Friday, May 11, 2018

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari - ADVISABLE

Cestari, Crystal The Best Kind of Magic, 328 pgs. Hyperion (Disney Book Group), 2017. $17.99 Language – PG13 (51 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG13 (for innuendo); Violence – PG

Amber comes from a long line of powerful witches, but she has only inherited a small—and specific—portion of magic. Without full-witchy abilities, Amber is often excluded from the work that her mother does for clients. But this time is different. This time, Amber is being asked for her help by a client’s son and is being treated like a true member of the magic community, so Amber is going to do what she can—with or without her mother’s approval.

The story is told in a stream of consciousness style by Amber herself, which started out annoying and then became the best part of the book due to Amber’s sense of humor and charm (no pun intended). Amber is as confused about life as the rest of us, and her story of solving a missing persons case also includes her search for self. Cestari clearly communicates Amber’s passions for love, life, and doing the best with what life has given you. We can all learn a lesson from this spunky protagonist.

HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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