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A Little Night Magic | [Lucy March]

A Little Night Magic

Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....
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Publisher's Summary

Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends... but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed.

As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side - and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?

©2012 Lucy March (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Victoria 02-21-12
    Victoria 02-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Victoria

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    "Open your eyes!"
    What did you like best about A Little Night Magic? What did you like least?

    Ok, I understand suspense, but this is ridiculous. What is with this girl and seeing the obvious. Why does it take her so long to see the truth. First she completely trusts this woman she only met a day ago rather that people she's know all of her life. Stupid. Amanda Ronconi saved the story. There were funny places and sad places but most of the places I was saying,


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was good but the dumb main character made me angry.


    Do you think A Little Night Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if Olivia grows a brain.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 02-10-12
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 02-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny, Enjoyable Book"

    This is funny and enjoyable book. Ms. March did a nice job--story line was good, even though I am not into magical or werewolves. While the story was good, Amanda Ronconi (AR) made the book more enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud. I stumbled upon her when listening to Molly Harper books--she was so funny. I have been hesitating reading the others for that reason, but I may purchase another, just because AR is narrating... Gosh I seem to be praising AR more than the book. I have said in more than one time in my reviews, the narrator makes the book. Is there any way we can get her to read Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books that will be coming out in July. She would be the perfect person to take Anna Fields (AF) place in SEP's books--man do I miss her-rest in peace AF.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alesicia HOUSTON, TX, United States 02-07-12
    Alesicia HOUSTON, TX, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amanda Ronconi is the best Narrator..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Ummm...yeah....I would make the book not so predictable. I mean I can see it coming...it is so obvious to everyone except her. I mean you can't help but love the Heroine but you can see how stupid some of her decisions are before she makes them. She eventually puts it together but you want to pull your hair out while you wait on her to do so.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Amanda Ronconi makes the book. Half way through the book you'll be able to tell who the Villain is and who the good guys are. I like the direction the write was going but she made it way to easy to figure out; she needs to develop her story more. You will start to get annoyed with the Heroine simply because she refuses to put two and two together when it is staring her in the face.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I absolutely love Amanda Ronconi; that is the only reason I bought the book. She can make a Good book Great and a bad book good. I would give this book a 3.5 simply because the writer makes the middle too predictable and the Heroine to weak at times.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, only if you change the middle of the book. If not this will be your typical scary movie where you are yelling at the screen telling the dumb girl the killer is behind her.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 10-03-14
    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 10-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Harper & Ronconi but still good"

    If you need a little something to tide you over until the next Molly Harper book comes, out this would be a good pick. In the same genre of fantasy in a contemporary setting, the book is funny and sweet but not great. I'd say it's credit worthy for Ronconi's performance alone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Monrovia, MD, United States 06-10-13
    Kathleen Monrovia, MD, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Occult waste of time -uses Our Lord's name in vain"
    What would have made A Little Night Magic better?

    The title suggests magic when really the author refers to EVIL supernatural power to harm a whole family. I was expecting perhaps a little humor and romance mixed in with some mystery. BUT, the whole magic of conjuring up rich food or changing mugs into live bunnies or cell phones into bats is ridiculous unrealistic meaningless foolishness!!!! The insult to Catholicism with the girls' Saturday Night "Confession" was also an insult to the faith, although I am not a Catholic.


    What was most disappointing about Lucy March’s story?

    It is a total waste of time. Author Frank Perretti knows how to write spiritual mysteries that are Biblically correct always clearly treating evil as evil, clearly distinguishing and contrasting Biblical good from evil and never using the Lord's name in vain. When he reveals a diabolical character, the reader knows the source of the evil. There is a REAL SUPERNATURAL realm, so let's portray it as it really is, not in some false pretend fashion!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    There was nothing outstanding abut the narration, not especially entertaining.


    What character would you cut from A Little Night Magic?

    All the witches and make real people without evil supernatural powers and center the story on a REALISTIC crime investigation instead of the ridiculous fantasy. Let's call a spade a spade not MAGIC BUT WITCHCRAFT. As a Christian I found the sneaky roundabout pretense about magic as a cover-up for the real evil of BLACK magic disgustingly offensive. The story would never appeal to men, since it is centered strictly on female gossip, envy, fixation on dieting (majoring on the minors of life) -- the dumb blonde portrayal of the female gender.


    Any additional comments?

    The sound sample or the write-up should have had some warnings on the plot being centered on evil/supernatural happenings/personages. The whole female gender is portrayed as not being very intelligent (only capable of waitressing for occupation at the age of 30 and incapable of having mature conversations concerning the ultimate goals of a romantic relationship. The plot primarily weaves around temptations -- eating unhealthy food, having sex out of wedlock, jealousy of other girl rivals for boyfriends, so say nothing of the blaspheming of Jesus' name and the disgusting "comedy" concerning killing people to use their supernatural power for increasing one's own evil power. For Goodness sake, lets not use a "friendly" black conjurer who throws peppery socks at people she is trying to protect as the comic relief agent. This is really an insult to good literature in the worst way!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna A Massachusetts 07-12-12
    Donna A Massachusetts 07-12-12 Member Since 2007

    DJA

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    "Great Narrator - fluffy book"
    Any additional comments?

    This story centers around Olivia, she has lived and worked in the same town since she was a teenager. She works at Crazy Cousin Betty's Waffle House and is in love with the cook, Tobias. Every Saturday night she gathers with her three best friends; Peach, Millie, and Stacy – they drink margaritas and have what they call confessional time. But Olivia, known as Liv, is in need of a change and one Saturday she announces she is selling the house, taking a trip to Europe never to return to this town .. until this mysterious and strange woman by the name of Davina shows up. Davina befriends Liv and introduces Liv to the magical powers she never knew she had. Life goes from boring to a little too interesting as the magic becomes dark.
    The book was entertaining although I felt like Lucy March was a pen name for Molly Harper .. very similar writing style except I think harper develops her characters much better. The best part of the book was listening to Amanda Ronconi read this book. Her voice is amazing and she knows how to deliver lines !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janna North Grafton, MA, United States 05-18-12
    Janna North Grafton, MA, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't enjoy it..."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Lucy March again?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in this book and did not finish listening to it -- was not what I expected. Not high quality writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. M. Berman Boston, MA 04-22-12
    M. M. Berman Boston, MA 04-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth the time..."
    What disappointed you about A Little Night Magic?

    The story was so sophomoric. It wasn't even worthy of an escape story as it was too silly.


    Has A Little Night Magic turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

    Enthusiastic, dramatic, sweet.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I assumed it would be a light story to listen to that took little real concentration - but it was just too light.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stick to historical books and biographies!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shakya Cedar Pocket, Australia 03-26-12
    Shakya Cedar Pocket, Australia 03-26-12

    Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.

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    "Good but not great"
    What did you like best about A Little Night Magic? What did you like least?

    Predicable but a lot of stories are now. Good characters but not introduced as they should of been. Hard to describe exactly what I did or didn't like, it just did not quite get there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was excellent.


    Could you see A Little Night Magic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catharine Blankenship 03-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Is Molly Harper Writing Under A Different Name?"
    What made the experience of listening to A Little Night Magic the most enjoyable?

    This book is adorable, and I love Amanda Ronconi! She is one of the best when reading this book and all of the books by Molly Harper. It's a very enjoyable listen the story flows well and Amanda does such a great job with the different character voices. If you enjoy Molly Harper you will LOVE Lucy March any other books she publishes I will listen to gladly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different take on magic.


    What about Amanda Ronconi???s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts made me laugh out loud.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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