Title: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Plot: Marie has been living with adoptive parents Arrice and Franc in the town of Carmine. She can bake magic into her pastries, things like strength, luck, and love. There’s one problem, Marie has no memories from before four years prior. When thieves raid her town, Marie is captured and sold as a slave. Her master is an odd man named Allemas. Everything about him seems unnatural. He demands she make his customers her magical pastries. All the while, a transparent figure called Fyel is trying to get Marie to remember who she was. Can Marie ever remember who she was? Can she escape Allemas? Who was Fyel in Marie’s past life?
Rating: 3.6 – a different take on fairy tales
Opinion: This was an interesting story. I really liked this take on a few classic fairy tales. The story was very subtle about the fairy tales. There were one or two things that I picked up on throughout the story. They weren’t necessarily hinted on but could be picked up on if you pay attention to them. I don’t know why but I didn’t love what Marie truly was. Throughout the book I felt like there was a part of the book I was missing. Like there was another book that I should’ve read before this one. Maybe it was just me, but that kind of bugged me. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the twist on fairy tales and how magic is used throughout the book. This is a great book for anyone who loves fantasy and fairy tales.