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The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)

Crystal Cestari

Published May 16th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

YA > Fantasy | Magical Realism

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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.

 

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5 Things (or People) that Inspired The Best Kind Of Magic 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Oh captain, my captain: Buffy is my everything. The spark to my fangirl flame, an obsession to last a lifetime; I owe so much to this show. There are so many elements in The Best Kind of Magic that are influenced by Buffy, including (but not limited to): a group a supernaturally inclined characters; a heroine who struggles with her unique gift; and a magic shop that caters to a specific community while somehow flying under the radar.

 

 

Veronica Mars

 

Veronica Mars is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. She is strong, smart, and does not back down to bullies. Veronica has an insatiable need to learn the truth and set people straight, and Amber shares that burning desire. As a matchmaker, she feels its her sacred duty to tell people whether or not they have found their match, regardless if they want to know or not. In The Best Kind of Magic, Amber has to solve a romantic mystery, and I definitely tried to channel a pinch of Veronica’s sleuthing skills and sassy one-liners.

Emma

All hail Jane Austen’s matchmaker who didn’t mind meddling in other people’s business but kept her own love life locked down. Like Emma, Amber is extremely confident in her matchmaking abilities, and super stubborn toward naysayers. She also gets in trouble quite often for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong!

 

Sweet Mandy B’s

The Best Kind of Magic is set in Chicago, and while there are many references to actual places (Navy Pier, the Art Institute), there are others based on places I love. The fictional MarshmElla’s bakery is based off Sweet Mandy B’s, the most delicious place in the city. I used to live just down the street from this heavenly bake shop, and insisting on stopping by every time I’m in that area. Every thing on the menu is absolutely mouthwatering, and I have literally had dreams about their buttercream frosting.

Harry Potter 

You can’t write a story containing witches without thinking about Harry Potter. While the characters in The Best Kind of Magic (sadly) do not attend a school for witchcraft and wizardry, they do have to learn how to harness their abilities in the real world, something Harry struggles with too. All of the different spells, mystical creatures, and ways magic can be part of daily life were hugely influential. Even though Amber isn’t a witch, she spends a lot of time around magical supplies, so I definitely thought a lot about Snape’s potions storeroom and Dumbledore’s office. 

 

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With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

 


   

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SERIES REVIEW: Time Between Us & Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone a.k.a where is my own bennett cooper?

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TITLE: Time Between Us (TIME BETWEEN US #1)
AUTHOR:Tamara Ireland Stone
PUBLISHED:Published October 9th 2012 by Hyperion
GENRE: YA > Time Travel | SciFi | Romance
PAGE: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: eBook (Kindle)
RATING: 

5 ★★★★★

AMAZON | B&N | TBD

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Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

REVIEW:

 

Where do I even start???! I just LOVE this book so much. I miss this kind of feeling towards a book. When you love it so much you can’t help but gush and gush about it. That’s what I’m about to do right now. So please, be ready for that.

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So. Time Between Us is a love story. A time travel love story. I don’t really have a good record on time traveling books, I think the last book I’ve read with the same plot line is The Here and Now and uhhh, I didn’t like it. At all. So I’m not really expecting anything in here. But it surprised me. And now I’m head over heels. From the Prologue, I know that I’m going to like it already. I just know. I was invested instantly. It’s the kind of Prologue that will not let you close the book up until you’re halfway through or you’re done. The writing is captivating. The characters are (thank the bookgods) easy to relate to with realistic voices. No one is annoying. No one got on my nerves. Everything flows easily and it’s not hard to get lost inside Anna’s head. (She’s our narrator)

Okay so, Anna lives in 1995 (trivia that you’re probably not interested in but I’ll say it anyway: I was born that year. HAHA) Okay, so Anna is running in her usual route at 1995 when someone caught her eye. A guy that is sitting in a bench is looking at her oddly.. like he already knew her. And that bugged Anna. So when the guy showed up in her school and introduced himself as Bennett, Anna knew that this guy is hiding something and that somehow, she can’t stay away from him. She’s actually interested about everything about him.

