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{December 23, 2013}   {ARC Review} Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Dowser #2)

18878660From Goodreads: Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.

Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

This second novel in the Dowser series is just as enticing as the first, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic.  Complete with scrumptious cupcakes, snarky attitude, and a fast-paced setting, this novel will keep you entertained from the very first page. Picking up three months after the conclusion of the first, Jade is still a little green when it comes to her Dowser powers, though her aura is strong and she’s working doubly hard to become that much stronger.

The fun really begins when Jade is invited to see a special collection of artifacts, and together with her were friends, vampire escort, and a stowaway, she embarks on an adventure unlike any other, with spells, curses, and powerful trinkets at the forefront.

Jade is a great character, and I really enjoy that she’s believable.  Although the novel is steeped in magic and situations beyond the natural realm, Jade’s actions are very real.  She feels emotional pain, yearns to help those around her, is selfless and caring, and yet she doesn’t roll over and allow others to walk all over her.  I really liked that about her, especially because I feel like had I been in her shoes, learning everything and being betrayed time and time again, I’d probably have curled up in a corner somewhere.  But Jade is strong and works through her issues, and I admire that about her.  She’s also obsessed with chocolate, and her cupcakes and bakery tidbits are always fun to read about, especially with all the snark Jade delivers as the story ensues.

With the blindsiding ending that Doidge bestows upon her readers, we learn much about the origins of magic and the truth behind where Jade comes from, and to be honest, I feel like Doidge is going to take us in a completely different, but awesome, direction now, and I can’t wait.  Four stars.

4 stars

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks for reading and reviewing, Shana!

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