Thursday, December 23

Book Review: Dime Store Magic

Title: Dime Store Magic

Author: Kelly Armstrong

Pages: 394

Summary: Paige Winterbourne is a witch. Not that you’d notice. On the surface she is an ordinary twenty-something who runs her own web design company, worries about her weight, and wonders if she’ll ever find a boyfriend. But she’s also the leader of the American Coven and guardian of Savannah, the teenage daughter of a black witch - and its wrecking havoc on her social life. When telekinetic half-demon Leah O’Donnell and a team of supernaturals show up to fight for custody of Savannah, all hell breaks loose - literally - and Paige is cut off from her friends and accused of witchcraft, Satanism, and murder. The Coven, fearing exposure, abandons her. It is an initiation to adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic, and Paige will have to do everything within her power to survive.

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Another one of Armstrong’s books from her Woman of the Otherworlds series - like with the rest, I really enjoyed the book. The author has grabbed hold of my interest and pulled me right into this fantasy world, every time I finish a book, I’m itching to grab a hold of the next and read through it. This instalment of the series takes the reader to a different narrator, instead of the werewolf we get to go inside the mind of a witch, Paige. I’m not sure how I feel about Paige yet, I don’t dislike her, but I’m still on the fence if I like her or not. I don’t think there is any one thing wrong with her, I’m just unsure if I can connect to her character.

I did enjoy the story, although I found it to be drawn out at times, there was a lot of sitting around and doing a lot of nothing. I was wishing the “witches” would hurry up and dabble in more dark magic to get what they want. Paige is to “white” witch for my liking - and Savannah is to teenager for me. That may be why I couldn’t connect to the characters. Anyways, I still enjoyed reading this story, and I feel like it has set up a lot for future plots. This one may not be my favourite plot line as an individual book, but I think it did a fantastic job setting up for some future books.

Like with the other two books, the romance side wasn’t to in your face, the author focuses her time and energy on the characters and plot, and has the romancey stuff as a side story, just like I like. I don’t find that it overtakes the rest of the book. But there is a nice element mixed in. I’m not sure where the author is going with how her witches and sorcerer’s power sources and abilities go and have each can go, I was a little confused there, but it looks like my questions will be answered in later books. One thing I can also comment on is that I just started liking characters, and than the reader is switched to a whole new narrator and group of characters, I think this is something that will take getting used to, but overall a good book and great series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, I think this is a great paranormal series, and because it does switch up the narrator, fairly frequently by the looks of things, the reader is able to get the feel of a variety of different paranormal creatures and characters. Which can be handy if certain characters just don’t work for you.

What to read next: Industrial Magic and Haunted are the next two books in this series if memory serves me correct.

Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A -Z Challenge, RYOB Challenge


  1. I have been interested in Kelly Armstrong and her books, but haven't yet read any. My mother has, and she agrees with you that they are very entertaining, so I am going to have to try to pick one up. Thanks for the great review, Jules and Merry Christmas!!

  2. Great review. I wasn't sure if I liked Paige at the beginning of the Dime Store Magic, but by the end I was a fan. I have the next one sitting on my shelf.

  3. Zibilee - Armstrong's books are becoming like "book crack" for me. Beware. I find once you start reading them, you are dying to get to the next!

    Linda - I already finished the next in the series, and have the 5th and 6th on my shelf. I felt the same about Paige, although not sure if I like her more than Elena yet.