The Blonde Bookworm: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg -- Review

The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg -- Review

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Title: The Plastic Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Pages: 236
Publishing: May 15th 2018 by 47North


Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg returns to the enchanting world of The Paper Magician.

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking—the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery.

Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries—in as short a time frame—as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

Alvie’s enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor’s work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking—and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself.

To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair…


I thoroughly enjoyed all of The Paper Magician novels, so I was super excited to see The Plastic Magician pop up on NetGalley. There was even a fun little cameo by our beloved Paper Magician characters! The story begins with our leading lady Alvie and we  follow along on her journey to becoming a plastic magician. She was such a fun character and she had a lot of spunk and personality that slowly showed itself throughout the novel. 

Alvie had the tendency of getting herself into a little trouble from time to time because she was constantly wrapped up in her work and learning her craft. She was such an interesting character and I loved getting to know her. There were a few portions of the novel that were pretty predictable but I don't think it took away from the story. All in all, it was an entertaining read and I would recommend picking it up if you were a fan of The Paper Magician series. Thank you to NetGalley for sending this copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5


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