- By Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic

  • Title: The Best Kind of Magic
  • Author: Crystal Cestari
  • ISBN: 9781484752722
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Best Kind of Magic Amber Sand is not a witch The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her But she did get one highly specific magical talent she can see true love As a matchmaker Amber s pretty far down the

    Amber Sand is not a witch The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her But she did get one highly specific magical talent she can see true love As a matchmaker, Amber s pretty far down the sorcery food chain even birthday party magicians rank higher , but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone s soul mate.Amber works at her mother s magiAmber Sand is not a witch The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her But she did get one highly specific magical talent she can see true love As a matchmaker, Amber s pretty far down the sorcery food chain even birthday party magicians rank higher , but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone s soul mate.Amber works at her mother s magic shop Windy City Magic in downtown Chicago, and she s confident she s seen every kind of happy ending there is except for one her own The Fates are tricky jerks that way So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor s son and most desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father s missing girlfriend, she s distressed to find herself falling for him Because while she can t see her own match, she can see his and it s not Amber How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn t her match The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world With a sharp witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

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    1. This is an eARC, all opinions are my own.DNF @ 25%I don't like to not finish ARC's. I feel rude. I feel unworthy. However, I couldn't deal with this one. I could see what the author was going for and I was so excited for witches. 14 year old me desperately wanted to read anything with a witch in it. I loved the idea. Hell, I wanted to be a witch. Unfortunately, I am not and double unfortunately this book was falling super flat for me. The protagonist, who's name I wouldn't be able to remember if [...]

    2. I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. I have only read a few magic realism novels, but hey, it might actually be my thing because I really enjoyed reading those books.Wanting to find love does not make someone weak; it's not a character flaw. Life is hard, and grueling, and having someone root for you and travel beside you is a gift that anyone in this world would be lucky to have. I'm not saying that people can't be happy or fulfilled on their own; of course they can. But being open to the possibil [...]

    3. * I RECEIVED A FREE COPY FOR THE BLOG TOUR*FOR THE GIVEAWAY VISIT MY BLOG (US/CANADA ONLY) karinysteenbooxfrenz.Amber's not the happiest person on the planet. Coming from a line of powerful witches she isn't thrilled with being a lowly matchmaker that witches look down on. She isn't allowed into the coven or into any of the witch traditions because she isn't considered to a be a witch*Ouch*. But when the mayor's son comes to her for help to find his future step mom who's suddenly gone missing, s [...]

    4. I liked the voice. Amber's matter-of-fact, sarcastic, joke-dropping, sassy, and a little self-depreciating style resonated with me, as did the setting -- my parents are from Chicago.I thoroughly enjoyed Amber's snide remarks and sarcastic thoughts throughout. Amber continued to surprise me with her witty reactions, comments, and thoughts, which were not at all repetitive, but flexed according to each new situation.There's a theme that I found intriguing here as well, and that is the idea of fate [...]

    5. The Best Kind of Magic is a fun read filled with magic, wit, and a bit of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I read Amber's story and even laughed out loud a few times (literally).Amber is such a fun, snarky character that I found quite relatable and entertaining. You see somehow Amber didn't inherit the gene that would make her a witch like the rest of her family. However, she still has a mystical talent of her own as a matchmaker who can see true love. As she struggles to fit into a famil [...]

    6. I am giving away a copy of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC over at my Blog! CLICK ME!!! <3 <3

    7. DNF @ 40% (look! I actually remembered to check!)Honestly, I think I would have loved this story, like, 9 years ago. It has all the makings of a book back in that book era: blonde bimbo/evil promiscuous girl, the popular boy that every girl wants but really has a heart of gold, supernatural heroine who is SO different from everyone else with a wicked sense of humor and snark, and her sassy best friend who is obsessed with boys or thinking about them (well, one in this case). Doesn't this sound l [...]

    8. “The Best Kind of Magic” is a promising start to the new “Windy City Magic” series. It has just the right blend of magical realism, suspense, the supernatural, and romance to make for a fun, light read. It flows well and the sass of Amber kept me laughing. It’s the perfect book for when you need a break from reality. Good for grades 7 through adults. Highly recommended!This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

    9. Really cute! This book is very nice, but I wasn't a fan of the ending. I feel like some things aren't finished, which makes sense, since it's part of a series. However, there's one detail that really needed to be cleared up in this book, in my opinion, and it isn't. I would have liked the ending much better if it were.

    10. See full review on: bookdragonlair.wordpress/Review Summary: I had so much fun reading The Best Kind of Magic. It’s funny and different and hard to put down. Overall, as you probably can tell, I was really taken in. The characters developed well and they live in a slightly more interesting version of Chicago. The sequel will be out soon, but even so, I think that it also works as a standalone. If you’re looking for a light, funny read with unexpected insights on life and love, I highly recom [...]

    11. So, this was an incredibly boring book. I tried to get into it as I always feel compelled to read as much of an ARC as possible seeing as I requested it etc but I just had to DNF at 23%. It was becoming a waste of my time to read on soooI genuinely don't get a lot of opportunities to read lately so I'm on a quest to only read what grabs me from the first pages or chapter if I'm feeling generous. I was way too generous in this instance and was right to trust my gut that it wouldn't get interestin [...]

    12. Spent the last few weekends savoring this book. A super sarcastic heroine (my fav!) whose magical ability lets her see everyone's soulmate-except her own. This was a light and frothy read, and just the kind of fun escapism entertainment I've been needing. Plan to recommend to teens at my library looking for the same. Can't wait for book 2!

