Sweet & Bitter Magic
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom.Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others. Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret. When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father. Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don’t kill each other first.
Simon and Schuster
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"Dnf 50% of the way thru.<br/><br/>For the love of all magic I couldn't get into this. Tamsin though terrible, actually was a unique character though I don't think she was explored enough or given enough spark. Her unique trait could have brought around a lot of intrigue. Wren was ok. She starts to open up 200 pages in but about that time I didn't care anymore.<br/><br/>This was a character driven story except they were not well rounded. The writing itself was too straight forward bypassing the essentials. Some people who seemed important kind of faded away and was never heard of again. Creatures were often brought up, trolls, and sprites but nothing much became of it.<br/><br/>Dang I just need to say that map was wicked cool. Being able to follow along as the two girls traveled was wonderful, always one of my favorite things. It also occurred to me while reading about Tamsin, that with the absence of love she treated people without deference. The only way to explain is, it was like a person on drugs, so caught up in their high or next hit they are impervious to others feelings. It was very insightful but again should have been flushed out.<br/><br/>To start the story really felt like the one for me but later on I realized it was missing depth and sincerity. The relationship was slow growing yes, still it wasn't organic. They didn't feel drawn to each other or they would have found one another 5 years previous. The map was amazing, yes, but I didn't see the hardship of the travel. The colors of the magic, the heartbreak, I couldn't grasp it even though I tried. The banter was fun but not enough it seems.<br/><br/>'What sort of secrets did Tamsin posses that she'd lock into such a well-protected book? Perhaps it had special spells for being a grump, or maybe a list of names of people she wanted to hex.'"