You know, it’s not a secret that I’m very picky about MC’s. They affect my reading a lot and sometimes even though the plot is great, but the MC is downright annoying?! I’ll just DNF it. But Anna is so darn likeable. She’s so sweet and genuine and very.. lovable. Like, it’s really hard not to be mesmerized by her. Bennett on the on the other hand is not that different. He’s so… asdfghklrhfuhfubye. I cannot even describe it.

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I just know that, GIRLS, THIS IS THE KIND OF GUYS YOU SHOULD BE SWOONING OVER.

Now, the plot. I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to genres like these:  fantasy, paranormal and especially, SciFi, which is the genre of this book. When I learned that Bennett is the one who can travel through time, I already want an explanation..Like, how?? How can he do that exactly? Is he some experiment from a lab? Is he some math genius who studied time stuff? WHAT. Good thing, our main character isn’t some dense dimwit and she knows how to ask the right questions. But I was really disappointed when I got some answers. Yeah, maybe that’s my super little problem with the book. I just want some explanations, you know? But my love is over powering my doubts so…

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Overall, Time Between Us is a gorgeous read. Some may call it simple or not extravagant but  it made me smile, made me believe in the power of love and made my heart light and singing (pure gushing, I warned you). Everything is wonderful and stunning, pure and striking. Time Between Us is not a book to be overlooked, make a time for it!

 

 

qwerTITLE: Time After Time (Time Between Us #2)
AUHTOR: Tamara Ireland StonePUBLICATION: October 8th, 2013 by Disney Hyperion
GENRE: YA > Time Travel | SciFi | Romance
PAGES: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: Own (Kindle)
RATING:
 

5  ★★★★

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Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. 
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

REVIEW:

I don’t know how Tamara does it, but her book just keeps getting better and better. I’m in love with everything about this sequel. It is true. That is a 5 star rating you are seeing. I was thinking while I’m writing this review that maybe 5 star is being too generous. So I started skimming the book again and the feels you know? It just hit me. 78889-how-do-I-words-gif-I-cant-cont-jsEH   And it just keeps hitting me.. also, after finishing the book, I was satisfied. Contented. And just so darn pleased. I don’t want to spoil anyone so I’m going to keep my review of Time After Time short and simple. First, as I said above, it was satisfying. Usually when the first book was so so so good, it always worries me because there’s a chnace that the sequel will disappoint me. But I wasn’t. In fact, it intensified my love for the book. This sequel is about the up’s and down’s of Bennett and Anna’s relationship. Ever wonder how is it like to have ‘long-distance relationship’? Well, here it is folks, and trust me, it is NOT SIMPLE.

“So many people take proximity for granted. We just want to be in the same place at the same time.”

And that is so freaking true. “Oh I miss him so much!!!” – says the girl who just got a text from his boyfriend .035343 seconds ago. Anywaaay, this book broke my heart a little, it made me ache.. Bennett and Anna finally realized that this relationship that they have is not normal. (Of course they already know that before, but now they have to face it and make some decision about it) So, there were things that has hapened, there were tears from Anna (me too, I can’t help it) And I love Bennett so I’m going to say this, he’s been a little douchey here. Well, at least he has the decency to admit it. Time After Time was on Bennett’s POV and even though he made some douchey and stupid move, he’s love for Anna, actually, their love for each other always win through.

“I don’t need a calendar. I don’t care if you’re here for big events or how long you stay each time. I just need to know that you’re coming back”

tumblr_lrn6q2acKY1qgp55r (MINI SPOILER) There was this scene, where they went to Paris, and you guys, my heart just melted. It’s so sweet. Everything about that scene makes me love Love. Ahhhhhh.

“Wouldn’t it be funny if we’re the ones that start the whole lock thing?”
“Maybe we do.”
“I like that,” she says.I don’t have the heart to tell her that in 2010, all the locks will be removed. Or that, in 2011, they’ll start reappearing. They can cut our lock off. We’ll just come back here together – in 1998 and 2008 and 2018 – and replace it every time it gets removed.

If you’re tired being frustrated and annoyed about the main characters you’re reading right now, or you just want to fill your heart with happiness, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS BOOK.  And I’M SORRY BUT I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY IS THIS NOT A MOVIE?! IT IS SO DESERVING.