Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari - ADVISABLE

The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari, 310 pages. Hyperion (Disney) 2018. $18. 

Language: PG13 (10 mild swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G.



Amber’s mother is a witch who runs a shop for the supernaturally inclined. Amber is a partial witch. Her only supernatural ability is that of matchmaker. She can see a person’s perfect match. This poses a problem when she sees her boyfriend matched to her friend. When they start hanging out, Amber’s jealousy gets the best of her. In other matchmaking ventures, Amber’s siren nemesis desperately seeks her help to save her sister from marrying her mermaid girlfriend.

This is a cute book with other supernatural beings. A vampire. A werewolf. A sea witch. Take away the minor brushes with mature content and it would have a Disney feel. It tackles teen dating in a way that is so much more fun than your typical realistic fiction novel. I love the lesson Amber learns about taking control of her “fate,” but not thrilled with the secondary plot about changing who you are to be with the person you love. Rarely good advice in the real world.

Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist

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