Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.
When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce si...more
Maire, a baker in the small village of Carmine, is notable for two unusual characteristics. First, other than her name, she has complete amnesia about everything in her life up to the time she appeared near the village four and a half years ago. And secondly, Maire has the magical gift of infusing her baked goods with feelings and abilities that will be absorbed by the person who eats her food: strength, love, mercy, patience … even, it seems, some magic ...more
I loved this book. The main character Maire bakes a bit of magic into her confections. You want a little Love, some extra Strength, a bit more intelligence or compassion. She has a cookie, cake, biscuit or tart for that. Though she has no idea where her special baking skills came from. She appeared in town 4 years ago with amnesia.
When Marauders come to town and capture her, she is sold as a slave to a volatile man who seems to know ...more
However, I often thought about not finishing it. In the end, it was a pretty quick read and the ending was rather cool, but I don't think it was worth getting through the entire book. Information was withheld on purpose and created annoyance rath ...more
I CRIED, people. I ac ...more
This is one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever had to write. Have you ever read a book that you loved but was also so different and strange and peculiar that you aren’t actually sure whether you did enjoy it or not? No? Well, damn because that’s what I feel about this book and I am struggling so much to translate my tangle of emotions to the screen.
There is definitely something undeniably addictive and downright gorgeou ...more
Two things, ONE...this book made me REALLY hungry for cake. TWO, that cover is really awesome.
I enjoyed this one, but it didn't WOW me. The writing is gorgeous, no doubt about that. It's whimsical and fairytale like and It started off great, but then I found myself losing interest halfway through and struggling to finish it. The story just seemed to peter out and take a strange turn and I didn't really like the direction it went in.
I expected a mere fairy tale about a girl that could infuse her baked goods with emotions for those that eat them. Instead I found a deeply complex story that wasn't afraid to go dark in order to get to the light.
Maire doesn't remember who she is but has made herself a new life in a small village with new friends. When their village is attacked, she sees many die brutally and is among many sold as slaves.
While Maire tries to come to grips with her new cr ...more
I have to say I'm having to think over the ending a bit to get my head round it!
I loved so much about the book , never has a book made we want to bake cakes!
Very well written.
I read the first two books of Charlie Holmberg's Paper Magician series and then decided I'd had enough. While the concepts behind the series were fun, the romance aspect felt naive and kind of creepy and it felt like the author had some maturing to do. So I thought I'd give her new book a try because I hoped that she'd matured a bit as a writer.
This book is like a strong, dramatic perfume- you'll either love it or ha ...more
I stopped reading this book at 41%, and was tempted to stop a few times earlier. I had been attracted to it because I'd heard good things about The Paper Magician by the same author. It was listed as fantasy and adult fiction, but for me it was more of a YA read.
My biggest frustration is the author's continued "description" of people, places, and feelings as indescribable or impossibl ...more
This is an amazing story. It’s very well written, the plot is creative and the characters are greatly described. I loved Maire and her magic. While I was reading, I really needed to know where she came from and what happened to her. I liked the mix of this story with a few fairytale elements. And the ending was perfect <3
Those with a taste for the olive oil cake crave strength, while those who come back for th ...more
I vascillated for at least the 1st third of this about abandoning it, toward the end of the 2nd third it began to improve, however I don’t feel it ever achieved anything above a rating of “okay.”
The premise of this story is a bit of a mix between something like “Like Water for Chocolate,” with something maybe like “Heaven Can Wait,” (book by Leonore Fleischer, although I only saw the movie), with a healthy dash of evil. Having said that, it’s only part of the premise of the first two books that ...more
When a book invites me to experience its fantastical magic AND that magic appears in concoctions charmingly baked, I'm hooked on those ingredients before I open the first page.
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet is that book. The tale opens in Carmine where Maire works for her friend Attrice in the bakery, mixing together spiced, ...more
Arc Provided by 47 North through Netgalley
Book Status: Already Released (June 28th)
I'm afraid that the only positive remark I can write about this story (without revealing the WHOLE PLOT)... is that it didn't make me want to set it on fire. -_-
In the same state of mind, I have to mention that it never pissed me off... much.
No, wait there was that time in which the character... you know what? Never mind.
Truth is, I found it incredibly boring and many were the times in which I almost DNF it. ...more
✬ more cake
✬ ...so the book is primarily dedicated to cake
✬ magic (cake magic..?)
All of this goes with cocoa for me. Granted, the main heroine suffers more than enjoys herself in her journey through this story, but it's well worth it, in my eyes. It's written beautifully, and it keeps its mystery throughout pretty much all of the bo ...more
Also, an ...more
Good premise, thoughts and feelings baked into things. I didn't like the amnesia trope. I'm sure it is to build suspense but it gets annoying.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
When I saw this book on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I have read Charlie N. Holmberg’s Paper Magician trilogy before, and really enjoyed it. So I was curious to see what she would bring next. Plus, the premise of this book sounds amazing. Note: I edited the synopsis from Goodreads. I removed a bunch of stuff, that isn’t really a spoiler. Yet I feel like it is more fun to read, just knowing this (that’s what I did).
This seems t ...more
(I received a free copy from the publisher, 47North, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
Maire is different. She's lost her memory of who she was, and she is able to infuse the baked goods she makes with certain emotions that she brings forward while baking. Then, whenever a person eats it, they experience that emotion. On a walk home one day, Maire notices a strange spirit who nobody else could see. Not long after, that spirit tells her she needs to ...more
“I promise it will make a difference.”I wasn’t really prepared for this story; I wasn’t expecting something so dark and unsettling, but that’s what I got. It was magical too, and romantic and mysterious.
And weird. It was kinda weird.
The writing is great though. Just be prepared for creeeepy, like insects crawling on your skin creepy. All in all, it was something different, and I enjoyed it.
side note: there was something about this that sorta reminded me of Hatchling by Laini Tayor ...more
This is a fun and quirky fantasy read, which is unlike anything I have ever read before. If you can handle deliberate confusion, both for the reader and the character, then this might be one for you.