Book & Author Details:
Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: January 18th 2018
Genres: Magic, Young Adult
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 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?
Having read previous stories from this author, I had high hopes for this book. And, for the most part, they were met.
The characters were age appropriate, dealing with usual high school drama, albeit in an unusual setting. Add to that the magical threat, as well as the new life and background that Anise has to comes to terms with, and you might think that there’s a lot going on with this book.
And, you’d be right. Obviously, given that this is the first in the series, there is a lot of world building that goes on. But for me, this was balanced just right. Not overwhelming, but enough to be able to connect with the story and the characters.
I’m intrigued to see where this series is going to go.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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