Thursday, 1 March 2012

Book Review: A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (31 Jan 2012)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1250002672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250002679
  • 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?

A Little Night Magic is a great rainey day read. Perfect to shut the curtains, forget about the world and curl up on the couch with a good book.

Our protagonist, Olivia, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. After a failed seduction of best friend and all around hunk, Tobias, she realises something has to change. Sick of small town life, she make a break for freedom and books a ticket to Europe and plans to sell her house. But just as she writes off her small home town, things start getting a little more interesting…

A Little Night Magic really lives up to its title. This book didn’t feel like a full-on paranormal romance or urban fantasy. It was a book about self discovery with a hint of other-worldlyness.

While this book was well written and had interesting characters, I found my attention wandering very regularly. It couldn’t hold me and to be perfectly blunt, I didn’t care about the characters: who ended up with who, what happened to who etc. But even though I didn’t love it, I’m sure other people will.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Griffin for providing me with this book. 


MissKimberlyStardust 4 March 2012 at 20:48  

Good review, your thoughts on it are pretty much bang on with all the other reviews for this book that I've read. Love your blog by the way :) Now following via GFC!

-Kimberly @

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