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Deadly Sweet

(The Spellwork Syndicate #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Ink Monster, LLC
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I give this book 4 out of 5 Magical Stars! I really enjoyed this paranormal/fantasy that was mixed with a bit of mystery as well!😍 From the beginning I felt at the edge of my seat with Anise being sought out by an assassin! I really enjoyed the main character and seeing her escape so many sticky situations was quite fun! The mystery was fun as well and enjoyed going through this story figuring out who was who. The only drawback for me was that I wish there was too much deserts and baking and not ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge is the first book in the new Spellwork Syndicate series. This one is a bit of a young adult/new adult fantasy/paranormal read mixed with a bit of mystery. The main character is a young kitchen witch who bakes spells into her goodies but after moving to a new town finds herself the target of an assassin.

This was a nice enough opener to this series introducing readers to Anise who is a witch and wants to attend pastry school but keeps getting rejected. After a witchy acc
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
No, I have nothing better to do than review a book on Christmas Day. #imsodedicated

Deadly Sweet had lots of fun elements, but turned out kind of underwhelming as a whole.

+ Baking. I always love books that are filled with cake, and characters who love baking always feel more homey to me. Anise is a witch with baking magic, so there's a lot of baking in this, and I was down for all of it. So comforting!

+ Witchery. A witchy fantasy book usually means that there are a lot of badass women around,
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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*I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

A pleasant, though slightly predictable, tale of a young, inexperienced magical baker trying to find her place in a new town where she can finally use her gifts freely.

The book itself is a bit more magical-realism rather than full-on magical hijinks, and also focuses far more on baking than magic. So if you are a foodie or you enjoy foodporn this is might be for you. Though if you are hungry, this may not be the best t

This book had so many candy references it almost gave me a toothache - or maybe that was from me devouring too many cookies while reading this so I didn't feel left out... 

Okay so I need to get this out of the way - even though the main characters are supposed to be around 17-18 years old I felt like this book belongs under the juvenile fiction category because of the way it was written. It was a bit predictable and really PG, but also a quick, fun read.

Our main character Anise Wise i
Lili  Marcus

Told from a first POV of a young witch name Anise (such a great name), I was introduced into a whole new world of magic, of witches and of weirdness. Like in all other witch stories, Anise has a problem with mortals. Though it is a general knowledge that witches exist, still she can't just be who she is. She's misunderstood, along with the whole population, to put it lightly. But all she wanted is to study culinary and then succeed in it. But rejection after rejection of college applications,

Sarah Marie
Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

First book in the Spellwork Syndicate series

3 stars

Anise Wise is tired of hiding from the humans of the world. It doesn’t that matter that witches are a well-known magical species, humans hate and fear them. All Anise wants to do is bake and create cakes that could allow her to have a bakery one day. The problem is that she keeps getting rejected from colleges and she and her mother are barely scraping by. When an incident arises and Anise finds herself in Taos to be an

Erin Sky
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
All Anise wants is to become a pastry chef, but applying to college isn’t easy when you’re a witch. Shouldn’t magic make her life easier? In small ways, maybe. But baking a little happiness into cookies isn’t the same thing as waving a magic wand and making all your dreams come true. Normal people are scared of her, and even her own mother—the only other witch Anise has ever known—would rather she didn’t use her powers at all.

When Anise is assaulted at a local fair, her untempered magic comes to
Nora Eliana | Papertea & Bookflowers
Deadly Sweet surprised me with how much I really enjoyed it and how much I just wanted to keep reading.

Anise is a baker through and through and that was quite interesting to read about. I didn't know it would be possible to talk about baking so much no matter the topic, seriously in at least every other sentence there is some reference to baking. And more so surprised me that I wasn't annoyed by that in the slightest. I loved it actually. It made the book so cozy and wonderful. It is certainly
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Cherry Pies

Deadly Sweet is about baking, witches, and everything in between. Anise loves to bake and using her magic in it but being a witch is a bit hard outside of certain areas where you have to hide what you are. So when Anise ends up with a chance to study under a long-lost relative who owns the only magic bakery in the US, she is more than excited for the chance. Upon arriving for her d
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

I picked up this book because I requested the sequel on Netgalley without knowing that it was the second in the series. I also had recently seen this on someone's blog as a hidden gem and it really is. I'm so glad that I requested the sequel and discovered this series, because it was everything that I wanted.

I found the world building super unique. I found the logistics of Anise's magic very cool. As a baking witch she bak
Aimee Ferguson
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Digital ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found here, on my blog!

I didn't really know what I was getting into with this book, it was kind of an impulse request because I liked the cover the premise of a world with magical bakeries. Also the fact that she has this very concrete goal (pastry school) and a very interesting obstacle (rejection because of witchcraft).

I absolutely loved the world. I think I was expecting more of a fantasy style world
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.

The number one thing that drew me to this book was that cover. It is sickly sweet and yet there seems to be this sinister feel to it. I had to know what this was about. Turns out it is a magically baking book. Just what I needed.

Do not read this book if you are already hungry. There are so many delicious baked goodies in this and the descriptions and the love of our main character for baking are so go
Kris Mauna
Deadly Sweet was a fun, magical read! Its beautiful cover completely captivated me, and I was happily pleased with the story being surrounded by baking yummy (magical) treats!

"No matter how much people hated me for being a witch, my magic was the most me thing about me."

I really enjoyed reading inside this world where magic is legal but not completely accepted. It was interesting to compare it with our own world and relate to it on a certain basis.. And the characters within were just as gre
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

DEADLY SWEET's back copy immediately hooked me. I love cooking shows (there's something profoundly soothing about sitting down and watching someone bake a cake), so combine that with magic, and I couldn't wait to start reading.

