The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestari

the-best-kind-of-magicTJ Burns — May 1, 2017


I liked the voice. Amber’s matter-of-fact, sarcastic, joke-dropping, sassy, and a little self-depreciating style resonated with me, as did the setting — my parents are from Chicago.

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. I’m not a fan of fate (or “the fates”) predetermining people’s destinies. I like to think that people’s independent choices determine their destinies. So the whole idea that there is “one true love” for everyone, and this love is predetermined, is for me a bunch of hogwash (put politely in a public forum 😉 ).

I am sure that there is more than one ideal mate (probably quite a few), and that each person can decide for himself/herself what s/he wants out of a relationship and life.

So… if this is a possibility, then there is the possibility that Charlie and Amber could side-step “the fates” and choose their own love connection, possibly each other… (Charlie was able to resist the siren in school, so he may be able to resist the fates and their pre-selected mate as well). I think Amber and Charlie have a positive dynamic and I would love to see them laugh in the fates’ faces and take control of their own lives.

Some unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in the next installment are listed at the bottom of this page.

The Best Kind of Magic was a fun read!
I like the idea of a matchmaker, the low-end of the magical totem pole, and yet… love really is the best kind of magic!

I received a copy of this book from Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion.

You can find this book at:

Amazon: Windy City Magic, Book 1 The Best Kind of Magic

Teen and Young Adult Books at Amazon

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Some unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in the next installment are:
What was Lucille and Victoria’s history? What was Lucille’s history with Mr. Hollister? Where did Cassandra disappear to? What exactly was her deal with the goblins — the deal that she broke? To protect Charlie’s father? What’s Kim’s deal? Why was Amber forced to raise her hand to show Kim around? Does Kim have some kind of power that overrides the matchmaker’s power? What did Amani see in Amber’s future? What was the “evil in the air” alluded to near the beginning?

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