Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3) – Kelley Armstrong
The Good: Paige and Savannah both grew on me as characters. Paige starts off a bit dramatic and immature, but with time and experience she begins to blossom into a solid and intelligent woman. By the end of the novel, I really liked her. Whereas, Savannah is portrayed initially as a sociopath, but by the end her inner empathy shines through. It took awhile to shine though.
The story was dramatic and exciting, though at times predictable. It was well-paced and engaging.
The Bad: Aside from initially being annoyed at the characters maturity level, there wasn’t much to complain about. I personally would prefer the series to be broken up into separate story-lines. For example, the werewolves would be one series, the witches another. Instead, each book jumps from one magical group to the other. It makes you feel like you have to read them all, even if you are only interested in one story-line. However, the author gives enough of a background to fill in the gaps, so you could read them individually.
If you are looking for a witchy twist on the modern day magic user then I recommend this installment of the series. It grows on you as you read and I was happy that it was vastly different from the shows story-line.
Synopsis: Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world’s most powerful elite organizations- the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge- an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil… and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder- and frame Paige for the crime. It’s an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive.