Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

A wild review appears!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done reviews of any kind on here, so I want to get back to it. I’ve been really good about my reading goals for the year so far (shooting for at least 52), and I’m excited about how much reading I’ve been getting done, so I want to share that excitement with you guys while simultaneously attempting to revive this blog. Maybe after I get into a regular rhythm, I’ll open up to submissions so I can get more indie writers in my life.

Book: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
Author: 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.

My Review:

This was an odd book. I picked it up because I recently read Smoke & Summons and absolutely loved it! So I wanted something by the same author to hold me over while I wait for Myths & Mortals. That brought me to this one.

To be honest, it was a little slow and underwhelming for me, maybe because I loved Smoke & Summons so much. A lot happened around the main character, Maire, but it never felt like she was the one driving the story. I’m sure that was intentional, since she spends most of the story as a slave and it’s more of an introspective piece that examines her past. Still, based on the blurb I’d expected something with more action, and I was a bit disappointed at having figured out exactly what the secret was long before Maire did.

The world is pretty cool, though, and while the characters didn’t keep my attention I was curious about how the world worked.

In the end, I still enjoyed it, and would recommend it to people who like a lighter read with good world-building.

Rating: 3/5

I’ll be trying to post these at least once a week, so keep an eye out for them!

As always, think happy thoughts!

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