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Kelley Armstrong
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Aug. 25 2009 Women of the Otherworld
From Canada’s new queen of suspense, another hugely entertaining supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be enchanted . . .

Forget the cackling green hag in The Wizard of Oz, forget Samantha from Bewitched. Real witches are nothing, NOTHING like this. For years real witches have hidden their powers, afraid of being persecuted. They have integrated so well into the community, you could have a witch living right next door and never know about it. Take Paige, for instance, whom we first met in Kelley Armstrong’s novel Stolen. Just an ordinary twenty-something who runs her own website design company, worries about her weight and wonders if she’ll ever find a boyfriend. Okay, so she’s leader of the American Coven and guardian of Savannah, the teenage daughter of a black witch. Really, life is ordinary. But then a telekinetic half-demon, Leah O’Donnell, shows up to fight for custody of Savannah. And although Paige is ready for her, she’s not quite so prepared for the team of supernaturals that Leah brings with her, including a powerful sorcerer who claims to be Savannah’s father.

When all hell breaks loose -- literally -- and Paige is accused of witchcraft, Satanism and murder, the Coven, fearing exposure, abandons her. Cut off from her friends, Paige is forced against her better judgment to accept the help of a young sorcerer lawyer. And she quickly comes to realize that keeping Savannah could mean losing everything else.

Breathtakingly thrilling, hip and funny, this new novel is another page-turning triumph from an author who is going from strength to strength.

“I had a feeding frenzy on my front lawn, an unconscious paranormal investigator on my stairs, and, somewhere out there, an entire Cabal special projects team devoted to ruining my life.” -- from Dime Store Magic

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On the surface, it's a common domestic situation. Typically rebellious teen Savannah is constantly butting heads with protective guardian mother Paige Winterbourne. But the standard teen traumas pale in comparison to Savannah's difficulties. To begin with, her mother Eve, a black witch, was murdered, and now evil telekinetic half-demon Leah O'Donnell is trying to gain custody of her, by legal or foul means. Standing in Leah's way is Paige, a rather typical twentysomething entrepreneur, trying to come to terms with this motherhood thing. That, and her status as leader of the American Coven.

Welcome to East Falls, a sleepy small town outside of Boston that turns out to be a veritable hotbed of occult activity. It is also the locale for Dime Store Magic, a thoroughly entertaining supernatural thriller. As with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dime Store Magic features a contemporary setting and outwardly normal characters. This device provides scope for humour and social satire, and Kelley Armstrong proves adept at both. For instance, there is Savannah's observation that "all the best sorcerers are lawyers. Well, until they get older and become politicians." In fact, a young sorcerer lawyer, Luis Cortez, becomes Paige and Savannah's best ally in the fight against the evil forces terrorizing them. In Dime Store Magic, the third in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series following Bitten and Stolen, she displays a nice ear for dialogue, an imaginative way of describing the differing characteristics of witches, demons, and sorcerers, and skill in piling on the suspense, which adds up to one fun read. --Kerry Doole --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Unlike the Wizard of Oz, the witches in this sexy supernatural romance, including the murdered mother of 23-year-old heroine Paige Winterbourne, are not evil entities inhabiting a fairy tale land. They're an ages-old race of women so frightened by the possibility of exposure and endangerment that they've allowed their magical powers to atrophy. When Paige inherits her mom's mantle as Coven leader, however, she also inherits caretaking responsibility of Savannah Levine, an extremely gifted but rebellious 13-year-old who possesses her dead mother's penchant for dark magic-and for attracting the unwanted attention of darker magical beings (including Savannah's long-lost sorcerer father). The only person Paige can depend on is the one person she doesn't want to associate with: Lucas Cortez, an endearingly nerdy lawyer/sorcerer ("It was a sad world when a witch had to rely on a work-starved sorcerer for help"). As in Armstrong's debut novel Bitten, this story's special strength lies in its seamless incorporation of the supernatural into the real world. A convincing small-town setting, clever contemporary dialogue, compelling characterizations and a touch of cool humor make the tale's occasional vivid violence palatable and its fantasy elements both gripping and believable.
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My Review: A couple of days ago I reviewed Shatter Me for the second time. I'm not an avid re-reader (too many books, so little time) but as I looked around my book shelves I noticed a few series that I've failed to keep up on. So I informally named the summer of 2014 as the "remember all the book series that I need to catch up on!" Ya, it's a catchy title.

Kelley Armstrong's wonderful 'Women of the Underworld' series was unfortunately one of these series that I had fallen behind on. And that's sad because I adore it. In my recent review of Shatter Me I had stated that the old adage 'you can never go home' can come into play when rereading a book you once loved. Meaning, that you may find yourself not quite so smitten with the book the second time around. I'm happy to say this isn't the case for Dime Store Magic.

I had first read Dime Store Magic back somewhere around 2006 and liked it. But, at that time, I think my love of all things Elena and Clay (the two main characters in the first two books in the series - Bitten and Stolen) kind of overshadowed what Armstrong was trying to do with Paige in Dime Store Magic because this time around I loved it. I was really riveted to the story and had a hard time putting the book down. Lots of great supernatural action with well fleshed out characters = a truly great read.

