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A Little Night Magic Paperback – January 31, 2012

4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Nodaway Falls Series

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Following the death of her mother, Olivia Kiskey is plotting her escape from Nodaway Falls, the small town where she has spent her entire life. This means leaving behind not only her best friends but also her longtime crush, the handsome, standoffish Tobias, who works alongside her at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House. Olivia’s plans are put in jeopardy when a mysterious woman named Davinia shows up at the diner and brings out magical abilities Olivia never knew she had. Davinia tells her she is in danger and that Cain, a mysterious stranger who’s come to town, is hell-bent on stealing her newly awakened powers. The stakes get raised when Millie, one of Olivia’s best friends, starts using magic to get revenge on another friend. Olivia is surprised to find several people in her life are not what they seem—including Tobias, who has a powerful ability of his own and has been sent to protect her from the very threat she is facing. Filled with surprising twists and exciting turns, March’s debut is positively magical. --Kristine Huntley

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“Readers will find themselves charmed by the quirky inhabitants of Nodaway Falls.... March's story is original, funny.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Chick lit embraces the supernatural in this sweet, funny ... tale of self-discovery, friendship, and trust.... It's the down-to-earth humor and humanity of a fiercely loyal and likable clique of smalltowners who'll keep new fans waiting for March's next trick.” ―Publishers Weekly

“This contemporary tale, a blend of witty dialogue, quirky characters and strong storytelling, is one delightful read.” ―RT Book Reviews

“Filled with surprising twists and exciting turns, March's debut is positively magical.” ―Booklist

“Lucy March's writing is delightful and delicious. In the vast realm of all things paranormal, A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC is like rain on a scorched desert: welcome and nurturing. What a wonderful treat. Every word I devoured had me craving more. Tobias and Olivia's journey was touching, magical, and utterly romantic. I cannot recommend this book enough. Lucy March is destined to be a superstar. ” ―Darynda Jones, author of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

“Lucy March's novels have it all; they're sexy, funny, heartfelt and warm, full of characters you want to eat waffles with and strange little towns you want to visit, all seasoned with dash of the supernatural. Lucy March is sublime!” ―Jennifer Crusie, author of MAYBE THIS TIME

“Fresh and funny, warm and sexy. I can't wait for more books from Lucy March.” ―Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of CALL ME IRRISISTABLE

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250002672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250002679
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jessica McKelden Cave VINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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I've been sooo looking forward to this book! March's alter ego, Lani Diane Rich, is the author of some of my favorite books and, after a few years out of the writing limelight, she's back and as wonderful as ever!

A Little Night Magic is about Liv...who desperately needs a change. Her life is in a rut, and so is her heart, because it only wants Tobias, who doesn't want her back. She's tempted to wish it all better on the magical square at Crazy Cousin Betty's Waffle House, but she knows from experience it's not necessarily going to work out the way she wants it to if she does. So, she decides to leave Nodaway for an adventure. Only the adventure finds her right at home, when she meets Davina. Suddenly, Liv's life is more than she bargained for...and she's soon back to wishing things would just return to normal again before she loses everything she loves.

March is one of the best...she writes humor and emotion with equal skill. I suggest having a box of tissue handy, because you'll need it. Liv and Tobias are wonderful and perfect for each other, and Liv's friends and the other characters of Nodaway make fabulous supporting characters. Don't plan on getting anything else done until you finish this book... I couldn't put it down and don't regret it for a minute!

Thanks for coming back, Lucy! A Little Night Magic is great addition to my Keeper Shelf!
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What an unexpected pleasure this book was. Light and entertaining without feeling trashy or dumbed down. Characters I enjoyed and wanted to know more about and a story I couldn't put down. I loved the world created by the author and wouldn't mind visiting the town and hanging out with these folks. Thats not to say it was all sweetness and light. The characters were in some real peril at times and some very dark events took place but even when the story was at its darkest it still felt like a somehow cozy read. Im not sure if that was what the author intended but thats how it struck me and it worked well that way for me. It was kind of like a season of Buffy where things might get grim but you just knew all would be well in the end.
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"A Little Night Magic" is a very light paranormal romance about waitress Olivia Kiskey who discovers she has magical powers. Olivia has been living in the same house, in the same town and doing the same job for years. She has a huge crush on Tobias the short order cook but when she propositioned him, he turned her down. Olivia’s fairly boring life is turned upside down when the strange Davina Granville throws a smelly sock at her and unleashes her hidden magic. All is not well in Nodaway Falls though and Olivia decides to stick around for a while to protect those she cares for.

Olivia is pretty obsessive as she focussed solely on her failed attempt at romance rather than trying to support her three friends who were going through some issues. The fact that she had been trying with Tobias unsuccessfully for three years suggests she has great tenacity but perhaps not much common sense. Even one of her friends revealing that she has slept with Tobias isn’t enough to make Olivia rethink her passion. I can’t quite see what Olivia or even her friend actually saw in him. Olivia’s intelligence takes a massive nose dive as the book progresses which is a shame as it made it much harder to empathise with her situation.

I liked the idea of how magical powers work but there simply wasn’t enough information about the magical organisations, potions etc. I felt that there was lots more needed to make the world building robust. Day Magicals like Olivia can only use their powers during the day while Night Magicals can do the opposite. Magicals also only have one particular skill and these range in usefulness.
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I love Lani Diane Rich's podcasts, so when I heard she had a paranormal romance series, I had to try it out. This first one has not disappointed at all! She combines the familiar comfort of a romance plot with enough twists and turns to make it exciting and suspenseful, and I absolutely adore Liv's magical talent. I'm going right now to pick up the next book in the series.
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Based on the first couple of pages I thought I would really dig this book. The dialog is full of snarky come backs and witty asides and I thought the whole thing seemed clever. Then about half way through I realized I was still having trouble telling the individual characters apart since they all speak with the same voice - everyone is snarky, everyone has a witty aside. The sameness was so pervasive that there was a point at which I wondered if it this was a plot point, like did whole town exist in some weird alternate reality?

My other big gripe is that there is a whole lot of characters sitting around in the face of clear and present danger. And a lot of pages in which nothing of any import is happening; side characters we don't really know or care about get sucked into all sorts of drama that doesn't really make sense. Basically, a character named Devina wants to steal our protagonist's magic and, rather than just doing so, she instead launches into a ludicrously convoluted and indirect scheme that seems to involve everyone in the whole damn town. Which our heroine deals with by sitting around on her porch and talking a lot. If the heroine doesn't even believe the danger is real, how can anyone else? Without any real sense of danger or more than superficial characterization, things get really boring, really fast.

Lastly, not a whole lot of the plot made sense. The characters all have reason to keep their magic hidden and yet major magic displays take place all the time, in public...in broad daylight. Magic is presented as a statistically rare thing and yet, in this teeny town, there are two other magic people besides Olivia. But the biggest issue (spoilers ahead) has to do with Olivia and Tobias' reaction to the comically evil Devina.
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