Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review and Release Day Celebration: The Best Kind of Magic

Title: The Best Kind of Magic 
Author: Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion 
Publication Date: May 16, 2017 
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336


Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate.

Amber works at her mother's magic shop--Windy City Magic--in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one--her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his--and it's not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn't her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings. (taken from goodreads.com)

"I can see true love. I don't mean the chocolate-covered, mushy-gushy signs of true love, but real, destined-to-happen happy endings. All I need is five seconds of eye contact, and I'll envision anyone's soul mate." 

I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

I had a really fun time with The Best Kind of Magic. It's been a while since I picked up a novel that was so purely enjoyable and cute. Sure, I wasn't mind-blown or anything, but Cestari has written a novel that would make preteen me sequel. 

The premise is definitely interesting. What would you do if you could envision anyone's soul-mate - even the perfect match for the boy you love? And it's not you? Amber is torn between trusting the validity of her supernatural visions and following the desires of her heart. This was definitely the aspect that kept me reading, and I was really impressed with the original concept.

There are plenty of other paranormal creatures sprinkled throughout the tale, including vampires and leprechauns. I've heard that some people aren't a fan of this style of fantasy, but I found it amusing and even a little quaint. 

Almost every part of The Best Kind of Magic reminds me of the light-hearted novels I used to read when I was younger. The YA genre has grown to encompass such as wide range of content, but Cestari's novel is truly a book I could recommend to teens of all ages. It's fun, cute, and of course, romantic. 

I've already read the synopsis for the second book, I really do see good things down the road for this series. If you're looking for a fun (and fairly quick read), definitely check this one out! It just hit shelves today, so happy book birthday to Crystal Cestari.