- File Size: 3135 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC (October 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078CJB22D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sugar Spells (Spellwork Syndicate Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Anise has survived the adventure of the first book...a book I truly enjoyed...and now, finds herself at odds with her own magic. Thanks to her brush with death, death magic has intertwined with her own cheerful sparks. It makes for deadly baking, which really is killing her mood. Her necromancy friends are doing their best to help out, but it's slow. When she discovers a way she can still bake even with death magic seeping in, it appears that more than one problem might be solved. But nothing is as easy as it seems.
This is not a deep book but simply an enjoyable read with lots of sugary treats, magic, paranormal creatures, a very light dust of romance-ish, and tons of fun. In other words, a great read to simply escape reality.
Anise struggles with her magic, and her frustration comes across natural and very understandable. The attempts of her friends to help her is inspirational, and it's refreshing to see that these witches definitely have their borders on what they can do. There's a nice community feel as they stand together, even when it's not enough. The scenes carry danger, but also a bit of humor to even things out. It's a lovely mix.
Imagination flows freely in these pages, especially in the way of magical creatures. While Anise and her magical problems remain serious, the author has added a bit of childish wonder on the side. I enjoyed reading about the fantastical creatures and Anise's interactions as much as the more serious and action filled scenes.
Anise does have a tough adversary especially toward the end, and action scenes keep the suspense high. Some moments are more of a surprise than others, but there's enough of a unexpected twist to keep the tension flowing. The ending scene hit a little sudden, but then, it fits the tale and promises more to come. I'm looking forward to see what Anise will face next.
I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley and enjoyed diving into this story so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
From the title and cover, I expected something fun and saccharine, but what I got was a lot more nuanced and, at times, dark. Anise spends the book confronting the effects of her experience - her magic, which is a backbone of her identity, is different, tainted in her eyes, by what happened to her. It's a good metaphor for dealing with the aftermath of trauma, though not heavy-handed. Anise deals with a situation designed to wring benefit from her trauma by staying true to herself and also growing and adapting. Looked at from that angle, it's a timely thing to read for many - women's trauma is a hot commodity in some senses right now, with others deriving the primary benefit from said trauma's recitation. To see Anise take control of her experiences and punch back is as soothing as good chocolate. To see her wrest self-development and new power from the experience is positively heartening.
The only real issue I had was the pacing - the beginning was catching me up on the first book, which was fine, but the middle dragged just a little. The last third of the book, however, was absolutely riveting with action, which more than made up for the earlier troubles for me. Still, it's hard for pacing problems to matter when I happily devoured the book in a single sitting!
Sugar Spells promises rich and colorful fun, and it delivers in spades - with the unexpected acknowledgement that black is a color, too.
I received an ARC of Sugar Spells via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
I can’t wait for the 3rd book!
well developed. It’s the type of story that’s draws you in and keeps you in a whole other world as you read. I was on the edge of my seat as the story began to end. Overall I think it’s great!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review the opinions are of my own.
Like the first book in the series, "Sugar Spells" is uncomplicated enjoyment. What you see is what you get. It's cozy fantasy at it's best, filled with charming asides - just the way I like it!