A Little Night Magic (Nodaway Falls #1) by Lucy March

In New York Times bestselling author Lucy March’s new novel, Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, 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, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends . . . but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side . . . and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?


Rating: 4/5

This was a very cute, quick little read. In a way, it reminded me an awful lot of Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs. It had a simple but well laid out plot, and I don’t normally mention this is my reviews, but the cover was very cleverly designed and well-suited for the storyline.

As far as fantasy books go, this felt very real to me, more so than normal, but in a different way. Normally when I think a book feels real, it’s because I get lost/entrenched in it and I’m living with the characters. In this case, it was more that it felt like realistic fiction, like everything in this book could really happen. Part of that was the well-designed setting—I suspect that March spent a lot of time in Nodaway Falls before finalizing this book, either in short stories or just thinking through its characters’ backgrounds. More of it, though, I think was the Olivia’s reactions and thoughts as she discovered she had magic. Well, that and every character had realistic querks, skills, and nuances that had nothing to do with magic. Tobias, for instance, makes to-die-for waffles (and I don’t mind saying that I wish I could try a recipe or two of his for myself!).

And the rules of the magic are so simple it doesn’t take too much brainpower to understand how it’s working—well, either that or you just don’t feel the need to question it, which I’m also fine with. I also really enjoyed how Olivia’s powers manifested themselves. March did a good job of drawing some ‘aw, cute!’ feelings from her female readers. Who else could make someone fall in love with a ceramic mug bunny? Or have “your piece of paper is in love with your mug” seem like a perfectly normal thing for a character to say?

All in all, a great book and I look foward to continuing the series 😉


Posted on September 1, 2013, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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