I received this book for free (hey, thanks!) in exchange for an honest review. I promise that this does NOT affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For real.The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari
Series: Windy City Magic #2
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 13th 2018
Also by this author: The Best Kind of Magic, The Fairest Kind of Love, Super Adjacent
Format: eARC (320 pages) • Source: Publisher
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GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber!
Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her arch nemesis, Ivy, comes asking for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris's eyes, there doesn’t seem to be a problem—Iris has clearly found her match.
It seems happily ever after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it’s up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day.
While Iris is willing to put everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core.
Because the Fates are never wrong—right?
About Crystal Cestari: With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world. My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.
This is probably one of my favorite Cover Colors! First of all, I love the actual colors from this cover. They were a lot of fun to pull from for the outfit below. Amber is a baker and hoping to get into culinary school, so I was able to include some baking-related accessories for her, including a cupcake phone case, apron, and cute pan. I included a map of Chicago print for the wall, since that’s the setting of the book, and a winter coat to keep her warm during those winters. She’s a very casual dresser so I gave her some ripped jeans, sneakers, and a cute tank top. There are some matching beauty items and accessories too.
Another cute installment in this series! I love the Windy City Magic store and all of the paranormal happenings around Chicago. Amber is approached by her enemy, Ivy, because her sister, Iris, is going to be married… to a mermaid. Once matchmaker Amber confirms that the mermaid is Iris’s match, a loooot of ~bad things~ are set in motion with a certain enemy of the family. Meanwhile, Amber can’t get over the fact that Charlie’s match is the new girl, Kim. This causes a lot of problems and tension in the friend group.
This book wasn’t AS enjoyable for me as the first one because Amber annoyed me for more of the book than I hoped. She does a good job of communicating sometimes, which is great compared to other books, but there were plenty of other times I thought she could be more honest and have better results. The last chapter was a bit cheesy and super heavy-handed with the morals and messages for multiple pages. However, I love these characters (overall) and the concept too much! I liked the addition of mermaids and werewolves in this one, plus Amber figuring out her future. We learn a bit more about Amber’s mom in this book too, which was really interesting. She’s kind of an enigma while still being around for all of Amber’s antics. I hope if this series continues, we see more of Ivy and Amber as their relationship grows. There are a lot of directions the author could go with another book!
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