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Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana's deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother's mystical blessing--one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations. Then Nana's ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it tur Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana's deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother's mystical blessing--one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations. Then Nana's ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed its target, landing with the boy from the night of the storm instead. Was it fate? Ava refuses to believe so. With the help of her sisters and Nana's rather bumbling spiritual guide, she's determined to reclaim her share of the family magic and set Nana free. For guarded Ava, befriending some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She's gotten along just fine protecting her heart--keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava embarks on her mission to retrieve the lost blessing, she starts to wonder if getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk. In her YA debut, J.C. Cervantes weaves a tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.


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Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana's deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother's mystical blessing--one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations. Then Nana's ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it tur Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana's deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother's mystical blessing--one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations. Then Nana's ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed its target, landing with the boy from the night of the storm instead. Was it fate? Ava refuses to believe so. With the help of her sisters and Nana's rather bumbling spiritual guide, she's determined to reclaim her share of the family magic and set Nana free. For guarded Ava, befriending some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She's gotten along just fine protecting her heart--keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava embarks on her mission to retrieve the lost blessing, she starts to wonder if getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk. In her YA debut, J.C. Cervantes weaves a tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.

30 review for Flirting with Fate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Meteors, stars, 8:51. Collision. And the hummingbird. Ava has just four weeks to complete a difficult task. Her blessing from her dying grandmother landed astray and Ava has to make it right. She has a little help from her grandmother's ghost, an obscure saint, and her two older sisters: Vivienne and Carmen. Some things I really loved about this book: 1) Clean romance. 2) Sisterhood. 3) Lovely connections between past and present and the time 8:51 pm. 4) Ava is worth rooting for. On the whole, th Meteors, stars, 8:51. Collision. And the hummingbird. Ava has just four weeks to complete a difficult task. Her blessing from her dying grandmother landed astray and Ava has to make it right. She has a little help from her grandmother's ghost, an obscure saint, and her two older sisters: Vivienne and Carmen. Some things I really loved about this book: 1) Clean romance. 2) Sisterhood. 3) Lovely connections between past and present and the time 8:51 pm. 4) Ava is worth rooting for. On the whole, though, this turned out to be a middle-of-the-road production for me. There was an ongoing piece of the narrative relating a fairy tale that Ava's mother had been telling her before leaving the family for good. For me, that piece was distracting. It seemed like we took way too long to get to the resolution and the identification of the five clues from Nana. Thank you to Razorbill and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Flirting with Fate follows Ava Grandos. For as long as she's known, the women in her family pass on blessings on their deathbeds. Ava's nana has had several close calls, but on the night she truly does pass, Ava is a couple minutes late thanks to a freak storm and a small fender bender with a mysterious boy. She thinks her blessing is gone, but when her nana reappears the next day as a ghost, Ava finds out her b Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Flirting with Fate follows Ava Grandos. For as long as she's known, the women in her family pass on blessings on their deathbeds. Ava's nana has had several close calls, but on the night she truly does pass, Ava is a couple minutes late thanks to a freak storm and a small fender bender with a mysterious boy. She thinks her blessing is gone, but when her nana reappears the next day as a ghost, Ava finds out her blessing has been misplaced. She only has a month to find the boy who has and get it back otherwise her family will never have blessings again. This one was so enjoyable and fun!! I loved Ava's character and her grumpy attitude about fate. The way the family stories were entwined was so cute and this one made my heart happy. I loved her relationship with her sisters and how they always supported each other. Though Viv hiding her relationship was kind of weird, and the way Ava reacted to it was weird. I'm eternally grateful that Achilles was not the love interest because I had an intense hate for him. He was such a pretentious entitled white boy and even though by the end he starts to work on his attitude, I still didn't like him. I loved Orion or Rion though. He was the sweetest cinnamon roll and I loved all his interactions with Ava. They were so cute together! Rep: Mexican-American cishet female MC, Mexican-American side characters, white cishet male side characters, gay cis male side character. CWs: Moderate: Car accident, classism, racism, xenophobia.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I was very intrigued when I read the blurb and even the first look, but this book fell a little flat for me. I didn’t think the characters were very well developed (although I did like Nana and Tres). I found the story to be ok, but it wasn’t gripping and I found myself having to push myself to finishing this one. Ava is rushing to get to her grandmother’s death bed so that she can receive a blessing which runs between the women in their family. She bumps her car into a stranger’s and is too lat I was very intrigued when I read the blurb and even the first look, but this book fell a little flat for me. I didn’t think the characters were very well developed (although I did like Nana and Tres). I found the story to be ok, but it wasn’t gripping and I found myself having to push myself to finishing this one. Ava is rushing to get to her grandmother’s death bed so that she can receive a blessing which runs between the women in their family. She bumps her car into a stranger’s and is too late. But soon she’s haunted by her Nana and a lesser known saint who tell her she has to get her blessing back or her family loses their ability to pass blessings on at all. The book is sprinkled with “fairy fails” that Ava’s mother told her before she ran away and I felt like these were a little distracting. I thought there were more of them than were needed to hammer the point home. Overall I thought this one was ok, but it’s listed as a series on Goodreads and I don’t think I’ll be looking for book two.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate Reads and Rambles

