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{June 18, 2013}   {ARC Review and Giveaway} Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
17983893From 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.

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This was a really entertaining story to read.  From the very beginning, I was drawn in by the main character, Jade, as she’s so down to earth and speaks to the reader as if we’re friends.  She launches into her story, explaining what happened to her over the course of the week, and it’s highly engaging!  In fact, all the talk to sweets and cupcakes definitely gave me mass cravings as I read.  I actually really loved the interspersing of the cupcake talk, and the fact that Jade owns a bakery meshes extremely well with the story.  Now, I’m dying to eat sunshine in a cup and all the other tasty treats Doidge weaves into this fun story. 

Complete with witches, werewolves, vampires, and necromancers, this novel will keep readers laughing and turning the pages as Jade tries to figure out the truth behind the deaths surrounding her—the deaths that all point to her.  Though a little slow on the uptake, as she’ll tell you herself, Jade is a wonderful character that sees the good in everyone and who wants to follow all the rules and bring happiness to all (hence her cupcake business).  Of course, it doesn’t always work that way, and Jade will have to break her good-girl image in order to understand all that is happening around her, and it’s a great ride. 

The truth behind the murders is heavily foreshadowed in this novel, and around half-way through I was able to pinpoint just who was to blame, but even so, the story still surprised me and egged me on, and I had a great time reading it.  It’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s an all around great read!  Four stars.

4 stars

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review prior to its release on June 21.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

Meghan is giving away an ebook of this awesome novel to one lucky winner!

To enter this giveaway, you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Agree to HONESTLY REVIEW the novel via a blog (if you have one), or Goodreads, or any other media format you use for book reviews (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click the Rafflecopter Entry Link to ENTER!

This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end at 12:01am EST on July 2nd. Please only enter once. The winner will be announced later on July 2nd, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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Denise Z says:

You had me at cupcakes, of course we all know they are a little bit of magic LOL This sounds like a really fun read. Thank you for sharing about it and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.



Thanks for the review! Everything I’m seeing about this book is reinforcing my desire to read it. Jade sounds like a very “human” and likable character and I can’t wait to make her my friend! :-)



[…] “Complete with witches, werewolves, vampires, and necromancers, this novel will keep readers laughing and turning the pages as Jade tries to figure out the truth behind the deaths surrounding her—the deaths that all point to her. ” – 4 stars, Shana from A Book Vacation […]



Thanks for reading and reviewing, Shana!



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