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.
A fun read, the narrator is pleasant and she does a good job transitioning between characters. All of the characters are fun and interesting. It was less predictable than I expected. I like that the author put crazy ideas that weren't even imaginable, come together, and come to life. I liked the book very much, I would suggest it to people who need to get away from their own drama, or need something that does not require a whole a lot of focus! This made a 7 road trip go by a lot faster!
Enjoyable and upbeat twist on the world of magic. Characters are interesting and there is a little intrigue and some plot twists. An easy listen.
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This was a fun book and light hearted. Great book and entertaining story. I recommend it for a light listen.
slow start but wonderful funny book
un comparable to other book
really enjoyed her she did a wonderful job never questioned who was talking in the book
laughed out aloud and was amazed how i was hooked