OMG hello guys!
If I could have placed heart emojis in the title I would have.
Thanks to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley I had the honor to receive The Sweetest Kind of Fate ARC by Crystal Cestari, for an honest review and if you couldn’t tell by my word choice above, I loved it.
I effing loved it.
Like seriously this is the kind of book that makes me want to stop reading, go out there to the cold and lonely world and find me an adventure so that it stops being a cold and lonely world to become a warm and full of love world.
So before I start with my review, here is what the book is about:
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?
Holy cow doesn’t it sound awesome?
Well it does to me and I cannot say this enough, but I really, really, REALLY liked it.
The Sweetest Kind of Fate got an amazing 5 out of 5 frozen stars *just like The Best Kind of Magic did* in my rating book!
Okay, I cannot say it was completely perfect, because it wasn’t, but everytime I think about the story, it makes me smile and wish there was a motion picture of it *which Hollywood would probably ruin* and want to reread it again and again.
I will get to those items that I didn’t like much here in a little bit, but first I’m going to start by telling you guys that I will give you this review as spoiler free as I possibly can. Why? Because you have got to pick up this book when it comes out and read it, and if you haven’t read The Best Kind of Magic, then I do suggest that you leave this post right now, go read *this* other blog post *click the highlighted word* read the first book, and then come back, because even though this post will be as spoiler free as possible, I will mention things that happened in the first book.
After that really long disclaimer, I will dive right in. The Sweetest Kind of Fate sort of starts a little after the events of book one which is great! You (the reader) knows that not much time has gone by, but still enough that you know there have been developments in the characters’ lives.
One thing that I HATED a lot is the Charlie problem of it all. I wanted more Charlie and Amber time, but if you remember what happened at the end of the first book, we were introduced to the girl that is supposed to be Charlie’s match and if that is not the perfect recipe for a couple’s trouble then I don’t know what is.
Amber decided not to tell Charlie anything about Kim being his match because obviously she doesn’t want to lose him and she thinks that by telling him, something will snap inside of him and make him realize what a mistake he is making by being with Amber and not Kim.
Oh gosh that right there had me reading nonstop!
Then another thing that I wasn’t too fond about is how Amber kept talking about sweets, baking, cakes, cupcakes and everything baking related, for like the first six or eight chapters. Granted it is what she is going to go to college for and is her passion, but it felt a little overdone. Thankfully Mrs. Cestari kind of knew when to stop Amber’s fascination with sugar because, even though it was a little too much in the first few chapters, it stopped just in time to not be completely annoying.
Aside from those two things–which was mostly just one, the Charlie thing was necessary so I cannot complain that much–the story was wonderful.
The main conflict of this book is what people do for love. Some give up everything they know and hold dear for the loved one, others are afraid to tell the truth for fear of losing the loved one, and others can’t let go of the damage a loved one caused them in the past that they are not willing to see that love doesn’t always have a bad ending.
To my believe, love is the main theme of this series. Because as one person said one day, “Love is the closest thing we have to real magic, that’s why we are always trying to find it,” or something along those lines. And it is true, love is the closest thing we have to magic if you really think about it, we do crazy things for love and love seems and feels so powerful that sometimes is really hard to contain it.
The Sweetest Kind of Fate captures what love is supposed to be.
That love is worth everything. Which can mean taking a leap of faith and trusting that your feelings are worth more than what the fates might have predestined for you. And that obviously the “fates” are not always right.
The person with the main conflict is Ivy, and to be honest with you, I still hated her for the events that happened in the first book, and well to say she had the main conflict is to say it generally. She was affected but she wasn’t the main person with the problem. It was her sister.
Her sister wanted to give up something major, like do a completely 180 in her life for the girl she loved and you might think that Ivy’s problem with Iris’ wedding might be that she is marrying a girl, but it’s obviously not. The problem Ivy has is something completely unrelated to Iris’ sexual preference. Being straight or homosexual in this book is like second nature to the story, like it’s not a big deal, which is great because that is how life really is *for most people* you met people that are in love with someone from the same gender and it shouldn’t be a surprise just like is not in this book. *Totally sidetrack with this thought, but I think I had to say it*
Anyway, then we also have the overall conflict of “who you are meant to be with.” Amber is never wrong with her matches, even with her best friend. She might have hated Vincent when she met him, but in this book, I can say that has changed a little bit. And that is what brings us to Charlie and the main, LIKE MAIN conflict of all the story: follow the fates or follow your heart and let it guide you?
We all know or have read about how powerful love can be, many times it gives you the power to do the unexpected, to pull through the most difficult situation, and many times love can prove more powerful than the fates themselves. So the million dollar question in this book was, are the fates right concerning Charlie’s match?
Well I’m not telling you because that would be a spoiler.
Now to not drag things any longer, here are the high points: there is the mystery of whether or not Ivy’s sister is making a mistake by giving everything she knows and holds dear for love. The bad witch of the old west *I don’t know if that is a way to describe a witch* AKA Victoria trying to ruin things for Amber’s mother and Ivy’s sister. Amber and Charlie’s relationship threaten by Kim who turns out to be a very lovely character and makes hating her difficult.
Also, Marcus the one character that if there were to be another book *which I totally hope* could bring the actual jealous side out of Charlie, which I totally need. Definitely need to see some jealousy from his side, more than the few lines that are in this book.
And we also found out more about Amber’s mother and why she is the way she is with secrets and all the juicy stuff we wondered about in the first book.
This was an amazing story, with a few cliches, but I welcomed the cliches, they made the story way more enjoyable and every little part of every chapter left me wanting more and more. I really loved the book and I cannot wait for the third book, because there HAS got to be another book.
And the points I would like it to touch are, Marcus, Amber’s mother’s past and maybe her dad, and what is going to happen to Charlie and Amber’s future, now that they are going to college? Are the fates going to keep messing with Amber or are they going to give her a break?
The pressure is on Crystal, because both your stories have been wonderful and I cannot wait for what is next in the Windy City Magic series!
So, everyone go pre-order this beauty because if you loved The Best Kind of Magic you will definitely love The Sweetest Kind of Fate. The book comes out in February and believe me you will not be disappointed if you pick up this series.