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.
Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference there.
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.
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.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
OMG, it's like Molly Harper and Darynda Jones had a love child. Pleasantly surprised!
Why I Listened:
A Little Night Magic was a total impuse buy from Audible.com. It was on sale for $4.95 and I saw that Amanda Ronconi was the narrator and love her narration job on Molly Harper's books and after reading the summary it sounded like a cute, light listen so I went for it.
What I Liked:
Everything really. Much like Harper and Jones, March wrote a loveable herione and fun secondary charatcters. Olivia is a qurky waitress in a small town where nothing happens. She is wans to make a big chance in her life and decides to move to Europe but her gang of gal pals are not liking the idea that she won't be coming back. And the sexy cook at the dinner Olivia works at is starting to set up and take notice when he finds out that she is planning on leaving town.
"I don't care what Edward did in the Twilight books. Watching a girl sleep is just creepy." He smiled. "You weren't sleeping." "Don't think you're breeze by on a technicality, Shoop, you go all Cullen on me, I'm staking you through the heart."
What I Didn't Like:
Nothing. I really enjoyed this listen. I have to admit though, I wonder if I would give it 4 stars if I read it instead of listening to it. I think this a book that really lends itself well to the audio media.
A Little Night Magic is full of funny one liners, crazy secondary characters and an even crazier bad guy. Olivia and gang will never be the same now that they know that match is real. I can't wait for the next book, That Touch of Magic. There is no cover or blurp for it but I'm hoping it will be about Olivia's friend and the super moody Kane.
I feel like I was listening to a Molly Harper book because Amanda Ronconi narrates all of Harper's books. I kept telling myself this is not Jane (the main character in the Jane Jameson series). Ronconi is a great narrator for snarky, fun books. She brings just the enough amount of sassy and cheeky to the characters.
I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...
I loved the characters, I loved the book. Got it on a BOGO special totally worth the price. This book looks at magic from a fresh perspective and how one person's greed can destroy a family and everything around them. But purity and love always create the best magic. (I loved the bunny ... and the crane.) Did I mention there is a love affair in all of this. Great writing and was beautifully brought to life by Amanda Ronconi. It is on my second listen list.
Love this book it was so cute! I love blue squares of linoleum.
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.
I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.
I would be willing to listen to the next book in the series.
I would compare this series to the Molly Harper series' "Nice Girls" & "Naked Werewolf" (also narrated by Amanda Ronconi). Though IMHO this series is lacking a little in comparison.
I have listened to all of Amanda's narrations! She performs this book in the same manner as all of her others. She has a way of bringing life to the characters and reads like she is speaking to you, not just reading a script.
Yes, and I did just that :-)
It stayed interesting through entire reading.
Davina, I was taken by surprise by this character and the part she played in this story.
The explosion at the Diner.
Enjoyable read that pulled me in. Good story and characters. I look forward to reading more Lucy March.