Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate, #1)

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Goodreads Description

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?


My Review

I received this book from Netgalley and Ink Monster LLC in exchange for an honest review. I was drawn in by the cover of this book because it was so pretty and because it was described as for fans of Practical Magic. I was very excited to get the chance to read it. The main character grew up in a world where witches are discriminated against and gets into some trouble using her magic. She goes to stay with a family member as an apprentice and life just turns into a crazy adventure. The book wasn’t bad. I did for the most part enjoy it, but I did have some problems with it. The things Anise thought were… boy crazy and tearing herself down. At first it wasn’t something that stood out too bad but it just got to be a bit much and unnecessary. She was eating something at one point and calling herself a piggy. I mean I’m not going to hate the book based on that but it did give annoy me a lot. I also felt like most characters were underdeveloped and kind of “now you see me, now you don’t”. I did like the witch aspect of the book and that there was a place where witches were accepted and the different kind of witches.

Rating : 2.5/5 stars

Release Date: January 16, 2018




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