    A YA with heavy emphasis on the young less on the adult. I think this story is probably intended more for teenagers. Girls in Ava's family get blessings when their matriarchs die. Unfortunately for Ava she is not at her grandmother's deathbed to recieve her miracle; she is getting into a fender bender down the street. Her miracle goes to the boy she bumped into instead by an act of fate. Ava is forced to pursue a friendship with the boy to regain her miracle and catches feelings for him in the pr A YA with heavy emphasis on the young less on the adult. I think this story is probably intended more for teenagers. Girls in Ava's family get blessings when their matriarchs die. Unfortunately for Ava she is not at her grandmother's deathbed to recieve her miracle; she is getting into a fender bender down the street. Her miracle goes to the boy she bumped into instead by an act of fate. Ava is forced to pursue a friendship with the boy to regain her miracle and catches feelings for him in the process. This story is and odd blend of catholicism, magical blessings, and fate (which apparently holds the reins of our lives, I think that was a lesson Ava had to learn?) I was interested in the premise but the execution didn't live up to the potential. I think I've outgrown YA, or this YA in particular just wasn't my style. I couldn't connect or engage with the story or the characters. They were just so... immature. I wound up skimming quite a bit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.5 stars read on my blog rep: Mexican-American protagonist and side characters, bisexual side character; (Mexican-American author) cw: death of a grandmother, mentions of parent abandonment and death of parents (due to a car accident) **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** When I first read the summary of this book, I was immediately intrigued. Mystical blessings 3.5 stars read on my blog rep: Mexican-American protagonist and side characters, bisexual side character; (Mexican-American author) cw: death of a grandmother, mentions of parent abandonment and death of parents (due to a car accident) **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** When I first read the summary of this book, I was immediately intrigued. Mystical blessings and fated meetings? Count me in. Flirting with Fate was an adorable story about fated encounters, mystical blessings, and the strength of family bonds. Ava Granados and her sisters Viv and Carmen have been waiting for their blessings bestowed by their grandmother on her deathbed. After a few false alarms, Ava arrives late to receive her own blessing after accidentally crashing into Rion‘s car. Her grandmother’s ghost, and her guide St. Medardus, later appear to her, telling her that her blessing was accidentally sent to the boy she hit that night — and that she must get it back lest her grandmother be cursed to wander forever in purgatory without her memories. Ava must then befriend Rion and figure out how to transfer the blessing back. I really liked the concept of this book! Every matriarch bestows blessings to their daughters (or granddaughters in this case) on their deathbeds. Viv and Carmen get persuasive skills and perfect memory, respectively. Fate also plays an important role in this book, which you see in the first chapter and gradually throughout the entire story. The characters were great; Ava is a bit guarded against love after her mother left their family years ago. She also does not believe in fate, but she has to get over all of this in order to befriend Rion. They gradually grow closer. I also liked her relationship with her sisters. The three of them are obviously so close and provide so much support for each other. She also has such a strong relationship with her grandmother. The romance was cute! Ava and Rion clearly click from the beginning, and I really liked reading their conversations. The plan technically doesn’t require her to fall in love—just to form some bond with him—but she can’t help but fall in love with him over time. Overall, Flirting with Fate was a cute story that details fate’s hand in the characters’ lives. I liked the characters and the romance, although I’m not sure what the second book will be about if Ava is still the protagonist. If you’re looking for a cute contemporary novel with a touch of magic and fate, you should check out Flirting with Fate! original review: this was cute!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ethan

