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

First off, if this author doesn’t come out with a companion baking guide I am going to be doing a whole lot of drooling for nothing. Our faithful protagonist, Jade, is a pretty, yoga-practicing baker with a hobby of creating magical trinkets that turn out to be worth more than a spot on a Pinterest board. Her cupcakes are described so vividly that I swear I gained a pound after reading this book. I also gained an affection for our heroine, who despite being young and beautiful never became annoying.

Jade is actually pretty happy with her life, running her very successful business and dabbling in her limited magic. Then a vampire and a pack of werewolves show up, determined to find out how Jade is connected to a series of murders involving black magic. Despite her protestations of innocence, Jade finds herself caught up in the mystery, and in the process finds out that her own past isn’t what she’s been led to believe.

I very much enjoyed this book, which could have been a little stronger on plotting and character development. The twists and turns weren’t as shocking as they could have been, and the big reveal of the villain wasn’t all that surprising. Still, it was good enough to keep me reading and on the lookout for the next installment.

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