Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

Title:  A Little Night Magic
Author:  Lucy March
Genre:  Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages:  320
Published:  January 2012
Publisher:  St. Martin's
Source:  NetGalley
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Synopsis:

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?

Olivia's life has been thrown into complete chaos.  What she thought was true, is far from it!  Who she really is - has become the question of the day/week and she is determined to not let it ruin her plans.  With her friends and neighbors stuck in the middle of war of powers, she has to not only protect herself, but them as well.  Who can she trust?  Can she master the dormant powers that are surfacing?

When we first meet Olivia, she's a waitress at a local waffle house.  She's been in love with Tobias, and is getting sick of nothing ever coming of it.  With all that in mind, Olivia decides to put her house on the market and buy a one way ticket to Europe, hoping to escape.  When Davina walks into the restaurant that all changes, she has to re-evaluate and make some difficult choices.

This started out with the potential to be a cute, fun paranormal romance.  With a few interesting twists and turns, it still has a touch of romance, but not quite what I expected.  The story was fun, a light read.. but wasn't a full on romance or a urban fantasy.  It fell between them both.  I enjoyed the story and will look for this author again to see her other works.

For someone who is looking for a fun, quick read - that enjoys a touch of romance, a dash of paranormal this is a good fit for you.

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