Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.
Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.
The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.
If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.
Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?
I’m going to write this review as I read this book. At first I thought ‘Why am I reading this?’ Oh yeah because it seemed interesting. Seemed like I would like it. And I do to a degree. It’s a quick easy read so far. I got to chapter 6 within 20 minutes.
I like how the main characters name is Anise. It fits with the story rather well. I love that she refuses to be someone else then herself. It seems geared more towards an audience that would like to read about food with a bit of witchcraft mixed in.
I sadly just can’t finish this book. I want to but I am having issues even reading it farther then chapter 7. Am I giving up too quickly? If so let me know and I will try to read it again. The bit I did read is good – it’s just not my type of book and I just can’t seem to want to read it.