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Magic and the Modern Girl (Jane Madison #3)

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Men come and go, but magic is forever…right?

Wrong. After a few months of letting witchcraft slide, Jane Madison discovers that not using her powers has her rapidly losing them. Meanwhile, her warder is avoiding her, her familiar has moved out, her mother is abandoning her again and her grandmother is…getting married? With her world turned topsy-turvy, Jane is at her wits'

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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Red Dress Ink (first published 2008)
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Crystal Starr Light
Started out great, then people forget there was a plot

Jane Madison is a witch, but she hasn't been using her "witchy" powers in so long, she's losing them. After whining about this to her friend, Melissa, her ward, David, suggests she performs a big spell to bring back her magic. She chooses to create an anima, but this turns out badly when she realizes that the anima hasn't given her any of her powers back!

During these last days of Borders' Going Out of Business Sale, I've been continuously per
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Sue Q
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Ebook borrowed from the Ontario Library Service

Thoughts - ***Warning!! Contains spoilers below!***:

I will probably never say this again so I'm going to say it first: The third book is by far the best book in this series! The first book was good, the second okay - but this book - the third book - was the best. However, it wouldn't have been able to stand alone: it needed the other two to set the story and characters. It also wouldn't do if you combined all three into one g
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Susan
Okay! So I read one quirky paranormal romance/mystery and now I can't seem to stop reading them. You're probably thinking "Enough already!", but truthfully, I can't seem to help myself. These days, my waking hours are long and demanding and when I get home at night, I really need to unwind with something that I don't have to think about too much. These books that I've been reading seem to be just the ticket.

Jane hasn't been using her magic. In fact, you could say she's been very neglectful. Her
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Nancy O'Toole
In the beginning of Magic and the Modern Girl, Jane Madison hasn’t used her powers in quite a while. She doesn’t really think of the consequences until she looks in the basement of her cottage to discover that her runes have dissolved and her books are almost wiped clean. After contacting her Warder, David, Jane discovers something very disturbing. Since she has neglected her magical abilities, she is losing them. In a desperate attempt to jump start her powers, she attempts a large spell, but t ...more
Steph
Magic and the Modern Girl is the final book in the Jane Madison trilogy. I was kinda disappointed with this one, esp since "that's all she wrote" on the matter. But, Mindy Klasky did eventually wrap everything up, just not the way I would've thought things would've played out. They are allowed to do that from time to time. LOL!

Jane, having chosen to not join the coven in the last book, finds life is just getting in the way of using her magic. She's been busy with work, family, friends, life and
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Jaron
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Gail
Librarian and erstwhile witch Jane Madison hasn't practiced her witchcraft in almost a year. She's been devoting herself to her career as librarian and, to be honest, avoiding everything that is witchy. She discovers, to her horror, that not only are her powers dwindling, but all her witchcraft books and tools are losing their potency and are in danger of either being destroyed or confiscated.

She works a spell to bring her powers back to rather distastrous results. Meanwhile a lover who truly lo
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Cathy
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Ellen
I think this was a sequel (I haven't read the first ones) so I didn't get a few things. There was a fair amount of review, which was nice, but even so sometimes I felt like it was too much. Some things I didn't really get but didn't want to. Generally I liked the characters but main girl bugged at times. I have no interest in the rest of the series.
Cara
Such a huge let down from the first book. The following two books have been utterly terrible. Jane changed too much from the woman she was in the first book to the woman she became in the second and third. Janie is materialistic and selfish, both of which she wasn't when you first start reading the series.
I can't express how much I dislike this book. I gave up before I reached 100 pages and that's unheard of for me to do. I was bored and irritated and couldn't finish it. I read the last chapter
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Renee Beaucage
Ok, of the three Jane Madison books, this was my least favourite :(. I found the whole thing with Ariel unnecessary, and slightly confusion as well. I couldn't get a grasp on what her real purpose was. I mean, I understood that she was created in order to harness Jane's powers again, but I just thought her entire existence was pointless. Though, I love the name.



I enjoyed her relationship with Will. I suppose I am a hopeless romantic... but I really enjoyed experiencing their connection.



I reall
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Shannon
Washington, D.C., reference librarian (and practicing witch) Jane Madison learns a lesson in love and spell casting in Klasky's lively latest (after Sorcery and the Single Girl). After quitting the snobby Washington Coven, returning heroine Jane takes a vacation from casting spells . Six months later, she discovers her powers have vanished and her witchy paraphernalia has been destroyed. In a tizzy, Jane runs to Neko, her gay feline familiar, and Melissa White, her ever-sympathetic best friend, ...more
Dear Velvet
Jane.. WAKE UP!

I have to come clean: I was a little bewitched (sorry) by Jane Madison and her odd-assorted band of female relatives, familiars, wardens, scheming fellow witches and dazzlingly unsuitable men. The whole shebang has the ring of truth to it, even given the fantasy nature of her world.
(It is fantasy isn't it? Am I missing out here? Oh some of us have such exciting lives..)

