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Deadly Sweet surprised me with how much I really enjoyed it and how much I just wanted to keep reading Anise is a baker through and through and that was quite interesting to read about I didn t know it would be possible to talk about baking so much no matter the topic, seriously in at least every other sentence there is some reference to baking Andso surprised me that I wasn t annoyed by that in the slightest I loved it actually It made the book so cozy and wonderful It is certainly Deadly Sweet surprised me with how much I really enjoyed it and how much I just wanted to keep reading Anise is a baker through and through and that was quite interesting to read about I didn t know it would be possible to talk about baking so much no matter the topic, seriously in at least every other sentence there is some reference to baking Andso surprised me that I wasn t annoyed by that in the slightest I loved it actually It made the book so cozy and wonderful It is certainly the strong point of this book Now, the plot wasn t anything new, it was quite predictable and I knew fairly quickly who the villain was, nevertheless I enjoyed her journey Again, it s not the plot that keeps you reading, it s the feeling you get while reading, the atmosphere.The world of the witches is quite interesting and I m actually really curious to learnabout it in the next book We didn t get to see that much of the magic in this one I d love to knowabout Blair s magic and about Anise s mother as well I loved that all the woman were so supportive of Anise and really tried to genuinely help her Now there were some dramatic, higher action, higher stakes scenes, but I didn t found them to be really dramatic That might sound negative But it is not At least not for me That wasn t what this book was about in my opinion This isin the cozy mystery style with magic mixed in Deadly Sweet is the perfect book if you don t have much time, or not the mind to read a long and heavy book This is fun, cute and original But be prepared to be hungry after reading this I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review A pleasant, though slightly predictable, tale of a young, inexperienced magical baker trying to find her place in a new town where she can finally use her gifts freely The book itself is a bitmagical realism rather than full on magical hijinks, and also focuses faron baking than magic So if you are a foodie or you enjoy foodporn this is might be for you Though if you are hungry, this may not be the best t I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review A pleasant, though slightly predictable, tale of a young, inexperienced magical baker trying to find her place in a new town where she can finally use her gifts freely The book itself is a bitmagical realism rather than full on magical hijinks, and also focuses faron baking than magic So if you are a foodie or you enjoy foodporn this is might be for you Though if you are hungry, this may not be the best thing to read because you will just be envious of the delicious baked goods that are described but that you cannot have In terms of writing, the book was simple and rather straightforward I found the first half to be a bit slow in terms of plot development, but it did pick up around the 50% mark The surprise reveal was not much of a surprise for me Because I placed my bets on who the villain was going to be pretty early on view spoiler Also, it finally happened guys For once, I did not fall for the nice boy act Finally learned my lesson with these book boys Because I have been betrayed too many times hide spoiler Overall, I liked the book but I did not find it was anything particularly new or memorable about it No, I have nothing better to do than review a book on Christmas Day imsodedicated Deadly Sweet had lots of fun elements, but turned out kind of underwhelming as a whole.PROS Baking I always love books that are filled with cake, and characters who love baking always feelhomey 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, No, I have nothing better to do than review a book on Christmas Day imsodedicated Deadly Sweet had lots of fun elements, but turned out kind of underwhelming as a whole.PROS Baking I always love books that are filled with cake, and characters who love baking always feelhomey 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 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.CONS 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 There was a whole lot of food talk for me in this one Given the blurb and the cover, I should have been expecting this But still Told from a first POV of a young witch name Anise such a great name , I was introduced into a whole new world of magic, of witches and of weirdness Like in all other witch stories, Anise has a problem with mortals Though it is a general knowledge that witches exist, still she can t just be who she is She s misunderstood, along with the whole population, to put it lightly But all she wanted is to study culinary and then succeed in it But rejection after rejection of college applications,Told from a first POV of a young witch name Anise such a great name , I was introduced into a whole new world of magic, of witches and of weirdness Like in all other witch stories, Anise has a problem with mortals Though it is a general knowledge that