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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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T Kingfisher's books are like a hug - a dark, sometimes frightening hug, but with characters that you can't help falling in love with, just a little bit.

Not to mention it’s a much more vegan-friendly option than using the poor babies as paella ornaments. What I do hate quite very much indeed—and with a murderous vengeance—is crap stuff like this, crap stuff like this and crap stuff like this. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding touches of how different magic worked and different wizards, and would have loved to spend time with more of the city's wizards (before spoilery things happen). 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.When a body is discovered on the floor of the bakery her life is flipped on its head as she flees from a sinister figure determined to get rid of all wizards. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking is, like Minor Mage and Summer in Orcus, somewhat darker than may be the norm for middle grade fantasies. I just wish that the book had stuck to a smaller story - more minor magic, more sourdough starter and animated cookies, less of full-scale enemy invasion and magical powerhouse displays. But I also loved how she realized and discussed with herself that this should have been completely handled by the adults. Creo que la autora llegó a un buen balance de lo que es dirigir un libro a niños/pre adolescentes pero no por eso endulzarlo de más.

Someone is murdering wizards, an enemy marches across the countryside, and her magical friends are evacuating from a ramped up persecution. 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. One day, while 14-year-old wizard Mona is working in her aunt Tabatha's bakery, she finds a dead girl on the kitchen floor. Patricia Santomasso has an extensive catalog of audiobooks under her belt and it can be heard in her presentation of this story. Despite not being sure whether it would be light-hearted and humourous or darker with super high stakes, I enjoyed this audiobook!Often charming and personable animals are part of both authors’ formulas, but here instead of an animal sidekick we have animated gingerbread men and other bakery products with minds of their own, not to mention Bob the belching sourdough starter. Because even if she CAN manage to get better adults it’s not going to happen in time to save the city. After all, when Leia talks about Obi-Wan being her “only hope” at least her expectations are fixed on a grown up. She’s still, to some extent, figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up, although her magic has driven her further down that path than most. We have our kids grow up too fast in stories, and although Mona does a fair bit of this given the responsibilities thrust upon her, I love that in the end she’s still a kid at heart.

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