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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 shopWindy City Magicin downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for oneher 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 hisand 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.
About the Author
Crystal Cestari lives in the west Chicago suburbs where she works as a content strategist for a marketing agency. She received her MA in Mass communication from Kent State University and a BA from DePaul University in Chicago. She lives with her daughter and English bulldog. The second book in her series about Amber's magical matchmaking abilities is coming soon! Visit Crystal on Twitter @crystalcestari.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Best Kind of Magic” is a promising start to the new “Windy City Magic” series. It has just the right blend of magical realism, suspense, the supernatural, and romance to make for a fun, light read. It flows well and the sass of Amber kept me laughing. It’s the perfect book for when you need a break from reality. Good for grades 7 through adults. Highly recommended! This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
I liked the story and where the author took and can take these characters. I can see more books in the future. Lol. Maybe I have some precog in me.
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).