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Review: Deadly Sweet


Title: Deadly Sweet

Series: The Spellwork Syndicate

Author: Lola Dodge

Release Date: January 16th 2018

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Review: This was a light fun read that I made it through quickly but there wasn’t really anything that really grabbed me. I enjoyed the baking aspect but the book felt sort of all over the place to me. I also wanted a little more actually fantasy and a little less Urban fantasy. I have a harder time imagining magic and witchcraft when it’s set in an everyday setting. I also thought I was reading a cute story about a witchy baker and suddenly I’m reading a murder mystery featuring a witchy mafia. That’s more on me for not reading the description closely enough though. So if you’re looking for a witchy story featuring a murder, a hot body guard and a mix of baking and magic this read might be a good fit for you!

*I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


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