    3.5 rounded up. Thank you PenguinTeen for an eARC of this book! All opinions are my own. Ava's grandmother has the ability to pass on blessings to her female descendants, but in order to receive their blessings, they have to be present for her death. Ava gets caught in a storm and a fender bender the night of her grandmother's death, and she thinks that's the end of it until her grandmother's ghost appears. Turns out her grandmother did send out the blessing, but it hit someone else: the boy she 3.5 rounded up. Thank you PenguinTeen for an eARC of this book! All opinions are my own. Ava's grandmother has the ability to pass on blessings to her female descendants, but in order to receive their blessings, they have to be present for her death. Ava gets caught in a storm and a fender bender the night of her grandmother's death, and she thinks that's the end of it until her grandmother's ghost appears. Turns out her grandmother did send out the blessing, but it hit someone else: the boy she got into the fender bender with. To get the blessing back she must form a genuine bond with him, or her grandmother will spend the rest of eternity stuck as a ghost. I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars, so I settled on 3.5. I thought this book was cute, but parts of it felt juvenile and abrupt. Rion, the love interest, doesn't feel like a fleshed out character, just someone who acts however the author wants him to based on what Ava, the mc's, needs to do. His twin brother, Achilles, also goes through the most rushed character development I've ever read, but I still understood where he was coming from and why he acted the way he did earlier in the book. The two sisters, Carmen and Viviana, were definitely the best characters in this book. I loved their relationship with Ava, they really made me feel like an only-child haha. The grandmother, or Nana, was also a really sweet character, and even her ghost/saint sidekick was pretty nice. Overall, this book was a cute and quick read, not serious enough to require a huge time commitment, but grounded enough with its messages.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: Flirting with Fate AUTHOR: J. C. Cervantes PUB DATE: 04.19.2022 Now Available Flirting with Fate is such a cute read about families and sisterhood, with a bit of magic and romance. Set in my hometown of Southern California, Ava Granados gets into a fender bender during a storm, causing her to miss her Nana’s blessing passed on to the women on their deathbed, and the blessing was passed on to someone else instead. Ava is destined to make this right, with the help of her sisters and Nana’s g TITLE: Flirting with Fate AUTHOR: J. C. Cervantes PUB DATE: 04.19.2022 Now Available Flirting with Fate is such a cute read about families and sisterhood, with a bit of magic and romance. Set in my hometown of Southern California, Ava Granados gets into a fender bender during a storm, causing her to miss her Nana’s blessing passed on to the women on their deathbed, and the blessing was passed on to someone else instead. Ava is destined to make this right, with the help of her sisters and Nana’s ghostly spirit. Super cute and an overall enjoyable quick read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    A sweet summer romance with a hint of magic. I was super excited for this book because I loved the cover, but mainly the Mexican American representation! I’ve been debating for days on what to rate this one. I thought this was a cute book and really liked the plot. I can’t say that I loved the characters though. There was something about Ava that I just didn’t like. Please don’t get me started on the sisters either. I also didn’t love the mom flashbacks, they honestly just confused me more than a A sweet summer romance with a hint of magic. I was super excited for this book because I loved the cover, but mainly the Mexican American representation! I’ve been debating for days on what to rate this one. I thought this was a cute book and really liked the plot. I can’t say that I loved the characters though. There was something about Ava that I just didn’t like. Please don’t get me started on the sisters either. I also didn’t love the mom flashbacks, they honestly just confused me more than anything. Felt very pointless. What I did love was the family dynamics. Absolutely loved the relationship the women had with each other. Overall I liked the book enough but I didn’t love it . I would recommend this to the younger YA crowd.

