Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic

by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

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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.

3.5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Best Kind of Magic. The concept of this story was a really interesting one, and a vey original storyline. I was very intrigued with a non-witch who has the ability to see someone's true love and be the ultimate matchmaker, and Amber was such a likable and relatable character throughout the entire book.

I had some issues with thre pacing of the story. There were times where I thought that it was much slower than I had anticipated this story to be. And pacing for a story can really affect how I feel about a book. It was sometimes hard to stay hooked to this book as I was reading through it.

I would still recommend this book because it was still an interesting story, with well developed characters. I am still looking forward to reading the other books that are planned for this series.

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.

  • 1 Finished Copy of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC by Crystal Cestari
  • US/Canada Only
  • Each tour stop will be giving away a copy of the book
  • Each winner is only eligible to win one book on the tour
  • Runs through May 29th
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  1. This book sounds like fun, and that interests me!

  2. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I love paranormal romance and I absolutely love her powers! So original! It's why I'd read it and of course for the romance ;)

    I have a Canadian address but I'm doing a semester abroad so my IP address might not show up as Canadian

  3. Amber does sound like a really cool girl!! I'm so interested to find out WHAT can happen between her and Charlie when she's NOT his soulmate! It's such a cool premise. Glad you liked the book-- hopefully book 2's pace picks up :)

    Thanks for being on the tour Chelsea!!

  4. I like the premise and magic combined with matchmaking.