Title: Dime Store Magic (Women of The Otherworld #3)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: Holy mother of all, this was AMAZING!
I went into this book, knowing that it’s the third in the Women of The Otherworld series, but it turned out to read just like a standalone book, rather than the third in a series. I could get to know the characters very quickly, and I followed along just as easily. It honestly felt like I was reading the first book in a series.
This book centres around Paige Winterbourne who has taken a young witch into her care. Savannah’s mother was a witch who used black magic, but now she’s dead so it is left to Paige and the rest of the coven to keep Savannah safe from all of her mother’s … unsavoury acquaintances. Enter a sorcerer organization who wants to take custody of Savannah by any means necessary, and a sorcerer lawyer who incites passion for Paige herself.
First of all, Lucas Cortez is quite possibly the most perfect character in this book. ‘Nuff said. He’s a perfect gentleman to Paige and Savannah, he protects them as well as helping them, and not to mention his smoking hot looks. I’m definitely going to read the following books after this, purely for him. Ladies and gentlemen (and everyone in between), I present to you, my new fictional crush.
The ladies are also very awesome – Savannah may be young, but she’s got more power in one little finger than most of the Coven witches have in their whole bodies, and she knows it. Also, Paige has some serious skills herself, but she doesn’t let her witchcraft interfere with her parenting of her young ward. I loved seeing their relationship throughout the book, and I loved seeing the normality of it as well. Savannah is a typical thirteen-year old girl, complaining about her lack of breasts, arguing with Paige, storming off to her room, and I liked that about the book. It may be fantasy, but the balance of normality to it was very well done.
I recognized some of the characters who make cameos in the book – for example, the Stonehaven werewolves like Elena and Clay – whom I recognized from watching the tv show Bitten (an adaptation of the books). They didn’t play that much of a role in Dime Store Magic, which definitely contributed to the easiness with which I read this one.
Overall, it was a really gripping book, with just the one sex scene (it’s really not that explicit) but with lots of action and magic in it. Give it a go, and I can almost guarantee that if you like contemporary witches and magic, this is one that you will love.