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Who Needs Magic?

(Magic #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The sequel to DON'T EXPECT MAGIC!

Now that Delaney Collins knows she’s a fairy godmother, she’s ready to make magic happen. But first, she has to find her next client. And it’s not as easy as she thought it would be.

Delaney’s spending the summer working at Treasures, a secondhand store at the mall, surrounded by cool vintage boots—and potential clients. But when she finall
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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Tom Rogers
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read "Don't Expect Magic," Kathy McCullough's first book about Delaney Collins, with trepidation; being neither young nor a girl, I'm not exactly the target demographic. Silly me: great stories are universal, and I was hooked. But at least I'm a fast learner. So when "Who Needs Magic" came out, I snapped it up and was not disappointed. The book transported me right back into confused adolescence, when absolutely nothing makes sense, least of all romance. Again, the magic is both fun and then u ...more
Alice Liu
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book for the younger teen reader. Discovering another fairy godmother, Ariella, Delaney finds herself in a socially competitive situation where she is being judged by the amount of wishes granted. This is a problem since she's only granted one big wish. When the opportunity arises to prove her wish-giving prowess, Delaney begins to confuse her "role" as fairy godmother with her own personal identity. Ultimately the lesson is not so much what we think we want (or wish) but what it i ...more
♥Jessica, ♥Lady of the Library♥
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who love fairy tales
((3.5 stars))

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So, it was a last Sunday I was really dreading going back to school the next day, so I basically forced my mother to drive me to the used book store. I needed new books, and my sister also needed study guides for her AP exams. Mom wanted some Steven King novels, too, so it was a win situation for everyone.
I pulled out basically every single book in the tiny young adult section and I couldn't find anything that I wasn't too embarrassed to buy with my sister there (people kissing
Chelsey Wolford
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Delaney Collins is an f.g. That stands for “Fairy Godmother.” She hasn’t quite embraced the job yet, and she doesn’t quite know if she ever will. She is only fifteen years old herself, and is still trying to figure out a way to fit in, or should I say blend in, in high school. Not only is Delaney an f.g., but her father is one too. Delaney has already had her first client, Flynn, who ended up being her boyfriend after all was said and done. She is working on developing her line of boots and hold ...more
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Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love that Kathy McCullough writes magical clean teen fiction!

Fairy godmother (f.g.) Delaney Collins returns in this sequel to Don't Expect Magic. Delaney tries to stay one step ahead of Ariella Patterson, a pink and glitter adorned super f.g., while navigating the untested waters of a new romantic relationship.

As both girls make one bad decision after the other, it becomes difficult to like either of them. But then McCullough reminds the reader of why Delaney is so insecure, and evidence aboun
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
A cute and quick read.

I didn't read the first book in the series, maybe I would have liked this book better if I did, but it was something different. The idea of having a fairy godmother is a fun one and there were some interesting aspects to the plot. I would have liked to see more of the relationship between father and daughter, though. I found it intriguing that it was the main character's father that handed down the "powers" and not her mother, that was quite unique...

Overall, it was an oka
Dec 29, 2012 marked it as sequels-to-read
This comes out the day before my birthday ! Yay (:

Over & Out, T xx
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This was great. I enjoyed it so much more than the first one. It was perfect.
Jaime K
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
[scratch this line and read the end] 2 stars only because I finished it.

I remembered nothing from the first book. After reading my review, I realize that a lot of people mentioned in the first are barely mentioned here, aside from Delaney’s family and boyfriend Flynn.
The book is pretty much about using people for your own ends, and to “win” against “competition.” It’s about weaving lies and egotism in order to get your way.
Oh, and it’s about changing people and forcing them to do what you want
Russell Ricard
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming follow up read to McCullough’s first novel Don't Expect Magic. I'll echo as I said of the first novel: This is a witty voice carried forth by a quirky and badass narrator, fifteen-year old Delaney. The continued fascinating magical elements, comedy of errors/identity, and the exploration of growing pains as they relate to romance and life decisions are fun to follow. So, too, particularly interesting is the further development of the father-daughter relationship dynamic and the underlyi ...more
Ayra Chang
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
More of a 2.5 star.
The concept wasn't really innovative,and the background story wasn't exactly intriguing. I would give a 2 star for that.

