The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic

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 magi...

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ISBN:1484752724
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

The Best Kind of Magic Reviews

  • Mandy
    May 03, 2017

    DNF @ 40% (look! I actually remembered to check!)

    Honestly, I think I would have loved this story, like, 9 years ago. It has all the makings of a book back in that book era: blonde bimbo/evil promiscuous girl, the popular boy that every girl wants but really has a heart of gold, supernatural heroine who is SO different from everyone else with a wicked sense of humor and snark, and her sassy best friend who is obsessed with boys or thinking about them (well, one in this case). Doesn't this sound l

    DNF @ 40% (look! I actually remembered to check!)

    Honestly, I think I would have loved this story, like, 9 years ago. It has all the makings of a book back in that book era: blonde bimbo/evil promiscuous girl, the popular boy that every girl wants but really has a heart of gold, supernatural heroine who is SO different from everyone else with a wicked sense of humor and snark, and her sassy best friend who is obsessed with boys or thinking about them (well, one in this case). Doesn't this sound like quite a few books that you read a couple of years ago? I can totally think of a couple right off the top of my head that fit this exact description. And truthfully, back when my book tastes didn't quite realize there was a super big formula and not much substance, I totally ate them up.

    However, having much more book knowledge, this novel seemed to just be following a schedule and formula. I could seriously pinpoint when things were going to happen and what was going to happen because it followed so closely to that formula from a few years ago. I just kept thinking, why couldn't this book have come out years ago, because I seriously would have loved it?

    That's not say that there weren't parts I enjoyed. I mean, I did stick with it for forty percent, which, you all know, is a pretty big feat for me if I'm going to DNF something. It was engaging, and it was funny. I loved the world that was created with magic on the Navy Pier, and Amber did have a good sense of humor. Those beginning chapters had me cracking up. The magic realism aspect was done brilliantly as well.

    It's just the other parts floundered for me. I couldn't get into the story, because I felt that I had read it already. I wanted more from the book, and I just couldn't disconnect. At around 40%, there was supposed to be an important part to it, but I literally just looked at my Kindle app and went, nope, I really don't care. And I realized I had a feeling of not caring for it for a while, and if I wasn't invested, what was the point?

    This novel has the makings of a good story. There were a lot of elements that I did like, but the other elements were too overwhelming for this Book Princess. I couldn't get past them, and I think if Cestari had pushed it a bit more, this would have been a story that I would have loved.

    A Snow White rating and no stars since I didn't make it to 50%!

  • TJ Burns
    Dec 28, 2016

    I liked the voice. Amber's matter-of-fact, sarcastic, joke-dropping, sassy, and a little self-depreciating style resonated with me, as did the setting -- my parents are from Chicago.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Amber's snide remarks and sarcastic thoughts throughout. Amber continued to surprise me with her witty reactions, comments, and thoughts, which were not at all repetitive, but flexed according to each new situation.

    There's a theme that I found intriguing here as well, and that is the idea of fate

    I liked the voice. Amber's matter-of-fact, sarcastic, joke-dropping, sassy, and a little self-depreciating style resonated with me, as did the setting -- my parents are from Chicago.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Amber's snide remarks and sarcastic thoughts throughout. Amber continued to surprise me with her witty reactions, comments, and thoughts, which were not at all repetitive, but flexed according to each new situation.

    There's a theme that I found intriguing here as well, and that is the idea of fate. I'm not a fan of fate (or "the fates") predetermining people's destinies. I like to think that people's independent choices determine their destinies. So the whole idea that there is "one true love" for everyone, and this love is predetermined, is for me a bunch of hogwash (put politely in a public forum ;) ).

    I am sure that there is more than one ideal mate (probably quite a few), and that each person can decide for himself/herself what s/he wants out of a relationship and life.

    So... if this is a possibility, then there is the possibility that Charlie and Amber could side-step "the fates" and choose their own love connection, possibly each other... (Charlie was able to resist the siren in school, so he may be able to resist the fates and their pre-selected mate as well). I think Amber and Charlie have a positive dynamic and I would love to see them laugh in the fates' faces and take control of their own lives.

    Some unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in the next installment are:

    This was a fun read!

    I like the idea of a matchmaker, the low-end of the magical totem pole, and yet... love really is the best kind of magic!

    BUDDY READ:Paranormal/Fantasy > The Best Kind of Magic (Amber Sand #1) by Crystal Cestari -- Starting March 16th 2017

  • Jennifer Y.
    May 21, 2017

    The Best Kind of Magic is a fun read filled with magic, wit, and a bit of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I read Amber's story and even laughed out loud a few times (literally).

    Amber is such a fun, snarky character that I found quite relatable and entertaining. You see somehow Amber didn't inherit the gene that would make her a witch like the rest of her family. However, she still has a mystical talent of her own as a matchmaker who can see true love. As she struggles to fit into a famil

    The Best Kind of Magic is a fun read filled with magic, wit, and a bit of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I read Amber's story and even laughed out loud a few times (literally).

    Amber is such a fun, snarky character that I found quite relatable and entertaining. You see somehow Amber didn't inherit the gene that would make her a witch like the rest of her family. However, she still has a mystical talent of her own as a matchmaker who can see true love. As she struggles to fit into a family full of witches who don't fully appreciate her specific talents, she also has to deal with pesky classmates hounding her about their true love matches. She does this all with plenty of sass and humor that had me smiling as it was almost exactly what how I would (or hope I would) react.

    And after the mayor comes to her mother's magic shop, Windy City Magic, for help, she somehow manages to become involved in the search for a missing person. She soon finds herself falling for Charlie, the mayor's son, despite the fact that she knows she's not his true love match. But sometimes you have to make your own happy ending...right? Well, you'll just have to read for yourself to find out what happens.

