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)
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic

Reviews The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4)

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #65Many thanks go Charlie Holmberg, 47North, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.I’m was so excited to see the Magician series was given new life! Such a great series, but I kinda love magic. But now we have new categories to manipulate, which just gives those sneaky, manipulative mages new ways to break the law. Our new heroine is adorable and brilliant and American! YAY! I just adore how d...
  • Stacee
    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
    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
    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...
  • Lauren
    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.
  • Fiona
    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, ...
  • The Librarian Witch
    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...
  • ℨαrα
    Plot ~ Concept: ★★★★☆ ~ Execution: ★★☆☆☆Pacing: ★★★☆☆Writing style: ★★★☆☆Characters: ★★★☆☆World: ★★★★☆Enjoyment: ★★★☆☆Cover: ★★★★☆ Pros: ○ Much like the original trilogy, The Plastic Magician was a fun, quick, easy and lighthearted read.○ The disability representation.○ Ethel’s character as a whole was brilliant and I loved her.○ Bennet is a proper Hufflepuf...
  • Leigh
    The Plastic Magician is set in the same world as the Paper Magician, but with a new lead character. Alvie is an American girl, who dreams of becoming a polymaker, a plastic magician. We follow her as she gets her position as an apprentice in London and as she begins to make discoveries and come to grips with her new powers.The book is written in third person and in much the same manner as the plastic magician trilogy. Although, the book is an Ame...
  • Lena
    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.
  • Magen
    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...
  • Erika
    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.
  • Jonmontanavega
    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.
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  • Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
    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...
  • Simi Sunny
    Charlie N. Holmberg has done it again by making it whimsical. This new main protagonist is clever and geeky, which I love. It's too bad that she's not like Ceony, but Alvie is intelligent and innovative to create something magnificent. She may be nerdy, but she can be caring to which led her to create an invention to help the disabled. I got so excited when the author brought back the old characters from the Paper Magician series, but it was only...
  • Ness
    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.
  • Sophie Janet
    This book had so many pros to it that overall, it was a fast-paced, fun read! I liked ALL the characters. Unfortunately, it was predictable early on and I had a reasonable guess about who was behind the robberies from the get-go. That aside, I enjoyed The Plastic Magician as I enjoyed the The Paper Magician series.
  • Elysa
    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
    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
    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...
  • Ashley
    A few months back I got approved for an ARC of The Plastic Magician and in truly dodgy fashion, here I am only just having read it…now. Who’s an organised book blogger? *crickets* Clearly not me.The Plastic Magician is a spin-off standalone of Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician series. I actually haven’t read any of the books in the original series but after being intrigued by the blurb for the book and seeing that it was perfectly...
  • Lisa
    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
    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...
  • Shannon
    The Plastic Magician The Paper Magician, Book 4 I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the Series The Characters: Alvie Brechenmacher: American from Ohio sent to study Polymaking in London under Marion Praft Marion Praft: Genius Polymaker, son of the founder of Praft School of Magic Bennet Cooper:Future folder, devoted brother, paramore. Emma Cooper, Magician Ezell The Story: A great new adventure. While Alvie doesn’t seem to find tr...
  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    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...
  • Swanbender2001
    The author has the ability to write characters with very good intentions and the wits and strengths to maintain their dignity, honesty and integrity. I am quite drawn to her writing for this. I also like the romantic part in each of her stories and the fact that it exists but doesn't dominate; is kept in perspective while the characters acknowledge their feelings but the need to continue with their studies or work.Finally, she writes great women ...
  • Che' Smith
    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...