Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong ★★★
Trigger warning for attempted rape
Dime Store Magic is the third in Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, but it stands alone. I was able to understand what was going on even without having read the second book.
Dime Store Magic was an okay book. It wasn’t particularly great, but it wasn’t particularly horrible. I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t read it again. It was fairly entertaining and managed to hold my attention.
The plot of Dime Store Magic basically boils down to a supernatural custody case, which was something I hadn’t seen before. The main character, Paige, has been the head witch of the coven since her mother’s death. She has a ward, Savannah, whose deceased mother practiced black magic. Leah, an evil half-demon, has attempted to snatch Savannah before. But now, Leah’s got an ace up her sleeve: Savannah’s father, who’s part of a nefarious sorcerer’s cable which will stop at nothing to get their hands on a young witch.
The relationship between Paige and Savannah was probably my favorite part of the book. Savannah’s a rather difficult thirteen year old, but it’s clear she cares for Paige and vise versa.
I liked that the focus wasn’t on the romantic relationship. There’s really no romance at all for the first 300 pages, although this does mean that there was almost no build up when you suddenly got a sex scene.
On the trigger warning… the attempted rape was completely unnecessary and added nothing. She was already being threatened with death and torture, I have no idea what the Armstrong felt rape would add to the situation.
I would tentatively recommend Dime Store Magic for fans of urban fantasy.