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    unexpected treat

    Sugar Spells picks off sometime after the end of Deadly Sweet, with a new problem for Anise – apparently she now has death magic too, and it is leaking into her baking. Afraid of never being able to bake again, she engages the help of her friends, as well as an unlikely customer to get rid of her magic. Along the way, though, she also gets a way to free Wynn from his contract. The best part of this series is the fact that it keeps the cuteness contained in a serious plot, and still manages to give the latter considerable weight – the witch society’s indentured slavery is not something she agrees with, so she tries to change what she can. Also, another thing I like about it – it doesn’t go the expected route. The plot took me places I didn’t imagine would happen and the unique direction of the story had me loving this immensely. Anise’s support system comes into good focus during this book – while we knew they were protective of her in the last one, this one shows a little more into the workings of the witch society around the Vortex. There is also a little about the necromancy parlor (I actually didn’t like this part much because Anise was practically being insulting about having death magic like it was something disgusting, and hello, you are standing in the house of people who wield death magic? Girl, time and place!), about the cryptid clinic (I loved this part, but I wish it had more to do with the main plot), then a little more about the non-witch population (complicated, as they treat them like second class citizens) and finally, some dimensional magic and a bit about familiars! I loved Anise’s approach to solving problems, as well as the whole contract thingy and how she navigates those issues, both hers and Wynn’s. Her friendship with Wynn gains more ground, as he finally realizes she was not just a privilege witch, but also an ignorant one, and starts to trust her. Overall, it is an unexpected treat!
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    Good story

    These is the second book in the Spellwork Syndicate series. I enjoyed reading this story and thought it was well written and a good storyline. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review the opinions are of my own.
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    A Perfect Welcome Back

    I had some personal issues come up drastic enough that I didn't have the chance to read at all, and this is the first book I picked up to read after everything calmed back down. I'm going to be honest, I didn't expect that I was going to be able to give it a fair review. I hadn't even been excited about my emails offering free books. Imagine my surprise when I was whisked away into this world and stayed up all night reading until the very last page. This book was the balm my battered soul needed and the vacation my brain had desperately longed for. I hadn't had a chance to read the first book, so I jumped in to book 2 with the hope that it wouldn't be too noticeable. While I certainly noticed, it wasn't bad and I don't feel as though there were any spoilers. If you are a person who hates realizing you missed a book, you may be mildly irritated so take the time to read the first book. If you don't care, you aren't going to have any problems reading them out of order. Even without having read anything else, I could tell that there was clear character development among the characters and especially with Anise's Shield. I loved how Anise was a character that anyone could relate to. She struggles with money problems while the rest of the witches seem to be well-off due to living in a certain area close to their source of magic. It's actually this that helps her to relate to those in the non-witchy world. I felt is was also interesting how the witch's face prejudice outside of their little bubble of witch life. Anise sees this first hand while on an outing with friends. I found myself trying to figure out the next twist and turn only to find that at times, the twist that I was waiting for was actually a straight line. You kept thinking a certain thing was going to happen and it didn't, which was actually just as rewarding as if it had. All in all, I have found a writer that I'm sure to follow and a book I have to go back and find to read, if only because I can't wait to find myself lost in their world again. I highly recommend this book and it's a clean novel suitable for all ages. Thank you to Lola Dodge, Ink Monster, LLC., and NetGalley for allowing me the chance to experience this world and share my thoughts and opinions with others. It was truly a wonderful experience.
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    Love this book

    Anise has had a bad few months. Her powers have gone haywire after she nearly dies. From being an apprentice baker at her Great-Aunt Agatha's Bakeshop with her own brand of magic to death magic that she can't control. With the help of her friends, she tries to figure out how to deal. Once people find out that she has this power, they want to use her for their own schemes. Fortunately, she has Wynn, her bodyguard or Shield. He is with her every minute to protect her, even when she doesn't want his help. I read the second book first, but I didn't have any problems keeping up. I did buy the first one because I really like this series. Many great characters with a fun story. I received this book from Net Galley and INscribe Digital for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. The opinions expressed are my own.
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    Will read more!

    I’ve seem to read more YA than usual, and as I’ve said in those reviews, they aren’t my favorite genre. I like them, but to me they can a little too YA. However, this second book in this series strikes the exact right tone. I read the first book of the series, and I really enjoyed it. However, as has been the case lately, I liked this second one even better. The characters are really starting to grow and become very real characters to me. They aren’t carbon copies of each other, and each has their own uniqueness. Not only that, the book is well-written and kept my interest up throughout the whole book, even when the book took a strange turn towards the end. I just went with the plot twist and came to appreciate the interesting twist. And, I loved what Anise gained at the end (you’ll have to read the book to find out what). I can’t wait to see what Anise and company get into the next book! I give this one 4 ½ starts and highly recommend it! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
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