Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)
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Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld #3)

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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 t...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published February 19th 2004 by Orbit
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valee
Well, what can I say? I'm definitely hooked! Even more than what I want to admit. Maybe it is because I was so sure I would not like this series. Of course no complains from me as this series turned out to be a wonderful surprise which I was definitely not expecting.Even though in this installment we get things from Paige's POV, which I thought would be extremely boring as I did not liked her in the previous book, we still get to read about this same world which is captivating me little by littl...more
Barks & Bites
I haven't yet read Armstrong's "Bitten" or "Stolen" so had to pay very close attention to the first few chapters to get the feel of this world and figure out who was who and what they had to do with the current story but now that I've got most of it figured out the pages are flying. Paige is tough and gutsy and vulnerable as well. And I'm digging the gore, the suspense, the wise-a*s humor and the tension (sexual and otherwise). Kind of reminds of very early Laurell K. Hamilton before she became...more
Lucy
I read Bitten a few months ago and gave it four stars, but I didn't continue with the series. I'm not sure why because I really did enjoy Bitten. I have a feeling it was one of those times where I picked up the first book and I had a pile of other stuff to read and I just never circled back to it. I enjoyed Stolen the second book in the series, although not as much as the first. I was skeptical about Dime Store Magic because I didn't like Paige when I encountered her in the second book. I felt b...more
Tatiana
Sep 15, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Women of the Otherworld series
Recommended to Tatiana by: book #3
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
"Dime Store Magic" is the third book in Women of the Otherworld series. It is narrated from the POV of Paige, a Coven witch introduced in the second book of the series. The story is centered on Savannah, a powerful teenage witch who is taken care of by Paige. A custody battle ensues when Savannah's sorcerer father tries to bring the girl to his Cabal. He does it with the help of telekinetic half-demon Leah, also introduced in "Stolen." Paige quickly finds herself overwhelmed by both legal and ma...more
Megan
The thing about Kelley Armstrong is that while I didn't love the main characters or even the story line here, her writing is completely addictive and her world building amazing. I'm enthralled by her Otherwold and in awe of her ability to tell the reader so much about it without ever presenting it in an info dump or mind-numbingly confusing way.

That said, Paige is naive, boring and slightly TSTL. Savannah is interesting. And as for Lucas Cortez... see the description for Paige. The issue I have...more
planetkimi
I think the best part is the background lore. I liked the explanations of the witches, sorcerors, and demons. Armstrong's world of supernaturals sounds like a very interesting place, and I'm looking forward to reading the other two books.

Paige and Savannah's relationship is quite interesting. How Paige managed to not choke the life out of Savannah, I'll never know. Wow. I hope S's hormones fall into line ... for Paige's sake. :P They have sort of an Obi-Wan/Anakin type of relationship where the...more
Robin Edman
Jesus God, this book is boring! It's one long explication of a magical quality that doesn't exist, explained by people I wouldn't allow in my home twice (I don't invite anybody back who lacks a personality). When the book takes a break from that, it's canting morality at me. I just cannot tell you how dull it is to listen to a person agonizing over the morality of a non-issue. And I most certainly do not recommend that you find out for yourself by reading this tripe. People with fully developed...more
Kristy
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Naoms
I have to say that it is very difficult if not impossible to enjoy this book. Not because it isn't well written or because the story isn't interesting, but because at some point it's difficult to stomach what happens to Paige in this book. It's not the sort of rage that has you rooting for Elena in "Stolen" but a sort of slow churning disgust at Paige for being such a push over. The people in her life are no good. Everyone from Savannah to her Coven sisters are all awful people. Savannah is unli...more
Avery
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 then again I can now say that in the first two books I was biased against the other female characters as I loved "Bitten" and Stolen's" main character of Elena Michaels so...more
forestsprite
Nov 11, 2007 forestsprite rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like their fantasy with some cheap romance thrown in
I grabbed this book because I needed something to read for the long flight from Toronto to Tokyo, and because I had heard good things about the author - another type to try and fill the void left by Laurell K. Hamilton. And also, because the author is a fellow Ontarian. This book fails on so many levels, and I only finished it because I really didn't have anything else to do on the flight, especially factoring in the 20 hour delay in Chicago, and I was angry enough that I spent the money on it...more
Kathy
From a blog post I wrote in 2006:

I found a new author I really dig. Kelley Armstrong has a series of books out with supernatural characters. I whipped through Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted and Broken in no time at all.

