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A Little Night Magic: A Novel Paperback – January 31, 2012
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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
“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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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. Olivia’s power to transform inanimate objects into animated ones leads to some humorous situations but isn’t the strongest so she has to use her smarts to even up the playing field.
I was less enamoured though of the reason the baddie targeted Olivia. If I was harvesting magic from Magicals, then I would want to take from strong ones so that I could enhance my own strength. While animating objects is cute, there are far more devastating powers out there.
Unfortunately the baddie is very easy to spot despite the attempts at red herrings and Olivia stupidly takes on someone stronger than her. There is one character that is able to track the baddie and another very strong character who has the ability to freeze time yet neither of them use these abilities to stop the baddie. Instead they adopt a very convoluted plan that involves endangering a large group of people. Hmm.
I wasn’t really a big fan of this book as most of the characters acted like petulant teenagers rather than people in their late twenties/early thirties. The plot was very predictable and my attention wandered. On the plus side, there is a very cute ceramic mug bunny called Gibson.
Anyway- I loved this book! The plotting was good, as were the characters and their relationships, and the dialog was wonderful. (I'm a sucker for good dialog.)
The magic system was interesting and seemed pretty solidly thought through. I'd love to read more set in this world.NO vamps, wres, or other bogies; just humans, some with "magical" powers.
I look forward to reading more by March.
A Little Night Magic is good, light reading, pretty much just fluff, nice story, okay characters, like the magic element but no big emotional draw.
One of the main reasons I like Rich's books, is because of the emotion contained in them - the underlying anger/angst and the strength and intelligence that arise from the main character -- there is none of that in this book.
I don't know what the 2nd book in the series will contain, but hopefully it will have more of the secondary character Stacy, because she definitely has potential to be a great character.
From the first line "There's magic linoleum at Crazy Cousin Betty's Waffle house." I was hooked.
The inhabitants of Nodaway Falls, quirky little town in upstate New York captured my heart. And I couldn't wait for the sequel which I pre-ordered. Do yourself a favor and get to know Lucy Marcy in all her guises.
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