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Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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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  • Jonas Lee
  • 28-07-2016

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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  • Heidi M. Funk
  • 27-07-2016

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
  • 18-12-2016

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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  • S. Ayers
  • 04-01-2019

Not classic Holmberg

Disappointing is putting it mildly so I’m just going to jump in.
The twisty plot is very often difficult to follow.
The repetition of the same word three times is reminiscent of a school child trying to reach the desired word count in a book report.
The ongoing synonyms for an initial idea are nerve grating. If the reader didn’t get that the action was painful, 15 additional synonyms aren’t going to help.
The Magician Series is good.
Don’t waste your money on this one.

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  • shoelessjess
  • 16-10-2017

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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  • C Chris
  • 08-10-2019

Not like Holmberg‘s Paper Magician series

I read Charlie Holmberg’s debut novel, “The Paper Magician,“ and LOVED it. I’ve read the whole trilogy and the fourth “spin-off“ book. So when I saw this one on Amazon prime lending, I snapped it up. The writing style is the same, for the most part, but this story is just very strange. Even the chapter headings are odd, and even after finishing the book, I still don’t quite understand what they had to do with the story. This book wasn’t for me, but I’ll still probably read more of Holmberg‘s books because she really is a good storyteller.

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  • Tabby
  • 15-06-2019

A Sweet Story

Though sad & with sensitive material too. The end makes you understand read cautiously if you've ever dealt with DV or pregnancy difficulties.

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  • Aaron
  • 13-06-2019

Truly bittersweet ♡

I cannot emphasize enough how much i love this book. I devoured it, and every word i swallowed left me craving the next even more. Truly it is a bittersweet thing, It took me on a journey and at its end it left me wanting more. not because it was written poorly, but it's just that good. the ending was as it should be, but i just didn't want my window into that world to close.

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  • kid at heart
  • 11-06-2019

Amazingly colorful and imaginative

Lovely book. Talented author who writes wildly imaginative works that transport you to other places. This book is different from the authors other magician books none the less enjoyable. I love the nods to fairy tales and how the book ties into them.

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  • FoxyComics
  • 02-06-2019

Might be a better read. Audi vs. couldn't finish

The readers voice I couldn't personally listen to. And the story was starting too slowly.

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  • kath t.
  • 03-09-2017

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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  • Mike Lamont
  • 17-08-2018

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
  • 11-05-2017

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
  • 22-01-2017

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
  • 19-07-2016

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.