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Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Magic Bitter, Magic SweetMagic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On the plus side, I love Charlie Holmberg. She’s a fantastic, underrated author who writes fascinating fantasy novels (often standalone stories which are rare in the fantasy realm) with unique concepts and solid world building. She creates worlds that really do feel different and special, and her stories and characters often have their own unique cultures that dictate who people are, how they feel, and what they do, in the most unexpected ways. I really like that about her writing and stories. It’s always surprising, and her stories never feel like a different version of the same old thing.

On the minus side, the entire cast and crew has a sort of amnesia in this novel. Nobody knows what is going on, including the reader, and at a certain point, it becomes a bit too confusing and overwhelming. I kept waiting for the big pay out, but there’s just so much unknown for so long that instead of being intriguing, it because a bit frustrating. This story needs more explanation and more clues, so that it feels like we’re really getting somewhere, rather than that we are on a long, confusing journey that makes no sense.

I by no means regret reading this (refer back to the plus side), but this one isn’t for everyone. It’s going to take the right kind of reader to love and appreciate this one. If you are uncomfortable when there are a lot of unknown variables, take a pass on this one. However, if you adore baking, food descriptions, or the idea of someone with strong magic that allows her to bake emotions into food, then maybe this is a yes for you. Just don’t expect explanations, as those are few and far between, until the very end, and even then, they’re quite unexpected in the way that makes the conclusion feel a bit like it belongs to an entirely different story.

Book 65 read in 2018

Pages: 306

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