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Unlike the Wizard of Oz, the witches in this sexy supernatural romance, including the murdered mother of 23-year-old heroine Paige Winterbourne, are not evil entities inhabiting a fairy tale land. They're an ages-old race of women so frightened by the possibility of exposure and endangerment that they've allowed their magical powers to atrophy. When Paige inherits her mom's mantle as Coven leader, however, she also inherits caretaking responsibility of Savannah Levine, an extremely gifted but rebellious 13-year-old who possesses her dead mother's penchant for dark magic-and for attracting the unwanted attention of darker magical beings (including Savannah's long-lost sorcerer father). The only person Paige can depend on is the one person she doesn't want to associate with: Lucas Cortez, an endearingly nerdy lawyer/sorcerer ("It was a sad world when a witch had to rely on a work-starved sorcerer for help"). As in Armstrong's debut novel Bitten, this story's special strength lies in its seamless incorporation of the supernatural into the real world. A convincing small-town setting, clever contemporary dialogue, compelling characterizations and a touch of cool humor make the tale's occasional vivid violence palatable and its fantasy elements both gripping and believable.
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"A convincing small-town setting, clever contemporary dialogue, compelling characterizations and a touch of cool humor .... This story’s special strength lies in its seamless incorporation of the supernatural into the real world."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553587064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587067
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2004
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Kelley Armstrong's "Dime Store Magic" is the third novel in the "Women of the Otherworld" series. Like the preceding books, this one stands on its own and it is not necessary to read the other two to understand or to become involved in this one. I am/was so enamored of the original werewolf novels, and their heroine Elena Michaels, that I had my doubts about whether or not I would enjoy this new book starring, not lycanthropes, but witches. However, I quickly became absorbed in the story, and Ms. Armstrong's narrative is, as always, excellent and filled with her dark humor. Therefore I am able to recommend "Dime Store Magic" without hesitation.

Twenty-three year-old Paige Winterbourne, recently orphaned, has inherited her mother's role as Leader of the elite American Coven of Witches. Paige, is not anywhere near as experienced in witchcraft and lore as her deceased mother, or as some of the elderly and very conservative witches in her Coven. She does, however, have a vision for the future - something sorely lacking now and very necessary. Paige has long been known for her rebellious antics and doesn't have much credibility with her fellow witches. In fact, many of them feel that the younger woman is not fit to lead. However, Paige's goal is an important one - to better her people and bring them into the 21st century - not to hide from the world, as the paranoid Coven Elders, little old ladies with blue rinses on their hair and polyester pants, wish to do. She strives to find hidden grimoires filled with ancient, stronger spells to help witches worldwide regain their rightful power in the supernatural world.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Alisa McCune on May 2, 2004
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Dime Store Magic is the third book in the Women of the Otherworld series. At the conclusion of Stolen, Elena, Paige, and the rest of the supernatural interracial council rescued Savannah and destroyed the facility that was kidnapping supernaturals. Savannah had been kidnapped with her mother, Eve. She was murdered shortly after the kidnapping, leaving Savannah alone and at the mercy of Isaac, an evil sorcerer and Leah, a half-demon Volo.
Dime Store Magic begins a year after Stolen. Paige, a coven witch, has custody of Savannah, a 13-year-old angry witch. Paige has her hands full trying to guide and protect Savannah, who is experiencing teen-angst with an unhealthy dose of rage.

Leah, the half-demon Volo has decided to join forces with a Cabal, a high ranking sorcerer who is also CEO of a large corporation. This particular Cabal, Nast, is very powerful and also Savannah's father. The fight for custody is more then a legal matter. Nast wants Savannah for her power and will do anything to acquire her.
Paige finds herself fighting not only Nast, but also everyone else in her life to protect Savannah. Paige's once uncomplicated life becomes a living hell that seems to have no end in sight. To make matters worse, Savannah, at 13, is very immature and full of rage. She is angry about everything and is prone to using her powers in a reckless manner. Consequences are something Savannah does not understand.
Dime Store Magic is a wonderful, fun book to read. The Paige who was introduced in Stolen gains a great deal more depth and is a great heroine. She deals with these betrayals and attacks with a strong moral outrage and strength of character. She is not about to back down and shows her true feisty nature. What makes this book work is Paige's voice. It is unique and interesting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2004
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Okay, I admit that this wasn't the best book I've ever read. It got off to a slow start and yes, the main character was a bit annoying. But, she was realistic and well-fleshed. Her actions were well explained (sometimes ad nauseum) as was her inaction.
That said, the second half of the book was MUCH better. Armstrong has hooked me into the lives of the characters and now I can't wait until the next book comes out so I can find out what happens. Her writing style is a bit more serious than I'm accustomed to, but her world is fully realised and easy to believe.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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First off, let me say that the cover to this book is quite ridiculous. It has absolutely zero to do with the inside and the cover blurb of 'sexy' is way misleading. You would think this is a cheesy sex romp book but it really only has 3-4 pages, out of 400+, of that material, and it goes along with the story. And whatever witch is on the cover is definitely NOT in this book.
On to the book...
I thought this novel was extremely well paced, exciting, and was a gripping read. I finished it in two sittings quite easily. And what is with people saying Paige has no backbone? Sure she doesnt have the killer instinct and she doesnt like killing, and never has. Whats wrong with that? Sounds believable to me because not everyone has zero conscience and can kill bad guys at will.
I loved Paige and Savanna and all of their little troubles in the book. However, i did not care much for Lucas. He seemed like the perfect guy and everything out of his mouth was flawless and the right thing to say. He sounded like a robot. I also wanted to see Adam show up, and take names, but that was not to be.
The main villainess, Leah, was also pretty scary and had a high intimidation factor, which starts 5 pages into the book. She seemed to be scarier the more she wasnt around because you keep thinking what she is up to next. I also dont think we have seen the last of her...
Over all, i greatly enjoyed this book and plan on picking up every book by Armstrong in the future. Armstrong is way above present Hamilton and the other up and comers like Harrison. Pick up the book. You wont be sorry.
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