Deadly Sweet // Magic! Baking!! Magic Baking!!!

Posted January 4, 2018 by Inge in Reviews / 6 Comments

Deadly Sweet // Magic! Baking!! Magic Baking!!!Deadly Sweet (Spellwork Syndicate, #1) by Lola Dodge
Published by Inkmonster LLC on January 16th 2018
Pages: 270

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

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spell books in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch in the suburbs, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Unfortunately, witches have a bad rep, and Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with each rejection letter.

Then her great aunt Agatha pops out of the woodwork with a sweet offer. If she signs on as Agatha’s apprentice, Anise can have all the training and ingredients she’s ever imagined, and she’ll inherit the family bakery.

The catch? Studying with Agatha means moving to Sedona—a dangerous otherworldly power center where her aunt is a key player in the magical community’s shady dealings. And the last apprentice? Assassinated.

Now Anise is next on the hit list. If she can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brulee.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?

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Deadly Sweet had lots of fun elements, but turned out kind of underwhelming as a whole.

+ Baking. I always love books that are filled with cake, and characters who love baking always feel more homey to me. Anise is a witch with baking magic, so there’s a lot of baking in this, and I was down for all of it. So comforting!

+ Witchery. A witchy fantasy book usually means that there are a lot of badass women around, and Deadly Sweet was no exception. As an avid Harry Potter fan, I’m always here for reading about magic.

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+ MC is not a special snowflake. Despite her unusual name, Anise is a very ordinary girl. She loves baking, worries about making friends, gorges on food at sleepovers, and falls in love with an idiot. There’s plenty to relate to here. On top of that, she doesn’t try to play the martyr and go after the bad guy alone. She knows she’s not the most powerful witch out there, so she enlists the help of the entire Syndicate of witches (lots of badass women basically). Without them, she would be very dead.

– Villain. The villain was kind of a knucklehead, not to mention completely obvious? Their identity was supposed to be a big mystery, but I’d identified them right away. I also didn’t find their motive very believable, certainly not worth killing for? Maybe that’s just me. *basks in innocent Hufflepuff aura*

– Meh? You know, there are so many things to love about this book. But I just never fell in love with it, which I’m sad about. There wasn’t much at stake, and the action scenes kind of lacked that pizazz.

Overall, not the most impressive story, but if you like magic, baking, and magic baking, I’d say it’s still worth a try.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy

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6 responses to “Deadly Sweet // Magic! Baking!! Magic Baking!!!

  1. I just started this one this morning. I’m not expecting it to be an amazing read, but it is certainly fun and cute so far. Great review, Inge! Hopefully I like it more than just meh, but I can never tell until the end.

  2. I recently finished it. It was a nice inbetween read and I might pick up the next one. Anise was nice to read about and I like the world. But there was nothing stand out about it unfortunately.

  3. Would you say its a good ‘fluff’ read if you’re really just wanting to relax and enjoy a book, even if it was kind of underwhelming overall? The synopsis looks so fun.

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