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.
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.
I try to write a review only when I think I can add something. If you've read some of the reviews you will see:
1. This isn't a romance. Agreed from my view point as one of the few guys to review this book, too. The cook has no special depth to him and our heroine's idea of attracting him by buying herself a one-way ticket to Europe is lame. What either one sees in the other is never made clear.
2. It is a fantasy. Agreed. It is the story of a not so young woman learning she has a paranormal ability while living in the world the rest of us inhabit. Fantasy.
3. "Cute Story" If by that the reviewers mean that there is a germ of a good idea in the magic - it comes in many flavors - yes, I agree. To whet your appetite let me just mention one: paper birds fly.
4. Wonderful narration by Amanda Ronconi. YES!!!
What I will tell you is this: Ms. Marsh's fantasy community - the falls - could grow in the next book(s) into an enjoyable place to spend a few reading hours. The idea that magic can come in so many forms has plenty of room to grow. And our heroine? Well, she's not quite TDTL (too dumb to live); she just might be able to learn from her mistakes and become an adult by book 3. I am not a fan of books where the same dumb mistakes are repeated over and over.
My considered advice: Look for a Magic title by Ms. March on sale. Try it. If you are a Ronconi fan (as I am) buy it when you run out of Molly Harper books.
Your mileage may vary
I'm new to author Lucy March at the time of this review.
This is a charming book about several friends, one of whom is ready to jet off to Europe, who share life's ups and downs in small-town America until the magic all starts and then things will never be the same again.
Interesting plot and fabulous narration by Amanda Ronconi! I'll look forward to reading the second book and am currently hoping this author publishes more frequently in the future.
It stayed interesting through entire reading.
Davina, I was taken by surprise by this character and the part she played in this story.
The explosion at the Diner.
Enjoyable read that pulled me in. Good story and characters. I look forward to reading more Lucy March.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
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.
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...
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.
She varied the character's voices convincingly.
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
This book is a cute read. The story is okay. Funny at first, but I'm not sure what I thought of the ending.
I listened to it. The narrator is the same woman who does Molly Harper's books. She does a a good job.
Not the best read in the world, but not bad either. If you're looking for a light read with some chuckling, this would be a good book.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
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.
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.
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.
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.
After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.
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.
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