More witches have crept into my reading list with Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge. I don’t as a rule read much young adult/teen reads and I’m quite fussy. It’s a good young adult if it doesn’t read like a young adult book, if that makes sense. Particular favorites of mine are The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Beautiful Creatures (but get me started on the movie!!!). I did think this book did read like a young adult read but not in a terrible way, it just popped in in some places, where I’d wince a little. Another pet hate of mine is when the main female character spends a lot of time injured and being saved. She did.
So the story goes Anise Wise and her mum are witches, in a world that really doesn’t like witches. They don’t have contact with other witches. Anise’s power is growing and she’s being rejected from colleges. After an incident with an overly friendly boy, she needs help. Her aunt Agatha has received a letter from her and needs an apprentice. Anise finds a whole new world of witches and witchy baking (which is one of her skills). Beware the baking and food descriptions will make you hungry and I don’t know how the girls put all this food away. While she knows here she can realize her dreams, baking in her great aunts magical bakery, not everyone is happy she’s there. The last apprentice went missing under mysterious circumstances and for some reason her aunt seems to think she needs a bodyguard. There were some strong female characters in it, the older women, which was great but it just annoys me when your main character is being carried around with injuries and making terrible mistakes all the time. I enjoyed it though. It was a cosy young adult mystery and I would recommend it for maybe 12 years plus, I think there’s potential for Anise to stop getting herself into trouble 3/5 (for teenagers).
Thank you to NetGalley and INscribe Digital for this eArc for an honest review.