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Windy City Magic, Book 1 The Best Kind of Magic Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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I 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 Addiction:
Amber feels like a disappointment to her mom and the rest of the magical community because she’s just a matchmaker—she feels like she constantly has to compensate for her lack of “real” magic and she struggles to prove herself to the magical community. Her mom holds coven meetings at their family magic shop, and while everyone is welcoming to her, she’s not allowed in on any sort of magical business. She’s always left on the sidelines. But the nice thing about this book is that Amber doesn’t wallow in self-pity. Sure, she sometimes wishes she had magic or that she wasn’t seen as a second-class magical citizen, but for the most part, she’s made the best of her lot in life and she’s happy with it. Amber’s real because she isn’t all sunshine and rainbows but she’s not a whiner or a quitter either. I really loved that about her.
I adored the relationship between Amber and her mom. They certainly aren’t perfect, but they have an obvious love for each other and it was nice to see a YA mom who’s involved and caring—and also a little flawed. It felt like real parenting to me. (And as the mom of a teenager, I can say it’s not always easy!)
The friendship between Amber and Amani is also a bright spot in the book. These best friends know each other incredibly well and they’re always there for each other, no matter what. It was nice to see a friendship that never wavered, even when they disagreed on something.
Hooked on the romance. From the start, we know that Charlie and Amber are not meant to be—she’s seen his true love and it isn’t her. Amber has a hard time doing anything more than the most casual of dating because every time she looks into the boy’s eyes, she sees scenes of his soulmate flashing before her. You have to admit, that would be hard to get past. Still, as the book went on, I found myself wishing that maybe Amber could be wrong. And throughout the book, the idea is thrown out there—what if Amber’s magic isn’t as reliable as she always imagined? She feels torn over that idea because that would mean that she’s possibly been leading people astray. But it also might mean that she has a chance for happiness even without seeing herself as someone’s match. I spent the entire book wondering how it would all play out. Would Amber and Charlie get a happily ever after? Some elements of the romance played out in ways that I was expecting, but there were a few surprises as well …
The Chicago setting.
As a Chicago native (well, I’m from the suburbs), I loved the setting, especially since Amber’s shop is on Navy Pier!
Amber is a baker and she makes the most scrumpdillyicious sounding desserts. I want them all!!!
What Left Me Hungry for More:
The very beginning of the book was a bit of a slower read for me, but as I mentioned, I’ve been exhausted lately and I think that affected my reading. Other than that, the only reason this book doesn’t get a full 5 stars is because it just isn’t any sort of life-changing book that’s going to make you see life differently. It was sweet and perfect and gave me the feels, though!
This is the type of book that makes you fall in love with love and just makes you plain happy. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book! It earns 4.5/5 stars from me.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via The Fantastic Flying Book Club and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
The store where the story tends to evolve around is called Windy City Magic and located at Navy Pier. I will be honest, this is a kind of store that I have shopped at all my life. There isn’t as many as there used to be so I wish this store really existed. Although I am with Amber and I tend to steer clear of Navy Pier as much as possible. I really liked the setting and I sure part of it is because I’m from the area but also because it was simple but fun. I really liked the underground restaurant for mystical and supernatural people. There was a bakery with cupcakes, I might have to go get some cupcakes of my own today.
The setting was fun but I also really liked the magic. It was more of an everyday kind of magic, you don’t need to put on a show to have. Amber’s mom is a witch with a coven. That doesn’t mean she runs around the city casting hexes on people. It means she is more connected with nature and can perform different spells. As well as creating potions, doing readings and that sort of thing. Maybe vampires and fairies are not real (I like to say maybe ha ha) but shops like Amber’s moms do exist.
I liked Amber. Her mom is a witch but Amber herself is a matchmaker. She can see who you are destined to be with but she can’t see the same for herself. She comes from this strong bloodline of witches but has none of their powers except for this. She is happy with who she is but she also has that little be of self-confidence issue that anyone would have in that situations. This also makes it different for her to date being that she can see who her boyfriend is going to be with and it’s not her. So that takes the fun and mystery out of it.
Amani, Amber’s best friend, is a precog. Her family does not have a magical lineage so she deals more with the side of things where her parents want her to suppress it. .I love her strong friendship with Amber and the fact that they get each other. Even if Amani is not using her talents.
Then there is Charlie. He’s the mayor's son and just discovering this world of mystical and supernatural. He was so cute in the way that he pursues Amber, both for her help and for her attention. They end up of having the cutest and complicated coupling.
The plot is fun and very light. They are working a missing person's case and I think find out things about themselves along the way. I liked having a more easy going book to read. I also like that there are a few issues besides the main one. Things with Amber’s mom and of course with her relationship with Charlie.
So if you are looking for a light and fun romance. I would say this is a good summer read.
The publisher’s description of the novel is spot on, so I’m not going to recap the plot. What interested me about the book were the two dilemmas facing Amber. One of them revolves around Amber’s personal approach to romance. She doesn’t date, since her visions always reveal that the guys asking her out aren’t her true match. (Amber can’t see her own match or even know for sure that she has one.) That raises an interesting point—is the only reason to date to find “The One,” or does the romantic journey have its own rewards? The other issue facing Amber is her insecurity about her worth as a magical being, since matchmakers have very little power, and how she tries to address those feelings. Both of these themes do get addressed over the course of the story.
The world building felt a little weak to me, though. Amber’s high school classmates come to her for readings, and they seem to believe her magic is real, enough so to get angry if she tells them something they don’t want to hear. At the same time, the ordinary humans are surrounded by magical beings like sirens, werewolves, and goblins; there’s even a vampire-run nightclub. Yet most regular people don’t know that this world exists, even with practitioners like Amber clearly out in plain sight? It just didn’t quite gel for me.
To me, this was an OK read. Other readers looking for a frothy YA fantasy mixed with romance might also enjoy it.
An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.