Saturday, June 30, 2012

Industrial Magic Review

For me, Dime Store Magic is where this series finds its feet and then Industrial Magic lives up to the expectations set up previously.  Paige is finally growing up and becoming an actual person, instead of living the life others expect of her.  The evolution of the characters is almost tangible.  This is not to say that there aren't still some moments of wanting to shout at the book because the character "on screen" is about to make a huge mistake and they don't recognize it, but that happens with pretty much every book, movie, and tv show out there.

The pacing of this book was really good.  One scene leads into the next with the kind of flow that makes you realize it's suddenly 3am and you have work in the morning.  I also really liked how characters from previous books were reintroduced and a few completely new characters that had only been talked about but never actually seen got some time on stage.  In the first two books of the series, things were focused on Elaina, but Paige got introduced.  In the next two books we see lots of Paige, a little bit of Elaina, and are introduced to our next main character, if memory serves.  I think this is a great way to keep a cast of characters fresh but also tied in to each others lives.

The thing I think I want most out of any book is a need to read the next one and Industrial Magic has me needing to pick up Haunted and devour it, too!