A Little Night Magic

Olivia 'Liv' Kiskey works at a dead-end job in a dead-end town. At least she's got her girlfriends and her co-worker Tobias to keep her company. Perhaps it's Tobias that has held her back. When she professes her love for him and he doesn't reciprocate, Liv decides to leave town forever.

Her girlfriends, a group that meets every week and have confessionals, plead with her to stay, but she is determined to go.

Then weird things start happening after an older woman tosses an old sock at her. Her hands tingle and inanimate objects come to life before her eyes. She discovers everything about her life is not what she thought. For one: she's magical. Two: Her father, whom she thought had abandoned her, left to save her life. Three: She had a sister, who also had magic, but who had been recently murdered.

For Liv the magic is a curse, and her main goal is to find her father, a man whose been missing ten years, so he can bind it thereby rendering her powerless. When that doesn't work, she must take on harnessing it, so she can defeat the magical man who murdered her sister while stealing her power. Our antagonist wants Liv's powers too.

Amid Liv's struggles, the book chronicles those of her girlfriends. Aside from their toxic weekly group confessionals, our bad guy is handing out magic to anyone who wants to harm another person.

Will Liv embrace her magic, and can she defeat evil before it takes her over?

A Little Night Magic started off in a very chick-lit way then turned dark. Liv spent most of the book not wanting her magic, but must, eventually and predictably, embrace it.

I liked the characterization of her friends and the writing, but I sometimes wondered what they talked about at their weekly confessionals since everything seemed to be a secret. Liv, for me, came across childish and self-absorbed and that detracted from the story.

Overall, it was a light read with an interesting premise and characters.


Book Blurb for A Little Night Magic

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?


Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 4.00