    If you do read the book, you'll find a very interesting and colorful cast of characters each with their own distinct qualities and personalities that make them stand out from one another. And while the characters may come across as a bit formulaic, I have to say, the characters of this story are really what made me keep reading. From our narrator, Amber, a snarky, humorous character who struggles to fit in to her sassy, clairvoyant best friend, Amani, to mean girl/ siren Ivy, each character added a little something to the story that I could appreciate and enjoy. I really enjoyed the friendship and other relationships in the book as well. And I can't forget about Charlie...he is such a sweetheart (who just happens to share my fondness for dragons and the film, Pete's Dragon...a favorite from childhood). I could easily see how Amber could fall for him (and not just because of the dragon thing). And thanks to their distinct personalities and the author's writing, I could easily picture each character as I read the story.

    Crystal Cestari has also managed to create a fun, magical world that I wish I could be a part of in this urban fantasy set in Chicago. While it's similar to our own world, it still has enough magical realism to make it a different and fascinating place to read about. There are all kinds of magical beings living there and an interesting history to this place which really added to my enjoyment.

    But if I had to nitpick, my one complaint would be the pacing of the story and plot. It just seems to move a tad slower than I'd prefer. Despite this, The Best Kind of Magic was very entertaining and I look forward to reading more about Amber and her adventures in the next book.

    *I received a digital ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Amber Robertson
    Apr 15, 2017

    I don't like to not finish ARC's. I feel rude. I feel unworthy. However, I couldn't deal with this one. I could see what the author was going for and I was so excited for witches. 14 year old me desperately wanted to read anything with a witch in it. I loved the idea. Hell, I wanted to be a witch. Unfortunately, I am not and double unfortunately this book was falling super flat for me.

    The protagonist, who's name I wouldn't be able to remember if

    I don't like to not finish ARC's. I feel rude. I feel unworthy. However, I couldn't deal with this one. I could see what the author was going for and I was so excited for witches. 14 year old me desperately wanted to read anything with a witch in it. I loved the idea. Hell, I wanted to be a witch. Unfortunately, I am not and double unfortunately this book was falling super flat for me.

    The protagonist, who's name I wouldn't be able to remember if she hadn't shared it with me, is so boring. She truly was the most annoying character. I swear, she complained about almost everything. I know, sounds very similar to myself. Unfortunately, I don't want to read about myself with the lack of bitchy flare (something I love about myself). It felt incredibly targeted for a younger audience, and I know I would have loved this six years ago.

    I overall had a general idea of where the story was going, but I just wasn't interested in the slightest. I was 25% in and couldn't care about a single character, plot point, or useless conversation. I may come back to this on release day, to see if my opinions have changed. But, for now, its a no from me.

  • Claire (not Danvers)
    May 12, 2017

    Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Don't get me wrong, I can see the appeal when I first requested this book. Who doesn't want to read about a girl who can look at someone's eyes and see their soulmate? I certainly found that intriguing! I'm actually in love with the premise of this book.

    The problem? The main character wasn't memorable.

    I try so hard to k

    Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Don't get me wrong, I can see the appeal when I first requested this book. Who doesn't want to read about a girl who can look at someone's eyes and see their soulmate? I certainly found that intriguing! I'm actually in love with the premise of this book.

    The problem? The main character wasn't memorable.

    I try so hard to keep reading this book, but it was just too tiresome. I just wasn't enjoying my reading experience. I honestly feel like this protagonist should have been a little older? 16 would probably suit her. Then again, I do feel that her being 14 is not the problem in this book.

    In fact, I find this book to be well suited for pre-teens. I'm not exactly know for sure why the book didn't appeal to me. It's probably the characters in this book and their personalities. I just didn't care for their conversations and the plot. I can't help but feel disappointed because I was excited to read this book. Sadly, it felt flat for me. Reading should be a fun experience, hence I unfortunately had to DNF this one.

    I wouldn't say that the book was bad. It just didn't appeal to me as much as I hoped it would. Now, would I recommend it to others? Maybe. Just for pre-teens who like fantasy though. Specifically those kids (in this generation) who still find

    (1998) a fun movie to watch.

    (And the publisher of this book is also Disney-Hyperion. WHAT?!)

  • kariny
    May 15, 2017

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  • Jessica
    Jun 03, 2017

    This was such a cute book! It has all the elements of a wonderful story! I've been pagan for over 29 years and although we Pagans and Wiccans don't have the magical powers that are in this book. It does give you some very good advice such as. Magic is a gift and not a right. As well as to follow your heart. There's more to life than fate.

    This one was a world wind of crazy laughs, snarky remarks, and some really good romance. It's one I will DEFINITELY be rereading in the future. I really fell i

    This was such a cute book! It has all the elements of a wonderful story! I've been pagan for over 29 years and although we Pagans and Wiccans don't have the magical powers that are in this book. It does give you some very good advice such as. Magic is a gift and not a right. As well as to follow your heart. There's more to life than fate.

    This one was a world wind of crazy laughs, snarky remarks, and some really good romance. It's one I will DEFINITELY be rereading in the future. I really fell in love with Amber and her family and I would love a prequel book about her mom. That sounds like a story I would really enjoy finding more about. The author did an amazing job with the magical aspects of this story and made it come to life in all the right ways. I wouldn't be surprised to go to Chicago and find this store and the characters from this book working there. It would seem totally plausible.

    This book although slightly shorter was full of so much story!! It felt much longer than it was. I can't wait to find out what book two is about and wither or not fate can change. I really want Amber and her friends to be happy and I can't wait to see how it all comes to pass!!

    This magical story is a wonderful blend of snarky attitude, laugh out loud fun, and some killer magical moments that will have you asking do you believe in fate?


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