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Magic and the Modern Girl (Jane Madison #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,180 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
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'

Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Red Dress Ink (first published 2008)
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Sue Q
Nov 28, 2012 Sue Q rated it it was amazing
Type and Source of Book:
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
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
Oct 24, 2008 Jaron rated it liked it
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Nancy O'Toole
Mar 20, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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
Sep 03, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
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
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 an
Sep 18, 2009 Gail rated it really liked it
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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Jul 04, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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.
Sepideh Sahebsara
Feb 24, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it really liked it
Dear Velvet
Jun 10, 2012 Dear Velvet rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of Mindy Klasky's Jane Madison series. I was eagerly awaiting the release of the third, and for now, final book "Magic and the Modern Girl". However, I felt the story was a bit iffy for me. Hence, the three stars. Believe me, I would love to be able to give it more. I just didn't love the book enough to give a higher rating.

In the beginning, Jane hasn't been using her powers as a witch and has only been getting into fights with her familiar, Neko, so she let's him move out. But th
May 03, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in the Jane Madison series. The bulk of the story has some moments where the description of what the author is talking about,has a tendency to drag on with too many details,but for the most part, I liked this book the most out of the 3. I say that because Jane has a very important decision to make in this one...she must choose between staying with the man she has finally fallen in love with,who accepts her for who she is..or to develop her magical powers. While in the months that ...more
Aug 28, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 15, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Jane Madison series. I enjoyed it just as much as the other two, even though I felt that it might have been the weakest of the three.

I was a little skeptical when I started off – a fantasy book about a witch that lost her powers? Where’s the fun in that? – but I quickly regained my interest once Ariel came onto the scene. I didn’t really like the subplot with Will, because it took too much time away from everything going on with Ariel and ended in a pretty predicta
Aug 26, 2014 Cara rated it did not like it
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
Sep 19, 2015 Cissa rated it really liked it
While it would not do to take this series seriously, especially with regards to the arcane, it's a fun set of books.

Jane is a well-rounded and complex protagonist, and the other characters are well-drawn as well. In this one the plot threads go a bit wild, but are resolved reasonably well. Jane's relationships with her friends, family, and co-workers are interesting and complex.

Now, on a purely magical note- I figured her Big Spell to exercise and thus regain her powers would go off when she and
Renee Barrette
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
Jul 08, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
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
Diane Rapport
Apr 18, 2016 Diane Rapport rated it liked it
Enjoyable paranormal romance, number 3 in a series. Jane Madison is a witch, trying to come to terms with her powers. Unfortunately, her powers come with the stipulation that she uses them or loses them. Lately, she hadn't been using them - and losing them suddenly doesn't seem appealing. While this installment starts off well, it slows down considerably and drags way too long. The ending is good, considering it's a setup for the next in the series, but by the time I got there it was a bit hard ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light, witches
Closer to a 3.5 I'm doing a re-read of the first 3 books in this series as its been years since I read them the first time and I wanted the story to be fresh in my mind for the newer books focusing on Jane's Magicarium and the novellas that has since been released. Once I've read the entire series I plan on coming back and doing one review of the first 3 and a separate review for the Academy books. Before leaving this here though, I do want to say if you are looking for a light foray in the magi ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Anne rated it it was ok
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
Nov 06, 2008 Ellyn rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2012 Lina rated it really liked it
Shelves: witches
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Jan 01, 2015 Megan rated it liked it
Enjoyable, but fairly flighty as expected. Characters were fun but mostly predictable; the warder and familiar need to be fleshed out more. Parts a bit more unbelievable (in terms of missing plot, plot holes, etc.) but overall an enjoyable potato chip book. This final book was maybe a bit less satisfatory in terms of plot - the main conflict seemed to be resolved fairly suddenly and without a lot of thought...and the love triangle that had been building (somewhat poorly) through all three books ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Krystal rated it it was ok
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
Feb 16, 2008 Diana rated it liked it
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
Nov 22, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, chicklit
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
May 27, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
It's been a while since I read about my favorite witch/librarian, but I quickly got back into the groove. In this novel, Jane Madison, a really powerful witch discovers that "if you don't use it, you lose it." Her magic is quickly fading away, so she sets out to create an anima to help her grow her magic. That backfires and she ends up on a wild chase across DC that eventually involves her mother, grandmother, two new familiars, and Ariel, the anima who got away. Wacky wedding planning and art b ...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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