The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician, #4) by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician, #4)

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...


Details The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician, #4)

TitleThe Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician, #4)
ISBN9781542047913
Author
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
Publisher47North
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Fiction, Romance
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Reviews The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician, #4)

  • Stacee
    2018-04-21
    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 ...
  • Steven
    2018-04-13
    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 Eng...
  • Jenny Lee
    2017-12-16
    Thank you Charlie Holmberg and NetGalley for the opportunity to dive back into this magical world. This is truly one of my favorite series, and I am so happy I was able to read another story. The Plastic Magician is a spin off, which takes place after the events of The Plastic Magician trilogy. I believe that you could read this as a stand alone, but wholeheartedly recommended doing the trilogy first. We meet a brand new character ( Alvie ) who i...
  • Fiona
    2018-03-14
    The Paper Magician trilogy holds a very special place in my heart - and I'm only too pleased to add this next book into their illustrious company!Alvie is a complete departure from Ceony (who has a very satisfying cameo!) - she's logical, mathematical, quite the overthinker and very much in the scatterbrained genius mold when she's working. (view spoiler)[ One of my favourite lines happened to be the last and it sums her up perfectly; After all, ...
  • Lauren
    2018-05-21
    Oh dear...this was somewhat disappointng. It lacked the sparkle, the flirtatious fun and the thrill that made up The Paper Magician series. Alvie and Bennet weren’t a patch on Ceony and Emery. Not sure whether I will continue with this series now.RTC
  • Jodie Humphrey
    2017-11-18
    I have to admit, I enjoyed this installment the most out of all the books in the series thus far. Alvie was such a great character and I found her so much easier to connect and relate to than the character of Ceony in the other books. Ceony seemed to mostly annoy and frustrate me, whereas Alvie was delightful!She’s smart (like, really really smart), clumsy, bold, adventurous, hardworking, plucky, brave, curious, and most of all - she really, RE...
  • Lena
    2018-06-02
    These stories are delightful. I was cheered to return to the world of The Paper Magician in this spin off that follows a Plastic Magician on her adventures in magic and love. The bad guys conspiracy was weak but I’m hopeful that this will become a series with stronger plot.It makes me want to reread the previous books.
  • Maygin at Not Quite a Literary Critique
    2017-09-11
    Note: While this is listed as part of The Paper Magician Series, this novel can stand on its own. While the world-building isn't as extensive in this novel, there is still enough information that one could start with this book not having read the full Paper Magician series. Characters from that series do pop up in this book, but none of the main characters have major roles in this book.Probably more like 3.5 stars. Full review to come. I received...
  • Jonmontanavega
    2017-10-06
    6 October 2017. There are 12 reviews for a book that won't be published for 6 months, according to the blurb. What's wrong with this picture?PS I enjoyed the first 3 books in the series, so it may turn out to deserve the stars.
  • Erika
    2017-12-05
    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I adored the world created in The Paper Magician Trilogy and am super excited to be able to return to it. Alvie is adorable and believable as the heroine and new plastic magician apprentice and her brain and smart thinking are admirable. Bennet was also cute and his and Alvie's interactions had me cheering for them from the start. Love, love, love this edition to the series.
  • Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
    2018-01-10
    I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This review does contain marked spoiler. However, the book has not been released yet, so read at your own risk.I really enjoyed revisiting the much beloved world of the Paper Magician in this triumphant sequel to the original trilogy. In the Plastic Magician, main character American-German Alvie Br...
  • Ness
    2018-06-15
    I love Alvie. She's weird (I'm weird too) perhaps that is why I loved her so much. I can't express how much I truly love this series.
  • Elysa
    2018-03-25
    I received this book through Netgalley and am providing my honest review. I haven't read the Paper Magician trilogy before reading this book, but I feel like the book was separate enough from the trilogy that I could easily read it and understand the world. The first 10% or so of the book I was confused (mostly curious) about what the magic system was like and I think that reading the other books would have helped with that, but I learned quickly...
  • Kushnuma
    2018-01-28
    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Plastic Magician is a spinoff of The Paper Magician Trilogy. I really enjoyed reading Alvie's story and the discoveries being made, and learning new things about the different forms of magic. I loved seeing characters from the Paper Magician trilogy, which made it even better. When I finished the book, I wanted more and was hoping that maybe there will be.
  • Julie Pullman
    2018-02-02