How many of us have never blundered into the wrong guy's arms, completely failing to communicate with Mr. Perfect
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Wendy
I think this is my favourite book of the Jane Madison series, and I think that's probably because there's more at stake for Jane - in every aspect of her life - in this book than in either the first or second book. The business of witching is no longer the strange new world it was in the first book, and Jane has no need to prove (as she did in the second book) that she is worthy of her powers, her books and arcane materials, her familiar. In the third book, what's at stake is everything she work ...more
Melinda Tysinger
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series but this one just wasn't as good. The other two held my interest but I struggled with this one. The caharcters in her previous books that made them so entertaining such as Neko were hardly in this one and there just didn't seem to be much else to make the book worth reading. I will read the next one though. Hopefully she brings back all the things that made her first two books so entertaining.
Leah
This book was okay. Partly, I feel like I might have lost the plot a bit because I didn't read the previous stories first. Any chance this would've made more sense (or I would've given a darn about the characters) if I'd read the rest of the series first?? Jane was whiny, David was standoffish and I didn't care if they ended up together or not. There was just something missing from this story.
Jenn
This is a fun third - possibly final? - installment in the Jane Madison series. This is a true, frothy romance novel with the paranormal - in this series' case, that of witches (not, thank heavens, vampires or werewolves or - heaven help us! - fallen angels) - added in such a way that the world seems so believable. The way that Klasky describes the setting makes me want to go back to D.C. - it makes me want to visit her little historical library and see the cottage behind and take a walk to her ...more
Nicole Walker
Not as strong as the first two books but still a decent cap to the trilogy. Although I must admit that part of me thinks David deserved better than Jane's 'my way or the highway' back and forth. At times the romance felt a bit abrupt in a two steps forward, one step back kind of way.
Diana
Jane Madison has let her magic fall into disuse as she becomes ever busier with her job. To her horror she discovers that her magic is perilously close to being forever, and must reach out to her warder David and her familiar Neko, both of whom have grown increasingly distant, as well as her family to reclaim her magic before it disappears.

It took me a little bit to get into this, with me leaving it unread for quite a few months. Once I finally got past the first few chapters, however, I started
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Krystal
This trilogy was hard to finish for me. It really was a good idea, I just don't think (in my lowly opinion) that it was executed well. The books had this sense about them that the author followed a checklist to writing. Klasky wrote in minute detail what the story was, she didn't let it unfold naturally. And all the books were filled with this forced sense of cramming "class" into it. From the name dropping, to information, to what should be served on menus, the opera this and that, the "arts" a ...more
Lina
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Ellyn
The final book in the Jane Madison trilogy is also the best, much better than the wildly uneven middle chapter. Jane has been too busy for magic in the last five months, with disastrous reprecussions. It seems that the magic fades from disuse and now Jane has to work a major spell to recharge. The spell backfires and the anima Jane creates goes awol with all of her power. This book was a much faster read than the last, which really dragged in the middle. I also felt more invested in the characte ...more
Anne
First gripe: Had no idea that it was part of a series. Trust me, you'll have wanted to read the other 2 books to fully understand the back story that Klasky keeps referencing.

Second gripe: Some of the thoughts seems a little unfocused and unfinished.

All in all, not my favorite, luckily I got it in a used book story thinking it'd be a fun quick read. Quick? Yes. Fun? Not really. The back story alone kept confusing me and wondering what I had missed. Also I wondered if it was really THAT importan
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Jessica
This is a great capper to the Jane Madison trilogy. Jane finally comes to a crisis where she needs to decide how she feels about being a librarian, a witch, a daughter and granddaughter, and a lover, frankly. How does her witchcraft affect her relationships, and how does she want it to affect them? What is her relationship with Neko, and what should it be? Her mother? David, her warder? Klasky does an excellent job of tying all these threads together. All the great characters who make up Jane's ...more
Nicole Harris
At first I thought I wouldn't like this book but slowly it got on my good. Jane...Jane. Jane wow her character reminded me of myself as a person afraid to be alone and worried that once someone got to know her true self; even in a witch sort of way that there is always going to be someone who connect to on a strong personal way and that if they can't love you for it than they don't deserve you. Each character had a strong personality that you either loved or hated but I wouldn't want to change a ...more
Embla
Unfortunately the third installment in the Jane Madison series didn't quite cut it, IMO. I wasn't taken into the story at all andI missed the prose of the previous books, which was simple yet captivating and fun. This story seemed 'tired', there were way too many repetitions which probably needed either some editing or rewriting and the whole plot wasn't interesting or engaging at all. Too bad really 'cause I did enjoy the previous books.
Sarahlynn Lester
This was a really fun series. I'll read more from Klasky.
Lesa
This was one of the best series I've ever read. I'm hoping that Mindy Klasky will do us all the favor of continuing the series as there are infinite possibilities to be explored. The adventures never end with Jane and her magical crew. Add in new familiars, possible beaus for Jane and her best friend, and an anima who escapes and becomes the Artistic Avenger "Empower the Arts" Is Will THE ONE? Will Jane be able to leave witchcraft and her hot warder David behind for a chance at love and normalcy ...more
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Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.

Mindy's travels took her through multiple careers, including copyright lawyer and law librarian. Mindy now writes full time. Her books fall in a number of genres -- including traditional fantasy, urban fantasy, and category
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