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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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    Janet 03-18-13
    Janet 03-18-13

    I listen to books while doing housework. The more interesting the book, the more housework gets done!

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    "A chick fantasy magical romantic romp!"
    Where does A Little Night Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Little Night Magic can't be compared to other audiobooks I've listened to, as I have a wide range of books for a wide range of moods. This is a light, entertaining book; when life is too stressful for a deep or cruel novel, it can lift your mood.


    What other book might you compare A Little Night Magic to and why?

    There is a trend for light-hearted vampire romances. A Little Night Magic is a bit like those: light-hearted, but without the vampires. Yes, there is evil to be defeated, and a sound storyline. But there is no doubt throughout that the girl will get her man in the end.The magic system is not entirely serious: one of the characters in the book has a talent for conjuring the most awesome cakes and pastries out of thin air.


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

    Audiobooks bring a lot more detail to a book than reading it, as you can't flip forward through the boring or tedious bits. So they have to be well-written and engaging -- I abandon far more audiobooks than I ever did printed ones. That said, Amanda Ronconi reads it well; she has the tone and light-heartedness of the story just right. Some of the parts may seem a bit syrupy and "goody two-shoes" were you to read them; Amanda Ronconi makes them sound at least sincere.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is not a moving book; it is entertaining. But you know there has to be a bad guy. And you know they have to defeat the bad guy... and get rid of the body. I did smile at their solution.


    Any additional comments?

    What I liked about this book is that the heroine does not do any of those intensely stupid things that make you want to run a mile. (I turned to it after reaching sticking points in two other books where you just know something incredibly bad is going to happen and you don't feel like facing it just yet.) Yes, our heroine does do stupid things that advance the plot, but you can always understand her reasons for doing so. And there are a lot of decisions she makes that you question the wisdom of. But overall it is a light and likeable story that will easily see you through the pile of ironing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Starks Williamsburg, Va, USA 03-17-13
    Joe Starks Williamsburg, Va, USA 03-17-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A Little Night Magic"
    What did you like best about A Little Night Magic? What did you like least?

    Like about this book, nothing.


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

    It needed to have a more reasonable story. I was disapointed in this book.


    What aspect of Amanda Ronconi’s performance would you have changed?

    The narator Ms Roconi would possablly make her readng more interesting if her characters would (as well as other books I have listened to) have more persons read other characters involed lines to make it more interesting. An example men read men and women read women's lines. I was not inpressed with with her trying to read all parts.


    Was A Little Night Magic worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms March needs to write books a little more realistic. It took me only about 15 minutes after her friend introducing magic came into the picture at the resturant ( sorry I read it a bit ago and do not remember the name) to figure who was the villian. I thought this story was a little too far fetched. I did give her the benefit of the doubt just to see if the story would have a beliveable plot. I do not believe I will waste my money and time with any more of her novels read by her or writen by Ms March.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 03-17-13
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "quirky and predictable"

    This book is not for the mature reader. I think young people would enjoy it. It as kind of tongue in cheek silly for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amazonqueenmaster 03-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fun light reading!"
    Where does A Little Night Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great fun reading... light and fun. I enjoyed I and look forward to reading more from this author in future!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Denver, NC, United States 03-11-13
    Liz Denver, NC, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "magical"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Night Magic to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was charming and funny and scary all at the same time. It was an enjoyable listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Night Magic?

    The animation of objects like the mug and the origami.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job with all the character voices


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cherri 03-11-13
    Cherri 03-11-13
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    "Magically Entertaining"
    What did you love best about A Little Night Magic?

    It's toungue and cheek humor.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    I loved her ability to visualize what was going on. You joined her in the story.


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

    It made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    It was light hearted and whimsical. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 03-09-13
    Bonnie 03-09-13

    DVDFan

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    "Just not the book for me"

    I can't remember why I ordered this book in the first place... perhaps a sale? Anyway, it was a bad pick for me. I enjoy escaping into a good story but this one was so annoying and all over the place. I disliked most of the characters with the exception of Tobias, with whom we barely scratch the surface. The rules of the "magic" seemed like the author just made it up as she went and then broke her own rules. The main character was silly and I just wanted her to go away. The narration was not my style either. I had trouble sticking with this book through the end and was glad when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 03-08-13
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Molly Harper Fans Will Love This Book"
    Would you listen to A Little Night Magic again? Why?