  9. 5 out of 5

    courtney ♡ librarycutie

    read this in one day, this was seriously such a cute read! full review soon

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ariel • The Book View

    This was not the book I hoped it would be. It had a cool premise that combined some magic with a contemporary environment, similar to GLIMPSED, but it wasn't executed well. The characters were my main issue with this book. I'm not even quite sure how to explain it, but I'm going to try. First, it felt like the book was setting some of the main characters up for bigger roles and then they just fell flat. It was really weird. Characters like Achilles and Grant felt like they were going to do someth This was not the book I hoped it would be. It had a cool premise that combined some magic with a contemporary environment, similar to GLIMPSED, but it wasn't executed well. The characters were my main issue with this book. I'm not even quite sure how to explain it, but I'm going to try. First, it felt like the book was setting some of the main characters up for bigger roles and then they just fell flat. It was really weird. Characters like Achilles and Grant felt like they were going to do something more than they did. Some of the confusion and mystery around them become clear towards the end of the book, but I was still left with a strange aftertaste in my mouth from them. Then there was Rion. He was our lovely love interest, but I didn't love him. In fact, I was confused by him for the most of the book. He even gave off some creepy vibes at a couple of parts. There were a few scenes where I could see how he was supposed to appear sweet and caring and even swoony, but it just wasn't translating well for me. The main emotion I felt when he was around was confusion. And Ava, our main character, wasn't much better. I'm not sure if this was how Ava was supposed to appear or if it was just poor writing, but Ava felt like she didn't have very many emotions. Or if she did, I felt like I didn't see them/they weren't described to me. There were scenes where I felt like I should be getting this detailed description of Ava's inner thoughts or something to tell me about an intense surge of emotions she was surely having and I got nothing. Also, there was this deal with her mother that was weird and confusing. There are flashbacks all throughout this book of Ava's mother telling her a fairytale, but it's weird. I thought it was going to have some magical point to it, but no. It was just a story. I really could have lived without it and really wish it hadn't of been in this story. I loved all the Spanglish in this book, but there are some Spanish words that aren't explained and could be frustrating to non-Spanish speakers. I speak Spanish so it wasn't a problem for me, but some of the words or phrases aren't translated and that could be annoying. The reason I didn't DNF this book is because I thought there was going to be some great revelation to the all mysterious bits. Unfortunately, I was wrong. While everything was explained, it was a big let down. Overall, I loved the idea behind this book, but I was left confused and disappointed in the end. I wouldn't recommend and won't be reading the next books in the series. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  11. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    DNF at 40%. I was really intrigued by the blurb, but sadly the story just isn’t hooking me. I love the sister relationship between Ava, Carmen, and Vivienne, but I don’t feel invested enough in the conflict and mystery to continue. The writing is good, so this could definitely be an it’s me, not you situation, but I’ve decided to put this one down for now. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    this was the perfect book to read about near Valentine’s Day because wow the Sleepless in Seattle vibes are real. full rtc :) thank you penguin teen for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    "On July 7 at precisely 9:01 p.m., a boundless, unforeseen storm claimed one life, two hearts, and six destinies." This was really cute. While I normally don't read YA romances since they tend to be cheesy, this wasn't that bad. While it did have some cheesy elements I found the story more than made up for it. In a strange way it reminded me a lot of the Disney movie Onward. In this case a granddaughter goes on a quest to save her family's magical blessing with the help of her two sisters and a c "On July 7 at precisely 9:01 p.m., a boundless, unforeseen storm claimed one life, two hearts, and six destinies." This was really cute. While I normally don't read YA romances since they tend to be cheesy, this wasn't that bad. While it did have some cheesy elements I found the story more than made up for it. In a strange way it reminded me a lot of the Disney movie Onward. In this case a granddaughter goes on a quest to save her family's magical blessing with the help of her two sisters and a cute boy in order to make sure her grandmother makes it to the afterlife and doesn't become stuck as a memoryless ghost. The book even says onward as a phrase. "What's here today isn't always here tomorrow." I found it really easy to relate to Ava. I'm the same age as her, and dealing with the same struggles that is the void of college applications and the future. I also overthink everything, especially when it comes to the future. Nana was such a sweet woman who was the steadying hand behind Ava and our favorite Saint of Weather, Teeth, and Prisoners' (He is more than just the saint of teeth, guys, and he gets very offended if you don't address his full talents), Meda, offered some much needed comedic relief. I was living for his outfit changes. Love dares the devil." This really is just an example of an average YA romance novel, so if your looking for something light with some fluff, then look no further! "How do you build something genuine when the premise is a big fat lie?"

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This had a lot of potential for me to fall absolutely in love with it, but it ended up just falling flat in the end. I feel like I wasted my time with this because of how things played out and how little I feel like I actually know about Rion or his twin. Add to that Ava being doom-and-gloom when talking about fate and love, and then me just not seeing the chemistry between she and Rion, idk. I just wanted more. More characterization, more urgency in the plot without feeling rushed. The cover is This had a lot of potential for me to fall absolutely in love with it, but it ended up just falling flat in the end. I feel like I wasted my time with this because of how things played out and how little I feel like I actually know about Rion or his twin. Add to that Ava being doom-and-gloom when talking about fate and love, and then me just not seeing the chemistry between she and Rion, idk. I just wanted more. More characterization, more urgency in the plot without feeling rushed. The cover is pretty, at least.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma Reid

