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The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic (1)) (edició 2017)

de Crystal Cestari (Autor)

Sèrie: Windy City Magic (1)

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Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family magical gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific bewitching 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.… (més)
Membre:EmilyMabb
Títol:The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic (1))
Autors:Crystal Cestari (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2017), 336 pages
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Amber Sand is a teenage matchmaker considered low on the level of magic users. Her mother on the other had is a highly skilled witch who owns Windy City Magic in downtown Chicago. When the a long time friend who happens to be the mayor is in need of help to track down his lost girlfriend, he turns to Amber’s mother while at the same time the mayors son seeks the help to the matchmaker to verify that the girlfriend is not his fathers true match.
This book is full of mischief managed twist and turns. A funny book filled with vampires, sirens, goblins and true love.

I have to say that I love the fact that the authors name is Crystal!
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  greergreer | Mar 1, 2019 |
I originally was only interested in this book because of the cover. However I soon found out that this book was so much more than a pretty cover. The story takes place in a modern day town where magic is real. The main character, Amber Sand, is the daughter of a witch and has the powers of seeing people’s true loves. Her mom owns a small shop called Wind City Magic where she sells potions and matchmaking. One day someone comes in asking them to find his fiancée for him. The main character immediately sees his soul mate in his eyes, however when she sees a picture of his missing fiancée she realizes that the woman is not is match. The son of the man looking for his fiancée is a prestigious boy, the same age as Amber. They team up to find out what happened to his dad’s fiancée. The book followers them as they meet Vampires and Goblins in the best and worst places.

I received a free ebook ARC of this book from NetGalley. I am not a big fan of ebooks and they tend to take me awhile to read, however when I did start this book it was a very quick read. It is a very light and cute book that you can just zoom through. Although that also means that the characters pretty much only have one layer and simple personalities. I did indeed enjoy the story as I am a huge sucker for any kind of romance If you enjoy simple and sweet contemporary books then I would definitely recommend this book! ( )
  Cherylprazak | Nov 5, 2017 |
Windy City Magic, Book 1 - The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari is an honest to goodness, sweetheart of a story. YA the pure kind of romance magical beings = a fun, fun weekend read!

Written from our sassy heroine's point of view, you get a taste of the magical world through the eyes of a teen with sharp wit and a good heart. Though she may not be a full witch like her mother, Amber's matchmaking skills are certainly a special gift.

I absolutely enjoyed Amber's interactions with the non-magical but super charming Charlie, her best friend/clairvoyant Amani, her Wiccan mother and even the dreaded siren Ivy and the untrustworthy witch Victoria. Oh, Ivy and Victoria... Cestari sure knows how to whip up the perfect villains!

Amber is likeable and, in a way, relatable. I may have no magical, matchmaking abilities but we've all shared similar snide thoughts. I love Amber's fearlessness to speak out and do what she feels is best to protect the ones she loves.

There was nothing about this read that was too much or too little. It was a breezy, refreshing story with a bit of drama, a dash of danger and a taste that leaves you thirsty for the "what next."

Seriously... what's next?! Looks like we find out February of 2018 and I'm looking forward to it. Windy City Magic, Book 2 - The Sweetest Kind of Fate has already been added to my TBR list!

Thank you, NetGalley and Disney Book Group/Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for my honest feedback and review!
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  NicholeMers | Aug 10, 2017 |
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari is the first book in Windy City Magic series. Amber Sand is a teenager living in Chicago, Illinois with her mother, Lucille and grandmother, Edith. Both her grandmother and mother are witches. While Amber is not a witch, she has the ability to see true love. She is a matchmaker. It only takes a few seconds of looking into a person’s eyes for Amber to see that individual’s true love. Amber is working in the family shop, Windy City Magic when Mayor John Blitzman visits. John is looking for her mother and seems upset. John nor her mother will tell her what is wrong. Soon, John’s son, Charlie pays Amber a visit. The two run in different circles at school and rarely interact. Charlie tells Amber that his soon-to-be stepmother, Cassandra is missing. Unlike John who wants her found, Charlie wants Cassandra to stay missing. Cassandra is a gold digger according to Charlie, but John cannot see it (sounds suspicious). Amber wants to prove to her family that she is just as capable as they are and sets out to help Charlie. Charlie is about to discover a whole new side of Chicago when he is exposed to the supernatural. Amber enjoys spending time with Charlie, but she knows that she is not his soul mate. Is it wrong to have a relationship with Charlie knowing that she is not his true love? Can they find Cassandra and what has she been up to?

The Best Kind of Magic is a young-adult novel. It was easy to read and can be finished in a few hours. While there is some mystery in the story with the search for Cassandra, much of the book is a romance. A lot of time is devoted to Amber’s thoughts and feelings. I was disappointed that there was not more of the magical element in the story. I give The Best Kind of Magic 3 out of 5 stars. This book was a little cliché and predictable. It reminds me of many novels that I have read. I felt that the author could have done more with the story. It would have been a great paranormal suspense book with the vampires, witches, goblins, and a siren. Instead, readers are subjected to the many thoughts of a teenage girl with her many insecurities and thoughts of boys. The Best Kind of Magic is best read by tweens and teens (which is the target audience). ( )
  Kris_Anderson | May 14, 2017 |
Amber Sand comes from a long line of witches. Unfortunately, she's not a witch. She does have one magical power, though. She can see true love which makes her a matchmaker. She works at her mother's magic shop - Windy City Magic - on Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. Despite being able to see a person's true love when looking in their eyes, she is unable to see her own true love. Her best friend Amani is a precog who has visions of the future but they have made a pledge not to tell each other what they see.

Beyond the magic, Amber is an ordinary teen. She's good at school. She and her best friend are slackers in Phy. Ed. And she has conflicts with Ivy who is a siren and who seems to delight in making Amber look bad. Her dream is to become a pastry chef but she hasn't submitted her application to the Chicago Culinary Institute for fear of not being accepted. I love her quirky personality and way of looking at things around her.

When Charlie Blitzman, son of the mayor and crush magnet at her school, comes to her for help, she tries to discourage him. He wants to find her father's fiance who is missing because his father wants her back. After seeing a picture, she knows that she isn't the mayor's true love. During their investigation she and Charlie explore different parts of Chicago's supernatural scene and fall in love. Amber tries to discourage this and protect her heart because she has seen his true love -- and it's not her.

When she runs into Amani's true love during the investigation, she introduces Amani to him. Only, she hates him. This makes Amber question her gift. Are all the matches she sees really true love? Or are there exceptions? And, if there are exceptions, might she and Charlie be a match after all?

This was a fun story. I liked the magic and the romance. ( )
  kmartin802 | Apr 18, 2017 |
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Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family magical gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific bewitching 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.

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