Book Review – Windy City Magic: The Best Kind of Magic

Windy City Magic #1: The Best Kind of Magic
Crystal Cestari
Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 16, 2017

★★★★

“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.” ~ via Goodreads

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 + mystical 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 (sorta) 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, though… 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!

I give this magical story, 4 sweet stars!

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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