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Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1) by [Doidge, Meghan Ciana]
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"The mystery and suspense build up to a riveting and mind-blowing conclusion that shows Doidge as the brilliant riddler that she is. A definite five star even without the mouth-watering cupcake teasers." - Mommasez...blog 

"Complete with witches, werewolves, vampires, and necromancers, this novel will keep readers laughing and turning the pages as Jade tries to figure out the truth behind the deaths surrounding her." - 4 stars, A Book Vacation

"This was a fun, action filled urban fantasy that will also have you running to bake cupcakes!" - 4 stars, Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf

About the Author

Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer and independent filmmaker. Her many books include the Dowser series, the Oracle series, and After the Virus. Meghan lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband.

Caitlin Davies is a New York City-based actress and voice artist. Caitlin received a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory.

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  • File Size: 2682 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions; 1 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH5WVV6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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In Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic our protagonist, Jade, is a baker. She specializes in cupcakes that sound absolutely amazing and are adorably named and owns her own shop "Cake in a Cup". Jade is, also, a witch. Definitely not the wart on the nose or pointy hat type witch, but she definitely has some powers. However, Jade is somewhat hesitant to delve into testing just how much power she has. No reason to tempt fate, right? Her hesitation to test her powers make for some frustration with her companions as they go in search of a killer. Oh, did I mention that a vampire has tracked her down because the magic involved in the killings have traces of Jade's magic in them? Of course, then the werewolves get involved and this makes for some rather stressful confrontations.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic is an Urban Fantasy/Mystery with some wonderful elements of mild sexuality and quite a few very humorous moments. One of my favorite aspects of this particular author is her dialogue and description of the interactions between characters. When I read her words, it feels true to what/how I feel these characters would actually say/react to each other. The reader, also, gets a nicely detailed description of the surrounding area from the main characters first person point of view.

Witches, werewolves and vampires...oh my! Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic is a fun-filled trip into a world where bad magic can get a good witch down and power isn't always accessed through hard work and determination....sometimes it's stolen.
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When I first read a book by Meghan Ciana Doidge, I thought that it was a good read, for a newbie. I thought that her writing would improve and, one day, be great! Now, I feel impatient and am wondering if, perhaps, her writing is just the way she wants it. I gave the other books 4 stars. This is written about as well as they were, but my expectations were higher. 3.5

Her books are light, quick, snarky. Good, but disappointing. I was given a free copy of Cupcakes, Trinkets, etc. in exchange for reviewing it. I remembered the author's name (it is unique), but couldn't remember anything about the other books I'd read. Hmmm... not a good sign. As I started to read this new one, the style was familiar and I remembered liking the other books, but thinking that she needed to improve. This book is better in some ways. The writing is less hesitant. There are fewer "sort of", "maybe perhaps it might have been" phrases and I can feel that her confidence has grown. However, it is still too thin for my taste. She gets into the descriptions of action and paints several good scenes that I see vividly (especially in the second half), but she continues to skirt away from emotion - even when people are dying. I was reading along (thinking la, la ,la - wow it's so light), if only she would dig a bit deeper, when she brought in the "other magical creatures". Werewolves and vampires seemed trite - a sellout. Then, when the zombie appeared, I put the book down. "Oh, please!", I thought.

I picked it back up the next day, determined to give it a chance. The plot presented an opportunity to explore some deep emotions, but Jade, the main character - remained thin, a ghost of a character. When I finished it, I wanted to go back to the beginning and write the parts that were left out.
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What is very sad about this book is that the author can actually write well - she just can't develop her characters into something readers will like. It is hard to imagine a heroine who could be so utterly stupid; lacking in instincts and intuition and yet is supposed to be a witch. A witch who unfortunately lives on cupcakes and vomits at will. The 'good' characters she hates and doesn't trust despite them saving her life repeatedly - and she still hates and distrusts them at the end of the book; and the obviously evil character she trusts and embraces all the way to the end. The evil character was easy to figure out by chapter 6 - yet we were supposed to be surprised by the ending. Initially I enjoyed this book for its humor but it became tedious half way through. The author has real potential as a writer but her protagonist was just a blithering idiot which made the entire book difficult to embrace.
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I liked the cover and the title was interesting, but I think the author needs to go back through and rewrite. The writing is clunky, repetitive and boring. For example, I do not care how many times her kitchen stools fall over, it's not interesting. Yes, I know the noise was part of the story, but it only needs to be mentioned once, you don't need to beat the reader over the head with it. Actually, I kept waiting for the story to get interesting. No luck. It was sort of like a rambling speech with no edit at times. The characters aren't well-developed and the only appealing character was killed off before the reader could get to know him. The dialog was very lame, I'm truly sorry to say. I didn't find much to like about the "heroine". She doesn't seem to know much; her thoughts are, as I said before, repetitive and insipid, yet she criticizes others freely. There is not enough here for the start of a series. The only question that got answered (whodunnit) is the one everyone figures out half-way through. Everyone except for the protagonist, that is. I guess the vampire and shifter leads are supposed to be mysterious, but they just come across as annoying to me. I felt like I was in a weird dream because things and people didn't quite make sense. Do you know the kind of dream in which you are constantly running and getting nowhere, asking the same questions and getting no answers - the borderline nightmare? That's this story. Also, fun was missing. A very unsatisfying read for me. I received a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review. I'm sorry that I didn't like it.
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