The narrator is the only good thing about this book. The story is predictable at best and honestly anti-woman. The characters were boring, unbelievable and annoying. I like Amanda Ronconi and she narrates similar, more interesting books written by Molly Harper. Harper's books include interesting plots, likable characters and refreshing views. skip this book and read a Molly Harper book instead.
Amanda - ABSOLUTELY, Lucy - probably not.
No. Good premis, interesting story up to the point where the main character is about to be killed by crazed evil person and STILL tries to stop the person about to save her. REALLY folks, if the heroine is that unprotective of her life she should have been allowed to die.
In all books she reads she manages the different characters without resorting to weird voices or accents. And the deadpan dry humour - excellent!
Well, if you are doing chores possibly, otherwise not.
I write romantic suspense with a little southern grit. I love romance & adventure w/a little mystery & suspense. I believe in happy endings.
I love when I find a new author I like. This magical love story is more than a new witch or magical coming into her powers, this lovely story shows that sometimes your family is the people who care and support you even if they're not blood kin. A love story about the many facets of the emotion.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
“Be Careful what you wish for . . .”
Olivia Kiskey should have remembered that. I mean really – she should have learned that particular lesson when standing on the magic linoleum square by booth nine at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House granted her wish. But again – be careful what you wish for. Like when she wished on the magic square for “a little more space” from her college boyfriend, Charlie. Two days later? Yep. He dumped her for his roommate – Neal. Sigh.
“A Little Night Magic” starts out funny, and Amanda Ronconi does a beautiful job of narration, her slightly nasal voice is completely believable as Olivia.
When Olivia decides she is finally going to give up her crush on Tobias the cook, sell the house her mother left her, and travel to Scotland, well, people really don’t know what to think. And when Olivia finds out that she can turn objects to animals, things get really whacky . . .
There are things I liked about A Little Night Magic. Olivia is a fun character – she has been stuck in a small town, working as a waitress, for years. As she says, “Spontaneity without commitment is just wishful thinking.” So, in six weeks, she is outta-there. Well, at least that is what she is planning. For a twenty-eight year old, she is very ‘young.’ So when Davina, a supposed ‘magical person’ shows up, and things start getting interesting, Olivia starts learning new things – the hard way. Davina is sure that Olivia is magical – and is determined to teach her. Hence, the whole ‘my coffee mug is now named Gibson’ thing. There are secrets, evil, a stranger chasing her – and the people she has known all her life are even stranger.
Then there are the things that could have been done much better. The give-and-take between Olivia and Tobias is aggravating, to say the least. Tobias is passive-aggressive, the people trying to ‘help’ her are more harmful than helpful, and Olivia’s innocence, in my opinion, is laid on a bit thick. This is a ‘fluffy’ book – which I really don’t mind at all – but Olivia’s ‘friends’ are spiteful and the mystery was figured out within the first couple of chapters, which really doesn’t work for me. The other thing that really disappointed me? The “Bad Guy” is truly evil. And yet, instead of doing something about it, or helping others with the ability do something about it, Olivia is a complete gutless weenie loser. I mean, come ON! You have the ability to stop a murderous megalomaniac – and yet you are too cowardly to stop that person?
So, Olivia pretty much ends up in the “too stupid to live” category, as others have said. And that is a shame, because the concept was good – it was the execution that let me down.
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I was looking for that perfect story to just take me away for a little bit and A Little Night Magic did just that. I'm a no spoilers kind of person, but I'll say the characters were easy to fall in love with, quirky enough to laugh at and with and the story was engaging enough yet not one that requires all of your brain power.
As always the narrator, which is why and how I found this book won the day. I could listen to Amanda narrate most anything ;)
The story was just. . meh. I thought that since Amanda Ranconi was narrating that it could be good. There was no humor to the story. Don't waste your credit.