Review ⤞ The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic


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.


The first novel of Windy City Magic was a fantastic start to a bran new series, one I had not anticipated to like so much and one I absolutely loved.
From the easy to read writing and the brilliant heroine, all the way to the powerful message it emphasizes, which can be applied in so many different and deeper levels.

But, first things first...
Amber Sand is the descendant of a long ancestry of witches. But, she isn't one herself.
However, she does have a unique magical gift. She is a matchmaker. She has learnt to believe that everything is set to stone and once a love match has been declared, it is the only and absolute truth.

And, that book was all about slowly witnessing her realization that things aren't always so solid and concrete. In fact, her gift will even prove to wrongfully match two people right in front of her eyes. And, what about the matter of the heart? Sometimes, this is the organ that makes all the decisions, and doesn't really rely on the Fates.

Amber herself, is a strong character, one I grew to completely like, and one I trusted even if I suspected that some of her choices wouldn't turn out in the best possible ways. I loved her relationship with her best friend, Amani, who is in fact another supernatural, as she can 'see' the future, and a person that has been constantly mysterious about Amber's future. Which only served to exhilarate me even more, trying to catch the smallest of hints throughout the book.

The plot was very interesting, and I loved the fact that all the magic was taking place in Chicago, amidst all the standard and 'normal' craziness of the city. Amber's classmates were your typical non-supernatural beings, calling our heroine a freak and not believing in magic, unless it suited their purposes to ask her to confirm a match, and unless there was a confirmation of their current boyfriend being the one.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the second book of the series, because I can already tell just how much I will miss Amber and her crazily amazing life.

All in all, 5 stars for a book that deeply mesmerized me and 
made me devour it, unable to leave it down for more than five minutes.


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