    Enjoyable, adorable, and lovable! This book is definitely reminiscent of Encanto, except with the sweetest romance plot added in. I loved watching Ava and Orion fall for each other, especially with all of the antics of Meda, Nana, and her sisters thrown in. The small sparks of magic in her sister's gifts bring elements of magical realism to the book, and it's lovely seeing their bond play out on the pages. The title of the book really says it all - it's full of flirting and acts of fate! It is a Enjoyable, adorable, and lovable! This book is definitely reminiscent of Encanto, except with the sweetest romance plot added in. I loved watching Ava and Orion fall for each other, especially with all of the antics of Meda, Nana, and her sisters thrown in. The small sparks of magic in her sister's gifts bring elements of magical realism to the book, and it's lovely seeing their bond play out on the pages. The title of the book really says it all - it's full of flirting and acts of fate! It is a bit predictable, but makes up for it in the pure cuteness. *Thank you to Razorbill and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    3.5 stars. This was an incredibly sweet story. It follows Ava, a teenage girl who misses her chance to receive a deathbed blessing from her grandmother; when a stranger accidentally ends up with her blessing, she tracks him down and has to figure out how to get the blessing back. I enjoyed getting to watch Ava's journey; the plot and the other characters were interesting in their own right, but her growth and self-discovery were the most enjoyable parts of the story to me. I also really liked the 3.5 stars. This was an incredibly sweet story. It follows Ava, a teenage girl who misses her chance to receive a deathbed blessing from her grandmother; when a stranger accidentally ends up with her blessing, she tracks him down and has to figure out how to get the blessing back. I enjoyed getting to watch Ava's journey; the plot and the other characters were interesting in their own right, but her growth and self-discovery were the most enjoyable parts of the story to me. I also really liked the closeness of all three sisters and their ability to own up to mistakes, apologize, and move forward. The writing itself wasn't quite my cup of tea; it occasionally came across as juvenile and trying too hard to be hip. I recognize it's a YA book, but I don't usually notice or mind the writing style quite so much. Still, I did like the book overall, and enjoyed how everything got wrapped up at the end. Thanks to BookishFirst for providing this advanced copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    3.5 rounded down to 3. This book fell a little flat for me. Here’s what I enjoyed: the representation. The sister dynamic and how they were central to the story. The dynamic between the abuela and Ava. There is a lot of love between the women in the family and they support each other wholeheartedly. I liked that Ava had something that brought her joy (making food). There were some parts of the story that were written in a way that seemed truly magical. There was lots of good imagery. I didn’t enjo 3.5 rounded down to 3. This book fell a little flat for me. Here’s what I enjoyed: the representation. The sister dynamic and how they were central to the story. The dynamic between the abuela and Ava. There is a lot of love between the women in the family and they support each other wholeheartedly. I liked that Ava had something that brought her joy (making food). There were some parts of the story that were written in a way that seemed truly magical. There was lots of good imagery. I didn’t enjoy the mom’s part in the story. She causes some serious emotional damage and tbh, I think they all need therapy from her “princess story” (who tells that kind of stuff to children?) and her abandoning them. Ava is closed off for a reason and I hate to think of her issues getting downplayed of how everything ends. I also didn’t love that she called her dad Raul. Why didn’t she just call him Dad? Lastly, I thought the story was a little cheesy with all of the connections. With all of that being said, I think this book will vibe well with a younger YA reader. Overall, it’s cute and cheesy and definitely a feel-good story. Thank you PenguinTeen and NetGalley for a chance to read this ARC!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    Meteors, stars, 8:51. Collision. And the hummingbird. Not everyone believes in fate or destiny. Some believe you have a choice and what you choose brings you the result. Ava Granados, never believed in it while everyone around her did. But during one fateful storm, her Nana was on her deathbed. So, she raced home to get her blessing and say goodbye to the woman she loved. But with one little slip, her blessing ends up with someone else. No one knew the damage of what would happen in their blessin Meteors, stars, 8:51. Collision. And the hummingbird. Not everyone believes in fate or destiny. Some believe you have a choice and what you choose brings you the result. Ava Granados, never believed in it while everyone around her did. But during one fateful storm, her Nana was on her deathbed. So, she raced home to get her blessing and say goodbye to the woman she loved. But with one little slip, her blessing ends up with someone else. No one knew the damage of what would happen in their blessing ended up in another body, but Ava wasn’t expecting her Nana’s ghost to appear with a Saint. They gave her four weeks to get her blessing back or else her Nana won’t be able to cross over and will lose all her memories. With so much at stake she gets helps from her older sisters to get back what is rightfully hers. What she wasn’t expecting was the boy who held her blessing. I’ll be honest I held back on reading this after the first chapter didn’t catch my attention right away, so I put it aside, but I am so glad I picked it up again. This story was better than I imagined it could have ever been! Especially since this story isn’t the usual type I read. I read it in a day and I don’t regret it! This story follows along Ava beautifully and while reading it you can feel her conflict of what she used to believe and what she is starting to. This story also shows great sister relationship, which as someone who’s a middle child I always love any type of sibling relationship in a story! We also get to follow along young, sweet love, in a few different forms. Get to see the point of view of Ava who watches how her sister and a corporate love in their lives. I would like to mention at first the fairytale that her mother tells is quite distracting and confusing but in the end it does make much more sense. It also shows why the daughters love the way they do. It shows how different people corporate the same story. I truly do recommend this to anyone who is interested in a sweet story that focus on love, not just romantic love but mainly love of a family! Thank you PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  19. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    actual rating: 3.5 stars ava doesn’t believe in fate, so fate naturally has its own comeback. getting to a car accident on a rainy night meant that ava was late for her nana’s deathbed. everyone thought that nana couldn’t bless ava because of this, but when she suddenly appeared in front ava, she reveals the opposite. however, nana couldn't actually remember what the blessing was. only that it was granted to someone, and that someone happens to be the guy ava got into a fender bender. ava will ha actual rating: 3.5 stars ava doesn’t believe in fate, so fate naturally has its own comeback. getting to a car accident on a rainy night meant that ava was late for her nana’s deathbed. everyone thought that nana couldn’t bless ava because of this, but when she suddenly appeared in front ava, she reveals the opposite. however, nana couldn't actually remember what the blessing was. only that it was granted to someone, and that someone happens to be the guy ava got into a fender bender. ava will have to befriend the dude and get back her blessing. i liked the budding friendship between orion and ava, but truthfully that mysterious, unsolved side romance was my favorite. (view spoiler)[charles and maggie’s took over my whole attention. i had my suspicions and i’m freaking happy i was right. fate can be cruel at times. they never got to spend their life together, but found each other once more in death. (hide spoiler)] nothing is complicated between them, except for the fact that ava is weirdly into knocking into orion so that the transfer can happen. it was fun. i’ve never read anything from j.c. cervantes before but i can say that i’ll be following her YA romances from now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Lynn

