1 June 2018

ARC Review // Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

Title: Deadly Sweet
Author: Lola Dodge
Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC
Published: January 16th 2018
Pages: 294 pages

"Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.

The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.

If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?"

Disclaimer: Do not read Deadly Sweet with an empty stomach. Delicious cake descriptions will make you crave for something sweet and leave you mouth-watering.

Magic. Who doesn't love magic? 

Baking. Lots and lots of baking. I believe this was my favourite part of the story (the #CakeFlavouredBooks tag will show you how much I love cake). Anise is a baking witch, so there's a lot of sweet and comforting baking throughout the novel. And a bakery that sells magic cakes to muggles. From layered cakes, lemon pies and chocolate mousse to cookies and brownies. This book gave me a serious existential crisis: perhaps I should have become a baker. 

Foundant. A grumpy cat is always a plus to me - especially a magical grumpy cat that can curse someone for life. I think my cats would love to have such a skill. Especially after this.

Syndicate. A group of witches that runs the town and should not be messed with. These are some powerful and supportive ladies. They protect their town and will do whatever it takes to do so. Also, there's a sisterly bound between them and that makes their magic so warm and fuzzy.

Villain. Or I'm expecting too much from my villains these days or lately they have been lackluster. First, the villain in Deadly Sweet was too obvious. I was suspicious since the first appearance. Then, the motives were not worth killing for - that was not worth turning into a warlock.

Wordbuilding. There was so much left unexplained. I wanted to learn more about the world-building: how did the witches become part of the human world? And how does someone become a Hand? And a Servant? And a Shield? I really hope the sequel brings some explanations...

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I definitely need to read this one!!! I'm a total sucker for books like this!

    1. I hope you enjoy it. Happy readings Erica! ;)

  2. I couldn’t agree more! I loved the baking and and the magic in general although I would’ve loved to get to know even more about it. And I loved how supportive all the witches were, but I found the ending to be quite predictable and the villain fell flat for me. But I really did enjoy reading it :) great review!

    1. I would also have loved to know more about the magic and how it works (especially on the non-magical people who eat the cakes). The villain was disappointing. Hopefully, the sequel won't be as predictable.

      Happy readings| ;)

  3. I HIGHLY recommend Seashells,Spells and Caramels by Erin Johnson this series is awesome! Full of magic, paranormal-BAKING GOODIES, and I think you would love this book! I am already on Book 2-Black Arts, Tarts and Gypsy Carts as I am totally hooked on this series!! And now to do the Cake tag...

    1. Thank you for the recommendations. I think I'll take a look since I can't resist baked goodies with a taste of magic.

      Happy readings! ;)

  4. I definitely need to try to get my hands on a copy of this book. I love fiction novels that contain recipes, and I'm guessing Deadly Sweet has some recipes as chapter headings? If not, please correct me! I'll still read Deadly Sweet XD.
    Awesome review!

    1. Sadly, the book does not contain recipes as chapter headings. The main character thinks about the ingredients she needs to bake, but no recipes are mentioned.

      Thank you. Happy readings! ;)

  5. This sounds like yummy fun mystery. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. You're welcome. Love sharing my thoughts on books. Happy readings, Martha! :)

  6. This sounds like a lot of fun. I love books that have baking in them.