Deadly Sweet

Deadly Sweet

by Lola Dodge

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For fans of Hex Hall, The Magicians, Practical Magic, and Food Wars!

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943858255
Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Spellwork Syndicate , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 596,377
File size: 771 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Deadly Sweet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Rustic_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I received this free from #netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. This book was just okay for me. The mystery was not such a mystery on who the villain was. I loved the cover and the concept of this book but I just don't think I enjoyed as much as I wanted to. I love the idea of cakes and witches but this story was just not for me. I never got invested in the characters of the story. I think if it would have had a little bit more information or break the book down more, I would have enjoyed it better. There is a lot of baking due to Anise is a witch with baking magic. Such a cute concept. I am not sure if this is a stand alone but if this does become a series, I am not sure if I would continue on.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
This was a light fun read that I made it through quickly but there wasn’t really anything that really grabbed me. I enjoyed the baking aspect but the book felt sort of all over the place to me. I also wanted a little more actually fantasy and a little less Urban fantasy. I have a harder time imagining magic and witchcraft when it’s set in an everyday setting. I also thought I was reading a cute story about a witchy baker and suddenly I’m reading a murder mystery featuring a witchy mafia. That’s more on me for not reading the description closely enough though. So if you’re looking for a witchy story featuring a murder, a hot body guard and a mix of baking and magic this read might be a good fit for you!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Deadly Sweet imagines a world in which witches are present, and have their own community but are also shunned by the population as a whole. Anise is an aspiring baker who wants to go to baking school, get more experience and have her own bakery with holistic treats. Unfortunately, being a witch also throws a wrench in her plans as witches are being discriminated against in the world, sometimes even as extreme as physical harm. So, when she accidentally gets outed, she goes for the first opportunity that comes up - to become an apprentice to her estranged great-aunt, who owns a huge bakery in a witch-friendly town. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't know of the danger she is stepping into, and the threat her position puts her in. The story is cute and entertaining - it has Hex Hall vibes, definitely, and a little bit of The Devil Wears Prada situation going on. Anise goes from a witch-hating world to a town where they are revered, where there is a syndicate that cares for its younger witches, and she is almost royalty (as her great aunt's only legit heir to the bakery), with a surly bodyguard and everything. She enrolls at the college nearby, and her classes are fun, until the assassination attempts start. Girl only wanted to bake and now she has to go under house arrest because people can't let her live, gawd! Turns out the witch world is much more dangerous, with a hierarchy and a Syndicate, and belonging to a prestigious family she has a bulls-eye on her forehead. She is determined to stick it out, but she is also worried about her life, you know, and she comes off as extremely pragmatic. In the town, Anise makes friends with other young witches like her, who become her good friends. (Of course, they are also members of other families of the syndicate). She is however, unaware, of how the hierarchy plays into her position there, and she has yet to challenge her privilege, like the fact that her bodyguard is a warrior as an indentured servant. (Things have been hinted at that makes it seem it is much worse, so I'm looking forward to how it plays out in the sequel) That could also be the reason for his surliness towards her. On the whole, though, it has a more paranormal mystery vibe than hitting any political issues. It is simply a story of a young witch who just wants to become an accomplished witchy baker, and simultaneously also avoiding any murder attempts. The villain of the story, though, turned out to be less dangerous than I hoped. Overall, an entertaining paranormal fantasy novel that was entertaining and a quick read. Looking forward to the sequel, Sugar Spells, to release ASAP!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
