Review & Giveaway: The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari

Title:  The Sweetest Kind of Fate
Series: Windy City Magic, Book 2
Author: Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date:  February 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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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 Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari is one of those sweet young adult novels with a twist. The twist being the magical fantasy element in this series. Yes, it threads throughout the story, but I think the theme of jealousy held strong from the very first page. I enjoyed reading it from Amber's perspective, but she annoyed me at times for her assumptions! So what if her "gift" haven't failed her yet? A story about stepping out of one's own preconceived idea of how life will be versus living it as you want to.  There are moments that seems illogical and the end was anti-climatic leading me to believe there is a possibility to a third book.  Though, I still think this can be read as a standalone novel.  In all, I find The Sweetest Kind of Fate have its moments of sweetness and whimsy that brings a smile to readers.

Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Crystal Cestari lives just outside Chicago with her daughter. Her hobbies include avoiding broccoli and wandering the aisles at Target. She holds a master's degree in mass communication, and writes all her stories longhand. 

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 1 finished copy of THE SWEETEST KIND OF FATE by Crystal Cestari 


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  1. Thank you for the review on "The Sweetest Kind of Fate". This book sounds like one I'd love to read as would several in my family I am sure.

  2. Great review. I've never read the first book in the series, so I don't really have an opinion about it. And I've never read any "witch-y" books either. Does watching the movie, Kiki's Delivery Service, count? I did love that movie. As for the books, the series sounds interesting and the book covers are absolutely gorgeous.

    1. O, I forgot about Kiki's Delivery Service that I LOVED!! OK, Almost anything out of Studio Ghibli, I love. The covers are gorgeous! I think it'll be entertaining for you!

  3. I haven't read the first book, but from the reviews, I will enjoy them. I haven't found a witchy book that I liked as I have only read one.

    1. Yea, witchy books are hard. It can be bad, but this series is decent. I want to backtrack and read book 1 first though to really get the back story, though this book does give it, but not in depth.

  4. This sound like quite the interesting book from the synopsis give. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

  5. Ooh, this book sounds quite interesting - a little below my age range, maybe, but still quite interesting ;). I'll have to check it out! <3

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

    1. hhaha. I love reading Middle Grade and Young Adult novels!


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