Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.


When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.


During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

Magic Bitter Magic Sweet

Almost passed this due to mixed reviews, but so glad I didn’t!




I loved this book. The main character Maire bakes a bit of magic into her confections. You want a little Love, some extra Strength, a bit more intelligence or compassion. She has a cookie, cake, biscuit or tart for that. Though she has no idea where her special baking skills came from. She appeared in town 4 years ago with amnesia.

When Marauders come to town and capture her, she is sold as a slave to a volatile man who seems to know her but will not tell her anything about who she is or how he know her. She also begins seeing a ghostly man who also knows her from before but will give her little information.

The story gets truly interesting when her buyer starts taking baking jobs. For example she is asked to make a gingerbread house in the enchanted forest for an old lady who loves children, and gingerbread cookies shaped as boys who will be real for a lonely widow, plus more. I like the mix of genres in the book, it was unexpected.

As the book goes on we find out more about who Maire is and who Fyel, the ghostly man is, as well as how the man who bought her knew who she was and how she ended up losing her memories. I cried, quite a bit. But you gotta love that in books sometimes. It means it stirs emotions in you.

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