Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic (Dowser #1) By: Meghan Ciana Doidge
If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.
So looking at this cover and reading the blurb I was excited at the prospect of reading a supernatural cozy mystery. After finishing it I’m not sure if I would still classify it as a cozy. It had some cozy elements, like dead bodies and a normal civilian being dragged into things, but it was much more a Supernatural book than a cozy. I didn’t have a problem with that, though.
Jade wasn’t quiet curious enough, for my tastes. She just seemed to accept what she’d always been told and never tried to figure stuff out for herself. Which is an okay trait for a young adult to have but when you’re older you really should start thinking for yourself. By the end she was a little better, but I’m not sure if it’s a quality that will continue through the rest of the books. I hope it does.
I figured out who the bad guy was fairly quickly, or who I hoped the bad guy was, and I was right. There will probably be backlash in the following books from what happened and it looks like there will be a love triangle in the future as well.
The world created was very interesting and Doidge seems to have the rules of magic nailed down so that’s a positive for her. Though Jade is just starting to figure things out so we’ll see if things change. I thought the Vancouver setting was nice and different and there were mentions of Australia so maybe we’ll go there in upcoming books.
All and all I really liked this series and I’ll be looking up the next one as soon as I’m finished here.