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Sugar Spells

(The Spellwork Syndicate #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  87 reviews
For fans of Hex Hall, The Magicians, Practical Magic, and Food Wars!

After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her evolving powers are stirring up trouble.
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Inkmonster LLC
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Luupi "The Reading Queen"
If you haven't read Deadly Sweet, you definitely should do it!

This second book is so sweet, inspiring and just fun to read. On one of my status I mentioned that the cover represents really well the inside and it's because everything feels like a princess fairytale and I would definitely read these books to my kids if I had them ❤️.

"Is there anything else I can do?" "Live" Peggy said. "Dance, kiss, love and don't fixate on what's wrong. If you can be passionately yourself, death will never
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

Okay, yes this review will have some.
Read at your own risk!

For the love of baking and all kinds of fun magic!

Sugar Spells was a pretty quick and cute book to dive into. I loved getting to see the darker side of magic with this book - even if it is with baking yummy treats! Anise is so lovable and I liked seeing her go through every day troubles. Baking can be hard (for some people) and it sucks
Ritika Chhabra
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I need to start with how much I loved the title, the cover and the blurb of this book. In fact, that was the sole reason why I even read the first part of "The Spellwork Syndicate". I really liked the idea of a witch whose magical mojo is all messed up because of a brush with death. I mean, let me not even get into why I like the "Vampire Academy" series.

Anyway, moving to Sugar Spells, this is the second part in "The Spellwork Syndicate" and it
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4 1/2 stars

This book might have been better than the first book in the series. It had the same amazing characters in the amazing world that was built with a whole new plot. Anise's baking magic wound up entangled with death magic from her near death experience in the previous book. She still makes baked goods, but now with death enchantments. Mannikans also come into play, they are non-human supernaturals, like vampires an
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
A fun, quick read, filled with bits of magic and sweetness.

Anise again finds herself in danger for reasons beyond her control, but once again with the help of her loyal friends and her somewhat reluctant bodyguard she will overcome all the obstacles in her way.

*Full review to Come*
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 4-star, fantasy
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I read the first book, Deadly Sweet, at the start of the year and was quite pleased to see this second book appear on Netgalley. While I did have some critics on the first book it was still an enjoyable read. The second book moved on in the same direction and it was just what I needed.

Don’t go into these books expecting a very complex magical system or very complex plot. What you see is what you get.
Katie Harder-schauer
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. This is my honest review.

First off, I wish I'd realized this was the second book in a series (and it was probably made clear in the books description when I requested it, but I was so spellbound by the cover that I wasn't even paying attention to that). There was definitely some backstory I was missing out on, and while I felt like the major points that were necessary for this story to make sense were covered, I still felt lik
Alisha Carderella
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Anise’s brush with death has left her magic all out of whack. Her aunt won’t let her near the bakeshop until she can get control of her new death magic. Anise turns to her friends and bodyguard to help her get her powers under control. Of course nothing is easy.

Book 2 is another cozy and magical story. Simple and predictable, yet lots of fun. It picks right up where the first book left off, and we get more back story on Wynn, see him start to have a little more character development (and have a
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Something of the Book.

Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

So, I'm actually going to put my whole review behind a spoiler thingy because the review has spoilers for the first book in this series. But I did mostly enjoy this book and I thought it explored a some interesting aspects of this world.
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Kris Mauna
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lola Dodge delivers a sweet follow-up through her next book in the Spellwork Syndicate series. Sugar Spells is fun, magical, and everything I wanted from the previous book and more!

The story begins right where Deadly Sweet ended and we find that Anise is now at odds with her magic after the previous events occurred. She’s finally found a sense of home and feels more like herself than she ever has, but now she’s afraid she’ll have to leave the bakery because of this magic she possess.

“Is there
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the first book, Deadly Sweet, after being approved to read second book on Netgalley.

I enjoyed the first read and this book continued and was as enjoyable. These are simple stories with lots of wonderful tasty bakes and a cozy magical feel. Perfect read for on the couch with a snuggle blanket on a wet afternoon.

Thank you to NetGalley, Inscribe Digital and Lola Dodge for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

All reviews are available on my blog www.momobookdiary
Rebecca Reviews
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lola Dodge’s Sugar Spells is a quick, entertaining, and well-written read filled with magic and delicious baked treats. Although I wish some of the characters and certain elements of the plot were more developed, this is a great read. It’s an excellent second addition to The Spellwork Syndicate series.

Our protagonist is teen baker and kitchen witch Anise Wise who is recovering from her brush with death at the hands of a murderous warlock. She can’t wait to get back to whipping up magical treats
Tracy Fritts
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgallery
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.
Erin Sky
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sugar Spells fulfills the promise of Deadly Sweet, becoming everything I had hoped this series would be!

Don’t you just love these covers? The first one sucked me right in, and I love this one even more. But what’s true of the covers is just as true of the books!

Anise is still in Taos, but her previous adventures did not leave her unscathed. Without spoilers (for either this book or book one), she finds herself more deeply immersed in the world of magic, becoming more aware of its darker side—whe
Elley Murray
Rating: 3.5 stars

OK, maybe this wasn't the best book to read while on a low carb diet, haha. Once again this book goes pretty heavily into the details of the things Anise is baking, so if you're into watching The Great British Bake-Off and Charmed then this book might be for you! If cooking shows bore you, you might want to move along...

