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!
Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.
A Little Night Magic is a great, sweet story about discovering yourself in situations you couldn't imagine, and finding love when it smacks you in the face.
Amanda Ronconi's narration is fun; she goes seamlessly between all the characters, and you believe her smart old lady characters. They're where it's at!
This was such a fun book with such an interesting world....both they mystical side and the small town side. The book opens with Liv unhappy with her life. She's been in love with Tobias for years and he doesn't want anything more than friendship. Her father abandoned her mother early in Liv's life and her mother never recovered from that heartache. She was a shell of a woman and Liv can honestly foresee that in her future, so she's decided she has to do something drastic to change things....she's moving to Europe. But then a strange woman comes into the diner where Liv works and EVERYTHING about her life changes. No longer can she say she leads a boring life, but she's soon wishing that she did as everything she holds dear, most especially this small town that she loves is in danger.
The most honest thing you can say about this book is that NOTHING is as it first appears...except the true feelings between Tobias and Liv. Yes, he's holding her at arm's length, but as a reader you can see how much he doesn't want to be doing that. Honestly, I'd say his feelings for Liv were even stronger than hers. It's painful to watch the two of them together...but this is a romance novel, so there's hope there too. I loved that Liv was so normal...she's every woman you know, with hopes and dreams and worries about her life. As her magic comes in, she finds new friends....Gibson, OMG!! I loved the little snippets in the story with her and Gibson. So sweet and it just shows what a wonderfully caring person she truly is. I loved that you could see Tobias's true feelings even when he's pushing her away. The mystery behind him was awesome and definitely kept me reading. You have to love a mysterious bad-boy and Tobias is one of the best I've ever read.
There's a whole slew of characters here and so many of them were amazing. I'm not going to detail each of them (although I'm really tempted to) because then I might tip you off to some of the twists and turns in the story line. Just know, it is a great cast of characters. And honestly, this is where the narrator in this book shone! Wow, she was awesome with her inflections and she managed to give each character such a wonderfully different voice. I loved her voices. Seriously, the narrator on this book was incredible!!
I'll admit, I keep debating going and buying the print copy of it just because I love that cover so much...seriously fun!! And I will definitely be looking forward to more in this series and from this author!
Normal romance novel. Not as funny as some, not as strong of a story line or characters as some, but ok for escapism.
I'm not such a huge fan of the magic/lost family/secret skills plot devices, but romance novels have to be about something, don't they? And yes, I do like romance novels. I like to escape, and laugh. This one was ok. None of the characters needed to be smacked senseless by the reader/listener, which is good for something, isn't it?
Wow, that was lukewarm... :)
Eliminate the main character
I'm not even sure.
Yes and I loved them
One of my biggest pet peeves is a week main female charater. I seriously considered not finishing, it was that bad. The only thing that saved this book for me was the narration.
Granted, I didn't get very far into it. What I listened to was far-fetched and silly.
I didn't think the narration was particularly bad. I think the narrator did the best she could with the material she was reading.
All of the above, plus irritation.
I would try another book from either one.
It is an entertaining book and I would probably recommend it to a friend who is interested in "magic" stories. The narration was good but the story itself was only 3 stars. It would not be my first recommentation but it would be on the list.
Amanda portrayed Liv and Davina really well.
Probably not. Usually movies based on the book lose something in the translation and this book, while entertaining on my commute, was not a must read.
Liv could have been a great character, but she made some unrealistically stupid decisions. I thought this detracted from the quality of the story.
The only way this book could have been a 4 or 5 star experience is if it were written by a different author. The plot was mediocre, and the author clearly didn't know what to do with it. Half way through the book, I began cheering for the enemy. Part of me wanted her to lose just out of sheer frustration. I mean, come on, if the heroine was that stupid, she deserved to lose.
Sure, my review has nothing to do with the narrator. She can only read what's written on the pages.
The heroine, Olivia. I would replace her with someone who had a little common sense. And maybe a brain.
The only saving grace is the last 2 chapters of the book. It gained a star from my original 1-star rating.
Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.
The storyline progressed well and kept my attention, while not the best book I've heard lately it's not still a pretty good story.