    something about this book is that it was never predictable. things that would be so easy in a romcom was never easy in this book. she was faced with problems on top of problems and nothing worked out for her like it would in a cheesy movie or book. my favorite thing was how EVERYTHING came full circle and landed exactly where…. where fate intended it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan (Jon)

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 𝙅𝙖𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧 𝙅.𝘾. 𝘾𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙨'𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙔𝘼 𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙩. 🪄 This book was absolutely breathtaking! I really enjoyed this author’s writing style and can’t believe it’s a debut. I’ll will always read a book with a Mexican-American character and story! The representation of our MC was just so wonderfully done. This was a delightful read and I’m so honored to have been able to read this book a bit earlier tha ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 𝙅𝙖𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧 𝙅.𝘾. 𝘾𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙨'𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙔𝘼 𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙩. 🪄 This book was absolutely breathtaking! I really enjoyed this author’s writing style and can’t believe it’s a debut. I’ll will always read a book with a Mexican-American character and story! The representation of our MC was just so wonderfully done. This was a delightful read and I’m so honored to have been able to read this book a bit earlier than the release date. 👻 Normally I struggle with YA romcoms but I actually really enjoyed this one. These characters were very well detailed to the point where you just have to like them. I really enjoyed the magical realism aspect here too! I always gravitate towards stories that have a strong family bond and surely this one was one of them. It added so many more elements to the story itself and made it much more compelling. 🪄 Flirting With Fate releases April 19 and it was definitely a stunning read! These characters will make you absolutely enjoy this story and this author sure knows how to grab the reader’s attention. It’s one of those quicker reads that just has you flipping pages. It was so fun - but also serious - and is the perfect read to take you on a magical ride!! Two of my favorite movies are Coco and Encanto… with that being said this book gave me those vibes! Such a fun read - highly recommend! ✨Thank you Penguin Teen for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review✨

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beck Michaels

    Sweet, swoony, and heartwarming. An amazing debut!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diana-christie Biancardi

    Cover is so cute! Finally, long dark hair like mine!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Gilbert

