A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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She has a comfortable life in her aunt's bakery making gingerbread men dance and biscuits go fluffy. But what makes this unique is the way the universe is created - the talents of the witches and wizards, the way the situations happen that exactly relate how a young girl would react, the fact that she didn’t want to be a hero, but just wanted adults to be more responsible and accountable. Yes, this is really my little nefarious self reading (and slightly enjoying) a not-so despicable piece of not-so revolting YA.

Both funny and completely believable, the way Mona’s desperate efforts to save the day made this a gripping read so that I stayed up far too late to discover what happened. She reminds me a bit of Robin McKinley’s darker stuff (flashes of Sunshine‘s chattiness) mixed with what Naomi Novik is trying to do with A Deadly Education (and mostly succeeding—I do love that series), combined with a dash of Tamora Pierce. Pure unadulterated fun seemingly aimed at middle school aged children who like some darkness in their reading or adults who still enjoy some magic in their lives. The other downside (it’s all downsides) of Ursula Vernon being not as famous as she ought is that my library never gets any of her books — infuriating! Overall, the book never lacks for charm and silliness (which sometimes make the stakes difficult to manage?stars, almost 5, and I can very much recommend it, especially as a winter holiday read: there's lots of yummy baking going on and despite of its dark themes, it always manages to maintain a warm and lighthearted tone. When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies. Definitely a book to check out if you’re feeling YA fantasy with a nostalgic feel that is still all it’s own. She was the one who found the body of the girl in her aunt’s bakery, but because Mina is a wizard (does being able to magic bread even count ? She has been nominated for the World Fantasy and the Eisner, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, Nebula, Alfie, WSFA, Coyotl and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I think it would be okay for some intermediate/middle school students who like a little bit of dark but not scary humour. Now if that isn’t the most eco-friendly way to recycle killed-in-combat crustaceans, I don’t know what is.We ask all users help us create a welcoming environment by reporting posts/comments that do not follow the subreddit rules.

But uh, the secondary character I might have developed a really bad crush on was head of the guard Joshua. What is visceral is the amazing descriptions, the smells, sights and textures that pop out of this book, as the characters crawl through, over and around the story. This book is not only a Lodestar finalist but, at the time I’m writing this, already an Andre Norton winner!A great atmosphere, hilarious worldbuilding, snappy dialogues and vivacious characters all mix together to create a delicious adventure with colourful magic as icing on top. Mona’s bread magic may not seem like it’s good for much but the message here is that, no matter how insignificant you may feel, there is greatness in everyone. When you’re different, even just a little different, even in a way that people can’t see, you like to know that people in power won’t judge you for it. It’s even worse when you realize that there’s a mysterious assassin on the loose, targeting people who have magical powers, no matter how insignificant. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking reminds me of three really different things; Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.

The supporting characters have fantastic depth and personality which really blends well to create this fabulous story. I had so much fun reading this book, especially because the plot started out as one thing (a murder mystery with magic) and then grew and grew and ended up being rather epic. She has a great way with a turn of phrase and situational comedy and makes it all very funny for me.Just as interesting as her allies what with their reanimated horse corpses and stuff (those minor magic folk certainly had highly unusual talents). Seriously, this entire book manages to combine hilarious humor with serious events and believable emotional connections between characters. We welcome respectful dialogue related to speculative fiction in literature, games, film, and the wider world. Mona is a very reluctant hero, wanting “to make really good sourdough and muffins and not get messed up with assassins and politics” — and she would much rather not have to do anything heroic because really, that’s something required of adults. It's ethics and world-building are probably geared a little simply compared to some of her other works, which may be why it feels a little younger.



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