This is a delicious tale of witchcraft, mystery, and finding your place in the world. Eighteen-year-old Anise Wise lives among the regular folk who run in fear the moment they find out she's a witch. Making friends is impossible and dating? Yeah, that's not happening either. All she really wants, though, is to get into pastry school and get her dream job in a bakery. After a rather horrific display of magic at the county fair, Anise is sent packing to Taos, New Mexico, the vortex of witchcraft, where she'll work as an apprentice in her great Aunt Agatha's magical bakeshop. For the first time in her life, Anise is among her people, and the local muggles see  witches as celebrities, rather than something to fear. But life isn't as magical as Anise had hoped. While she feels surrounded by people like her, someone has decided her death would be in their best interest. Plot The plot centers around the attempts on Anise's life, but there are subtle subplots involving her life goal of working in a pastry shop, her relationships with the other witches in the community, and even a little bit of romance. I figured out pretty early on who the warlock after Anise is, which made some of her actions more than a little annoying. I would have liked more red herrings, but Anise only has her sights set on one possible culprit. It's so Snape-over-the-top, that it was clearly a misdirection. What really worked for me, though, was all of the magical world building. The imagery, analogies, and metaphors were unique and creative. The town of Taos comes alive on the pages. The Characters Anise annoyed me more often than not which made it hard to really root for her at times. She did ridiculously reckless things for no logical reason I could discern. Her insistence on constantly risking her life because she was bored drove me insane. But when she was in her baking mode, I warmed up to her. I could identify with her love of creating things from scratch and her desire to be accepted for who and what she was. Wynn, her bodyguard, was by far my favorite characters. His gruff exterior only made him more loveable. Aunt Agatha was equally fascinating. Some of the other characters got jumbled in my head because there were a lot of them. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About DEADLY SWEET 1. World Building. The world of witchcraft as part of everyday life is so well done. The way magic is infused into everything from baking to healing was well-developed and detailed. 2. Wynn. Anise's moody bodyguard was my favorite character. I'll read the second book just for more of him. 3. Agatha's shop. Anise's great aunt's bakery is the first place I'd go in Taos if it existed in real life. The beauty and confectionary are so well described, I can't believe it's not an actual place. 4. Taos. This small mountain town in New Mexico came alive for me, brilliant and vivid, full of charm and secrets. 5. Finding your place. Anise struggles to fit in with regular humans as well as her witchy counterparts, never quite feeling like she belongs in one and fighting to be accepted in the other. This is something that transcends magic and is a wonderful message for all young adults. Bottom Line An upper young adult paranormal adventure that is as delicious as it is action packed. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Ink Monster for the opportunity to read and review Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge! Anise wants to be a bake chef for a living but she’s having difficulties being accepted into college. After she causes a large fire at the fair, Anise believes that her future is over until her Aunt Agatha reaches out to her to become her new apprentice. A new world opens up for Anise when she reaches the magical community where Aunt Agatha’s bakery is located. Anise is able to attend college, make friends and is even given a bodyguard for her protection. Because Anise is Agatha’s niece, she’s considered to be rich and therefore in danger of being attacked. Little does she know that a warlock is after her and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. The magical bakery makes the whole setting fun and the suspense and danger build as the story is told. The fun setting and loyal characters make this read a sweet treat worth 4 stars. *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
Grab yourself a drink and something yummy to eat as you'll find yourself getting hungry while reading this magical story as there's a lot of baking going on within its pages. The world building is really good but I found that what truly drew me to the story's plot were the amazing female characters who continuously take care of one another. I do hope that the author adds more witch elements in the next book as I look forward to reading it!- YA/NA Book Divas {I requested a review copy via NetGalley and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed herein are unbiased and my own.}
PenKay More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a new series. Anise wants more than anything to be a baker, but no one wants a witch baker; everyone is scared of witches. Her only hope is her great aunt who owns a witch bakery, but her communications go unanswered. However, unexpectedly, her great aunt needs an apprentice and Anise will fit the bill. Anise fails to get the reasons behind the sudden opening, and her life is a stake. Can she find out what’s going on before she’s toast? I really, really liked this fun mystery. I can’t believe how intriguing the characters were, and I really enjoyed the setting. Anise’s passion for baking really shown through, too, which made me want to bake. The mystery was great, too, and kept me glued to the pages to find out what was going to happen. I do have to confess I’m still not exactly sure what the villain was angry about, but in no way did it affect my enjoyment of the book. I can’t wait to read more in this series! Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and Ink Monster LLC for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
jiskett More than 1 year ago
