Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg



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.


ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Two things, ONE…this book made me REALLY hungry for cake. TWO, that cover is really awesome.

I enjoyed this one, but it didn’t WOW me. The writing is gorgeous, no doubt about that. It’s whimsical and fairytale like and It started off great, but then I found myself losing interest halfway through and struggling to finish it. The story just seemed to peter out and take a strange turn and I didn’t really like the direction it went in.

Overall this had beautiful writing, and I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot and it was a solid 4 stars. Unfortunately the last half lost me and was only a generous 2 stars.




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