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Casting Spells (Sugar Maple #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,459 ratings  ·  466 reviews
Magic. Knitting. Love. A new series and a delightful departure by the USA Today bestselling author of Just Desserts. Sugar Maple looks like any Vermont town, but it's inhabited with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches?and an ancient secret. And Chloe Hobbs, owner of Sticks & String, a popular knitting shop, has a big secret too. She's a sorcerer's daughter in search o ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Two and a half stars. First off, this book was recommended to me by some list somewhere because I like knitting and I like modern fantasies. Well, that's all true but it really is a romance. I have never liked romances because I need more of a plot than just whether they'll get together (since they always do anyway). Despite that, I actually enjoyed this one. The plot isn't particularly complex but it kept me going. The writing style is easy and fluid and the book is a quick read despite being o ...more
This was a really fun book... Sugar Maple, VT is a tiny town that is picture-perfect... imagine a sleepy little New England town... but basically everyone is magical - fairies, vampires, etc... the main character is half-human, but hasn't discovered her magical powers... she has a knitting store and there are a ton of knitting references (for me - it was like reading a foreign language, but for a knitter, they would probably love the tips and references)... magic, adventure, and love make this a ...more
I passed over this book twice in the library: taking note, but not making the commitment. It caught my eye when I pulled it from the new collection first, and then again when I was shifting the fiction section.

When I finally went back and checked it out, I had high hopes. Romance can work, and magic is almost always fun, right? And, hey, knitting!

This book isn't even powerful enough to make it a wall-banger. I still couldn't finish, but more out of exasperation than any passionate hatred. But it
ARGH! I wanted to like this book so much: Knitting + Magic what could be more fun? Turns out, almost anything. The magic felt exactly like watching a Disney movie (in the clean up scene I would not have been surprised if someone had said "Bippity Boppity Boo"), the plot was force fed onto us without scenes to give adequate explanations as to why this is happening, and there were tons of simple, childish writing ploys, such as: in the climax scene our heroine landed on her hip at least three time ...more
New England LYS owner discovers her legacy of magick, saves her little town from evil, and gets it on with a hot cop.

This is why I learned to knit.
I read this book with single-minded hope: this would be the worst book of the year! Giddy with excitement, I danced around work telling people how thrilled I was to read this new paranormal knitting romance (I know! Who would have thought to combine so many stellar genres into one book?). I read two chapters on my lunchbreak, which is when I realized that in addition to the paranormal and the romance AND the knitting there was also . . . alternating points of view. And cops. All that was missing ...more
Apesar da história de Chloe me ter contentado desde o inicio, não me entusiasmei particularmente com a sua paixão e talento no tricô.
A este aspecto soma-se o facto da escrita de Barbara Bretton ser um pouco infantil, o que resulta numa linguagem para jovens, mas um conteúdo para adultos. Claro que este conteúdo a que me refiro não se limita apenas à temática das lãs e outros tecidos, mas também a uma cena mais intima no segundo volume ou aos acontecimentos no geral da vida da personagem principa
MB (What she read)
Nora Roberts fans should love this series. It is sweetsy in the same sort of way.

I, however, found it silly. Especially the cartoonish villain who might as well have been named Cruella de Ville. Seriously. And her motivations?! Ludicrous.

But it was fairly well written, and should appeal to NR fans and readers who like small towns, and sweet romance with cozy fantasy elements.

The knitting ideas was kind of cool. The heroine who never bothered to look in the MOST OBVIOUS PLACE IMAGINABLE for her l
A little magic, a little romance, crazy neighbors that include selkies, toothless vampires in the local retirement home, good and bad Fae, and lovable characters all come together here. The town--which was built as a replica of Salem, MA--is under a blessing spell. As long as a female descendant of the original sorceress is in town, falls in love (thereby coming into her powers) and gives birth to a daughter, the town will be safe. But the spell is unraveling and Chloe, the town's only hope is n ...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
This book combines so many elements that I love - yarn, knitting, witches and a slew of amazing paranormal characters. Known around the US as the place to shop for yarn and learn to knit; Chloe has her hands full with Sticks & Strings. In a small Vermont town called Sugar Maple everything is perfect, except that the town is populated with Vampires, Witches, Weres, Ghosts and every other type of magical creature you could imagine!

For the first time, Sugar Maple has a murder. Which brings Luk
I very much enjoyed this first installment in the Sugar Maple series. The characters are multi-faceted and interesting, the plot built well to a satisfying conclusion and there was lots of opportunity left for future books.

Chloe Hobbs lives in Sugar Maple, Vermont. An idyllic, picture-postcard town that appear perfect. But actually, all that perfection is supported by magick. The town is filled with magical beings, and protected by a charm created three centuries ago by Chloe's ancestress, Aeryn
This was a very cute book. Un-magical (or is she?) human Chloe is Sugar Maple's only hope to keep the town's protective enchantments alive. Enter Boston cop Luke, investigating the only death Sugar Maple has seen in centuries. Predictably sparks fly(literally) between Chloe and Luke even thought she knows she shouldn't be with a human. Add in a best fairy friend who loves her, an evil fairy trying to take over the town, and the town itself filled with goblins, vampires, and selkies, and well, wh ...more
Spring Baxter
Usually I am not big on romance books. Usually, there is too much hardcore sex scenes and not enough action. However, this book had tons of action, mystery, and quick-paced romance. No, ewe my stomach, I am going to puke! romance. SO, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!

