Dime Store Magic
Women of the Otherworld, Book #3
By Kelley Armstrong
ISBN# 9780553590159
Author’s Website:  http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Paige Winterbourne is still reeling from the death of her mother, but has moved on the best she can.  She had to in order to be able to care for 13 year old Savannah, whose mother was killed.  Savannah is young, but is already a more powerful witch then even Paige in some areas.  And, it’s Paige’s job as the coven leader to help her learn to harness and control her power.

Once Paige finally feels that she and Savannah are finally getting in sync with one another, they are thrown a curve ball; Savannah’s father, a powerful sorcerer who is head of the powerful Nast Cabal (similar to a mob) sues for custody.  Now it will take everything that Paige has to keep Savannah under her roof where she can be sure her magic is used for good.

I really wanted to like this book, but I had pretty low expectations being as this was the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series that wasn’t focused on Clay and Elena, who I love.  But I know that Kelley Armstrong is a great writer and figured that she would make me love Paige just as much.  But I’m sad to say she didn’t   I like Paige good enough, but I just couldn’t love her and didn’t even relate to her at all.  In fact, I liked her love interest, Lucas, a lot more than I liked her.  He has an interesting back-story with being the estranged son of the powerful Cortez Cabal (not to be confused with Savannah’s father’s Cabal) and being the heir even though he’s the youngest and the one that so heavily detests his father’s organization.  I can’t wait to get a better look at all of this, which is bound to come out in future installments of the series.

I found the pace of this book to be incredibly slow and was the main reason that I didn’t like it that much.  It seemed to take forever for anything to happen.  Even the relationship between Paige and Lucas took forever to happen even though you knew it was coming!

This series started out so strong with Bitten, a book that I didn’t think I’d enjoy at all and one that I instantly fell in love with!!  I lost a little momentum with the second installment, Stolen, but I think it was due to the lack of Clay and of course he wasn’t in this one and I think it is definitely the weakest so far in the series.  So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the intensity of the series picks back up soon!!

I really hope the next Paige book, Industrial Magic, will be better now that her love life is already in place and that her relationship with Savannah is also secure.  The storyline will hopefully be able to focus on more interesting things now.