I REALLY LIKED THE DETAILS AND THE TWIST AND TURNS. AT TIMES IT GOT DRAWN OUT BUT WAS INTERESTING EVEN WHEN SLOW. IS WORTH THE LISTEN WILL TRY THIS STORY LINE AGAIN.
Fanatic reader who loves listening to audible files while getting things done.
A Little Night Magic, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, was a fabulous listen. It was funny, sweet and enjoyable. Ronconi's interpretation was perfect for the story, with only one small, off note (she mispronounced "burying the lead", a newspaper saying for not leading with the most important part, as 'burying the led" - I use this saying a lot so it distracted me to hear it like that). I wouldn't have bought this book based on the summary but Audible.com had a great deal and I took a chance. Based on this reading, I would happily listen/read to another Lucy March story and will be happy to listen to other titles read by Ms Ronconi.
Among other things, Ms March gave us some great phrasing. My favorite is "contact fat", which our heroine, Olivia, says she gets just by serving the delicious food at Crazy Cousin Betty's restaurant. She is well paired with Tobias, the hero, and the secondary characters are well drawn. Definitely an enjoyable read that I will likely listen to again.
Love to listen to books. Do tons of driving and they keep me sane.
I enjoy Amanda Roconi and her narration. The story was funny, and held my attention during workouts and dog walks. Look forward to hearing more.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Great story. Written in a style with is very similar to Molly Harper who I love.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan, Stacia Kane, Kelly Medding and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Stay with this one. It gets much better as you go. I look forward to seeing more books by Lucy March. The characters were interesting and the story begs for a sequel.
Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.
This story will take you by surprise. Trust no one. The main character is innocent, bright, and full of dumb decisions. The villain will be someone she least suspects, you may or may not see it coming. This is a short tale of mystery, a fun sort of wistful magic, and a few moving life lessons of friendship & bad decisions.
This is a modern tale of a waitress coming into her own.
If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy: All books by Deborah Geary (her witch series is phenomenal), A winter witch, Born Wicked, Forbidden, A thinking Women's Guide to Real Magic, Tarnished and Torn, Scent of Magic, Maria V. Snyder's books, One Good Knight by Mercede Lackey.
I enjoyed the author and the book.
I tend to get into grooves where everything I read is historical romance, mystery, light romantic comedy, thrillers, or whatever. I used to read (in print) 2 or 3 books at the same time, switching one to the other, depending on mood. But there are medications for that now, LOL.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The premise sounded interesting, and it should have been amusing since it was compared to Molly Harper's style. And I so enjoy listening to Amanda Ronconi bring characters to life. These characters, however, could have stayed in imagination until they had matured sufficiently to deal with the situation at hand. First off, there were too many "main" characters. Olivia, Peach, Millie, Stacy, Tobias, Davina, that mystery guy, the owner of the diner, plus the townsfolk with names. Okay, maybe we'd all be as whiney as the heroine in this story if the events depicted had happened in real life. But it wasn't real life, was it? It's fantasy, so is it unusual for me to want to like the characters? Is it too much to ask the heroine to suck it up and turn the plot from premise into an enjoyable story? I couldn't do it. I skipped at least 1/3 of the book because I wanted to slap Olivia and tell her to get a grip. I wanted to sit Tobias down and explain the importance of open communication. I wanted to be able to differentiate between the best friends. So... If you like Molly Harper or Darynda Jones, do not use a credit for this book. I don't know under what circumstance I could, in all good conscience, recommend it. I thought about saying you could, perhaps, get it if it's free - I got it in a 3 for 2 sale. But no, nothing is truly free, because time is a commodity too, and you won't want to waste yours.
Perhaps Bailey Cates' Brownies and Broomsticks as you have a girl who finds out she's a witch. Sort of similar in that respect.
Amanda is excellent at bringing the story to life. You can tell she really enjoyed reading it and there are some infliction she added that made certain lines funnier that I might not have added in my own head.
The story of her family and finding out what happened with them.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read on August 02, 2013
Listened to for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: Really enjoyed A Little Night Magic! It reminded me a little of the Molly Harper books.
Story Thoughts: A Little Night Magic made me giggle, cheer, twist my hands, and root for the bad "guy" to get freaking caught. I listened to it in one day and even got my stepmom listening to it for her trip. This was a great combination of romance and mystery. It was just flat out FUN!
Character Thoughts: I *heart* the girlfriends in this story! Olivia was a spit-fire who just happened to have a long standing unrequited crush. Her solution was to go to Ireland. Is it any wonder that I loved her? She didn't quite make it there but you have to love the gumption. I also liked her friends Peach and Stacy. I liked that they weren't perfect and each had very unique personalities. I can't wait to hear more about them as the series continues. As far as Tobias--it took awhile for me to warm up to him as a love interest but I loved him as a "cook" (well and his other job). Overall these were easy to like characters that make you want to know more about Nodaway Falls.
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
I love Amanda Ronconi! Seriously she just rocks the quirky like no one's business. She does great with sarcasm, wit, and characters that just need to sparkle. She is hands down one of my favorite narrators!
Final Thoughts: I recommend A Little Night Magic for those looking for a fun mystery read with just the right touch of magic!
No, I probably wouldn't recommend it. The heroine (26 or 28 years old) is too immature. If it was a paperback copy, I would have skipped over many parts. She's an adult, has been to college, lost both mother and father, and is a homeowner working and paying her bills. Yet she has mooned for 3 years over a coworker who has never indicated he wanted to date her. Hello? Small town, no other boyfriend prospects, and she sticks with her waitressing job so she can yearn for the unattainable cook. Get real...
I would make the heroine less of a 'woe is my life' kind of person. Her love life sucks, so her action plan is move to Europe? That abrupt decision is absurd given her background. Does everyone disappointed in love immediately decide to sell their homestead, leave everyone they know behind, and travel thousands of miles away? She couldn't try smaller, more feasible steps first? Too immature.
She varied the character's voices convincingly.