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Title Bitten
Author Kelly Armstrong
Cover Art Monica Rodriguez
Publisher Random House - 2009
First Printing 2001
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Title Stolen
Author Kelly Armstrong
Cover Art Alain Daussin
Publisher Random House - 2002
First Printing 2002
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Title Dime Store Magic
Author Kelly Armstrong
Cover Art Dominic Harman
Publisher Orbit - 2005
First Printing Orbit - 2004
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Title Industrial Magic
Author Kelly Armstrong
Cover Art Franco Accornero
Publisher Seal Books - 2004
First Printing 2004
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Title Haunted
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Broken
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title No Humans Involved
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Personal Demon
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Living with the Dead
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Frostbitten
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Waking the Witch
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Spellbound
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Title Thirteen
Author Kelly Armstrong
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Category Urban Fantasy
Warnings Sex, violence
Main Characters Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Paige, Savannah, Lucas, Cassandra, Aaron
Main Elements Werewolves, witches, sorcerers, demons, vampires
Website kelleyarmstrong.com




Click to read the summaryBitten

Click to read the summaryStolen

Click to read the summaryDime Store Magic

Click to read the summaryIndustrial Magic




I started in April and now and I've gone through three of the books so far. I wasn't planning on ever reading this series, I thought it was like a lot of the urban fantasy with female leads out there, thinly veiled erotica. But one of my friends got a bunch of the books from a friend of hers and passed them along to me after she read them. So I figured why not give them a try.

I was very pleasantly suprised. The sex was in fact minimal (well, Elena and Clayton can be a bit over the top at times, but it's not the core of the stories). In fact not only can these women kick butt without whining or being "special snowflakes", but they don't need men to prop them up. In fact I really enjoyed what romance there was, and there wasn't any insta-love!

The only problem? Well, my friend didn't seem to care what order she read the books in...argh. I'm actually quite picky about that, even in series where it isn't a single storyline. The author wrote them in a certain order, and even if they propose other orders, I always go with the published one because that's the order in which characters and worldbuilding is exposed. Even in loosely connected books, there is still a sequence to follow! Fortunately Dime Store Magic didn't need me to be familiar with Paige from Stolen.

Armstrong has created an interesting mix of supernaturals, each with their own specific rules (werewolves that are born are always male, though people can be bitten, witches always female, sorcerors always male, half-demons don't pass along their powers, etc) and each of the races have their own history, traditions, and misconceptions about the other races.

And the characters are engaging, interesting, and imperfect, but I never found them annoying. So while my friend's friend only had four of the books, I'm already buying the rest for myself.

July 2017

I'm really liking the pairing of Paige and Lucas and am happy to return to their story. Now, I have to wonder why the title is called Industrial Magic, sounded kind of steampunk or something but there wasn't anything Industial about this book at all, but I digress. We get introduced to a few new characters, and get to delve deeper into the nature of some of the other supernaturals such as Necromancers and Vampires, and especially the Cabal. I was divided as to whether I liked Lucas' father (he seemed to honestly love his son), and Lucas seemed a bit hard on him, but at the same time he was a tricky bugger, after all, he runs the most powerful Cabal, essentially the biggest Godfather around. One doesn't get into that position without being at least a bit of a bad guy. There's definitely still more to learn about this world within out world.




Posted: October 2016

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