Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge (#2)

The Spellwork Syndicate #2

After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back into 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 changed powers are stirring up trouble. The town’s abuzz with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, and unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching solutions 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. Doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—losing her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.

The Spellwork Syndicate Series
1. Deadly Sweet
2. Sugar Spells

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

I read the first book, Deadly Sweet, after being approved to read second book on Netgalley.

I enjoyed the first read and this book continued and was as enjoyable. These are simple stories with lots of wonderful tasty bakes and a cozy magical feel. Perfect read for on the couch with a snuggle blanket on a wet afternoon.

Thank you to NetGalley, Inscribe Digital and Lola Dodge for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

  • TITLE: Sugar Spells
  • AUTHOR: Lola Dodge
  • PUBLISHER: INscribe Digital
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 30 October 2018

 

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on K-dramas and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

You can interact with Lola Dodge on her websiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads and Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge (#1)

The Spellwork Syndicate #1

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 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?

The Spellwork Syndicate Series
1. Deadly Sweet
2. Sugar Spells

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

A pleasant tale of a young, inexperienced baker with magical powers. The book is a sweet read which focuses on baking as much as magic. Do not read when hungry – you will be envious of the delicious baked goods that are described.

I purchased this book after being provided with an ARC of the second novel in this series from net galley.  It didn’t take long for me to search out the first and wow, look at that cover image!  It is sickly sweet with a sinister feel.

The plot was somewhat predictable but this did not mean it was any less enjoyable.  I hope the author expands on the idea of magical bakeries in future book of the series.

  • TITLE: Deadly Sweet
  • AUTHOR: Lola Dodge
  • PUBLISHER: INscribe Digital
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 16 January 2018

 

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on K-dramas and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

You can interact with Lola Dodge on her websiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads and Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane

From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…

Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. So much for the truth. Now for the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real.

Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther finds them in Jesús from the local coffee bar; a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Esther’s new friends do more than just listen. They’re taking Esther one step further.

Together, they hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth—in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

I chose this YA novel from the October selection of Amazon First Reads as it caught my attention and looked the most interesting one on offer. I can happily say I really did enjoy this book.

This is the story of Esther, her sister Hannah and their mother and stepfather who have recently moved to New Mexico to escape a ‘situation’. I liked the character of Esther and felt that the author described the trauma felt by Esther due to the ‘situation’.

Esther’s new friends sound like the type of friends a girl needs.  The author has penned a very good story bringing so many individual characters together in this way. There are many lessons to be learnt and talking points for a parent to discuss with their child should they read this book together, including religion, seeking answers, letting go, growing up, loss and learning that sometimes life just doesn’t go to plan.

I definitely recommend this book – for anyone not just those Young Adults among us.

There were a number of fantastic quotes or sayings that I have jotted down for future use!

Thank you to Amazon First Reads, Skyscape and Rebekah Crane for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

  • TITLE: The Infinite Pieces of Us
  • AUTHOR: Rebekah Crane
  • PUBLISHER: Skyscape
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 1 November 2018
  • VERSION: Kindle edition
  • LENGTH: 250 pages

 

You can pre-order now from Amazon for £3.99 and it will be delivered to your kindle on 1st November 2018

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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Amazon

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her days tucked behind a laptop at seventy-five hundred feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience.

You can interact with Rebekah Crane on her websiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads and Amazon