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Dime Store Magic: Kelley Armstrong Paperback – Aug 25 2009
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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.
"A convincing small-town setting, clever contemporary dialogue, compelling characterizations and a touch of cool humor.... This story’s special strength lies in its seamless incorporation of the supernatural into the real world." Publishers Weekly
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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 series. This book is narrated by Paige, the "know it all" witch we meet in "Stolen". When I first met Paige in "Stolen", I did believe that she was a somewhat annoying character, but looking back I can now say that in the first two books I was biased against all of the other female characters as I found Elena to pretty much the be all/ end all.
Going into "Dime Store Magic" I tried to put aside my preconceived notions of Paige and I do believe that I was successful... To a point. I personally found Paige to be way too 'happy housewife' for me, I like a girl who isn't afraid to kick butt... Paige is very much a homebody- she has the cookies and milk ready for when the kids come home, she is constantly backing,and she only wears skirts as jeans are beneath her. Though I believe that more people can relate to Paige than Elena, I much prefer Elena.
And as much as I love Elena I must admit that I love her partner Clay more. Introduced in "Dime Store Magic" is the male counterpart of Paige, Cortez. To sum it up, Cortez is as interesting as a sack of potatoes. At first I thought that Cortez had potential to be a really intriguing character when he knocked on Paige's door to offer her his assistance, standing there shuffling his papers about, afraid to meet her eyes... I thought he was going to be some loveable dork, but alas, that was not the case. I think what bugged me most about Cortez is his language. Yes, I understand that he is a lawyer and a professional, and therefore he has to uphold a certain persona. But really?Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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Purchased in 'good' condition. In my opinion the book i received was in 'very good' condition. Pleasantly surprised, thankyou! :)Published 10 months ago by Laura Yeo
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 on July 26 2013 by catherine
DIME STORE MAGIC by Kelley Armstrong
DIME STORE MAGIC is the third novel in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Read more
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2010 by J. Scully
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 morePublished on March 7 2006
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