After her exploits in Deadly Sweet, Anise's fire magic is left tainted with death magic and she can't bake. If you've read the first book in the series, this is
Nora Eliana | Papertea & Bookflowers
Sugar Spells is the second installment in a cozy little witch series. It's perfect if you want to celebrate the spooky season without actually reading spooky books. Or just want a cute little book about witches, baking, and lots of magic.

I read the first book nearly a year ago and I quite enjoyed it. If you want to you can check out my review of it here.
But to quickly recap (no spoilers, don't worry) the first book Deadly Sweet was a lot of fun and a very new reading experience for me. Usually
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The story picks up exactly where Deadly Sweet left off. Anise has death magic rattling through her body and can no longer bake at her great-aunt's bakery until the magic is dispelled. Her friends try and help wean the green coated magic from Anise, but the process is relentless. No matter how much Anise drains the magic through baking charred concoctions, it still remains inside of her. Upon meeting a shady vampire named Giraar and learning more about Wynn's past, Anise decides to strike a deal ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
SUGAR SPELLS is a fun, light read as long as you don't look too far into the ingredients of its sweet frosting. Readers who enjoyed Anise's voice and relationship with her bodyguard will be delighted to find more of the same in this sequel. As they grow closer, Wynn opens up about his past, adding more complications to Anise's story.

However, SUGAR SPELLS suffers from many of the same problems as its predecessor. The ethics of using spelled treats to influence emotions is never discussed. Wynn po
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was just the recipe of magical fun I was looking for! Sugar Spells is the second book in The Spellwork Syndicate Series, the first is Deadly Sweet, which I have not read yet, and works fine as a stand alone. The third book, Wicked Tasty comes out next March. I am going to be adding Deadly Sweets to my TBR!

This fast read is a story about Anise and her baking spells. She is all of a sudden unable to whip up her usual yummy pastries and discovers evil magic is running through her veins. A
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 the ...more
Stacia | stacialovestoread
-thank you to the publisher and to netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review-
A sequel (I didn’t know going into it).
This books tried, really hard. The magic system was a bit confusing to me, which could be because I mistakenly requested the second book in the set without having read the first, or because it just isn’t fully explained.
Although categorized as YA, I’d almost put this in the middle grade area, with an aim at older middle graders. I will try again to read this but at
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book, Deadly Sweet, after being approved to read second book on Netgalley.

I enjoyed the first read and this book continued and was as enjoyable. These are simple stories with lots of wonderful tasty bakes and a cozy magical feel. Perfect read for on the couch with a snuggle blanket on a wet afternoon.

Thank you to NetGalley, Inscribe Digital and Lola Dodge for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, but the ending made me a little sad. After everything that they had been through together. Just made for a wrong sorta ending. Still cannot wait until I read book three. Bring on next year!
Claire ✨
IN SUMMARY: In the sequel to DEADLY SWEET, SUGAR SPELLS bakes up a fun adventure and develops its heroine and main characters. A must-read for baking fans, magic fans, and a little bit of mayhem fans.


SUGAR SPELLS was simply a lot of fun. Problems from the last novel run over into this one: awkward writing mainly being the main problem, underdeveloped side characters taking second place. Anyone but Anise and Wynn are the human equivalent of white bread: boring, bland, and stal
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018, 150-300
Sugar Spells continues from where Deadly Sweet ended. Anise had close encounter with death, and coming back had it’s consequences – she can not bake a thing without putting the customers in danger. What to do? There are couple of opinions, but none of them help. Her only opinion is to bake the death touch out of her. But who would buy a deadly sweets? Well turns out, there is somebody who is willing to buy and to eat her cooking.

So she moves from kitchen to kitchen and bakes her deadly macron, e
Jessica Parsons
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75/5 stars

The second book in a series, Sugar Spells follows up where Deadly Sweet left off. Anise, a baking witch, lives in a world not that unlike our own, except, well… the witch thing. Everyone knows they are there, but no one is thrilled to have the in their town. When she is forced out of her town and sent to work and apprentice for her Aunt Agatha, she finds that witches are more common in Taos, New Mexico. After a run in with a warlock in Deadly Sweet that held her at the brink of death
Tonja Drecker
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a delicious mixture of sweet magic, some dark creatures, and spicy adventure.

Anise has survived the adventure of the first book...a book I truly enjoyed...and now, finds herself at odds with her own magic. Thanks to her brush with death, death magic has intertwined with her own cheerful sparks. It makes for deadly baking, which really is killing her mood. Her necromancy friends are doing their best to help out, but it's slow. When she discovers a way she can still bake even with death ma
Emily Wrayburn
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind 9 November 2018:

I have a pretty terrible memory for the details of books, and I read the first one back in March. But I’m pretty sure I liked this one even more than the first!

Lola Dodge’s culinary descriptions continued to make me drool and once again, the cover is really stunning. The way Anise’s magic is infused with the baking was also described in detail and Dodge was able to expand on the magic system she established in book one. We
Sugar Spells is book 2 in The Spellwork Syndicate series. Lola Dodge is a must read author for me, I love her writing style. Her characters are entertaining and lively, and her world building is great.

After the events in book 1, Anise is left with her powers acting a bit wonky. She's trying to bake and everything is turning into gooey sludge messes and she can't figure out why. She's off kitchen duty at her Aunt's bakery until it all gets sorted out. After consulting with a family friend they r
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