The first two and the last books have as their main character the lone female werewolf in the world. The third and fourth book have a young witch as the focal point and the fifth one features the story of a dead (but ghostly) witch.

These were really go...more
Brooke
Dime Store Magic is Kelley Armstrong's third Women of the Underworld book, and so far, the weakest. After such a solid debut with Bitten, I was really surprised that DSM ended up being a lesser story. The romance felt obligatory, the complexity of the levels of demons and witch magic made me wish for the simplicity of the werewolf pack in the earlier books, and Lucas Cortez's dialogue was painfully stiff and formal. The various conflicts all felt manufactured and forced - no one's motivations re...more
Ascexis
Aug 31, 2007 Ascexis rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of formula romance
Heavy going. The characters are largely unlikeable, the story telling heavy-handed and the morals more so. I am not keen on stories where people make inexplicable decisions for the only reason that the plot will keel over and die without them (an ounce of common sense would have ended the plot about half way through, iirc). I also don't much care for the style of the 'romance' going through it -- I'm not a fan of stories which advocate handing over your life and personal responsibility to a nice...more
Deanne
Apr 30, 2010 Deanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
I noticed that alot of people did not like this book. I also noticed it was in comparision to the first two books of the series Bitten and Stolen with Clay and Elena.
I don not think you can compare them They are alomost like a seperate series, they are just people that know each other.
I have to say that I really did like the book. I read it without thinking about Clay and Elena, and Bitten was one of my favorits books.
I think the characters were good and solid and the story was interesting. I al...more
Erin
May 12, 2009 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: begining paranormal romance readers that don't want much sex definitely
Recommended to Erin by: Jim
Decent book with a few really wonderful lines and moments, but nothing to WOW me into oblivion. Her voice wasn't quite right. It sounded the same as Elena through the whole book, but with different ideas. This isn't to be harsh, however. It takes a really great writer to be able to change their whole tone and voice that much when writing in the first person for a different character. I wonder too how long she had been writing before this book. The character was different from Elena, but it was a...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Good, strong installment in the series. I liked Paige when she was introduced in Stolen, although she was a bit on the cocky, arrogant side. In this book, we get to see what the aftermath of her taking in Savannah is.

Leah the bitch makes her return and from there, Paige's life pretty much goes up in smoke. All the while, the people she should be able to count on most will not help her at all. But through it all, one man stays by her side-even when she really didn't want her to. Enter, Lucas Cort...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I was pleasantly surprised by Dime Store Magic when I read it this second time around. My first reading was a bit disappointing because witches replace werewolves as the main characters and that's not a fair trade in my books. Now that I've read nearly the whole series I was able to better appreciate Kelley's third Women of the Otherworld novel. I really enjoyed going back in time and meeting Savannah all over again as well as witnessing the begins of Paige and Lucas' rel...more
Jennifer Bielman (Reading and Writing UF and PNR)
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The Good
I enjoyed watching Paige's life slowly spiral down hill (I'm not a sadist, I just thought the drama was funny). Nothing seemed to go right and everyone was pretty much against her. Add a reckless and powerful teenager into the mix, and things only get worse. Savannah was an interesting character. Naive, audacious, but trying to be good despite her history and familial connections. She was also the main reason for Paige's new disastrous life....more
Lucinda
Prepare to be enchanted…by a truly mesmerizing, magical story!

