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Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
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Nov 19, 2010

it was amazing

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' relationship. I'd forgotten a good chunk of the history of witches/sorcerers too so it was a great refresher.

This is Paige's first chance to shine as a narrator in this series and I enjoyed her point of view a great deal. Miss Winterbourne hasn't had it easy lately: she lost her mom in the previous installment and gained a teenage ward. Definitely not a fair trade in my books but that's life! I was shocked by how much more I enjoyed Paige this second time around. Originally I found her character to be too weak and naive for my liking but that's not actually the case. Elena is a hard act to follow and although Winterbourne doesn't possess the might of a werewolf, her strength lies in her relationships. Paige is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Savannah; she's prepared to give up life as she knows it and all that she holds dear in order for her ward to have a good life. In my eyes, there's nothing nobler than sacrificing oneself for another, especially a child.

Lucas and Paige didn't exactly get off to the best start when they first met. I'd forgotten how much they butted heads in the beginning. The couple that I know now are solid in their relationship and are a real power team. That's definitely not the case in Dime Store Magic! As natural enemies (sorcerer/witch) their confrontations are explosive and when you throw in a teenage witch coming into her powers you're left with a real mess. I think I enjoyed the back-and-forth between the characters more than the plot's main conflict. Lucas and Paige are adorable together even when they're at odds. I liked the trade-spell-for-spell deal that they initiate in this installment as well. When they finally do get together it's quite magical. Literally!

Kelley lays out the history of sorcerers and witches in this installment which in itself is a gripping read. Paige explains things from the Coven's perspective, Lucas from the Cabals' and Savannah chimes in too. Combined they provide a pretty well-rounded view of their magical past. Winterbourne also uncovers an interesting secret regarding their grimoires as well that I found fascinating. I like that Armstrong dug as deep as she did into the witch universe. These details aren't crucial to the overall plot but added an extra level of depth that I appreciate as a reader. It just makes the Women of the Otherworld all the more real in my eyes.

Other than a few brief phone calls to Elena, this book has very little to do with its predecessors and as a result, it's not essential to have read the previous novels in order to fully understand this one. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't though! Clay and Elena will forever remain my favorite fictional couple but Lucas and Paige are definitely up there. Dime Store Magic is a fun book full of challenges, magic and budding relationships. I enjoyed the story a lot more this second time around and I can't wait to revisit Industrial Magic next month!

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Reading Progress

November 19, 2010 – Shelved
May 2, 2012 – Started Reading
May 2, 2012 –
page 73
May 3, 2012 –
page 172
41.35% "I forgot how much Paige and Lucas didn't hit it off at first! I'm really enjoying revisiting their beginnings."
May 3, 2012 –
page 242
May 4, 2012 –
page 306
May 4, 2012 –
page 416
100.0% "Was so worth a second read!"
May 4, 2012 – Finished Reading

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