Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

Deadly Sweet

byLola Dodge

Kobo ebook | January 16, 2018

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For fans of Hex Hall, The Magicians, Practical Magic, and Food Wars!

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.

The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.

If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?

Title:Deadly SweetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 16, 2018Publisher:Ink Monster, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:194385825X

ISBN - 13:9781943858255


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who'd Have Thought This Could be That Entertaining? Who knew a book that pretty much focuses on a witch baker would be so much fun? I had very little expectations and I truly believe that is what made this book so entertaining. The witchcraft intricacies were a delight to read. I was astounded by the level of detail and consideration that went into the baking aspect of the magic. Spells, thoughts and intentions, the idea of all of them combining to make someone feel happy while eating a jam tart or get what karma has coming for them by sampling an apple pie is fantastic! The rest of the magic present in the story is just as interesting, based on feelings more so than actual spells and incantations. I'll admit I was disappointed when there were no actual spells, but the author kept the blessings from being hokey. I love the idea of each witch having a different strength to their power, be it necromancy, healing or animal familiarity. I enjoyed the plot quite a bit. Weirdly, baking held a central premise in this tale, but the storyline of the hunting warlock kept this book together well. I liked Anise as a character, and enjoyed going along with her. Not once did she come off as weak or over the top confident. She was a relatable person who was swept up in something bigger than herself. As for the ending, it was unexpected. Although, looking back now, I think I should have picked up on the signs. The rest of the cast of characters were enjoyable. I particularly liked the bond between Wynn and Anise. And I was so happy to find that their relationship didn't fall into that typical romantic rut. It remained platonic, and I loved that. I'm looking forward to learning more about him, and it looks like book 2 will give me just that. If their relationship does change in future books to a more romance-centric one, I'd be okay with that because it would be a natural progression. None of this "holy crap, he's so sexy, he's all I can think about" silliness that so many other books fall trap to. Admittedly, the one part where that line of thinking was used (not-word for word, I promise) was the only part of the book I wasn't keen on. 4.5 stars
Date published: 2018-02-12