Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. A cake filled with magic, it sounded like a recipe for success (pun definitely intended).

Maire is a baker with a troublesome past (in the sense that she can’t remember it). Her cakes are magical – literally so – as they can convey feelings to the eater. I guess more intense than when I bake a cake and spread happiness around ( 😉 ). One day on a raid she is sold as a slave and when they found out about her baking skills, they are put to use in rather dark schemes.

It sounds like a fairy tale and to some extent it was, but the story flowed more slowly I found. I had expected to like it more than I did because for me it was missing something special. I never really connected with Maire and therefore was not fully invested in the outcome. It was still a nice way to pass the time but it was missing this ‘secret ingredient’ (for want of a better term) that made it something special.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie N. Holmberg

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