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Title: Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #3)

Format: paperback

First Published: February 10th, 2004

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis (from Goodreads)From Canada’s new queen of suspense, another hugely entertaining supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be enchanted . . .

Forget the cackling green hag in The Wizard of Oz, forget Samantha from Bewitched. Real witches are nothing, NOTHING like this. For years real witches have hidden their powers, afraid of being persecuted. They have integrated so well into the community, you could have a witch living right next door and never know about it. Take Paige, for instance, whom we first met in Kelley Armstrong’s novel Stolen. Just an ordinary twenty-something who runs her own website design company, worries about her weight and wonders if she’ll ever find a boyfriend. Okay, so she’s leader of the American Coven and guardian of Savannah, the teenage daughter of a black witch. Really, life is ordinary. But then a telekinetic half-demon, Leah O’Donnell, shows up to fight for custody of Savannah. And although Paige is ready for her, she’s not quite so prepared for the team of supernaturals that Leah brings with her, including a powerful sorcerer who claims to be Savannah’s father.

When all hell breaks loose — literally — and Paige is accused of witchcraft, Satanism and murder, the Coven, fearing exposure, abandons her. Cut off from her friends, Paige is forced against her better judgment to accept the help of a young sorcerer lawyer. And she quickly comes to realize that keeping Savannah could mean losing everything else.

Breathtakingly thrilling, hip and funny, this new novel is another page-turning triumph from an author who is going from strength to strength.

“I had a feeding frenzy on my front lawn, an unconscious paranormal investigator on my stairs, and, somewhere out there, an entire Cabal special projects team devoted to ruining my life.” — from Dime Store Magic


Life is not running smoothly for Paige Winterbourne. In the past few months she’s lost her mother and become the guardian of Savannah, a teenage witch who is the daughter of a very powerful black witch and on the verge of gaining her full powers. On top of this the American Coven underestimate her and there’s a half demon out to get her. I’m not sure where she finds the time to keep up with her web design business.

Savannah’s birth father has finally shown interest in getting to know her and is dragging Paige through a custody battle. Things only get worse when Paige gets accused of witchcraft and murdering her lawyer…

Enter Lucas Cortez – geeky-yet-chic, young sorcerer and pro-bono lawyer.

I completely enjoyed this novel – the third installment of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I wasn’t a huge fan of Paige’s after reading her in Stolen but she managed to win me over in Dime Store Magic. She’s a  huge contrast from Elena. She’s a lot warmer, human and impulsive.

The chemistry between Paige and Lucas was entertaining. They’re fun together and they’re fun to read when they are together. Their sex scene down in the basement? Wow… they truly made magic together 😉

I liked how Paige was floundering with Savannah – you could tell that raising a teenager was not how Paige saw her life going and yet she never seemed to resent Savannah’s presence in her life.

I loved how Paige was still striving for further learning – she was not content to just  use the coven sanctioned spells that had no power. She wanted to be the best that she could be. Not just so should could be more powerful but so then she’d have the best tools available to help Savannah and herself. She was not going to be weak and just accept unfair circumstances.

I wasn’t sure that I’d enjoy a book in Paige’s POV (point-of-view) but I enjoyed reading her. I can’t wait to read Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld #4) which is the next book in the series and another one told from Paige’s POV.


4 out of 5

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Book Depository (paperback) / Amazon (kindle version)/ FishPond (paperback)

A link to my review for the first in the Women of the Otherworld series: Bitten
A link to my review for the second in the Women of the Otherworld series: Stolen