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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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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 08-26-12
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "LIKE THIS STORY IS A FAST LISTEN"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 02-25-14
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    What did you love best about A Little Night Magic?

    It stayed interesting through entire reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Davina, I was taken by surprise by this character and the part she played in this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The explosion at the Diner.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable read that pulled me in. Good story and characters. I look forward to reading more Lucy March.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-19-13
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2008

    Love reading. Love listening.

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    "Well, the narration is excellent, but..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Spring, TX, United States 08-07-13
    Amazon Customer Spring, TX, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Grow Up, Already!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She varied the character's voices convincingly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Book Nympho United States 04-15-13
    The Book Nympho United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy

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    "Pleasantly Surprised!"

    Quick Thought:

    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.

    Final Thought:

    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.

    Narration:

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Evanston, IL, United States 04-08-13
    Paige Evanston, IL, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not you, It's me?"

    Maybe I've just read too many books lately with relatively clueless heroines, but this one felt incredibly frustrating to me. I felt like I spent most of the book trying to convince the main character to do something. Preferably something that made sense and didn't endanger a bunch of people.

    Eventually she gets there, but despite her eventual action she felt very passive to me. And I suppose that makes sense, but I found it a frustrating read.

    And I should add that this was clearly part of this character, and who she was, not a flaw in the author's writing, she was written this way. But if I'd been one of her lifelong girlfriends I'd have packed her on a plane years before this book ever took place.

    Amanda Ronconi was fabulous as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Louisville, KY, United States 03-19-13
    Patricia Louisville, KY, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "Watch who you trust"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CM 03-02-13
    CM 03-02-13 Member Since 2006

    Better things to do but this is more fun.

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    "Funny, enjoyable romance"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rae Meandarra, Australia 05-18-12
    Rae Meandarra, Australia 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Writing is Very Similar to Molly Harper"

    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.

    Happy Reading


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Oakdale, MN, United States 03-05-12
    Gene Oakdale, MN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to listen to books. Do tons of driving and they keep me sane.

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    "Funny Listening and Good Story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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