"Deadly Sweet" is the first book about Anise Wise, a young witch that would love to make baking her job, but can't find work or go to pastry school because most people are afraid of magic users and shun them. When she gets the chance to be an apprentice to her great aunt Agatha, a powerful woman who owns a magical bakery, Anise is happy to grasp this opportunity with both hands - at least until she finds out that her predecessor went missing and nobody is quite sure what happened to her. And she appears to be the next target... I was curious to read this book, mostly because the idea of "baking with magic" intrigued me - even more so since magic is often only used for big stuff like fighting battles or protecting some important person/artefact. This is of course fine, but I like it when magic is a central part of witches or wizards' lives and they use it for little things as well. Because of that, I couldn't wait to see what magic system the author would use. As I expected, I enjoyed this aspect of the story very much. It is fascinating to see magic being used to make cakes or to see what has to be considered to make a truly magical pastry, but I have to say that I wish there had been more about magic itself. The spells that are crafted are very interesting and I loved to see what powerful witches could do, be it small things like making cupcakes that can cause happiness or bigger matters like keeping someone safe. Still, the focus of "Deadly Sweet" is the baking, mainly because the protagonist just began her training and has to start from the bottom up. The descriptions of the delicious pastries Anise was creating (or helping create) made my mouth water and it was nice to get all the details about it, but I hope book 2 will have more background on the magic system since I'm still not totally sure how everything works. Most of the characters in this book are female, which is kind of to be expected in a book about witches, and I enjoyed that there are lots of strong women who were ready to protect one of their own in trouble. Anise herself is a nice enough protagonist; sometimes I thought she was terribly naïve, which was sort of understandable considering how she grew up, but it still annoyed me a bit when she was inconsiderate of the very real danger that surrounded her. I DID like that she never wanted to give u, her determination that she would succeed, no matter what and her immense will to prove everyone that she was worthy of the opportunity she had been granted. All in all, she has a well-rounded personality with strengths and weaknesses and I can't wait to see how what happened to her in this book will influence her in the future. I'm also curious about the different background stories of secondary characters and hope that the future instalments will give us more information. The plot kept me engaged from the first page onwards and provided a nice mixture of dangerous moments and the peace and quiet of baking which worked well for me. I have to say though that I found it easy to discover who the opponent would be and in the end, I'm not sure if his motive is totally convincing to me. Another point of criticism would be the inclusion of a love story. It bugged me a bit and it seemed to distract from the main plot, even more so since I just couldn't see why Anise was interested in the guy she was falling for. Therefore, I detracted 0.5 stars, but I will definitely read the second book to see what happens next. 3.5 stars
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A delightful and entertaining start to a fun series Note: This review contains NO spoilers Alrighty!!! Lola Dodge's books are nothing new to me. So, I was excited to get the chance to read and review this new book, especially when it revolves around magic/witchcraft and food! Well, it is more like sweets... pastries, cakes, etc. Anyways, I loved this story! Yes! I just ate it all up from beginning to end! Deadly Sweet was entertaining, fun, action-filled, and had the mystery that kept making think of "who did it"? Without the magic and baking, I think Anise is very relatable to any young adult trying to follow their dreams. Anyways, that's where we find this main character, Anise. She's dreaming of so much more, but can she... She hopes she does when she finds and contacts a long-lost relative that owns a magic bakery. I have to say that Lola's character development is so rich with complexities and dimensions that each character stands out individually on their own. The dialogue among the characters adds to the flow of the story, and adds to the mystery. The interactions among characters were effortless and worked well to create that chemistry among varying characters. There's enough character development of each character to give readers a whole picture of them, but yet, still keep a bit of a mystery on who they are. I found that this first book is a good introduction to the characters. Lola's unique and creative world building allows the imagination to visualize the small town of Taos and the creative works of witchcraft that can be found throughout the story. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the varying magic making it distinct and specific to the varying magical abilities that each character has. Essentially, it was beautiful to visualize, even if some abilities are a bit creepy. As the story ended, Deadly Sweet did not end with a cliffhanger, but it did leave it open for more adventures in baking and magic for Anise and everyone else in the small magical town of Taos. All in all, Deadly Sweet gave off some Practical Magic and Cupcake Wars kind of vibes. I enjoyed the combination of it all! It is an entertaining read that blended magic, fantasy, mystery...and baking. Lola Dodge has put together a well balanced story combining the young adult fantasy and thriller genres together. I look forward, excitedly (mind you), for the next installment, Sugar Spells, in The Spellwork Syndicate series!
