Sunday, 21 August 2011

Industrial Magic

NOTE: Before you read this review I would like to say it does have spoilers right from the off. The blurb gives a massive spoiler about the previous book, this is the fourth in the series so if you want to stay away from spoilers, I'd advise you not to read this review.

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publishing Company: Orbit Books
When Paige Winterbourne is ousted as leader of the American Coven of Witches, all she wants to do is hide under her duvet for a few months. But fate, of course, has other plans. A murderer is on the loose - someone with superhuman skills and a grudge against the supernatural community. When Paige learns that the killer is targeting children, she has to get involved.

Desperate to protect those she loves, Paige is thrown into a world of arrogant sorcerers, drunken necromancers, sulky druid gods and pretentious leather-clad vampires. Not to mention an apparently unstoppable supernatural psychopath hell-bent on revenge...

The Review:

This is the fourth book in the series, and it was a brilliant addition to the series. In the books narrated by Paige, we definitely see a lot more of the supernaturals than you did in the ones narrated by Elena. So it's always interesting to see the new characters that are introduced. In this one, I definitely wasn't disappointed with the characters introduced into this one. The plot was good, simple enough but still interesting, but I don't want to go too deeply into this because there might be spoilers, but the plot was definitely good.

The characters are definitely what makes the book for me, you have the reappearance of Elena, Clayton and Cassandra, the introduction of Benicio, Jamie, John. You have, of course, Paige, Lucas and Savannah too. All of the characters combined into this story really make it. I'll talk about two of the main characters, one of the characters that reappeared, and two that are new to the series.

Paige is obviously our narrator, and though when I first read her narration, I didn't like it, I have to admit that I liked it a lot more compared to Dime Store Magic. She's definitely grown up since our first encounter with her in the second book of the series. She's one of those characters that you definitely see grow throughout the book, which is a great thing to see. In this one, you see her growing up as a person, not a guardian or because of who she's looking after like you did in Dime Store Magic. It's really nice to see her now over what she was like in the first book where she seemed reckless.

Then you have Lucas, who is such a different character to the love interests you usually see in books like this. When you think of the type of guy you see in these books, Lucas is extremely different, he's more of the nice guy type, which is so different to what you're used to, but it's still really nice to see. You definitely see why he has problems with his family and you can sympathise with him and you can see him as one of the few nice characters that seems to not have another motive.

Cassandra is one of the most surprising characters in this book. You learn to really dislike her when we first meet her in Stolen, you don't instantly hate her, but it doesn't take you long to realise you don't like her. When she first comes into this boo, you really don't want her to be there because she seems exactly the same as you remember her from before. And she doesn't seem like she'll ever change. But in this book you definitely see a change in her and it's good, very different and refreshing to see. She isn't one of my favourite characters from this series, but she definitely becomes more tolerable.

Jaime is a very interesting character, celebrity necromancer, very funny character who seems to just have this air about her of not caring what she says, or at least not thinking before she says anything. She's a really funny character, who definitely has a lot of layers that we don't see. I think we've only seen a very small part of this character, and it'll be great to see more of her.

And finally, we have Benicio. I don't know what to think of him. He seems to have some strange warped logic that only makes sense to him. He seems like a nice guy most of the time, but some points you question his morals and his judgement. I have mixed feelings about him, I can't say I like him, but at the same time I definitely don't dislike him.

The humour in this book is perfectly matched with the supernatural parts and the suspense. Kelley Armstrong has an amazing balance through this book and all of the previous books too. You see everything throughout the book at exactly the right time. Sometimes you see the humour with the suspense that really does a great mix of the two things.

I know this review isn't great and is rather bare, but I don't want to give too much away about the book or the rest of the series, so I'm going to end it here.

My Rating:

Setting: 3 out of 5
Characters: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5
Writing: 4.5 out of 5

If you read the book, I hope you enjoy it, and I'll talk to you guys later! Bye x

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