Review: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

 

17983893 Release Date: June 21, 2013

Publisher: Old Man in the Crosswalk Productions

Series: The Dowser #1

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Format: paperback 

Source: Won via A Book Vacation

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

My Thoughts: A pretty funny book, if I must say. I enjoyed reading this and was very thankful that I had the next book to jump right into, to see if it would be a series that I would come to love. I liked the characters enough to keep reading, Jade being the one I liked the most. However, the bad guy was no surprise to me in the end. I guessed that coming like I could hear the ice cream truck down the road.

The story started out slow at first, but it picked up pace gradually about 1/3 of the way. Jade could be a very good character, if it weren’t for the lack of emotions running rampant in this book. I liked her for her trying to figure out who/what she is and, oh, the awesome cupcakes that she makes. (Though, it’s not like I can taste them) Her relationship with her sister is endearing and so much like siblings should be. 

The creatures in this; vampires, werewolves, etc…, are portrayed rather blandly to me. Then, there was so much happening and not enough reflection on the aftermath for me to really love this book. I wanted to love it but only felt slightly satisfied with the book as a whole, so I immediately started the next book. I think the author could have delved a little deeper, but it wasn’t a bad read. I’d recommend it to those with low expectations on UF books, simply because it lacks emotions. A 3 star read for me.

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