From author of ‘Bitten’ and ‘Stolen’ is another spellbinding tale that embodies all one truly loves with Young Adult fantasy/ paranormal fiction. Full of deadly demons, supernatural sorcerers and wicked Witches this captivating tale is one that will have you reading into the early hours of the morning with feverish excitement. ‘Dime Store Magic’ is the forth book in the series of Otherworld books, which began with Bitten and ends wit...more
Sandy
DIME STORE MAGIC by Kelley Armstrong

DIME STORE MAGIC is the third novel in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. A diversion from Kelley’s Werewolves, DMS focuses on Paige Winterbourne, who was first introduced in Stolen. .

Following the death of her mother, Paige Winterbourne has become Coven leader. And to complicate matters, Paige is now the guardian of Savannah Levine, the young witch who has yet to come into her full powers. When Paige’s position within the Coven is questioned,...more
chucklesthescot
I've read a few books in the series(not always in order!) and this is the first one that I thought was a let down.

Paige is looking after Savannah who is proving to be a real handful-wild, rude and not accepting her authority. When a custody suit is filed on behalf of her father, Savannah's future looks uncertain. Certain elements are determined to get Paige out of the way legally by making her appear to be an unfit parent, a witch and a murderer. So when a lawyer turns up offering to help her f...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
At the end of Stolen, Paige took custody of Savannah--an arrangement that promised to be entertaining as at age 22, Paige was only roughly ten years her senior. In Dime Store Magic, we fast-forward nine months. Things between Paige and Savannah are stable, but not comfortable; they're still trying to understand each other. This is complicated when Paige receives a summons to appear for a custody challenge. From Leah. Paige shows up only to find that the challenge is really coming from Kristof Na...more
Ian
Thirteen year old Savvannah was born from a forbidden liaison between her mother, a witch and a sorcerer. When her mother is murdered Savannah finds herself in the care of Paige a powerful witch whose mother was also murdered.

Now Savannah's father, the leader of a powerful sorcerer family has demanded custody of his daughter and there isn't all that much he won't do to get her. With the help of a sorcerer lawyer, Lucas, they will do everything in their power to protect Savannah, but with the re...more
MarsianMan
Paige a witch becomes the head of the coven due to her mother's death. She is determined to take care of teenage Savannah. Paige is facing trouble both from Savannah's biological father sudden appearance and claim for guardianship and from the coven who would rather be rid of Savannah.

The book back cover claims Savannah is some "dark" teen dabbling with "evil" side of her powers but I really found her more of a normal teen with supernatural powers and the willingness to use them without the com...more
Lorre
Dime Store Magic is centered on Paige and Savannah, 2 charachters I enjoyed in Stolen.

The story starts a few months after Stolen and Savannah and Paige seem to have adapted to living together, or as much as they can anyway with Savannah being a moody teenager who lost her mom.

But then someone from the past wants to fight Paige for Savannah's custody and makes their lives a living hell!
They get help from a very unexpected corner, from a Sorcerer, and not just any Sorcerer... from Lucas Cortez, he...more
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
this one was a little hard to get into, but once I did I liked it. I can see now why this series is called "the women of the otherworld" cause it's not just about one main character i've now noticed which is ok still makes it a good read. Poor Paige though it always sucks when "old magic" or "old Polotics" gets in the way of modern ideas and values. And to have your coven do what hers did to her OMG I would be like "um screw you!" with Paige it took her a long time to realize her coven wasn't th...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
A ridiculously fast re-read, done mostly to keep my mind of a building headache. It's done well enough. I found the story interesting. I just remained amazed that Paige could be so naive. Mistake after mistake, and the classic romantic "throw your rescuer out on his heels" mistake. Still, maybe small town living and thinking help explain some of that.
Deborah
This was my first Armstrong book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Had to reread in a few places because I'd get a tad confused with all the different other-worldly species and who belonged to which group. Despite that, the characters were strong, the story compelling, and I'll certainly try another of her books. :)
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a...more
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