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Publisher's Summary

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.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

©2016 Charlie N. Holmberg (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

I guess it's a testament when you like an author's writing and a narrator's speaking enough to stick with a story that you really lost interest in halfway through. The premise I was intriguing and I love the Paper Magician series, so I thought this take on cooking emotions would be entertaining. A lot of the book was the main character overcoming enslavement and continuously being kept in the dark about her origins. I wish I could give this a better rating, but it just wasn't the story I was looking forward to by the end.

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Dark story

This story was very creative, however, it was also depressing. I almost didn't finish it because it seemed like there was no redeeming quality to it. I think it could have been more magical and less depressing. I would not re on end it.

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  • MVF
  • Alabama
  • 12-18-16

eloquently written

This is a story about a woman who does not know her past. It is a fantasy set in a world that we do not know but has medieval overtures to it.

Maire is the heroine who has the gift of baking magic into her cakes and sweets. When maurauders attack the town she lives in she is sold to a man who is not quite right. She struggles to understand and to escape.

Kate Rudd is a wonderful voice artist - and gives life to this story.

what I liked: the writing is compelling and I had to read to the very end.

what I didn't like: there were elements that bothered me (this is my opinion only-very subjective others may not agree)- I didn't like what she ended up being- nor the connection to her "captor". this was a bittersweet story. I can't say more unless I give away key points.

I do recommend - especially for the writing. But im curious as to what others may think.

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incredible

I loved this book, and the narrator is one to follow. This story is a constant mystery and, while it did get tedious at times, the narrator's acting kept me interested. I did love the story once I got to the end, too!

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so different so datk... so amazing!

i started this book with paper magicians dancing in my head - and was disoriented... this is NOTHING like paper macicisns - Very different world - but wow I just kept going falling deeper and deeper and then ... and then i really think this is ine of the best stories i’ve read... complex - dark - but not a nightmare... a story. a really good complex story... Excellent!

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Interesting but not my favorite

I listened to the another of the author's books (the 5th doll) and I was absolutely obsessed. I fell in love with the style of fantasy that Holmberg presented. When I listened to Magic Bitter, Magic sweet, I felt a bit underwhelmed at the end. I think that the author has created an interesting universe and mythology. However, I feel as though I came in to the middle of something. There's so many missed opportunities. Ideally, this could be part of a series. I would recommend listening to this before the 5th doll as to work up to it. Going from that to this left me disappointed. However I will still continue to buy Holmberg's work

Kate Rudd was very emotional. She bought a lot of passion and variety to the story.

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  • 09-23-18

unexpected and delightful

I adore this book. it was light interesting and enjoyable. though frankly it took the main charecter longer to figure out who she is then it took me which was annoying at times. But my guess is this is written for the YA crowd. still it was just what I needed after the crazy rich Asians book. something totally magically different.

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bitter hold the sweet

The first 10% of this had me hooked, while the remaining 90% had me wanting less unnecessary, insignificant details and a plot and point to the story. The vagueness of Fyel is obnoxious while the bread crumb of clues (no pun intended) leave you hungry for a heartier plot. I’m so annoyed I wasted so much time listening and reading this book hoping for more.

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Magical

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Fabulous story line. Very intriguing. Kept me interested the entire book! Re-read already!!

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a little sad

With the prologue it makes me a little sad and happy at the same time.

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  • kath t.
  • 09-03-17

unlistenable!

the woman performing this sounds like a robot. couldn't listen for longer than 5 minutes, I love this author and I'm really upset that I can't rate this high because I don't even know what the story was!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-17-18

Very weird book

Didn't really know what I was getting into here. But followed the story to the end. I won't read any more books by this author but it was a adventure into fantasy fiction.

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  • lyn
  • 05-11-17

Brilliant!!!

So very very clever, I was hooked from the start. I cannot really say much more other than - this is one of the most creative storylines I've come across in a very long time

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  • gypsy
  • 01-22-17

unusual and brilliant

Where does Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A fairy tale for grown-ups. Magical tale which was unusual and refreshing. It led me to read some of Charlie's other books but this remains my favourite

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  • maria
  • 07-19-16

A.good listen

Starts a bit slow, but picks up ans stays there. Itis also a bit predictable, but even so it is intresting and a good time.