The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

I cannot handle how much I loved this book.  When I found out that I would be hosting Crystal’s launch at the store, I decided I needed to read it.  Plus, all of the blurbs described it as Gilmore Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  So I was interested.  What it ended up being was so much more.

Amber Sand, our matchmaker but not-a-witch lead is fantastic.  Actually, all of the characters are great.  Going in, I was expecting a sappy YA romance but ended taking me on a completely unexpected adventure.  As the book went in, I found myself thinking that the TV show it reminded me the most of was actually Veronica Mars which is one of my all time favorite shows.  (To be honest, I am actually watching it right now as I write this.)  This book is filled with great snark, and Amber, like Veronica, has a great snarky retort to everything.

The world that Cestari has created is so fun.  It takes place in the Chicago that I know and love but is filled with fun magical beings.  I loved the competition between the different types of magic and seeing how all of the different types of magical beings interacted.  She has fully developed this world, so much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a troll crossing the street when I go downtown next.

My only complaint about this book?  It made me so hungry!  Amber spends so much time baking or talking about baking or eating sweets and it just made me want to stuff my face.

At the launch, Crystal told us that the second book on the series is coming out in February and I got so excited because I need more of these books in my life immediately. And to my great surprise, I went into work the other day to find a galley of the second one sitting there!  I cannot wait to start reading it.

5-stars

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