Miss Match: Always the matchmaker, never the match
Fans of Geek Girl and Girl Online will love this magically messed-up romance.
Amber Sand has a gift. Five seconds of eye contact, and she can see your soul mate.
She's seen it all, every kind of happy ending there is. Except for one - her own. So when Charlie Blitzman, the most-desired boy in school, enlists Amber's help, she finds herself falling for him. Problem is...more
While I may not have the swagger or power of your everyday witch, I’ve come to realize that what I can do is still pretty badass: I can see true love.
I don’t mean the chocolate-covered, mushy-gushy signs of love, but real, destined-to-happen happy endings. All I need is five seconds of eye contact, and I’ll envision anyone’s soul mate.
I’m a matchmaker. (c)
Sirens are notoriously manipu ...more
DNF @ 25%
I don't like to not finish ARC's. I feel rude. I feel unworthy. However, I couldn't deal with this one. I could see what the author was going for and I was so excited for witches. 14 year old me desperately wanted to read anything with a witch in it. I loved the idea. Hell, I wanted to be a witch. Unfortunately, I am not and double unfortunately this book was falling super flat for me.
The protagonist, who's name I wouldn't be able to remember if ...more
I really enjoyed the relationship between Amber and Charlie, ...more
Me? Like an ooey-gooey romantic novel? Never! Ok a little... OK OK, I LOVED IT. Stop hassling me!
Yep, you heard it here. I have found an adorable love story that doesn't make me roll my eyes cynically every five seconds. You guessed it, I'm not really someone who reads light/romantic contemporary novels and that is what this book is at its core. I think that there was a fantasy element mixed in ke ...more
Wanting to find love does not make someone weak; it's not a character flaw. Life is hard, and grueling, and having someone root for you and travel beside you is a gift that anyone in this world would be lucky to have. I'm not saying that people can't be happy or fulfilled on their own; of course they can. But being open to the possibilit ...more
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Amber's not the happiest person on the planet. Coming from a line of powerful witches she isn't thrilled with being a lowly matchmaker that witches look down on. She isn't allowed into the coven or into any of the witch traditions because she isn't considered to a be a witch...*Ouch*. But when the mayor's son comes to her for help to find his future step mom who's
First off let me say thanks to ever awesome Miss Kat for turning my head in the direction of this series.
The characters are all so wonderful...especially Amber who has the most amusing personality in the banter she creates I was in stitches a good chunk of this book.
I adore paranormal books and I hadn't read one that was so much fun in ages!
Amber comes from a long line of witches, though the full witchy gene seems to have alluded her.
She does have a super co ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Amber's snide remarks and sarcastic thoughts throughout. Amber continued to surprise me with her witty reactions, comments, and thoughts, which were not at all repetitive, but flexed according to each new situation.
There's a theme that I found intriguing here as well, and that is the idea of fate ...more
Amber is such a fun, snarky character that I found quite relatable and entertaining. You see somehow Amber didn't inherit the gene that would make her a witch like the rest of her family. However, she still has a mystical talent of her own as a matchmaker who can see true love. As she struggles to fit into a famil ...more
Honestly, I think I would have loved this story, like, 9 years ago. It has all the makings of a book back in that book era: blonde bimbo/evil promiscuous girl, the popular boy that every girl wants but really has a heart of gold, supernatural heroine who is SO different from everyone else with a wicked sense of humor and snark, and her sassy best friend who is obsessed with boys or thinking about them (well, one in this case). Doesn't this sound l ...more
Such a cute story!! Amber Sand is a matchmaker, a type of witch with very specific magic. She can see peoples' match when she looks into their eyes. The more time she spends with them, the more specific the image. When an old friend comes asking for help, she can't help but see his match. As they investigate Amber begins to fall for him even when she knows it's pointless. Could the fates be wrong about her gift?
I enjoyed Amber's character. At times, she was a bit annoying, but I loved her d ...more
This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Review Summary: I had so much fun reading The Best Kind of Magic. It’s funny and different and hard to put down.
Overall, as you probably can tell, I was really taken in. The characters developed well and they live in a slightly more interesting version of Chicago. The sequel will be out soon, but even so, I think that it also works as a standalone. If you’re looking for a light, funny read with unexpected insights on life and love, I h ...more
I genuinely don't get a lot of opportunities to read lately so I'm on a quest to only read what grabs me from the first pages or chapter if I'm feeling generous. I was way too generous in this instance and was right to trust my gut that it wouldn't get interes ...more
It was eary to see my high school social organization and my attitude of heavy sarcasm displayed. The banter involving Amber was so near and dear to my heart and is how I tend to communicate as well.
The romances are cute and complex and there's variations in each of them which I loved.
Well written and I'm really curious to see what the plot for the sequel will be. It's kind of fantasy but also magical realism.
Reread in March 2018: Still love Amber and so ready for the sequel!!
The vibe one gets from the cover of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC is that the contents within will be lighthearted and cutesy. The story delivers exactly that - an excellent example of a time a cover is perfect for the book. Unfortunately, while lighthearted and fun, I do have a few complaints about THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC.
Overall, THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC is fluff. It's fun and a quick read, but there were some issues. My primary issue with the book is that the ...more
Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Don't get me wrong, I can see the appeal when I first requested this book. Who doesn't want to read about a girl who can look at someone's eyes and see their soulmate? I certainly found that intriguing! I'm actually in love with the premise of this book.
The problem? The main character wasn't memorable.
I needed this book in my life right now. I was sort of feeling like I was in a reading slump, partially because I’ve just been busy and tired, and I really needed the sort of book that hooked me in and didn’t let go. This book kept me guessing about where exactly it was going and how things were going to work out, and that was perfect. I was wrapped up in Amber’s life and I loved every minute of it!
What Fed My Addictio ...more
The Best Kind of Magic gives us a tour of all kinds of magic in the Windy City (Chicago ...more
*I received a copy of GOODBYE DAYS from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. This affects my review in no way.
This book was quite addicting. I read it within 9 hours, which must be some type of record because I almost never finish books that quickly. (Mind you, that's probably because I'm on winter break and today wasn't as busy as usual.)
Let's get into it, shall we?
I didn't really know what THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC was about going ...more
This one was a world wind of crazy laughs, snarky remarks, and some really good romance. It's one I will DEFINITELY be rereading in the future. I really fell i ...more
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Writing has been my jam since I was very young. In fact, in fifth grade we filled out a profile declaring what we would be doing as adults. I wrote I wanted to be an author because: "I love reading and stories, and want to share that love." My elementary-school self was very wise, because that sentiment holds true today.
I live just outside Chicago with my daughter. ...more