Review: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestari

June 6, 2017 Review 1

Review: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal CestariThe Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Series: Windy City Magic #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 16, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

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.

The vibe one gets from the cover of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC is that the contents within will be lighthearted and cutesy. The story delivers exactly that - an excellent example of a time a cover is perfect for the book. Unfortunately, while lighthearted and fun, I do have a few complaints about THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC.

Overall, THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC is fluff. It's fun and a quick read, but there were some issues. My primary issue with the book is that the author has a terrible habit of telling, not showing. There was a lot of information given to the reader just from Amber's internal monologue - things that didn't make sense for her to be telling herself. Overall, that tended to get a little tedious.

My other complaint is that there's a little bit much going on. There's the main mystery of Charlie's father's missing girlfriend, but there's subplots involving Amber's best friend, her mother's coven, plus the romance aspect! It all gets a little blurred together, instead of having a clear direction the story is going. Then, when it comes time for the main plot line to be tied up, it seems to end way too easily and quickly.

One thing I enjoyed about THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC was the characters. They all felt like they could be real people, and they acted in relatively age appropriate ways. For example, Charlie seemed like an awkward teenager, the type that a real person would encounter in a high school, not one of these fictional paranormal romance heroes who are super intense and/or immortal.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC once I appreciated it for what it was - a light, fun, romantic read, akin to many young adult contemporary novels, but with a side helping of magic. Definitely pick this one up if you're a fan of stories set in Chicago (like myself) or if you're looking for a light dose of paranormal with your teen angst.

Series Titles:
  1. The Best Kind of Magic
  2. The Sweetest Kind of Fate
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