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Kelley Armstrong , Laural Merlington
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June 23 2008 Women of the Otherworld (Book 3)
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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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 the 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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By The Baking Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
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. When a man claiming to be Savannah’s father serves her with papers demanding custody, Paige drops everything to protect Savannah from what she believes are dangerous people. It’s bad enough that the magic they’re attempting to use on Paige and Savannah could be lethal, but the father’s representative is the woman who killed Paige’s mother. When a mysterious young man appears on her doorstep and offers to be her lawyer, Paige is torn between the need to accept his help, or to send him packing. After all, the man is a sorcerer, and sorcerers can’t be trusted.

Dime Store Magic is part of the Women of the Otherworld series. This is my first venture into Paige’s intriguing world and it’s a fun place to visit. A couple of scenes were a bit grisly, however the plot, pacing, and characters were terrific. The backstory added depth to main characters, and provided sufficient motivation to understand the things they did. The plot at first seemed simple, which is to protect Savannah, yet there’s more going on. It’s about Paige’s fight to preserve the life she’s come to love and to keep her mission to stop the coven from living in fear. There’s a lot of detail about their lives and the rules of witchcraft and sorcerers to keep the story interesting.

Since Paige lives in a small town in Massachusetts, her misfortunes become public knowledge, which brings threats from the locals and anger from her coven. I found myself sympathizing with her situation, and angry at those who would neither support or accept her and Savannah. As I neared the end of the book, I simply couldn’t put it down. For me, good books invoke an emotional response with page-turning action. It also makes this is a series I’ll read from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! July 26 2013
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Women of the Otherworld #3 Dec 1 2012
By Sandy S. TOP 100 REVIEWER
DIME STORE MAGIC by Kelley Armstrong

DIME STORE MAGIC is the third novel in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. A diversion from Kelley’s Werewolves, DSM focuses on Paige Winterbourne, who was first introduced in Stolen. .

Following the death of her mother, Paige Winterbourne has become Coven leader. And to complicate matters, Paige is now the guardian of Savannah Levine, the young witch who has yet to come into her full powers. When Paige’s position within the Coven is questioned, she is removed and must find a way to ensure both her safety and Savannah’s. But it is a question of paternity and by the Nast Cabal that will push Paige into a life involving the Cabals and Lucas Cortez.

Kristof Nast seeks custody of the young witch. Knowing that the Cabals train a young witch into active duty and in trust to the Cabal’s, Paige is worried that Savannah will be pulled into a world of sorcery, witchcraft and death. But it will be Kristof’s revelations that he is Savannah’s biological father that will further complicate and add fuel to the Nast Cabal custody battle.

Lucas Cortez is a sorcerer. As the bastard son and heir to the head of the Cortez Cabal, Lucas has relinquished all claims to the life and its many privileges and problems. But as a young lawyer, Lucas has willingly volunteered to help Paige with her custody battle against the Nast Cabal. But the bigger problem is the less than happy relationship between the Nast and Cortez Cabals. And now Paige and Savannah are caught in the middle of a custody battle that will eventually see a powerful sorcerer dead and a young witch grieving the death of her parents.

Dime Store Magic was not one of my favorite storylines, but will all due respect, it was not my least favorite.
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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
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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
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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. 6 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. 25 2004 by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by Alisa McCune
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical third installment
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004
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