Series: Nodaway Falls #1
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published by Audible on 01-31-12
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Audio | Goodreads
Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends . . . but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side . . . and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?
Quick Thought: OMG, it’s like Molly Harper and Darynda Jones had a love child. Pleasantly surprised!
Why I Listened: A Little Night Magic was a total impulse buy from Audible.com. It was on sale for $4.95 and I saw that Amanda Ronconi was the narrator and love her narration job on Molly Harper’s books and after reading the summary it sounded like a cute, light listen so I went for it.
What I Liked: Everything really. Much like Harper and Jones, March wrote a loveable heroine and fun secondary characters. Olivia is a quirky waitress in a small town where nothing happens. She is wans to make a big chance in her life and decides to move to Europe but her gang of gal pals are not liking the idea that she won’t be coming back. And the sexy cook at the dinner Olivia works at is starting to set up and take notice when he finds out that she is planning on leaving town.
“I don’t care what Edward did in the Twilight books. Watching a girl sleep is just creepy.” He smiled. “You weren’t sleeping.” “Don’t think you’re breeze by on a technicality, Shoop, you go all Cullen on me, I’m staking you through the heart.”
What I Didn’t Like: Nothing. I really enjoyed this listen. I have to admit though, I wonder if I would give it 4 stars if I read it instead of listening to it. I think this a book that really lends itself well to the audio format.
Final Thought: A Little Night Magic is full of funny one liners, crazy secondary characters and an even crazier bad guy. Olivia and gang will never be the same now that they know that magic is real. I can’t wait for the next book, That Touch of Magic. There is no cover or blurb for it but I’m hoping it will be about Olivia’s friend and the super moody Kane.
Narration: I feel like I was listening to a Molly Harper book because Amanda Ronconi narrates all of Harper’s books. I kept telling myself this is not Jane (the main character in the Jane Jameson series). Ronconi is a great narrator for snarky, fun books. She brings just the enough amount of sassy and cheeky to the characters.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).