2 star rating
Industrial Magic
Women of the Otherworld, Book #4
By Kelley Armstrong
ISBN# 9780553590166
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industrial-magic-women-of-the-otherworld-kelley-armstrongPaige Winterbourne has been kicked out of her coven, and is now in the process of trying to start one of her own.  But recruitment proves difficult when she is caring for the daughter of a black magic user and is in a relationship with the son of a Cabal CEO.  But all of that gets put on the back burner, when Lucas takes Paige to be formerly introduced to his family, and they stumble upon something they can’t turn their backs on!

Children from Cabal families are being murdered, putting a target on all Cabal kids’ backs.  None are safe, and being the favored son of the head of the Cortez Cabal, Lucas might be the perfect target for a deranged killer.  Now Lucas and Paige enlist the help of their friends to find a murderer, before another family has to mourn the death of a child.  It will take all the resources they have and cause them to lean on people they never would have expected to turn to for help to solve this case.  But they are committed and will stop at nothing to end this once and for all.

I went into this book with low expectations.  I didn’t care for the previous Paige book, Dime Store Magic, and I was hoping that this one would be better, but not really expecting it to be.  I’m sad to say that I wasn’t surprised with this book.  I wanted to like it, but just didn’t.  Ultimately I’m just biding my time to get back to the werewolves!

I think one of my biggest problems with Paige is her romance.  I like Lucas, but the two of them together are uninspired and just plain boring.  She is always playing the damsel in distress and he’s always trying to nurse her.  She got injured and the rest of the book he’s telling her to sleep, eat, and take her pain pills and is constantly asking if she’s okay.  There is just no chemistry, no spark that leaps off the page.

I found most of the happenings of this book to be pretty dull; with parts of it being convoluted and confusing, like when she followed Lucas through the portal.  I found myself scratching my head asking what just happened and going back to reread it only to be just as confused as the first time I read it.  That could partly be due to my complete boredom with this book, and my mind not being as sharp as a result, but I don’t think so.

The next book in the series, Haunted, is about Eve, and I’m hoping it will be better than the Paige books, but I really don’t know what to expect and I’m just not that hopeful.