Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review: Dime Store Magic

TITLE: Dime Store Magic
Book 3 in Women of the Underworld
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
GENRE: urban fantasy, mystery, drama
PREMISE: Paige deals with raising Savannah which is not easy as now a prominant sorceror family is after the girl for her powers.
MY REVIEW: This is one of those series that is getting better and better. I was just sort of into the first one, I liked the second one a lot, and now I'm fully on board with this series. It probably helps that now it's about Paige who I find much more enjoyable then Elena and it's about witches this time and I'm sorry no offense to werewolfs but witches are where it's at for me. Now this book is not without it's issues. Sometimes it got repetitive, Paige had her annoying moments, and sometimes Savannah felt like an annoying Mary Sue but I chalk that up to her being 13 (and in her menstral cycle and with a lot of stuff going on). So it's not perfect and sometimes the prose were cringe-worthy.
However, this series makes up for it's flaws with just being outright enjoyable. It's nice to have a series that's not focused on romance for a change. That's not about a vampire and the wimpy heroine who loves him (Paige would probably stake a vampire before falling for him). I also appreciate the deep world-building in this series. THIS is how you world-build authors! YA authors please take notes.
I am now really into this series, especially now that they got rid of the skanky covers. I applaud this move. Especially since Paige looks nothing like the woman on the previous covers. She is mentioned to be a bit curvy. Now I just wish Briggs would do the same to her Mercy books because Mercy never dresses like the woman on the covers of those books (and the woman on those books is not Native American looking either). Sorry, this is a pet peeve of mine. Anyway, I highly rec this for any who are into urban fantasy.
WHO SHOULD READ: those that have read the first 2 books, urban fantasy fans, Mercy Thompson fans, Darkest Powers Trilogy fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five pentagrams

1 comment:

  1. This is a great series by Armstrong. This is also a series that one doesn't have to read in order. Like you mention how this series gets better as the books go along is,completely true. IMO, so unlike Hamilton and the Blake series that started off really well, but got heavy in the sex and not so much necromancy.