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A Little Night Magic (Nodaway Falls #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,810 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
"positively magical." Booklist

In A Little Night Magic, Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She's been working at the same upstate New York waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She's been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Mill
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 31st 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
A Little Night Magic is an adorable, fluffy, rainy day comfort read. It’s not exactly urban fantasy, but it’s not paranormal romance either. It reminded me a lot of Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie: a light sense of humor, so many fabulous characters and just a touch of paranormal to make things more interesting. If I had to describe this book with just one word, cute is what I’d say.

Olivia is a small town waitress. She spends her days serving waffles, hanging out with her three best friends

Like a waffle, A Little Night Magic by Lucy March was a fun, fluffy and very much a delicious read.
Olivia Kiskey has worked at the waffle house restaurant since she’s been a teen with and been in love with the cook Tobias who hasn’t made a move in over four years and Olivia is tired of the same old same old and in need of a big change! She gets it when she meets a strange woman who says she has a special gift that may bring the change she wanted for good or bad.

Olivia is an easygoing characte
Feb 12, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 23, 2012 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Molly Harper
Book Review
If I hadn't seen this book advertised on audible when I was scrolling through new releases, I would have probably never heard of it, or picked it up, which would have been unfortunately. Lucy March managed to create a contemporary paranormal romance, without using the whole "mated theme" that seems to show up in the vast majority of PNR's nowadays (not that I don't like that theme, it just gets a bit old at times). Anyways, the story is about Olivia, a waitress at CCB's a diner in New
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 28, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
So. Much. Stupid. There's enough stupid in this book to supply a week-long political convention. Worse, if it were just the stupid, I wouldn't have hated it quite so much. Unfortunately, it also has a complete lack of moral compass that works as a compounding factor with the stupid so you end up with one big bundle of frustrating asininity.

Here's the thing: when someone who is clearly evil is trying to kill you in order to gain still more power which you know with absolute certainty they will us
Jan 18, 2012 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I really, truly did. I won a free advanced reader's edition and was so excited. Then I started reading it.

Immediately, I felt lost. The relationships were introduced with little to no background and it wasn't very helpful for understanding it. Like the other reviews I've seen, I have to agree that the protagonist, Liv, is not that intelligent. In fact, she acted rather stupidly, quite often. I just...couldn't become attached to her. Her relationship with Tobias
MB (What she read)
aka Lani Diane Rich

Okay, I was not impressed. In fact, I was infuriated by the stubbornly TSTL heroine. I kept wanting to shoot her, or to slap her. I can't believe I finished this book but I kept thinking that surely some sort of 'redemption' or turnaround would happen to her. It never did and being inside her head the whole time made this extremely frustrating read for me.

My sister liked it however--thought it was cute. So, you may as well. Don't just take my word for it. The writing was fine.
Dec 06, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full Review and more at: Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust December 6, 2011

There's a "magic square" in the linoleum tile of the waffle shop where Olivia works. She almost believes the square is magic. As an adult, though she learns magic is much more than a piece of linoleum.

In turns humorous, romantic, sad, scary and dark, this new book from Lucy March kept me up reading into the morning. Magic, inventively imagined and described pulls up into Liv's life in the form of a new friend. For a young wom
So, I Read This Book Today
Good premise - bad execution “Be Careful what you wish for . . .”

Olivia Kiskey should have remembered that. I mean really – she should have learned that particular lesson when standing on the magic linoleum square by booth nine at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House granted her wish. But again – be careful what you wish for. Like when she wished on the magic square for “a little more space” from her college boyfriend, Charlie. Two days later? Yep. He dumped her for his roommate – Neal. Sigh.
“A Li
Jun 09, 2014 Leslye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the most frustrating book I've read in quite a while. The words too stupid to live do not begin to describe Olivia. Every decision, thought or idea that she has is stupider than the last one.

At first, I was totally on her side. Love interest, Tobias, runs frustratingly hot and cold - does he like her? Doesn't he? She's about to escape her small town in a tour of supposed self discovery when a literal magical Negro enters the plot and Liv discovers her own latent magical abilities.

