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DIME STORE MAGIC by Kelley Armstrong, Excerpt

DIME STORE MAGIC by Kelley Armstrong, Excerpt

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From one of today’s most original writers comes the mesmerizing tale of an exceptional young woman caught up in an otherworldly realm where some will stop at nothing to get what they want.

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.
From one of today’s most original writers comes the mesmerizing tale of an exceptional young woman caught up in an otherworldly realm where some will stop at nothing to get what they want.

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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Publish date: Sep 25, 2012
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krumbs_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I believe I would have liked these characters more if I had read the second book in the series; instead, it was just a bunch of unpleasant people thrown at me at the beginning. It did get a bit better further into the book, so I'm glad I stuck with it.

I truly dislike Savannah, the teenager, and I don't like how Paige, the heroine of the tale, interacts with her. Why wouldn't you tell a 13-year-old that she almost got a friend of hers killed due to her recklessness--especially after she does it again? This kid feels no compassion or empathy; it seems like an important thing for a guardian to address when she keeps doing violence to people without remorse. Over and over again, she manipulates people and puts them in danger, but there are no consequences. I kept wishing Paige would just grow a backbone and act like the adult in the equation.
roxyrolla reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Well, I like the characters in this book, but I have to say the plot was a little bit boring. I did appreciate getting some background info on the Cabals and the Coven, and there were a couple of surprises, but nothing major, nothing to make this book memorable. Hopefully the next in the series will have a bit more oomph to it.
ccookie_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
First line:~ Todd adjusted his leather power seat and smiled ~Kelley Armstrong's "Dime Store Magic" is the third novel in the "Women of the Otherworld" series and the first one that I read.I chose it in July for the TIOLI challenge: #18: Read a book where the author's Surname is also a Place name (Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada) and I also read it for the Reading Through Time Challenge to read a book about witchcraft.When I asked my family if they had any suggestions for a book on witchcraft, my daughter in law recommended this one. She has read all of the series and they came highly recommended; she loves the series.There is lots of humour and lots of suspense; a good combination in my book. Although this is the third book in the series it was a fine stand-alone read and I enjoyed it enough to want to really read the others in this series. It is well written and is a fun romp through witchcraft and romance. And, bonus, Kelley Armstrong is Canadian; gotta love that!
allzz reviewed this
Rated 5/5
one of the best books about the feuds and love of a sorceror and witch
brendamcfarlane reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I didn't think I would like these characters as much as I had the previous characters from the Women of the Otherworld series, but the book grew on me and turned out to be a good read.
sithereandread reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is the third installment in the "Women of the Otherworld" series by Kelley Armstrong. We switch narrators in this story to Paige Winterbourne, who we briefly met in 'Stolen'. She is currently in the care of thirteen year old Savannah who is being pursued once again by Leah O'Donnell.This was great 'coming of age' story for both of these characters. Paige had to grow into the mother role for Savannah after just losing her own mother, and while being under the scrutiny of the Coven as their newly appointed Leader. Savannah was coming of age for her first menses which is very important in determining what type of witch you will be for the rest of your life. And along with 'coming of age' stories comes major obstacles to be tackled mentally and physically.I enjoyed this book and I found it more comedic than her previous novels in this series. Paige was just being bombarded with insane situations at the hand of Leah, and Savannah, being a temperamental teenager, was no help. With the help of Lucas Cortez, Paige discovers how dangerous supernatural life can be and makes tough decisions about her and Savannah's future.
shelleyraec reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I enjoyed this - the first I have read by kelly Armstrong. It had good pace, an interesting plot and a well developed reality.Not so keen on Paige - too much of the storyline depended on her naivete to advance, and I wanted to sigh and roll my eyes as she stepped into yet another obvious setup. I thought it was a shame that a potentialy strong likeable character was overshadowed by such dimwitted behaviour. Savannah was well written though(eerily reminded me of my hormone challenged 13 yo dd). A good mix of urban fantasy/paranormal and crime and an interesting world to be introduced to. Will be looking for more in the series.
missreadstoomuch reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Dime Store Magic - a fun book for passing time! Recommend!
jamesterck reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Review: Dime Store Magic is book #3 in the Women of the Otherworld series. When I picked up this book, I was kind of disappointed. The first two books, Bitten and Stolen centered around Elena, who is the only female werewolf. I love Elena and her story, so when I noticed this book revolved around Paige Winterbourne I wasn't sure I would like it. I didn't really care for Paige's character much in Stolen (which is where she made her first appearance). I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! Paige is extremely witty and clever; maybe not the most talented witch in the Coven, but certainly determined and dedicated to her witch heritage and doing right by the Coven. She is trying to adjust to suddenly being thrust into the role of being Coven leader after her mother's death. On top of that she is caring for Savannah, a teenage girl who lost her mom and is starting to come into her witch powers. As if all that isn't enough, a man who claims to be Savannah's father is trying to take custody away from Paige, and she is certain that it is for purely malevolent reasons. Especially since the half-demon Leah is smack dab in the middle of the controversy. Paige shows a lot of strength and she never gives up, even when it would obviously be easier to just throw in the towel. So many forces are working against her, but with the help of her friends she battles back. We didn't get to know Savannah very well in the last book and at that time she seemed kind of meek and very young. We definitely get to see another side of her in Dime Store Magic; she is extremely confident, both in her magical abilities and in herself. She has a very snarky attitude, but is wise beyond her years. At times you forget that she is barely a teenager; her circumstances have definitely made her grow up quickly. I really enjoyed Lucas Cortez, a new character introduced initially as Paige's lawyer. Well, after much persuasion because Lucas is a sorcerer and Paige doesn't want anything to do with him for quite a while. Even though she was suspicious, I loved him from the beginning! He is very caring, compassionate, and willing to go to any lengths to help Paige out. He isn't described as being incredibly hunky or strong, but he still makes you swoon because he comes off as such a nice guy.And guess what, there's even a little bit of romance in this one. Go Paige! It definitely wasn't a focal point of the book but it was a nice touch (and let's face it, it was nice to see Paige have some happiness after everything that happens to her!). If you like books about witches, I think you will definitely enjoy this one! It has a bit of a different approach to witches and sorcerers. Normally you would assume them to be male/female counterparts, but in this series they are two different races. The sorcerers are also considered to be much more powerful than witches, and the two do not get along well AT ALL. Also, all witches must have a ceremony performed when the first get their period; if they skip this step, they will never receive their full powers. Sometimes when authors have a series and go back and forth between characters it really irritates me. Especially if I really like one character, and despise the others. However, Kelley Armstrong is such an incredible writer, it was impossible for me NOT to love Paige and the rest of the characters in this book. I will still be happy to be reunited with Elena and Clay in future books, but I'm looking forward to reading more about Paige as well!My rating: 5/5 stars
gmtapublishing reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Kelley Armstrong is a progeny when it comes to supernatural writing. Her books leave you breathless with their racy romances, the constant struggles, and the exciting stories. She does all of this effortlessly and you have no choice but to plummet without stumbling straight into her world. She has created such a strong presence in all of her characters that everything about them makes them seem real! You get so caught up in their stories that you feel you are a part of them. I cannot say enough good things about Kelley!

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