[Review] Sugar Spells

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Title: Sugar Spells
Series: The Spellwork Syndicate #2
Author: Lola Dodge
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Published: October 30, 2018
Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

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After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her evolving powers are stirring up trouble. As the town buzzes with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing for the chance to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching magic recipes until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. But doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—being cast out of her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.
I requested this before having read the first of the series, Deadly Sweet. I enjoyed it enough to want to read this book to see where the story would take us. 

Unlike in Deadly Sweet, it turns out Anise grew up a bit. She still made some dumb decisions because of the things she wanted, but the ones she made are mistakes I would probably make if I had been in her situation, not gonna lie. She has gained my respect.

I still don't quite like Wynn because I hate jerks, but the more time spent delving a bit into his backstory, the more I understood and that put me in a weird space. I didn't like him, but I knew why he acted the way he did. 

As for the plot, I felt more engaged in this one than in the first book. There's just something about kicking skeevy creatures' asses that makes me giddy. Things were definitely more exciting than in the first book, so I'm glad I decided to continue on with the series. Luckily, it doesn't end here and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what's in store for Anise!  

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