February 16, 2018

The Sweetest Kind of Fate Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic #2)
Author: Crystal Cestari
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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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?

The First Book in the Series:

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

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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 Sweetest Kind of Fate is the second installment in a fun YA paranormal series that fans of the genre are sure to love. I definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before this one - it's not completely dependent on it, but will give inside perspective and you'll be in the know about what's been happening. I'm always immediately drawn to any book that has to do with magic and witches, so this was a no brainer for me. 

The plot was interesting and full of little surprises. I liked getting to know the characters better - especially Amber and Charlie. Their romance is sugary sweet and normally would be a bit over the top for my taste, but I surprisingly enjoyed it. Even though her magic says that he's destined to be with another girl, I found myself totally rooting for them as a couple. The secondary characters got a little more depth, although I think they could be more rounded. One thing I loved was the different kinds of supernaturals throughout the story - witches, sirens, mermaids, vampires, werewolves, and everything in between. 

Overall, this was a pretty light and quick read that was fun and quirky. I really enjoyed it and I'm happy that it was just as good as the first in the series. I definitely recommend it to fans of YA, fantasy, paranormal, and romance.
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.

(1) finished copy of THE SWEETEST KIND OF FATE by Crystal Cestari 
Starts: 2/12/18
Ends: 2/23/18


1 comment:

  1. "What are your thoughts about THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC?" Looks good!

    "What's your favorite "WITCH-Y" book?" "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"!