    This book is a return to my favorite Holmberg books. I adored The Paper Magician and hoped the return to that world would live up to my expectations. It did! I liked that it carried on in the world with a new character, Alvie. (But we get a cameo!) Alvie’s a great character and the story is entertaining and a fun read. It’s not intense action or deep romance; expect a light and enjoyable romp through a world we love. (Thanks to NetGalley for...
  • Lisa
    2018-05-11
    THANKS TO THE PUBLISHER AND NETGALLEY FOR PROVIDING ME WITH A COPY FOR REVIEW, THIS DID NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK IN ANY WAY.The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg is the latest story set in the world she created with The Paper Magician. If you’re familiar at all with The Paper Magician series, that helps a great deal with the background world-building going into this new book, although you don’t necessarily have to read those fi...
  • Wing Kee
    2018-06-08
    The best in the series!I wrote a long review but goodreads crashed on me so I'm just gonna keep it simple (thanks goodreads).World: The world is charming and effortless. There is no info dumping and Alvie is a good point of view to introduce readers to the world. The magic system is fun.Story: Well paced and character driven. I love how it's not so much about killing and end of the world but discovery of magic and discovery of oneself, a strong c...
  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2018-06-10
    3.5This book didn't grab me quite as quickly as the first book in the series, and it took me a little while to warm to the characters. I liked Alvie well enough, and her charming awkwardness, but for awhile the story seemed to be just about that and while she was quirky and all, I get a little bit tired of the Cute Clumsy Girl thing. I do appreciate a female character who is more interested in work and comfort than on the latest fashion trends an...
  • Che' Smith
    2018-06-06
    A pleasant return, but felt lackingI think this series is meant for young adults, but (as an adult) I thoroughly enjoyed the first trilogy, and this was a pleasant return to the works of material magicians. I found this one lacking, though, with my only tangible observation being that I was expecting a more complex plot twist. The book also ends with what could be solid closure, so I can't tell if she'll be writing more with this new set of chara...
  • Belles
    2018-05-24
    Another enjoyable book in this series!
  • Loßo Ruff
    2018-05-19
    As a huge fan of the first three books (or, as I found out later, the trilogy), I was really looking forward to this book. I cannot say I am disappointed but I am far from satisfied with the story. I think this book only works if it is the beginning of a new series.The first book took me to a world where folders (paper magicians) are not very popular because, well, who wants to be limited to folding paper as a "magic" ability, right? The story wa...
  • Marzie
    2018-05-14
    3.5 StarsWhile I've read other works by Charlie Holmberg, I've somehow managed to miss reading The Paper Magician trilogy, so this book was an introduction into Holmberg's charming magical world, set largely in an alternate Edwardian era England, around 1906. Alvie Brechenmacher is a magician who wants to focus on plastics, a newer branch of magic in this world in which magicians work materials such as paper, metal, fire, among others. She is for...
  • Nichole
    2018-06-11
    I really liked it! I hope this series continues, I want to know how Alvie progresses.
  • Lena (The Printed Girl)
    2018-04-10
    *ARC in exchange for an honest review*Before I start this review I want to make some things clear: This is a spin-off of The Paper Magician trilogy. So, you better read those books first if you want the full package. For me, this book was much better than the other three book. So, actually, it's completely fine if you decide to not read the other three books, or read them afterwards or only read the first book or whatever floats your boat. Beca...
  • R.Q. Woodward
    2017-08-22
    I really enjoyed this book! It's a light, fun read that will delight any fan of The Paper Magician series. It had my heart thumping in anxiety several times and made me laugh aloud more than once. I even teared up at the end over an unemotional scene because the magic system Holmberg creates within these books is absolutely beautiful. I received an advanced copy of The Plastic Magician in exchange for an honest review, so I might as well mentio...
  • Kelly Schnorrbusch
    2018-05-14
    The Plastic Magician takes place in the same world as The Paper Magician Trilogy, but this installment focuses on Alvie, a new character to the series. You can certainly read this one without reading the earlier books, but realize there are some characters and world-building moments that aren't introduced the way they might be in a standalone book or the first in a series. You aren't being guided through brain surgery, so you'll figure it all out...
  • Amy A
    2018-05-11
    Originally posted at Vampire Book ClubAlvie Bechenmacher is headed to London to start her apprenticeship as a Polymaker—a magical trade learning how to bespell plastic. With Polymaking being a relatively newly discovered magic it’s a pretty competitive field. Alvie gets to study under world-renowned magician Marion Praff, and dives headfirst into her studies. With Alvie’s valuable insight, Praff’s creative juices start flowing again, and ...
  • Babel
    2018-04-22
    Mind-tingling and so original. Ever since I read the Paper Magician trilogy by this author, I've been enchanted by her world of magic based on the use of materials such as paper. What an exciting surprise it was to discover a new story in the same world! The Plastic Magician is lovely and stimulating on all levels. Alvie, the young American female lead, is delightfully obsessed with numbers and measurements, wears pants despite the ladylike norm,...