippy stuff (which I LOVE!), the case Paige and Lucas find themselves trying to unravel is intriguing. Added bonus, we get to meet up with some old favorites -- Elena, Clay, and Jeremy -- and get introduced to the over-the-top Jaime Vegas, the necromancer who puts her foot in her mouth often and has a totally understandable crush on Jeremy. Which, let's face it, is TEN KINDS OF ADORABLE when she goes all high school giggly over him. Maybe that's just me.

As is the case with the previous books, even more of the supernatural world is revealed. Seriously more. Like, more to the power of ten. We see the cutthroat side of the cabals and the somewhat creepy side of the necromancers. Frankly, the way the cabals are run is scary in itself because it's so darn normal. Well, if you ignore the shamans and sorcerers wandering the halls of the corporate building, that is.

Bottom line, while I adore the werewolves, I love how much bigger the world feels with every book. The women (and men) of the otherworld stand up for what they believe in, no matter how hard it might be.

In other words, this reread ROCKS!

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