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Take one young woman who has baking magic, but doesn't have any idea exactly how magical it is, a prince who wishes he was a baker, assassins from another kingdom out for no good, and, well... I don't want to give it ALL away, now, do I? if you want more details and all the goods (baked or otherwise), you'll need to spend less than a buck US$ and read it all for yourself!
I can tell you, no egregiously violent scenes, some love but no sex scenes you'd need to hide from your kids, some death, but not of a type so that you won't sleep tonight... this is, after all, a cozy book. It did, however, give me the desire to bake something!
I would have enjoyed this book as a tween and teenager, and I thoroughly enjoyed it now as a grandmother.
I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
This book was so much fun! I really enjoyed the book and I just wanted to keep reading. It is well written and the pacing worked well. The blend between paranormal aspects and mystery worked really well here.
Seashells, Spells & Caramels follows the story of Imogen. Imogen has a normal 9 to 5 job, but she's saving up so she can one day start her own bakery. I quickly grew to like Imogen, she was such a nice character and I liked how she worked hard to achieve her dreams and I could understand her frustrations and sadness when that all went up in flames.
I think this is only the second paranormal cozy mystery that I read and it's very different from the other paranormal cozy mystery series I read. This series is filled with magic. It has a slight Harry Potter feel, with how Imogen is a normal girl learning of magic and is introduced to a magical world hiding among our own world. The paranormal aspect was well done, although I did feel like what we learned about magic is still a bit limited. But that does make sense as Imogen is so new to everything. I loved discovering this new world with her and being as surprised as Imogen to see what was possible and what not. I really liked the talking flames.
The mystery is a bit slow to start, with only around 50% of the book the murder investigation really starts in earnest. But I felt like that totally worked here. Imogen had to find her way to the magical city and find her place a bit first. The mystery was well done, there were multiple suspects and I didn't guess who the murderer was. It was a nice twist and it did make sense in the end when things fell on it's place. Although I did predict several other twists, as some of the hints for those could be quite obvious to the reader if not to Imogen.
I liked getting to know Imogen throughout the book. I liked her and her love for baking, how she was a nice person and how she made mistakes, but kept trying to do better. I liked seeing how she adapted and found her way in this magical world and I liked how human she was compared to the magical other beings and how her human knowledge was of use at times.
There is a big cast of side characters as a big part of the plot centers around a baking competition and we get to meet the other competitors. At first I was totally overwhelmed when the other bakers were introduced as I couldn't keep them apart, but as the book progresses we get to know everyone better and it quickly got easier to keep them apart as they all had their own characteristics. The whole baking competition was fun to read about. There are some great descriptions of all the delicious food that they are making.
To summarize: this book was so much fun! Filled with magic, a relatable main character discovering a whole new world, magic, a hint of romance and a fun cast of side characters this book was a great read from start to finish. The paranormal aspect is very front and center in this book and that totally worked here. I loved discovering this new magical community and learning how magic worked. The mystery was well done. Although it didn't fully start until later in the book, but that worked her. I hadn't guessed the who the murderer was, although I had predicted a few other twists. Imogen was a likeable character and the side characters were interesting too and all had their own personality, even though at first the large cast of characters was a tad overwhelming. I had a lot of fun reading this book and really enjoyed it. I loved imagining this magical city and reading about the delicious things they baked. I hope to get around to reading book 2 soon as I am already looking forward to returning to this world!
This was an absolutely delightful read! It didn't quite have that magical touch that made it a 5-star read, but it's a solid 4.5 in my opinion!
Imogen is a wonderful character, full of spunk and makes the best of whatever situation she's in. She's well-developed, complex, and full of life. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of the other characters further as we get further into the series, especially Maple, Sam, Iggy, and Hank.
The setting was great. I thought the descriptions of Bijou Mer were delightful and magical (which is only fitting). I could imagine everything pretty well but yet could still use my imagination to fill in details.
The mystery was pretty good. I did have an inkling of the culprits, but I wasn't sure until closer to the end. It ended up that I was right, but it didn't spoil the rest of the story for me.
All in all, this magical mystery is a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the sequel coming out later in November!
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