The Plastic Magician

The Plastic Magician

by Charlie N. Holmberg

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The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542047913
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Paper Magician Series , #4
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 134,110
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician Series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.

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The Plastic Magician 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
WanderingLectiophile 15 days ago
I can't say with 100% certainty that this one was my favorite from this realm, because I really did enjoy The Master Magician, but I did really enjoy this story. The to the plot was great and flowed well. There was good tension leading up to the climax of the story and a reasonably good resolution and conclusion of the conflict. I saw many of the events coming before they did, but I wasn't as disappointed in that as you might think. (I am good at guessing plots and endings, and sometimes even the intended "plot twists", to come. It happens often enough that it's not necessarily a "death sentence" (bad rating) for the book, it just means the story had better have a lot more to offer me if it wants a good rating!) Although this one is a spin off from The Paper Magician series, the previous characters really don't show up but a handful of times and not from their perspective. This book has a whole new character set and I think that's really what I liked the most out of this story. Alvie is just such a wonderful character, I can't help but love her. She's smart and full of thoughts and wonder about the world that it makes things like a love interest a sweet, albeit naive, element to this story. I could feel her genuine sweet and innocent demeanor through the story. The other characters are good support to her character, but I'm already getting weary with writing this review so I'm curtailing this here. *shrugs* The writing was on par for Holmberg's other books. We still had some inconsistency with time period and modern slang terms being used, but as I've mentioned before; I think I've come to expect it in this series and am now glossing over it. Overall, her writing is decent at least from a grammar and flow of the story standpoint. This narrator was much better than the one who did the other three books. I liked that the narrator changed since the character perspective changed from Ceony to Alvie. It was a nice choice. Sarah Zimmerman isn't super adept at changing character voices but she did a decent job of making the story come alive as she narrated it. So the short of it is; I enjoyed this one; perhaps more than the other three books. I feel like Holmberg does a little bit better with each consecutive book in this realm and that makes me happy. If you're looking for something different, this isn't a bad choice at all. Oh, and you needn't have read the other three in order to enjoy and make sense of this one; the story lines really don't tie in.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
**Thank you NetGalley for this review copy** Let me start of by saying, this one was prepurchased on Amazon for quite a few months. But NetGalley gave me a copy, so here I am...happy as a clam. I kind of happened upon the Paper Magician by Ms. Holmberg, and fell in love. I read the next 2, and all I knew was that this was another magician book...turns out it's a spinoff and not a sequel. I did not know that going in. We have a whole new group of people, so if you haven't read the other books you should be ok. She's pretty good at describing things, it's just the whole world might take you a little bit to get used to. So, in this book we have Alvie, who is moving from Ohio to Great Britain to be an apprentice. She is set to be a magician of plastic, which is a new and exciting field for the early 1900s. She meets new people, makes new friends. But the intrigue in here really surprised me. It's a very sweet story, and you really don't know how it will all play out until the end. I loved this from start to finish!
OptimaK More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable book by Charlie Holmberg. This book is the fourth in the series, but features a different main character, named Alfie. Although, some characters from the previous books make cameo appearances. Alfie is from the United States, but goes to England for her apprenticeship as a polymaker. As in the other books, there is magic, trouble, a mystery, and a little romance. I thought the mysterious “bad person” and helper may have been a little too obvious, but it was still a good book. I was also disappointed that from an LDS author it wasn’t as clean and sweet as the other books. There is some bad language (American and English), heavy kissing, sexual innuendos, discussion of her body with large breast, and alluding to a possible rape.
lostinagoodbook More than 1 year ago
Alvie is an innovator. In a world where people can choose the medium for their magic, apprentice Alvie Brechenmacher has picked Plastic. It is the newest discipline which means she can be on the cutting edge of new developments. However, the new field of Polymaking can be cutthroat, which she is about to find out. 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… – Goodreads She is a brilliant young woman, with a decidedly technical turn of mind and I find her charming. Alvie is adorably geeky. Socially awkward, a little obsessive, intuitive and always sincere. If you’ve read any of the books in Ms. Holmberg’s Paper Magician series, then you are familiar with this world. This is a standalone book in that same world, which introduces us to new characters & magic, as well as treats us to glimpses of old favorites. I admit I liked this book better than the Paper Magician series. Primarily because of Alvie. Ms. Holmberg’s books are always an easy choice for me. When I first start to hear rumors about a new book I immediately commence stalking Netgalley for an ARC. I’m always so happy to get one! Her books are pleasant and imaginative and I know that I am always sure to enjoy myself. I’m not sure if Ms. Holmberg intends to write more books in this world. I do know that her upcoming books are completely different, but it would be nice to see a return to Alvie in future. Regardless, I will be looking forward to her next publication. Song for this book: Come on! Feel the Ilinoise! – Sufjan Stevens Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley.
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and 47North for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review! Holmberg's Paper Magician series did something really cool: it introduced a very unique and very fun magic system. This standalone follow-up/spin-off book follows the adventures of Ceony in the first three books and this time, it's through the very poor-sighted eyes of Alvie, a fledgling Polymaker (plastic magician) who is taking an apprenticeship in England, far across the sea from her home in the US. She's smart as a whip, and she's strong in her own way, but she doesn't suffer from the same quick-to-jump-into-trouble nature as Ceony did. She's logical and methodical, and a very good protagonist. While the twist wasn't all that shocking (I mean, we'd figured out the twists pretty early on, hadn't we? *wink*), the magic was a fun ride, and the story had some cool ideas. All in all, I enjoyed it.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I had really enjoyed the Paper Magician series, so I was pretty excited to see there was a spin off. I liked Alvie well enough. She’s super smart and passionate and I enjoyed reading her dedication to her magic. Ethel and Bennet were fantastic and supportive secondary characters and I could have read a million more scenes with them. Oh and the brief scene of Ceony and Emery was just perfection. Plot wise it was just okay. I didn’t get caught up in this branch of magic. And while the idea of getting a discovery stolen made for a good {but quite mild} villain, there wasn’t a sense of urgency. The build up was slow and the confrontation was fairly lackluster. Overall, it was a quick read and an interesting start to a spin off. I did like it, yet I’m not sure I will be reading any of the others. **Huge thanks to 47North for providing the arc free of charge**