To be
Nikki Wilde
Nov 27, 2011 Nikki Wilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin. Ah, at the beginning. It started with Liv being fed up. She's bored and sick of being in love with a man that turned her down. Yeah, she's getting mixed signals but he still keeps her at arms length. She wants excitement not the same ol' samd ol'. So she buys a ticket to Europe. Not realizing that her life is about to get turned upside down starting with Davina who throws a dirty gym sock at her. Too bad that's not all she threw. What Liv doesn't know is that she's magic.

I won't
Jan 05, 2012 Signe' rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban-f
I won an early review copy from and have just now, in real time, finished reading it.
Olivia Kiskey is not the usual perfect beautiful woman who suddenly has great and awesome magic powers, and plans to defeat the darkness alongside the perfect man she falls in love with. Olivia Kiskey is a waitress in a diner that has a magic linoleum square, in a quaint small town. She's also a little pudgy, loves eating waffles, and wants a change in her life.
She's proactive and a little t
Feb 20, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, magic
So....I tend to stroll through the book ailes at Target once a week to see if there is anything new out. I usually bypass the new author section because I just miss it. Well, I found this one in that section and thought the cover was cute. So....I read the back and had to take it home.

You're introduced to the lead Olivia (or Liv as her friends call her) in a small town working in a small town restaurant as a waitress. She feels her life is nothing special and she's tired of that. So she takes t
Olga Godim
Dec 20, 2012 Olga Godim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream
This book is different from the previous novels by the same author, Lani Diane Rich. I picked it up because I love most of her other novels. They all have a light, fluffy feel to them, with frequent infusions of humor, and I wanted an easy, frivolous read, but this book didn’t conform to my expectations. It felt darker and deeper. Perhaps, that’s why Rich wrote it under a nom de plume. Personally, I like her lighthearted stuff better but I’ll try to be objective and not make a comparison with th ...more
Christi Snow
Jun 01, 2013 Christi Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
Overall... 4 star
Performance.... 5 star
Story... 3.5 star

This was such a fun book with such an interesting world....both they mystical side and the small town side. The book opens with Liv unhappy with her life. She's been in love with Tobias for years and he doesn't want anything more than friendship. Her father abandoned her mother early in Liv's life and her mother never recovered from that heartache. She was a shell of a woman and Liv can honestly foresee that in her future, so she'
Kater Cheek
There are a lot of very likeable elements in this urban fantasy. It starts out swiftly. Liv, the small-town protagonist, has just bought a plane ticket to Europe. She's tired of her small-town life, and tired of being in love with Tobias, who doesn't seem to return her affections. Then, a stranger named Davina hits her with a stinky gym sock, which awakens Liv's latent magical powers.

Let's start with the romance. I found the romance charming and believable. Liv loves Tobias despite his faults. H
Aug 15, 2013 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2013-read
Listened to for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought When Finished: Really enjoyed A Little Night Magic! It reminded me a little of the Molly Harper books.

Story Thoughts: A Little Night Magic made me giggle, cheer, twist my hands, and root for the bad "guy" to get freaking caught. I listened to it in one day and even got my stepmom listening to it for her trip. This was a great combination of ro
Petula Darling
This book grabbed me right from the start. I connected to the main character right away (a rarity for me), and I was all excited to listen to the glorious story that I would eventually stamp with five stars.
And then things went awry.

I have numerous small quibbles, but the main issue I have with the book is that the protagonist went from being fairly intelligent to plunging deep into the depths of inexcusable idiocy within the span of just a few chapters. Not only did she remain ignorant of thing
Jul 08, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts out reasonably strong enough. Liv is a regular girl working as a waitress in a small town. She is in love with an inaccessible man named Tobias who will not return her affection. She makes a rash decision to move to Europe. Just then, a mysterious stranger appears and throws a dirty sock filled with something that I unbinds Liv's day magic. Now she is in danger as someone wants to steal her magic for making glorified party balloon animals. From then on, the story is a three star ...more
It was ok for the most part. I didn't like Liv, she spent 1/3 of the story hidding beneath the covers, 1/3 complaining about her powers and the rest pinng for Tobias. Tobias and Cain had potential but are never fleshed out, actually none of the characters is fleshed out. Liv is supposed to be 28 but behaves like she's 18. This book felt more like a YA than anything else except for a really bad sex scene. Too bad the story doesn't live up to the cover because the cover is really great.
Mar 13, 2012 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long Island Iced Tea
1oz. vodka
1oz. gin
1oz. light rum
1oz. silver tequila
1oz. triple sec
1oz. lemon juice
3/4oz. simple syrup
1. lemon wedge

Like the aforementioned, A Little Night Magic is sweet, a little quirky and quite nice while you're sitting in a deck chair on a sunny day. But it will kick you if you let it. It has a dark edge which sneaks up on you a little.

