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?
This came off as a quick cheesy read, there is nothing wrong with those I enjoy them quite a lot. I was so completely wrong though. This book had ups, downs, sideways, and any other way you can think of. The idea that Lola Dodge got to put witches into “groups” (i.e. cooking, death, herbs, jewelry, etc) is simply amazing. She kept the story line going while keeping you interested in the side characters. I actually read the entire book in one night and went looking for more books in the series only to find out it will not be out till October. That was a major sad face.
This book (Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate Series #1)) will keep you reading and hungry for more. I have not read any other series or book by Lola Dodge but I can assure you that she is now added to my favorite author list. Even if the description doesn’t sound like something you would read, I would give it a chance. It really is quite good and the characters are very well developed along with the story line.
One other thing? If you read this let me know if you figured out who the villain was before Lola Dodge tells you. I almost missed my guess (by two pages) and I am curious if I was just off on my clues or if Lola Dodge is that good.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.