Series: Nodaway Falls #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 31, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery, Romance
Source: Owned Audible Book
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?
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I picked this audio up awhile ago, saving it for a time when I was in the mood for something cute and magical. This book delivered that, although it definitely had a darker side.
The town of Nodaway Falls felt cozy mystery charming, and someday I will make the Hubs move to a smaller, quainter town than where we currently live. Where, no doubt, I will suddenly discover that I have latent magical abilities, or that I’m actually quite crafty. I also loved the romantic tension between Olivia and Tobias. Although, authors, please. Stop trying to make the name Tobias sexy. It’s not sexy. It’s an old pervy man’s name.
Friendship plays a large role in the book too. Despite the fact that it soon sours, I loved that Olivia met up with her friends Peach, Millie and Stacey weekly for drinks and confession. The difference between the women was nice, but still made sense that they would connect. However, some of the secrets and jealousy lingering beneath the surface were plain troubling.
The magic in the book is unique, or at least it’s new to me. There’s daytime magic users and nighttime magic users, and I like the constraints and problems the magic rules caused. Watching Olivia discover her magic and her true history was both fun and interesting- you have to love ceramic mug bunnies and paper birds!
I didn’t expect this book to be as dark as it was in places, but I think it needed the higher stakes involved. It’s not a perfect book by any means, sometimes the characters felt a little immature or silly. But because the book has such a great narrator, it helped me overlook issues that I might have worried more about had I read the book in print.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi! When I bought this book on Audible it was before I became a huge fan of Ronconi, but she’s the main reason I finally listened to it. I had just finished another audio narrated by her and wasn’t quite ready to move to a new narrator, event though the two books were both magical romances. Like I said, this book had some flaws, but with a great narration it’s easy to just go with the flow and enjoy the fun and magic!