Review: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)
Title: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)
Author: Crystal Cestari
Published: 16 May 2017
Format: Hardback, Owned
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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?
For readers looking for a fun, cozy mystery that moves quickly and offers plenty of sarcasm, magic, and sweets, look no further than The Best Kind of Magic. While the writing is definitely geared toward a younger teen audience, fans of mystery books will enjoy Amber Sand and her lack of magical abilities outside of being a matchmaker.
While Amber’s sarcasm and pessimistic outlook as well evil, blonde cheerleader classmate trope felt a bit 2009 – tired, overused, pretty much unnecessary, the rest of the book did not disappoint in humor, heart-warming moments, sweet treats, and an even sweeter romance.
Amber and her mother’s complicated relationship is one that I think many teen girls and their mothers can relate to – even if they don’t come from a family of witches. My heart often hurt for Amber because she felt so excluded and unworthy, but I also knew her mother was struggling in her own way – although that did not justify her treatment towards her daughter.
Amber and Amani made for the best of friends, and I loved the different ways they supported each other. I do hope that the next book in the trilogy explores Amani’s feelings toward Vincent more.
Finally, I really enjoyed Charlie’s character. He could have been the brooding YA love interest, but his character ended up being a sweet guy, who if anything, was a bit shy and uncertain around his peers. I loved how he supported Amber and did not care how their fellow classmates viewed her or her matchmaking gift.
Overall, The Best Kind of Magic was a pretty fun book that I think a lot of younger teens will really enjoy, but the overall theme and story will be fun for most readers of all ages. Dare I say this book was underrated at the time of publication? Yes. Yes, I do.
I’m looking forward to the sequel!
Have you read The Best Kind of Magic? What did you think?