witches exist, still she can t just be who she is She s misunderstood, along with the whole population, to put it lightly But all she wanted is to study culinary and then succeed in it But rejection after rejection of college applications, she turned to the person she should be associated with her great aunt, Agatha Wise and is owner of the most magical bakeshop in the world As if fated, Agatha needs an assistant, and so Anise went to her after a little mishap with mortals Now here comes the magical world Taos, New Mexico, where witches live peacefully Arriving in the bakeshop, her Aunt tested her skill and said she s not on the level she wants her to be so she got to go to school Seemed like a dream come true, right But no, bad, mysterious, dangerous things start to happen Anise also learned about the disappearance of the previous apprentice Suddenly, her life is in danger and achieving her dream is not really that easy Like always in her life Though I enjoyed reading this and found that I love many aspects of the book, there is always an annoying BUT in the tip of my tongue I love the MC Anise she seems really cool and definitely not a quitter.BUT sometimes, I do see her as weak and lame I don t actually know how to explain this better All I can say is that, she was too uninformed about many things in the book, maybe it added to the mystery of the whole but Anise is not doing anything about NOT KNOWING Like accepting that she has a bodyguard, yeah, she somehow complained a little but that s it And when others don t allow her to knowabout the situation, she didn t repulse or something AND SHE has the right Even after several danger happened to her, she s still uninformed about many things That makes her seemed controlled A character should be the one in control of the story plot not the other way around That makes that character weak and lame as she just get along with the things happening in the book I love the characters, most of them seemed believable and this is a magical story so that s a plus point BUT I also find them cliche or stereotyped Shame on you Steff I love the world magic The idea was just brilliant and has really huge potential I mean in Anise s world, the witches and magic are somehow legal Not totally accepted but legal BUT even though there are many interesting aspects of the magic, upon finishing the book, I still don t understand the foundation of the it that the author is trying to introduce to me There is this vortex that not everyone can get near and God knows why And the magical, useful jewels How do they work exactly and how are they made Maybe I just missed that part.And the Shields and Servants and Hands If they were explained, maybe the foundation of the Anise s world aren t filled with plot holes in my mind For example, they get to bake sweets with magic and people just eat them Ahm, no Is it safe, really I just really wish Anise could becurious about everything so I, the reader, knowBut no, like I said, Anise seems to just accept everything and ask less because that s what people told her I know she s still naive and new, and inexperienced but still In the end there was no definite character development too.I m still gonna read the next book but hopefully I getthan I get from this first instalment I guess the main problem here is the MC She lacked the will of real heroine I m not saying that all heroines should all be strong but this is told in her POV, so everything that the readers know depends on what she says and how she acts If she would ve beendriven to know about everything, maybe there will be no plot holes, maybe I already understand the foundation of magic, maybe I d beexcited the next book because I already know the world I m jumping in Like I said, she just get along.Overall, I still recommend this book especially to those who love baking because there s too much of that in here Also this is a clean YA, so definitely recommendable to younger YAs.Thank you for reading until here 2.5 STARS This book had so many candy references it almost gave me a toothache or maybe that was from me devouring too many cookies while reading this so I didn t feel left out Okay so I need to get this out of the way even though the main characters are supposed to be around 17 18 years old I felt like this book belongs under the juvenile fiction category because of the way it was written It was a bit predictable and really PG, but also a quick, fun read.Our main character Anise Wise i 2.5 STARS This book had so many candy references it almost gave me a toothache or maybe that was from me devouring too many cookies while reading this so I didn t feel left out Okay so I need to get this out of the way even though the main characters are supposed to be around 17 18 years old I felt like this book belongs under the juvenile fiction category because of the way it was written It was a bit predictable and really PG, but also a quick, fun read.Our main character Anise Wise is a witch A w w w witch, no Witch, yes A very misunderstood witch, atleast to mortals She loves baking and has a talent for it but can t seem to get far with her tertiary education in order to pursue her dream of opening her own bakery When Anise runs into trouble after failing to control her growing powers, estranged Great Aunt Agatha steps in with a chance to apprentice at her bakery Little does Anise know that the road