The Sweetest Kind of Fate
The Sweetest Kind of Fate

Series: Windy City Magic Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Magical matchmaker Amber Sand is back with a new love triangle, a mermaid emergency, and some serious magical mayhem.
Catalog Number: #148936
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 310 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-484-75273-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-484-75273-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016054756
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Amber Sand, daughter of a witch, is a matchmaker, which means she can see peoples' soul mates ich is how she knows she and her boyfriend, Charlie, aren't meant to be. This would be easier to deal with if Charlie's true match, Kim, hadn't just transferred to their Chicago high school, but alas, Amber is treated to repeated visions of Charlie and Kim as a happy couple. Worse, popular mean-girl (and siren) Ivy is suddenly asking for Amber's help. Ivy's sister, Iris, is engaged to a mermaid, and is planning on giving up her legs to live in the sea; Ivy wants to stop it from happening. But Amber's matchmaker skills are never wrong (unfortunately), and she sees that Iris has truly met her match t the witch who's planning on transforming her has dangerous ulterior motives. This sequel to The Best Kind of Magic (2017) is as sugar sweet as the first, and the dose of paranormal activity pairs charmingly with high-school drama. For light romance fans, it's a magic-infused delight.
Horn Book
With a fantastic best friend, boyfriend, and culinary career all lined up, Amber Sand (The Best Kind of Magic) ought to be happy. Too bad her matchmaking magic keeps causing problems: she struggles to help a siren and a mermaid whose cross-species love seems doomed, and visions of her boyfriend's betrayal upset her even more. Amber's witty voice keeps the modern-day fantasy lively as it explores love's unpredictability.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Amber Sand is a matchmaker and is used to being considered worthless by the magical world and its creatures. So she is shocked when mean girl and siren, Ivy, shows up on her doorstep asking for help. Ivy is desperate to break up her sister's relationship with a mermaid and wants Amber's help to prove they aren't a match. Amber agrees to help Ivy's much kinder sister, Iris. When Amber looks into Iris's eyes, she knows that Brooke the mermaid is her perfect match. But when Iris decides to become a mermaid, things take a dangerous turn, leaving Ivy and Amber reluctantly working together. While they do what they can to help, Amber is also struggling with knowing that her boyfriend, Charlie, is destined for someone else. To make matters worse, Charlie's match is her sweet new friend Kim. Amber's jealousy over their seemingly happy future together causes her to lash out and threaten all her relationships. There is a jumble of plot threads in this sequel to The Best Kind of Magic , but it is a fun read. The quick resolution after so much buildup is underwhelming but doesn't detract from the overall story. The ending is satisfactory, but will leave readers wanting more. This installment is lighter on mystery but tackles real-life issues that will resonate with teens. VERDICT A good purchase for libraries, especially where the previous volume is popular. Faythe Arredondo, Tulare County Library, CA
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Word Count: 70,640
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 507011 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: 830L

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 archnemesis, Ivy, asks 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.

As Iris puts 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?

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