DEADLY SWEET kept me enthralled throughout an entire three hour airplane ride. I read it straight through and would have immediately downloaded the sequel if it were available. Anise is a delightful character with a cheerful but
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
First of all, I want to mention that the thing I enjoyed the most about Deadly Sweet were the strong and powerful females that could kick everyone’s ass if they wanted to. All the women that appeared throughout the book had a special power that they knew how to control perfectly, and everyone was afraid of them. However, the most inspiring thing was that they all took care of each other not only because they knew all of them were important but because after some time they all started to love eac ...more
Angela Cuéllar
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I’ve been on a bit of a paranormal binge lately (prompted by my trying to stay cliché with the Halloween season haha) and I have to say that this book really took on its own corner. Urban fantasy, strong female lead, dire situations and distant dreams, somehow it managed to really feel like its own thing. A bit lighter than most paranormal reads, a bit more fun and feel-good. Not to the extent of The Good Witch but it’s definitely no adrenaline and drama-injected The Vampi
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Book Review
Title: Deadly Sweet
Author: Lola Dodge
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: *****
Review: In the opening of Deadly Sweet we are introduced to our protagonist Anise Wise a young witch who wants nothing more than to go pastry school to further her passion for baking. Anise has been rejected from the ten school she applied to and her life doesn’t get any better when her mother loses her job too and they are looking at moving again like they have done so many times in the past. In a fit of de
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Deadly Sweet
Author: Lola Dodge
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: *****
Review: In the opening of Deadly Sweet we are introduced to our protagonist Anise Wise a young witch who wants nothing more than to go pastry school to further her passion for baking. Anise has been rejected from the ten school she applied to and her life doesn’t get any better when her mother loses her job too and they are looking at moving again like they have done so many times in the past. In a fit of de
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
I am honestly reading this because I fell into cliche instalove with that cover
Elley Murray
I have a really hard time rating anything that makes me immediately go looking for the next book (and yelling "NOOOOO!" like I just found out Darth Vader is my dad when I find out it doesn't come out for almost a year) as anything less than 5 stars. So BAM! 5 stars!

I really enjoyed Deadly Sweet. There is an element of romance but I have a hard time calling it a YA Romance. There's an element of fantasy (witches and magic and familiars) but I have a hard time calling it YA Fantasy. Actually, the
True Rating 3.5 stars!

If you are looking for some young adult foodie fiction with a pinch of fantasy and a dash of witchcraft then Deadly Sweet is exactly what you need to read! This book is the first book in The Spellwork Syndicate series and I think this is a promising series. Although there are witches and witchcraft in this book, my feeling is that this book is more along the lines of a cozy foodie fiction mystery and would definitely appeal to readers of all ages. I couldn’t help but get ca
Katherine Paschal
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I cracked the lid and gaped at the hodgepodge. There was one bottle of water— brown water—along with bunches of herbs, a tube of crackers, jars and jars of pills, a block of chocolate , plastic bags, wet wipes, gauze, earplugs, and a glass of tiny red toads and grass with holes cut in the lid.

I must’ve interrupted Lonnie’s scavenger hunt. Otherwise, why?

Anise wants nothing more than to go to culinary school to bake delicious treats infuse
Rebecca Reviews
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lola Dodge’s Deadly Sweet is a really great and unique first entry in The Spellwork Syndicate series. It’s a quick but fun read with a decent plot and great diverse characters.

Our protagonist is teen baker and kitchen witch Anise Wise who has spent her life hiding her magic. She dreams of going to pastry school but is constantly rejected because people are terrified of witches. After her powers cause a disastrous accident, she escapes to New Mexico to apprentice in her great-aunt Agatha’s magic
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish Date: 16th January 2018

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I received this book about 10 months ago in exchange for a review. So I'm just a little bit behind...!
I planned to read it for October, but I considered my recent reading times and TBR pile and came to the conclusion that starting early was perhaps a better idea. And then I happened to read the
Taiwo | A Lifestyle Nerd
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got an e-ARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours ( ) in exchange for a honest review.

First of all, look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous!!😍😍😍 That cake looks so good… The flasks at the bottom look delicious too infact 😂😂😂

Anyway, I should have had a review up two days ago but I had no idea I was even in a blog tour. My emails are so many that the important ones get lost in the pile. So, I had forgotten the summary and I had no idea what this book was about. I started i
Tonja Drecker
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mix delicious cakes and frosting with spell-binding magic and adventure, add a pinch of intrigue and this is a treat readers won't want to miss.

Anise carries the perfect name—she wants nothing more than to be a baker with her own shop. Too bad, she's a witch and is shunned by anyone who notices. Colleges won't accept her, bakers don't want her. . .the only place she finds a job is decorating sheet cakes. When her silly magic gets the best of her, and she's about to end up in jail, a long silent
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book but I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped. The concept is fantastic, but I wish there had been more focus on the magic aspect and a little less on the sweets.

Anise is a young kitchen witch with a magical affinity for baking. She has a lot of raw talent but due to societal prejudices she can’t get into any pastry schools in order to hone her craft.

After a magical mishap that could have devastating consequences, Anise goes to live with her great-aunt Agatha who is a gifted bake
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Anise escapes to Taos where she can finally live out her dream after an incident in New York. She is a witch living in a world that is terrified of witches and so she did what she could to blend in until everything blew up in front of her and she had to leave town. Things fall into place once she becomes an apprentice to her great aunt’s magical bakery in Arizona, but reality is too good to be true and soon Anise discovers that her years of baking is horrendous according to her aunt, she must le ...more
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Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on K-dramas and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello ...more

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