ahead isn t as easy as it seems to be I liked Anise, she was constantly working hard to prove herself, she was resilient, and she was kind I liked watching her make friends after being alone with the exception of her mom for so long I liked watching her hone her baking skills I liked watching her bicker with her bodyguard, Wynn But, I didn t love her Maybe it was because I found her actions predictable, but I just couldn t seem to carethatmuch about her I really liked Great Aunt Agatha though She was pretty badass, like that really cool grandma you ve always wanted, except with some powerful magic And even though she mostly came off as strict, she was a patient mentor to Anise Enough Agatha legit Force choked him, lifting him by the neck from across the room with tongues of purple lightning The supporting characters were entertaining too I loved how Anise s mom s friends stuck together through everything, and how Anise s growing relationships with their daughters seem like they ll have a similar outcome Wynn and his constant rudeness and protectiveness over Anise was amusing The only character who was semi important but I didn t care about was Seth I just found his story too cliche, and once again way too predictable so I couldn t bring myself to care about him Finally we have the candy references I loved it There s so many dessert related puns, insults, compliments, and even descriptions of the baking processes I Loved It I d give an entire star just for this to be honest I was pulling out my notebooks and lining up my pens when someone slid into the seat next to me.Him My chocolate mousse.The one who knocked Wynn straight out of my brain.His short sleeved hoodie showed offof his tattoos today a whisk on one forearm and a knife on the other A bad boy chef A bad boy baker I couldn t be that blessed My Overall Opinion I wasn t too impressed by this book but did find it entertaining Deadly Sweet is a quick, fun read for those who like baking, witches, with a tad of teenage dramaThank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC Deadly Sweet by Lola DodgeFirst book in the Spellwork Syndicate series3 starsAnise Wise is tired of hiding from the humans of the world It doesn t that matter that witches are a well known magical species, humans hate and fear them All Anise wants to do is bake and create cakes that could allow her to have a bakery one day The problem is that she keeps getting rejected from colleges and she and her mother are barely scraping by When an incident arises and Anise finds herself in Taos to be an Deadly Sweet by Lola DodgeFirst book in the Spellwork Syndicate series3 starsAnise Wise is tired of hiding from the humans of the world It doesn t that matter that witches are a well known magical species, humans hate and fear them All Anise wants to do is bake and create cakes that could allow her to have a bakery one day The problem is that she keeps getting rejected from colleges and she and her mother are barely scraping by When an incident arises and Anise finds herself in Taos to be an apprentice to her great aunt Agatha The catch Agatha s last apprentice went missing and Anise finds herself the target of a powerful and out of control warlock Dodge s newest series opener is a lot of fun This is a fun witch novel that takes an interesting approach by making witches common knowledge to regular humans This incites fear, but it also creates the dynamic of witches being seen as tourist attractions It makes the story a little bitcomplex than the run of the mill witch story, but this story doesn t go beyond that It is a very simple story and it can be a bit predictable While the story is predictable, Dodge attempts to make Anise s passions the centerpiece of her magic baking is at the story s centerfold The baking makes this story unique and fun Dodge isn t the best urban fantasy writer, but the story is fun and I d definitely recommend it to fans of witch stories and characters who bake.Whimsical Writing Scale 3The main character is Anise She isn t the most original character, but her love and passion for baking made me love reading her PoV because she had a purpose outside of hunting a big bad guy like most UF heroines It made her dynamic She isn t the most fleshed out character, but her passion is so strong that it makes her story fun to follow Mainly, I m just rooting for her because I want to see her bakedeserts.Kick Butt Heroine Scale 3.25There are two potential love interests in this story One is a huge character, but I don t know if their relationship will blossom into , but I m betting that it will in later novels because of this guy s role in her life as a protector The other well, he isn t a love interest any, but for the sake of not spoiling this incredibly short novel, I ll leave it at that.Swoon Worthy Scale 2The Villain I called this one from the moment this character was introduced Mainly because view spoiler Dodge seems to depict all men with tattoos as villains At the beginning of the novel, Anise is nearly assaulted by an older man covered in tattoos The villain is covered in tattoos hide spoiler It made the story arc incredibly obvious and I wasn t surprised in the least.Villain Scale 3The characters are all just kind of there None of them feel concrete and I didn t feel attached to any of them and I feel like it is because there are so many characters being introduced