I can see how this book is considered a romance. But compared to most romances I feel it is more of a mystery/paranormal book with a love interest. And what good book doesn't have a love interest?????

Totally love this book and the sm
Neste primeiro livro, ficamos a conhecer a vila de Sugar Maple, um lugar onde todos os seres sobrenaturais habitam, é uma vila pacata onde a criminalidade é nula mas de um momento para o outro tudo fica virado do avesso quando Suzanne uma humana é morta. Ficamos então a conheçer Chloe uma meia humana que luta para ganhar os seus poderes e que é ao mesmo tempo presidente da câmara e dona de uma invulgar loja de tricot. Chloe acaba por se apaixonar pelo polícia destacado para resolver o mistério e ...more
Mira, a escriba
Não tenho o hábito de ler livros cujo espaço temporal seja a actualidade. Contudo, quando os leio têm obrigatoriamente de ter três ingredientes: ser uma leitura simples, divertida e agradável. E sim, este romance tem-nos todos! Quando lido com poucas expectativas, pode ser uma muito bem-vinda lufada de ar, onde um toque de magia, de suspense e de amor faz dele um verdadeiro “conto de fadas para adultos”!

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I read a bunch of great reviews on the second book in this series and that is what made me pick up this copy. What a fun read.....I totally loved this little town in Vermont and all of its quirky and magical characters. Chloe Hobbs is a person that I would like to know in real life. Not only is she down to earth and charming but...she can knit! Something that I wish everyday I had the talent for. This one is a fast, fun read with a great romance in the works....pick it up and settle in for a coz ...more
Magic and knitting sounds like a fun combination, so the story is interesting and characters are fun to be with and get to know. Knitting is only part of the setting, and I found myself wishing that it had more to do with the magic.

I also wished that the two point-of-view characters who told the story didn't sound so much like each other. I had to turn back the pages several times to see whose words I was reading.

This is a nice little romance with magical complications.
Feb 10, 2015 J.ME rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: optimistic, native New England women
Shelves: reviewed
I first saw this book in the 3$-&-Under bin @ Books-a-Million a couple of years ago. The front cover has a basket of yarn with a black cat next to it. That, along with the title was love at first sight for me…Then I read the summary on the back. “How disappointing” was my initial reaction to the description. It sounded boring and cliché and very chick flick (in case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m not a chick-flick kinda girl.) I left the book in the bin and didn’t think twice of it for a lo ...more
Chloe was awfully slow to pick up on what was happening; Isadora was ye standard evil villain with no depth; enjoyed the different beings and the concept behind the town. The love story was sweet, especially for insta-lust. I liked it but not sure I'll read more in the series.
I don't have much to say about this book, besides that I was really disapointed, I was expecting something really different from what it turned out to be. So I think I won't be reading the next book of the series. It wasn't bad, but definitely not a good read for me.
Posso dizer que, findada a leitura, este livro foi uma desilusão, pois não o achei nada de especial.

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Chloe Hobbs owns a knitting shop in a small Vermont town called Sugar Maple. She is also the only human in the town inhabited by warlocks, faeries, vampires, werewolves, witches, and an ancient secret. She is the daughter of a Sorcerer, but her magic won't begin until she finds her Mr. Right. Even though her whole town is casting spells to find her Mr. Right, she didn't think she would find him in Luke MacKenzie, the cop investigating Sugar Maple's very first murderer.

This book was written in fi
A very funny Magical story. Chloe our heroine is a half human half sorceress, living in a town Full of every type of magic being you can think of. Even though she has no powers the protection of the town is past down through her blood line. She must kick her powers into gear and find the book of Spells to renew the protection spell. While she is trying to do this, obviously with someone working against her. There has been the death of a human outsider in town. That brings in Luke a detective. Th ...more
Every book in the Sugar Maple Series is awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed and hope more in this series are written. I've read them all!
I guess if you're into knitting this would have been more fun. Light, fluffy, and entertaining but not really my style.
This romantic mystery novel is great fun. It has an unusual premise, as well as action, love and humor.
"Sticks and Strings" is awash with quaint New England charm, with all the necessary components for some kick ace chick lit. A headstrong, albeit bumbling heroine in search of love, a poignant love triangle and plenty of colorful characters to bring the star-crossed lovers together. But, quite like Sugar Maple, your expectations will barely scratch the surface of this quirky paranormal comedy. Rife with nostalgia, 21st Century American cynicism and hilarity, "Sticks and Strings" keeps you on your ...more
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Honestly, I read this book because I'm STILL going through Tradd Street withdrawals and I wanted something to fill that void. So, paranormal element? Check. Light romance? Check. Cozy town? Check. Mystery? Check. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

Unfortunately, Casting Spells was no Tradd Street.

Nothing about it was BAD, but it really didn't stand out in any way. Thin characters, a barely there mystery, and while there were literal romantic sparks in th
Eliza Leone
Crazy, quirky, and delightfully fluffy!
3 Star writing, 4 star story

Series: Yes, book 1 of "Sugar Maple"
Characters: Luke and Chloe
Setting: Sugar Maple, Vermont
Sexual Themes: barely a blip on the radar

Sugar Maple is a small town in Vermont with nothing out of the ordinary about it. Except there hasn't been a recorded death in hundreds of years, no births and zero crimes. They didn't even have a police force... until now. When a young politician's girlfriend dies within their boarders, Sugar Maple
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