    13. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewRating 4.5 StarsI had such low expectations for this one so it made it more shocking and thrilling that I really enjoyed it. Once I started the audio of this story I could not stop it I was so drawn in this version of modern day Chicago. Even though I have never been to that city myself Cestari painted a pretty vivid picture without being too overwhelming with details. What really made this story shine was the main character [...]

    14. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.The vibe one gets from the cover of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC is that the contents within will be lighthearted and cutesy. The story delivers exactly that - an excellent example of a time a cover is perfect for the book. Unfortunately, while lighthearted and fun, I do have a few complaints about THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC.Overall, THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC is fluff. It's fun and a quick read, but there were some issues. My primary issue with the book is that the [...]

    15. *Huge thanks to the publisher for the e-copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Don't get me wrong, I can see the appeal when I first requested this book. Who doesn't want to read about a girl who can look at someone's eyes and see their soulmate? I certainly found that intriguing! I'm actually in love with the premise of this book. The problem? The main character wasn't memorable. I can't even remember her name. I try so hard to k [...]

    16. This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionI needed this book in my life right now. I was sort of feeling like I was in a reading slump, partially because I’ve just been busy and tired, and I really needed the sort of book that hooked me in and didn’t let go. This book kept me guessing about where exactly it was going and how things were going to work out, and that was perfect. I was wrapped up in Amber’s life and I loved every minute of it!What Fed My Ad [...]

    17. There is so much that I loved about this book!! 'Windy City Magic #1' felt like a cozy mystery for teens and it was my JAM!!! Or you could look at it as Urban Fantasy/Romance for teens just the same. A couple of my little pet peeves showed up and made my eyeballs twitch a bit, but overall, I can't wait for the second book! Or third or fourth! Let me first give a brief synopsis, and then I'll cover my opinions:The Best Kind of Magic gives us a tour of all kinds of magic in the Windy City (Chicago [...]

    18. This review was originally posted on my blog, Sav Scribbles.*I received a copy of GOODBYE DAYS from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. This affects my review in no way.​This book was quite addicting. I read it within 9 hours, which must be some type of record because I almost never finish books that quickly. (Mind you, that's probably because I'm on winter break and today wasn't as busy as usual.)​Let's get into it, shall we?I didn't really know what THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC was about [...]

    19. This was such a cute book! It has all the elements of a wonderful story! I've been pagan for over 29 years and although we Pagans and Wiccans don't have the magical powers that are in this book. It does give you some very good advice such as. Magic is a gift and not a right. As well as to follow your heart. There's more to life than fate. This one was a world wind of crazy laughs, snarky remarks, and some really good romance. It's one I will DEFINITELY be rereading in the future. I really fell i [...]

    20. Please please tell me that amber and Charlie would have a happy ending I want the second book now not next year ugh :3 so many feelings!!

    21. This book was adorable!It was eary to see my high school social organization and my attitude of heavy sarcasm displayed. The banter involving Amber was so near and dear to my heart and is how I tend to communicate as well.The romances are cute and complex and there's variations in each of them which I loved.Well written and I'm really curious to see what the plot for the sequel will be. It's kind of fantasy but also magical realism.

    22. I had so much fun reading this book, a great cast of characters, precious romance, and filled with magicwhat more do you need!?! More Please. 😀

    23. Oh my gosh, I freaking love this book!! The sarcasm and the wit that Amber has is amazing! The entire story had me gripped and I already can't wait for the sequel! A favorite of 2017, for sure!!!

    24. Amber Sand comes from a long line of witches. Unfortunately, she's not a witch. She does have one magical power, though. She can see true love which makes her a matchmaker. She works at her mother's magic shop - Windy City Magic - on Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. Despite being able to see a person's true love when looking in their eyes, she is unable to see her own true love. Her best friend Amani is a precog who has visions of the future but they have made a pledge not to tell each other what [...]

    25. well I was in the biggest reading slump ever! I picked up this book and hoped that maybe with luck I would finally be able to read! and it worked!! cute fun summer read and total enjoyment.

    26. The Best Kind of Magic is an adorable story about a girl learning to follow her heart instead of following her “fate.”It was basically impossible to not adore Amber. She is the best kind of sassy, she’s sarcastic and she’s totally sweet (when she wants to be!) She’s also extremely loyal, protective, and oh yeah, paRT FREAKIN’ WITCH! Seeing True Love!? How dope would that be?! I loved her "readings" at the Windy City Magic shop! That place is so cool! Make your own potion bar? YES PLE [...]

    27. Windy City: The Best Kind of Magic is a great book that deals with the typical trials of an American teenager with an added mystical twist. The main character, Amber Sand has never felt like she belongs. She was born into a family of witches without being a true witch herself. Instead she is the lowest of the low in magical terms: a match maker. She’s excluded from both normal people, and magical ones, because she doesn’t fit into either category. To make matters worse, she can see everyone [...]

    28. This book was such a cute read!! I loved the fluffiness of it and how the storyline just flowed and worked.

    29. Publication date: May 13, 2017 This book was so beautiful. It was a nice combination of contemporary and fantasy. Such an easy and enjoyable read. Amber, our not so witchy heroine, was fantastic. I adored her quirky humor and sarcastic tendencies. I will definitely read book two.

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