The main character was realistic in some aspects I suppose, but was so dumb in her actions that I couldn't stand her. At first she was tolerable, but then she seemed like a total bitch, which totally pissed me off. I mean, how self-centered and stupid could a person get? As for the other characters, they were all right. So I give this book 1.5 stars characte
Laurie D'ghent
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. Lots of "Oh my G**", and two other swearwords, but no innuendo ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted at City of Books

I really loved the first book in this series, Don't Expect Magic. That being said, I enjoyed reading this one too, but unfortunately not as much as its predecessor. It's definitely got the same tone to it, though - fun and light. Delaney is still as awesome as always, and this book definitely has more of a focus on her and the development of her powers.

Who Needs Magic? is set during the summer after Delaney discovers she's a fairy godmother. She's going out with
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Delaney Collins is ready to embrace her inner fairy godmother (f. g.) and grant some big wishes. But three months after granting her first big wish, Delaney is no closer to finding her next client.

Aside from the f. g. confusion, Delaney has high hopes for her summer. She'll get to spend more quality (read: alone) time with her boyfriend, Flynn. She's working at a fantastic vintage store with tons of boots she can re-make and re-style. She's even getting along better with her father despite his t
Kristina (Gone Pecan)
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
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Overall Thoughts:

I reviewed book one Don’t Expect Magic and loved it so I was grateful that I was able to receive an ARC for book two. While you definitely see more of Delaney that’s pretty much the only person you see for the entire book. I would definitely have liked more interaction, whether it was with her family, Flynn (EEP), or her new friends. With that being said I still loved the story and it was super cute with severa
Tess Budig
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-1
The characters Delaney, Ariella, Jeni and Flynn make the book really good. Her hometown seems fun and wild. I thought that when Ariella, the uber f.g (fairy godmother) came and took all Delaney's patients (the people that Delaney does wishes for.) But when Ariella comes and wants to take all Delaney's friends and tries to be her friend, I thought that Ariella was basically being two-faced. What really made me mad was when Ariella stabbed Delaney and harmed Delaney's life. She made Delaney and he ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all, it was incredibly irritating to realize that this was a sequel. There was no indication anywhere on the cover or introductory pages that this was a sequel (I know, because I always carefully check)... but when I was a few pages in it began to be obvious. It didn't detract from the story at all, but it would have been nice to know. I think, based on what I picked up about the first novel, that I would not have liked it much. This one was mostly "meh" for me, amusing at times, silly ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Who Needs Magic? is a good read. This book, like the first book, was fluffy. It was less fluffy than the first, but I still think it’s fluffy. In my opinion, Who Needs Magic? is written better than Don’t Expect Magic. The plot however, in my opinion was not that great.

The basic plot is that two people with the f.g battle in seeing who could grant their client’s wish. I mean, really? I just didn’t like the plot that much. What can I say? This book was interesting enough for me to not abandon it,
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Who Needs Magic? is a horribly written novel that lacked important morals and themes. It is about a teenage fairy godmother that has a TERRIBLE problem, because she doesn’t have anyone for her to grant a wish for! Oh no! The HORROR!!! This book has absolutely no point to it, and it has a really weird ending. I honestly think the main character was really unintelligent, selfish, and spoiled. Often times, I find that it is really hard to like a book if you don’t respect the protagonist. Why I actu ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Delaney is eager to find her next big client, but is disappointed when no one appears. Meanwhile, she meets an over-zealous f.g. her own age who is far more proficient at wish-granting than she is.

Delaney's quest to become a great f.g. continues, and has many twists. A lot of the plot was perhaps easy to foresee, but it was fairly realistic (magic aside), and gave a good look into Delaney's thoughts. I also was happy to see her finally coming to terms with her mother's death as well.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
Starting off I thought many of the characters were extremely self-centered and annoying, but as you get into the story I started seeing more to who they were. I think some chapters were a little drawn out, but others were just right. The story itself was different and fun. The book very good enough to keep my interest, but it also could have used a little more... something to drag me in. Not so amazing you are speechless, but good.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Two fairy godmothers get into a battle while trying to grant their "beneficiaries" their wishes. However, is it really magic that is going to help these people?

The book couldn't hold my attention and the ending was so picture perfect.........too good to be true.
Brandee Terry
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Another quick and easy read. I liked the story and the characters.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really like this series. It's light-hearted, but smart. While addressing heavy issues, a strong sense of humor is evident throughout. ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
A decent read. I think I enjoyed the first book in the series a little better. The author is a little too free with her comma usage, but otherwise I like her style enough to read other things by her.
Katie Rogers
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun read but Delaney is not one of my fav teen heroines.
****Review to Come****
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book!
Nov 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this sequel. The writing was worse than the first book. ...more
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