Book #3 of the Women of the Otherworld Series
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. ~ Goodreads
This is what I consider a short review. I will do these from time to time when I don’t have too much to say about a book, no matter its rating.
I enjoyed watching Paige’s life slowly spiral down hill (I’m not a sadist, I just thought the drama was funny). Nothing seemed to go right and everyone was pretty much against her. Add a reckless and powerful teenager into the mix, and things only get worse. Savannah was an interesting character. Naive, audacious, but trying to be good despite her history and familial connections. She was also the main reason for Paige’s new disastrous life. Leah, supposedly Savannah’s father, wants full custody of his daughter, but Paige knows something is wrong with him. And she’s right. Leah and his many underlings were pretty frightening. They could do real damage with just one phone call or flick of a finger. I was anxious most of the time to see how Paige was going to win against such an evil, powerful opponent.
Watching Paige and Lucas butt heads was pretty fun. I like how Lucas just inserts himself into Paige’s life with little explanation. Their back and forth and constant bickering was hilarious. I found their relationship adorable overall.
Armstrong really went all out with the history and background of magic, witches, and sorcery. I always find an author’s unique version of supernatural things captivating to read. I think Armstrong did a good job with her rich and descriptive writing. Her world building was impeccable and easily digested. She doesn’t make things more difficult than they have to be. She knows what she’s doing.
The first half of the book barely held my attention. Getting to the real action and supernatural happenings took forever. I don’t care for reading about mundane, everyday proceedings. I found myself able to put the book down very easily.
Paige was a somewhat weak character. She was naive, rude, and annoying. I didn’t care much for what happened to her. Savannah may have been a brat, but at least she had the excuse of being thirteen years old.
We get one sex scene that is more about foreplay than actual intercourse. The romance between Paige and Lucas was slow building but lacked the passion I was hoping for.
If it wasn’t for Armstrong’s amazing first two books, Bitten and Stolen, maybe I would have liked this book more. But when comparing them to Dime Store Magic, this book just didn’t hit the mark. But I can’t deny the book got substantially better halfway through. Recommended for those who want to continue this series and need to be introduced to Savannah to understand the rest of the series.
“Mind if I give you hiccups?” I asked Cortez.
“Hiccups. I need to give you a case of hiccups. Is that okay?”
“I can’t say I’ve ever had a girl offer to give me that.”
Women of the Otherworld Series:
Book #2: Stolen
Book #3: Dime Store Magic
Book #4: Industrial Magic
Book #5: Haunted
Book #6: Broken
Book #7: No Humans Involved
Book #8: Personal Demon
Book #9: Living with the Dead
Book #10: Frostbitten
Book #11: Waking the Witch
Book #12: Spell Bound
Book #13: Thirteen