Review: The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic #2)
Title: The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic #2)
Author: Crystal Cestari
Published: 13 February 2018
Format: Hardback from SearchOhio and e-book from Overdrive
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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?
There is no second book slump here! Amber Sand is back and still full of angst, a love of all things sugar, and the crippling anxiety that Charlie will leave her for his soulmate (and her new friend) Kim. Not to mention, she finds herself helping her school bully, Ivy, in an attempt to rescue Iris before she makes a dangerous decision in the time of true love.
What I really loved about this book was the character growth. It might seem difficult to see when it seems as though Amber is becoming more and more insecure over Charlie, but she learns through many errors and acknowledges her wrongdoings and apologizes to those she wrongs. She is a teenager. Emotions run high with teens, and I’m not going to lie…if I could look into my boyfriend’s eyes and see his true soulmate, and see that it was someone else…I would really struggle too.
It isn’t just Amber that grows as a person in this book. Ivy goes through a bit of growth herself, as she no longer has her siren powers and is suddenly alone and struggling with the thought of her sister turning toward sinister magic. She and Amber take steps forward and have some potential to become friends.
Although this book wasn’t a mystery like the first one, I really enjoyed the elements of magical realism woven into a contemporary story. Magical realism is such a hit and miss genre for me, but I think the Windy City Magic series does a good job of introducing it through humor and thoughtful explanations. Readers will never feel as though they are drowning in information!
All of this with new characters, mermaids, a werewolf, and other excitement makes for a fun, quick read that I think most people will enjoy. If you want something funny, heartfelt, and fast, then this series is for you.
I’ll end my review by saying that the way this book approaches the topic of fate and whether or not it can be changed, is really good. I think most readers can appreciate the insight to fate/destiny.
If you haven’t, read The Best Kind of Magic first! You’ll want to read these books in order.