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Publisher's Summary

"I dare anyone to read this book without a ginormous grin on their faces. Warmth, humor and enchantments burst off the page, and the colorful characters of the Granados family crackle to life with Cervantes's signature wit, aching empathy and enviable flair for whimsy." (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times best-selling author of The Gilded Wolves trilogy)

Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times best-selling author J.C. Cervantes's charming, romantic YA debut.

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 swoony, heartwarming young adult debut, New York Times best-selling author J.C. Cervantes weaves an unforgettable tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.

©2022 J. C. Cervantes (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"An original twist on the modern fairy tale amplified by sisterly affection and a poignant sense of place." Kirkus Reviews 

"With playful banter, well-drawn intergenerational familial relationships, and a delightfully atmospheric meet-cute, Cervantes’s romantic tale will charm readers in search of a little magic." —Publishers Weekly 

"A stirring romance where the magic is rooted in the relationships among the characters." —Booklist 

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An Ok Book

I was really interested in this book since it's been a while since I last read magical realism, sadly, this book was really not my cup of tea, if you like Disney's Encanto you will like this book
The story follows Ava, who was rushing to her grandmother to say her final goodbye and get her "blessing" before she dies, but sadly she gets into an accidents and she barely makes it and never gets the blessing, but fate intervenes and the ghost of the grandmother appears and tells Ava that the blessing is not lost, it was given to the boy who she crashed with the day she died .. so, in order to get her blessing back she have to befriend the boy and recreate the accident with high emotions, what happens if Ava falls in love with Ryan for real ?
I wanted to enjoy this book so much but I don't know why I couldn't get interested in the story and I really couldn't care less about Ava, she felt so two dimensional to me .. and the romance was barely there, maybe I went into this book with high expectations but it wasn't a good time for me
for some reason I felt the narrator was really bored with this book, there was no emotion in her performance which made me extra bored with the book