It's quite good in a Buffy kind of way.
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Story: 3's
Performance: 5's (Amanda Ronconi- or however her name is spelled just rocks)
Overall Rating: 4's

It was relatively cute and fluffy, but many humor moments fell a little flat for me. The narrator absolutely was a great choice, as she raised the rating with her performance. Passes the time, and nice for an easy no-deep-thinking required fun read. Not heavy on the heat factor.
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Quick Thought: OMG, it's like Molly Harper and Darynda Jones had a love child. Pleasantly surprised!

Why I Listened: A Little Night Magic was a total impulse buy from It was on sale for $4.95 and I saw that Amanda Ronconi was the narrator and love her narration job on Molly Harper's books and after reading the summary it sounded like a cute, light listen so I went for it.

What I Liked: Everything really. Much like Harper and Jones, March wrote a
Jan 09, 2014 Vilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review from Backchatting Books

"A Little Night Magic" is a very light paranormal romance about waitress Olivia Kiskey who discovers she has magical powers. Olivia has been living in the same house, in the same town and doing the same job for years. She has a huge crush on Tobias the short order cook but when she propositioned him, he turned her down. Olivia’s fairly boring life is turned upside down when the strange Davina Granville throws a smelly sock at her and unleashes her hidden magic. All
Oct 16, 2014 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αν και η ηρωίδα στα 2/3 του βιβλίου έκανε βλακείες και συμπεριφερόταν λες και ήταν εφτά χρονών με κατάφερε να την συμπαθήσω. Το βιβλίο γενικά είναι ανάλαφρο, χαριτωμένο, πολύ γλυκό και κυρίως μαγικό! Πολύ καλό.
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 02, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
The first 50-75 pages of this book are so cute and funny. But then the plot turns really weak. A lot of TSTL moments.

Full review to come
Liv is pretty TSTL and I don't really care for her love-interest, Tobias, either.
Sometimes I get so tired of witches and magic and all these other required creatures in an urban fantasy book. Yes, I like a lot of these books. But does everything have to be supernatural any more? Can't a really good book be written just about people people??

Having said that, I got sucked into listening to the audio book of this one because audible told me if I liked such and such books I would be sure to like "A Little Night Magic" by Lucy March. AND it was narrated by Amanda Ronconi and I do
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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I enjoyed this so, so much. I think I read the entire thing with a smile on my face, or actually giggling (out loud!)at what the characters said. This was exactly what I was looking for after such an emotionally wrenching read, like the one I just finished ( The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy). This is the perfect kind of bubblegum book - tasteful, not too lengthy and just so adorable. As soon as I closed the metaphoric cover (as this was an e-galley
Through the entire store the floor is covered in a simple standard checker board pattern. And yet there is one square that is out of place, one square that is light blue in color and one square that Liv was told as a child, that had the ability to grant wishes.

At one time she even believed in the power it could have possessed, it granted her the things she wished on when she stood on that one square, but when it didn't grant her wish to save her mother from the icy grips of the Grim as she was
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Lucy March is the split personality of NYT and USA Today bestselling author Lani Diane Rich. In 2010, she started writing her popular blog, A Year and Change, which documented the last fifteen months before her fortieth birthday. On her blog, Lucy worked through personal issues involving her divorce, her sense of self-worth, and her mother; she developed a following that eventually became the Bett ...more
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“Any man who doesn’t appreciate a woman with curves probably doesn’t like women much to begin with, anyway.” 2 likes
“[Olivia:] “It’s just that I was already at my calorie limit for the day before I had the liquor, and I want to go to Europe in my skinny jeans.”

[Tobias:] “What the hell are skinny jeans?”

“They’re the jeans that you buy that are too small so that someday you can wear them and feel awesome.”

He put his fork down and stared at me, openmouthed. “There are so many things wrong with that sentence. I don’t even know where to start.”

“It’s okay. This is advanced self-loathing. You’d have to be a woman to understand it at this level.”
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