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Title: The Cupcake Witch (The Chancellor Fairy Tales #2)
Author: Poppy Lawless
Published: November 24th, 2015 by Love Potion Books
Length: 98 pages (eBook)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Source: Publisher via YA Bound Book Tours (for honest review)
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤
They say the course of true love never runs smooth.
That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.
Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.
Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.
Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.
I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.
Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.
Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.
The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.
I absolutely loved the title and the cover. It sounded and looked like a cute fantasy that I just had to read. And of course, reading the blurb and seeing that a guy was involved made me want to read it even more.
WHAT I LIKED
The message. Both Julie and Horatio have never really followed their own dreams because of their parents. Their parents wanted different things for them, so they have always chosen to please them instead of themselves. Finally, they realize that they need to follow their own dreams, no matter what their parents or anyone else thinks. And I think that is a great message. We all have dreams. And we all have to deal with people and their opinions about those dreams. But no matter what, we should go after our dreams and do what we are passionate about. Sorry to go all after-school special on you, but it’s true! And I like that this book addresses that.
The characters. I loved every single one of them, even Horatio’s hard-headed father. Julie is driven and not afraid to go after what she wants. Horatio is ambitious but also very sweet and caring. And I loved the other characters too, especially Tootie, Violet, and Betty. Those ladies reminded me of the aunts in Practical Magic. LOVE THEM.
The plot. Girl, who may or may not be a witch, wants to be a baker and inherits very cute building. Boy needs building to tear it down and make it into a parking lot for his father’s new restaurant. Boy meets girl. Things change. Love the idea of this. Cute and intriguing all at the same time.
The writing. I had never read anything by Poppy Lawless before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I just have to say that she is amazing. I love the writing style! I want more!
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The pace. Okay, there were a few issues I had, like the lack of background info about the characters or not enough witch stuff, but it all comes down to the pace. It was way too quick for me. There wasn’t enough time for all that stuff. I know it’s a novella, but it all just happened way too fast for me to care about the characters or get really invested in the book. This really would have been the PERFECT book if it was a full-length novel.
Horatio’s name. I’m sorry, but I just don’t like it. I did, however, love the fact that Julie agreed with me: “Who in the world names their kid Horatio these days?” Lol.
I really, really liked this book, and I would have given it five very well-deserving hearts if it was longer. It had everything! Unforgettable characters, perfect plot, some awesome magic, a cute romance. But, it just felt rushed. That being said, I would definitely recommend reading this. I’m starting to think that I’m just not a novella-type reader. All in all, this book is really good, and I look forward to reading more by this amazing author.
4 out of 5 Hearts!
Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?
Poppy Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.
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