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Mix delicious cakes and frosting with spell-binding magic and adventure, add a pinch of intrigue and this is a treat readers won't want to miss. Anise carries the perfect name—she wants nothing more than to be a baker with her own shop. Too bad, she's a witch and is shunned by anyone who notices. Colleges won't accept her, bakers don't want her. . .the only place she finds a job is decorating sheet cakes. When her silly magic gets the best of her, and she's about to end up in jail, a long silent aunt comes to her rescue. Anise escapes to an all witch area and finds her dream job as an apprentice in the town's most successful cake shop. But things aren't all sweets and dreamy spells as death knocks on her door and someone wants to kill her. This author is slowly becoming one of my favorites as she adds yet another terrific tale to her list. Unlike the last one I read from her, a compelling science fiction series, this dive into flour and whisks has an entirely new flare. . .and sits. It's a delight to be submerged into a baking world and experience Anise's enthusiasm for cakes. (Who can blame her?) Her disappointments and mistakes make her human, while her excitement and determination make her easy to root for. She does make sometimes bad, gut decisions which aren't always thought out, but then, this is a YA novel. Although there is action and scenes full of tension when Anise's life really is on the line, it's balanced out with a playful spirit of fun. There's never a boring moment and Anise has to fight for every success, big or small. Her group of friends is a little odd, and it's fitting to the scene. The witches are strange to Anise and presented that way to the reader. Trust isn't instant, but friendship is true and blue. It's just a matter of figuring out whose intentions are good and whose are not, which is not an easy task. There's a special spice with Anise's bodyguard, and the relationship is refreshingly different. Lots of secrets still need to be exposed in this area as well as many others. In other words, book two promises to be just as intriguing. I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Deadly Sweet is book 1 in The Spellwork Syndicate series. I've loved all the books I've tried from Lola Dodge so grabbing this one was a no brainer. This book seriously made me crave all the baked goods, so don't read this while hungry. I loved the magic aspects and cannot wait to see what the next book brings us! Anise Wise is your every day college aged girl that happens to be a witch. Her and her mom are constantly on the move because she winds up using her magic and getting caught. It's no fun having an angry mob if you're caught so they haven't really settled down. After a stressful situation it happens again and Anise goes to live with her great aunt and starts working as her apprentice at her bakery. This is a perfect fit for Anise since that's her dream job and she's great at baking and enchanting those delicious baked goods. There's something sinister bubble over though, the last apprentice mysteriously disappeared and strange occurrences are starting to happen around our lovely witch. All signs are pointing to someone targeting Anise and she has to figure out who's behind it before it's too late. Deadly Sweet is a great start to a new series. I really got sucked into the world and was on the edge of my seat when Anise was being targeted. I had a suspicion on the whodunit and was right, it was such an entertaining read. If you're a fan of New Adult books with paranormal mixed in I think you'll love this book!
ArleneArredondo More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and filled with baking goodness. The story is easy to follow and the characters are well developed. A baking witch trying to strive in a place where witches are frown upon. Her mishap with uncontrolled magic will take her to a place where her dreams might come true or be killed trying.