    2.5/3. This one had an intriguing story and held great promise....Sadly it fell flat for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    What if there is more riding on Ava reaching her dying grandmother’s side before she passes than a chance to tell her good-bye? A bright high school journalist intern is about to go on a quest of sorts to save the family’s magical blessing and allow her Nana to rest in peace, discover the hidden places in her own heart and family, and perhaps have time for friendship and more. I caught sight of the blurb and it hooked me so that I wanted to give the new to me author and this YA Magical Realism st What if there is more riding on Ava reaching her dying grandmother’s side before she passes than a chance to tell her good-bye? A bright high school journalist intern is about to go on a quest of sorts to save the family’s magical blessing and allow her Nana to rest in peace, discover the hidden places in her own heart and family, and perhaps have time for friendship and more. I caught sight of the blurb and it hooked me so that I wanted to give the new to me author and this YA Magical Realism story a go. I’m enchanted by large doses of family. I was particularly taken with Ava’s interactions with her Nana’s ghost and that of another, St Medardus. Then, her older sisters come together and support her in her hour of need though they are all at odds in general. Ava’s learns to open herself to other possibilities beyond her focus on her internship including a friendship with Orion, the brother of the guy, Achilles, who she blames for causing all this when she follows her Nana and Meda’s direction to get to know him as part of retrieving the legendary family blessing. But, her own family secrets which begin when she comes across an old photo might be the biggest stumbling block to both fulfilling her quest and a romance with Orion. I enjoyed the family historical mystery that allowed Ava to use her journalism skills to research and track down answers and her interactions with Orion, who is the opposite of his annoying self-centered brother, were fun. The book caught my attention right away and I enjoyed the set up. It paced out well for me and read quickly. But… yes, there’s a pesky ‘but’. I found bits hard to swallow. There were big coincidences which I’ll avoid detailing for spoilers and Ava herself seemed to act and behave older than she was at times. Not that I wanted her to turn into a bratty teen to prove her age, but I was always startled that I wasn’t reading about an older person. These niggles aside, this was a fun one and I like that this begins a series. No cliffhanger just opening for more in the world. The light touch of magic paired with a girl working out her own issues, family, and first romance was a delightful combo and I can recommend it especially to those who enjoy YA, but also magical realism in stories. I rec’d an eARC from Berkley through NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: mentioned fatal car accident, child abandonment, death of a family membr 3 For Ava, her grandmother's death means more even than the sadness of her passing- it means she and her sister are going to get their Gifts, powers that have passed through the women in their family right before they died. Except, something's gone wrong, and Ava never gets hers. It's disappointing, but when her nana comes back as a ghost, not receiving her gift feels a whole lot more i I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: mentioned fatal car accident, child abandonment, death of a family membr 3 For Ava, her grandmother's death means more even than the sadness of her passing- it means she and her sister are going to get their Gifts, powers that have passed through the women in their family right before they died. Except, something's gone wrong, and Ava never gets hers. It's disappointing, but when her nana comes back as a ghost, not receiving her gift feels a whole lot more important. If she can't retrieve her gift then all the family gifts disappear, and her nana might be punished. It turns out her gift landed on the guy she got into a car accident with on her way to the hospital, and the only way to get it back is by forming an actual friendship with him. Too bad he's probably the last guy she'd want to be friends with. I came into this book with a different expectation than what I got, and I think if I had known what I was getting into, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. The concept of family gifts and miscommunication felt very magical realism romcom, with the magic elements subtle and cute. What you actually get involves a very vocal ghost and a quirky dead saint, both of which only Ava can see, and pop up constantly. This book was just too silly and whimsical for me. I also found myself coming into the romance with a lot of reservations- and I did almost put the book down just from that. However, once that obstacle and confusion gets cleared up the romance wasn't actually bad. It gets cuter, even though it does feel thin and overshadowed by the spiritual buddy comedy happening in the background. It was also incredibly overshadowed by the b-plot romance that kicks in about three quarters of the ways through but still paints a much more vivid and compelling picture than Ava's does. That romance is interesting and well done, which made the book better but also made my disinterest in Ava and Rion that much more stark. The characters in this are thin and contrived, with a small handful of personality traits each, and it's difficult to care about any of them. The stakes are so abstract and silly that it was hard to get invested at all. I know other people who like much fluffier, funnier stories will have fun with this, but for me it felt grounded in absolutely nothing. This just wasn't a book I connected to.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Pham (TizzyDizzy)

    I was really excited for this book, because the idea seemed very fun, a semi-dramatic meet cute along with some familial love and puzzles. The issue i had with it, was that it felt like a lot of telling instead of showing, the story itself was very predictable within the first 10 pages, which i don't mind for most books, but i do when it's so formulaic that it's boring. I've read lots of books that have a predictable storyline, but written in a way that has made me feel connected to the characte I was really excited for this book, because the idea seemed very fun, a semi-dramatic meet cute along with some familial love and puzzles. The issue i had with it, was that it felt like a lot of telling instead of showing, the story itself was very predictable within the first 10 pages, which i don't mind for most books, but i do when it's so formulaic that it's boring. I've read lots of books that have a predictable storyline, but written in a way that has made me feel connected to the characters, the story itself, the banter, etc. I felt like this one didn't do that and i just wanted the characters to hurry up and move along so we could get to the end. The romantic part left something to be desired, it was more of a footnote than anything. The magic part was the only part that made me kind of like it. It wasn't super boring to where i wanted to DNF it, but enough where i just felt like it was a one and done. 3/5 ,it was just "okay"

