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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari ARC Review

***Book provided for an Honest review.

Lately I’ve been lucky enough to get to read books that haven’t come out, you know, Advance Reader Copies. All of this is thanks to this blog and you guys that keep reading my stuff and clicking the link and maybe buying some of those books.

This time I was super happy when the Disney-Hyperion group approved me to read The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari.

When I first saw the cover I knew I wanted to get it ASAP and then I read the description and I knew I had to read it. So I did the only thing I could do at that moment, request the book.

Earlier this month I got an email telling me that I had been approved to read that book and I almost crashed (was driving and I opened the email. BAD IDEA. Don’t do that you guys, using your phone while driving is dangerous and it can have fatal consequences). But once I saw that email I was super happy and I went to download it to my kindle.

Then I made the bad decision of waiting a bit because I still had to finish some other books that I had already started so the book just sat untouched in my Kindle for like two weeks (awfulness 😱). But I finally started to read that book, and it took me about a day to finish it. Right then and there you know I loved it.

Here is what I’m talking about:

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Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

I mean right then and there you know this will be good.

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The Best Kind of Magic got a 5 out of 5 frozen stars on my book (yes frozen stars are better because they are special, and only the books that get five out of five get them).

When you first open the book and start reading, it seems a little genetic, you know Amber telling you she is not a witch and how high (or low) she ranks in the witch and mythological world and what she does with her magic. But after that is all sweetness and unicorns.

Literally.

Amber loves sugar and unicorns.

Amber sees people’s soulmates, not creepy, not dangerous, just sweet and charming. But then she gets involved with this kid, Charlie, who wants his dad, the mayor, to not find his fiance. The major asked Amber’s mom, and actual powerful witch to help him find her because he loves her, but Charlie thinks she is a gold digger.

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Amber knows she is not a witch therefore she can’t just find the mayor’s fiance like her mom would so instead of asking for her mom’s help, she, Charlie and Amani create their own adventure trying to figure out where the fiance is and in the process learn more about themselves.

Amber learns that Charlie has a soulmate and finally meets her best friend’s soulmate. Charlie learns about mythical creatures and falls in love for the first time. Amani finally meets her soulmate and in some ways starts to actually deal with her power.

What I liked about TBKOM is that  the drama is at a bare minimum. There was the classic bad high school girls, but this time they were being lead by an actual siren. Also there were other creatures in school and somehow being a witch or a matchmaker or a mythological creature wasn’t something people really freaked out about.

Also there were no real life threatening events. It was all very normal, very human and relatable story of two young people falling in love.

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The reason it has five frozen stars is because it is a romantic novel that is real. Aside from the magic part of things. It’s just realistic, the way love develops and how we as humans learn to express it and deal with it.

The Best Kind of Magic is full of sense of humor and charm and it’s just the perfect kind of book that keeps you reading and reading not wanting to stop and leaves you with a smile on your face. The perfect book to read whenever you feel down or want an easy, fast and lovely story.

Amber, Charlie and the Windy City Magic are more than a romantic teenage story. This book is not  only about falling in love, but knowing from the get go that it is not meant to be.

And then Charlie is just fantastic so it would be hard to not fall for him even if Amber knows he is not her match. And he is adorable, with the glasses and saying all the right things. So yes I loved him and all he represents.

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This book I have to say ends on a cliffhanger and it’s not that bad,  but still it makes you want to have the next book in your hands ASAP.

The Best Kind of Magic comes out May 16 and you can already preorder this awesomeness here.

Follow Crystal Cestari here.

Thanks again to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing this book for me to review, it was so awesome and I cannot wait to read the next.

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Blog Tour: Cashmere (Velvet Trilogy #2) by Temple West Vlog Book Review

Hello guys!!!

Well by now you must know how crazy obsess I am with the Velvet Trilogy by Temple West, and also by now you should know that I got to read Cashmere after almost two years of waiting for it.

Now I’m extremely happy to be part of the blog tour and share my thoughts with you about the book, because I love the story and I wish everyone could just pick up Velvet and Cashmere and read them.

But I cannot force you to do it so the next best thing I can do is convince you by telling you how much I loved it. So in honor of Cashmere coming out Valentine’s Day I made a fool of myself and made a little (not so little is quite long) video about my love for this book.

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Online book romances

The internet.

It’s all around us and is now a very essential part of our everyday lives.  We hear about tragic scams and just flat out lies people use to fool others on the internet.

So we try to be cautious and not believe everything we read, and see online because probably half of the stuff there is lies and the other half is hardly believable. The thing is, there are stories, extraordinary stories that make us believe that the internet is not so bad.

We hear stories about people finding their long lost relative through Facebook or about how they found their significant other through some sort of online platform.

Therefore there are books that talk about meeting someone special over the internet. Such books in my opinion are some of the best stories because in some cases you don’t even get to “meet” one of the characters, which make for the best love stories. I know they are not so realistic and I would probably block whoever tried talking to me in an online platform. Continue reading

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Cashmere by Temple West Teaser Tuesday

By now you probably know that I have been obsessed with Temple West’s Velvet and the trilogy.

The first book came out in May of 2015 and since the first few words of the book I fell in love and ever since I’ve been crazy about the release of Cashmere.

If you are a fan of the book as well, you might have gone through the same things I did when the release of the sequel got pushed back more than a year but now you are probably extremely happy as I am.

Cashmere is coming out Valentine’s day and I was very lucky to get to read this book before it officially comes out and let me tell ya, this book is fantastic, so worth the wait.

And to get you excited about this sequel I bring you two quotes from the book that I’m sure will make you pre-order.

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Top 10 most anticipated books of the year

Every year I slowly die with anticipation about certain books because I have to wait an entire year to read the continuation of the story, in some cases even more than a year which is torture.

The joy I experience every time I see the cover of the new book or the description of said continuation or brand new story, for me is like Christmas don’t matter what time of the year it is.

So without much verbiage I give you my top 10 most anticipated books I cannot wait to read. Continue reading

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Dream Me by Kathryn Berla (ARC Review)

***Book provided for an honest review

When it comes to romance mostly any book will do to convince me that it is good. I mean come on; romance includes drama and I LOVE drama.

So when I read the description for Dream Me by Kathryn Berla I fell in love with the endless possibilities.

It sounded like the perfect book to read during a winter storm (which I went through this last couple of days) or just any regular day really.

I’m not sure if this book is classified as a paranormal or not (website just describes it as YA and to me it is a bit paranormal, but I haven’t really read much paranormal so I can’t be trusted with that description), but there were some aspects of it so that is why I’m calling it like that.

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The books I used to love

We all have gone through it, I know it.

We fall in love with a book and we read it and read it and we read it some more that after a while we know it by heart, but there lies the problem.

After a while the book we used to love is just not the same anymore. So what changed? How is it that at one point we loved it and then what it feels like all of a sudden the story is just not compelling anymore?

I have a theory.

The story is not new. The thing that interested us at the beginning is just not there any longer. What used to be the best story in the world is not, because is not new.

For me there are certain books I used to love and I that I would re-read every once in awhile that have just become books that –books I used to love— but they are just not good anymore. Continue reading