Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
304 pages
Expected Publication June 28th 2016 by 47North
Available on paperback, audio and kindle

Book Genres: Fantasy

Source: I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

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First Thoughts:
Baking and Magic? Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

What I Loved:

  • The characters. From the sweet and strong Maire, to her weird captor, characters felt real and I could connect with them.
  • The Baking. The way she infused the emotions, feelings and desires into baking made me almost taste it. And the crossover with the fairytales that have baking? A very good job done there
  • The little details. The way Maire changed every time she remembered something. The way her dreams and memories. The way the characters changed with the story. The consequences of the actions.
  • The worldbuilding & plot. The author did a fantastic job and created for us a magical world, with a very interesting concept. It had me trying to guess a lot of things and I never do that. And the reason she lost her memories was a very original one. Also, the way the story connected from head to toe. Loved the little detail of the gingerbread house visiting.
  • The Epilogue. How it gave us a desire fulfilled and how it hinted of a possibility.
  • The way it left me craving cookies, rolls and any sweet baked goodies I can think of in the end

Things I wasn’t a fan:

  • The pacing. It was a bit slow. It also turned from magical to just okay and then to just plain weird. It did composed at the end, but it almost made me give up in the middle.
  • Maire/Allemas dynamics. There was a lot of suffering that sounded gratuitous at the time, and their relationship was plain weird. It was explained at the end, and looking back it made sense, but not when we read it.

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