    I have already gone through the book twice. The characters were likeable, the story a new and refreshing take on Magical People. I have been in a "Molly Harper" book sort of mood, having just finished her vampire series. This fit the bill perfectly. As someone else said in a review here, Lucy March is not Molly Harper, but she is close. In fact, I was so certain that she was Molly Harper, I had to check out both of their websites before I would believe it wasn't a Molly book.

    Of course Amanda Ronconi does her usual stellar job...her voice is the perfect fit for this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Night Magic?

    Oh dear, there were two, both having to do with betrayal...I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to give away anything in the plot.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Davina, most definitely. Ms. Ronconi is human and only has so many voices to use in her narration. Most of the voices we've heard before. That is not a complaint, it is her magic. Even though the voices are similar/same to other characters in other books, she manages to individualize each character so that they are still unique to the personality currently being read. However, Davina is a voice I haven't heard before from Ms. Ronconi and I absolutely loved it!


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

    Yes, I even stayed up way past my bedtime to finish the book the first time through.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in the mood for a light-hearted paranormal romance, this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charleen M. Pflugerville, Texas United States 03-04-13
    Charleen M. Pflugerville, Texas United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Surprisingly Charming and Original"
    Would you listen to A Little Night Magic again? Why?

    I accidentally found this title because of the narrator, Amanda Ronconi. I had enjoyed her narration of another book, and was curious to see what else she had worked on. This title was on sale, and I thought I'd give it a try. I was charmed by the story, and even went hunting for more titles by the author. No luck yet, but I'll get her sophomore effort!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magic system is new and original, but it doesn't take away from the story. It builds slowly with the plot, until they're so inexorably entwined that you can't resist finding out where the author is going to go with them.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda is funny and manages to convey so many different emotions in her voice that you just can't resist her. I always feel like I'm listening to a friend telling me a story.


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

    Yes, it has a bit of a slow start, but the characters are so engaging that it doesn't last for long!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julianne gahana, OH, United States 02-28-13
    julianne gahana, OH, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Can wait for another book"
    What did you love best about A Little Night Magic?

    it's a top 20 book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love livs powers.
    I want a little gibson of my own


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    stacy - she reminds me off m own friends willing to take the normal and the weird in stride.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    5/19/14
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    "Oh dear...."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Well since I bought it due to great reviews, I guess all the other fans of M. Harper except for me and few others lured to it. Gave it two stars because I actually finished it- well done me!


    What could Lucy March have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story had an opportunity to be great. The stage is set very well, the side characters good, the basic story line perfect.
    But then the author has plopped Olivia- our female lead into it. She is so dumb it should be against law. She gets signs all over the place and she still makes the stupidest mistakes ever. Not just one as we humans do and learn from it, but one after another, after another and another…. I just wanted to shake her most of the book. The “love” she claims for our male lead Tobias is something very odd from her side. Very similar to all her relationships. Rather selfish in some ways.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favourite?

    Amanda is one of the best narrators of audio books. She does Molly Harper's books and I love her voice. She is great on all male and female voices. So, every character (however stupid) is helped along by greatest possible support of a master of narration.


    Any additional comments?

    If you dislike heroines who are stupid (not just naive) and often are tempted while reading/listening to a book to slap them- this is not for you. If you do not mind woman in her late 20s behaving like a 14 year old... yep, right up your favourites
    I just wish I payed more attention to negative reviews as I stupidly bought another audio by the author at the same time without thinking. I need to start paying more attention with reviews and waste my credits

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
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    "Try it"
    What did you like most about A Little Night Magic?

    I have read a lot of negative feed back about this story... is it fair...in my opinion NO. A bit 'darker' than the average fantasy romance but an interesting story line. I think it is unfair to call the main character dim witted. It is easy to stand on the sideline & heckle. We have a saying 'you cannot see the wood for the trees'. Some times we are too close & things take a while to click. Not a light hearted book but a good story with plenty of action.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty
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    4/21/14
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    "Great new find."
    Where does A Little Night Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best this year. I love Molly Harpers book and they are read by Amanda Ronconi also..fabulous bit of escapism!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Night Magic?

    A really easy listen, I will go back and listen again. It was a shame when the book ended.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favourite?

    All of them, she is of of my favourite narrators!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. If you have listened to all the Molly Harper books try this next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • leanne
    Florida,USA
    2/2/14
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    "One of little treasures you find by accident"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Night Magic to be better than the print version?

    Yes but it might have more to do with Amanda Ronconi narration, I love the way she brings stories to life and makes me smile


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    EVRETHING!!!!!! she is one of the very few narrators I log on looking for


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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