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    Exciting

    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!
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    Excited for the next one!

    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.
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    Witches, Cake and a Warlock on the loose! This book was so much fun to read! If you have a sweet tooth you'll love all the baking in it. I really don't know how I will survive waiting for book 2 of this series. Some parts of the story are very predictable but it didn't bother me because I liked our stubborn and yet mostly reasonable Anise a lot - despite her way to stupid decisions now and then - and even more I loved Wynn. I so so so want to know his secrets and see him more fleshed out in the next book. The small hints we are given about him seem to hide some sad truths and I felt sorry for him without even knowing the least bit of his contract. Deadly Sweet is one crazy cool book if you are into modern witches and bakery stuff, with a hint of romance. It's not flawless but I enjoyed myself so much my cheeks turned red with excitement.
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