and mentioned that the few that should ve been fleshed out were briefly touched on, but not further expanded upon I m sure Dodge will expand upon the friendships that Anise made in the next novel, which I really hope she does because the character friendship could be a lot of fun.Character Scale 3This is a fast, quick story that I definitely recommend if you are in the mood for a quick read to past the time that doesn t require a lot of concentration and thought Magical baking is really what sealed the deal for me when it came to this story and I think it will be a lot of fun for readers, especially younger readers who are getting into the paranormal genre.Plotastic Scale 3.25Cover Thoughts I love this cover It s purple and the cake looks scrumptious I m a definite fan of it Thank you, Netgalley and Inkmonster, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review All Anise wants is to become a pastry chef, but applying to college isn t easy when you re a witch Shouldn t magic make her life easier In small ways, maybe But baking a little happiness into cookies isn t the same thing as waving a magic wand and making all your dreams come true Normal people are scared of her, and even her own mother the only other witch Anise has ever known would rather she didn t use her powers at all.When Anise is assaulted at a local fair, her untempered magic comes to All Anise wants is to become a pastry chef, but applying to college isn t easy when you re a witch Shouldn t magic make her life easier In small ways, maybe But baking a little happiness into cookies isn t the same thing as waving a magic wand and making all your dreams come true Normal people are scared of her, and even her own mother the only other witch Anise has ever known would rather she didn t use her powers at all.When Anise is assaulted at a local fair, her untempered magic comes to her rescue, incinerating the baking tent and leaving a trail of crime behind Then, with superior witchy timing, Anise s great aunt invites her to apprentice at the only witch sanctioned bakery in the country, and Anise jumps at the chance But things go from bad to worse as Anise discovers that finally embracing her power might come with a terrible price.I just loved this read I mean, spells and sugar My two favorite things Add a young woman trying to find her way in the world, and, yeah, Lola Dodge hooked me hard The first chapter is one of my favorite first chapters ever, so I think might have over hyped myself for the rest of the book Can you over hype yourself on a read What do you think Is that a thing After that brilliant start, I wanted to seeof Anise s baking power There was plenty of magic and plenty of baking, but I wantedof the two together I wanted to see magical baking I wanted to feel it And I wanted to read the spell books What s in there WHAT SECRETS DO THEY POSSESS Ahem Anyhoo read that first syllable all drawn out, btw AAAAAAAAAnyhoo , the book was still a super fun read, and if it left me wanting , hey, that s a good thing The series promises to get deeper into her magical training later on, and Anise promises to get stronger and wiser over time I m looking forward to both, and I ll definitely be reading the next book just as soon as I can get my hands on it Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge is the first book in the new Spellwork Syndicate series This one is a bit of a young adult new adult fantasy paranormal read mixed with a bit of mystery The main character is a young kitchen witch who bakes spells into her goodies but after moving to a new town finds herself the target of an assassin.This was a nice enough opener to this series introducing readers to Anise who is a witch and wants to attend pastry school but keeps getting rejected After a witchy acc Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge is the first book in the new Spellwork Syndicate series This one is a bit of a young adult new adult fantasy paranormal read mixed with a bit of mystery The main character is a young kitchen witch who bakes spells into her goodies but after moving to a new town finds herself the target of an assassin.This was a nice enough opener to this series introducing readers to Anise who is a witch and wants to attend pastry school but keeps getting rejected After a witchy accident she learns of a great aunt that will take her to awitch friendly town and teach her to bake The only problem is this puts Anise on a hit list with many attempts on her life I didn t find the mystery too particularly difficult to figure out in this one as the story went on Also, what I kept wishing for while reading this one was a bitinto the magical side of things I think the story focused a biton dessert than magic most times which left me wanting to know about the powers and witchcraft But even with being a tad on the predictable side and not going very deep into the magical world it was still a light and fun young adult read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreviews please visit ^Epub ☙ Deadly Sweet ↶ 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 letterDesperate 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 girlThe 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 targetIf Anise can t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she ll be toasted than a cr me br l eWho knew baking cakes could be so life or death