I've waxed poetic about this series by one of my favourite Canadian authors time and again on this blog so I won't tell you to go out and pick up Bitten (the first book in the series) ASAP just because I've gotten more people than I can count hooked on this series.
I won't tell you to but I highly advise it. ;)

Highly recommended (but begin with Bitten and read in order!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Feb. 19 2004
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong is the third book in the Women of the Otherworld series. At the conclusion of Stolen, Elena, Paige, and the rest of the supernatural interracial council rescued Savannah and destroyed the facility that was kidnapping supernaturals. Savannah had been kidnapped with her mother, Eve. Eve was murdered shortly after the kidnapping, leaving Savannah alone and at the mercy of Isaac, an evil sorcerer and Leah, a half-demon Volo.
Dime Store Magic begins a year after Stolen. Paige, a coven witch, has custody of Savannah, a 13-year-old angry witch. Paige has her hands full trying to guide and protect Savannah, who is experiencing teen-angst with an unhealthy dose of rage.
Leah, the half-demon Volo has decided to join forces with a Cabal, a high ranking sorcerer who is also CEO of a large corporation. This particular Cabal, Nast is very powerful and also Savannah's father. The fight for custody is more then a legal matter. Nast wants Savannah for her power - and will do anything to acquire her.
Paige finds herself fighting not only Nast, but also everyone else in her life to protect Savannah. Paige's once uncomplicated life becomes a living hell that seems to have no end in sight. To make matters worse, Savannah at 13 is very immature and full of rage. She is angry about everything and is prone to using her powers in a reckless manner. Consequences are something Savannah does not understand.
Dime Store Magic is a wonderful, fun book to read. The Paige introduced in Stolen gains a great deal more depth and is a great heroine. She deals with these betrayals and attacks with a strong moral outrage and strength of character. She is not about to back down and shows her true feisty nature. What makes this book work is Paige's voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical third installment Feb. 14 2004
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In the 3rd book of the Women of the Otherworld series, the focus switches to new protagonist Paige. As you may recall from Stolen, Paige was the neophyte witch of the American Coven who joined the werewolves in a brazen attempt to rescue Savannah (a teenage witch) from human captors. In Dime Store Magic, Paige is back serving as Savannah’s guardian and mentor---a move highly criticized by the Elders of the American Coven. But Paige’s troubles don’t end there. Volo demon Leah has crawled out of the woodwork threatening to legally end Paige’s custody of Savannah after locating the girl’s biological father Kristof Nast. Nast is a sorcerer, which historically are sworn enemies of witches. Not surprisingly, Paige is disturbed by the idea of losing impressionable young Savannah to a sorcerer, especially one who is heir to an influential Cabal. When Paige refuses to fold under their threats, Leah and the Cabal unleash a media storm of negative publicity on Paige by framing her with incidents of Satanism & black magic. Suddenly Paige finds herself fighting to preserve her reputation as a good citizen, guardian and Coven leader. And worst yet, her best chance at surviving this ugly mess may actually come from sworn enemy #1—a sorcerer.
DSM is a big test for Armstrong. After so many readers fell in love with her werewolves, it was a risky venture to focus elsewhere. A change in protagonist meant a change in style and setting. With werewolves we had horror, violence and wild sex…everything you expect from a werewolf novel. We had a strong and feisty heroine in pessimistic Elena. But switch gears to DSM where the protagonist is a young and inexperienced witch and you have a different tale altogether. There is less intensity and less horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book by an incredible Canadian.
Published 18 days ago by Alan B. Clements
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read. Enjoyed the characters.
Published 23 days ago by Karen E. Foote
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Characters and Suspenseful Storytelling
As a practicing witch with a coven to lead, her own website design business, and a thirteen-year-old ward to raise, Paige Winterbourne is a busy young woman. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debra Purdy Kong
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
I love how the writing captures you and then makes you waiting to read more to see what happens next amazing writing!!! Can't wait to finish and get the next one in the series.
Published 14 months ago by catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars Women of the Otherworld #3
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DIME STORE MAGIC is the third novel in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sandy S.
3.0 out of 5 stars "As interesting as a sack of potatoes"...

This is the third book in Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series and I must say, this is my least favourite book (as of yet) in the... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2010 by Avery Greaves
3.0 out of 5 stars Meet Paige
Dime Store Magic sets itself apart from the first two Women of the Otherworld novels, by having Paige the young witch we met in Stolen narrate the story rather than the Werewolf... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2010 by J. Scully
3.0 out of 5 stars Dime Store Magic
Kelley Armstrong is a very talented writer. I loved her first two books. The third was entertaining enough. I am hoping she goes back to writing about Elena and her pack. Read more
Published on March 7 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably Supernatural
I'm not going to write another synopsis of the book, as there are already plenty posted below. I have been reading Kelley Armstrong's books when I first stumbled upon her first... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2005 by The_miss
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful world of magic
Rather than giving another description of the book itself, I would rather like to say that this book is fabulous. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Melissa
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