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Ava lives with her father, a well-to-do and successful architect and her two older sisters, Carm and Viv. Their grandmother is ailing, and when Ava gets a call from both sisters when she is working overtime at her newspaper internship, she attempts to drive home even though there is a huge storm. Her grandmother's death has seemed eminent for some time, but family legend claims that the women in Ava's family can pass on gifts to their female line when they die. Av E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Ava lives with her father, a well-to-do and successful architect and her two older sisters, Carm and Viv. Their grandmother is ailing, and when Ava gets a call from both sisters when she is working overtime at her newspaper internship, she attempts to drive home even though there is a huge storm. Her grandmother's death has seemed eminent for some time, but family legend claims that the women in Ava's family can pass on gifts to their female line when they die. Ava hurries to get home, but is involved in a small fender bender at 8:51 p.m. and doesn't make it. Unfortunately, her grandmother managed to send the blessing out into the universe, but when Nana comes back as a ghost, along with helpful Saint Medardus, the three try to figure out how to get the blessing back. If they can't, the ability to pass on the blessings will be lost, and Nana will wander as a ghost forever, so the stakes are high. They manage to locate the young man she hit, who turns out to be the arrogant Achilles North, who works selling oranges for his grandfather while he is in high school. When Nana and Meda decide that Ava has to befriend him, this is hard. Luckily, he is just the twin of the boy actually involved, the much nicer Orion. It's not hard to befriend Rion, and soon the two are hanging out. Transferring the blessing turns out to be harder than expected, and there is the added mystery of a photograph from the 1950s that Ava finds at work, and a series of clues that lead her to uncover a family mystery. Time is running out to make the transfer, but will the family secrets get in the way of her friendship with Rion, and her ability to reclaim the blessing? Strengths: Ava's family is very important to her, even her mother who left the girls when Ava was young. The "fairy tales" she told each girl before she left turn out to be important clues. I loved the way the sisters interacted and supported each other, and how they were willing to help Ava no matter how improbabl her requests were. The appearance of Nana reminded me a little bit of Leo's abuela's appearance in Love, Suagar, Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits. Rion is a great character, and he contrasts nicely with his unpleasant twin brother. The historical mystery is well developed and quite complex. I don't know that I ever doubted that Ava would get the blessing transferred, but there was a nice feeling of suspense developed while she attempted to figure out how to do this. Weaknesses: There were a LOT of very convenient coincidences in this one. Younger readers will find this charming, but it strained my jaded credulity a bit. What I really think: This is a very charming Young Adult romance that will be very popular with middle grade readers. There's plenty of paranormal phenomenon, a great romance, and a decided lack of more young adult language and health class information. Will definitely purchase for my readers who have been enjoying books like Twilight and Before I Die.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Isabella | ilashreads

    Flirting with Fate has such a cool premise, it definitely gave Encanto-esque vibes. I enjoyed the magical realism and the strong sister bonds. Ava felt under-developed due to a lack of emotions and insight into how she was feeling. I didn't feel like there was much of a connection between Ava and Rion. I was confused by the flashbacks of Ava's mother telling her a fairytale. I wonder if that will play more of a role later in the series, but they felt abrupt and odd to me. Overall, this unfortunat Flirting with Fate has such a cool premise, it definitely gave Encanto-esque vibes. I enjoyed the magical realism and the strong sister bonds. Ava felt under-developed due to a lack of emotions and insight into how she was feeling. I didn't feel like there was much of a connection between Ava and Rion. I was confused by the flashbacks of Ava's mother telling her a fairytale. I wonder if that will play more of a role later in the series, but they felt abrupt and odd to me. Overall, this unfortunately just fell flat for me and I was hoping it would have come together more than it did. Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    In Ava’s family, when the matriarch dies she leaves her family with blessings. Ava has always known this will happen for her and her sisters when their beloved Nana passes away. Every time it seems like the end, Ava rushes to her Nana’s side. If Ava and her sisters aren’t at their Nana’s deathbed they will not get their blessing. Ava rushes home in a storm and crashes into someone. Everyone is ok and she gets home just in time to say goodbye to Nana, but she misses her blessing. It turns out Nana In Ava’s family, when the matriarch dies she leaves her family with blessings. Ava has always known this will happen for her and her sisters when their beloved Nana passes away. Every time it seems like the end, Ava rushes to her Nana’s side. If Ava and her sisters aren’t at their Nana’s deathbed they will not get their blessing. Ava rushes home in a storm and crashes into someone. Everyone is ok and she gets home just in time to say goodbye to Nana, but she misses her blessing. It turns out Nana tried to send the blessing to Ava and it got crossed up with the guy whose car she hit. After Nana passes away, she comes back to visit Ava. She tells her that in order for her (Nana that is) to pass on to Heaven, Ava has to get her blessing back. Now Ava has to identify and track down the stranger whose car she hit. She does find him, rather quickly, but getting her blessing back isn’t as easy as expected. I thought this was a really enjoyable story, I loved the characters and the magical realism. I loved Nana. I got to read an early copy of this book that I got with my points on BookishFirst. Thank you!

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