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Sweet & Bitter Magic, by Adrienne Tooley

conjurerachel's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5. review to come. a little bit difficult to read a book about a pandemic right now.

gradytadman's review against another edition

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medium-paced

3.5

nageorge's review against another edition

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adventurous dark hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

aphonusbalonus's review against another edition

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2.0

This was a fun little romp! Ultimately the whole story was just ‘fine’ but I think the ending was really sweet, and I totally appreciated the casual queerness in their world. Plus I love the very solid magic system and how there’s so much ‘cost’ to just use magic at all.

Okay, a few days have passed and I have a few more thoughts. And by a few more thoughts I mean none at all. This book has left zero impression on me. I remember nothing about what happened in this except the parts where I was like "wow, this is just ok." Bumped from 3 stars to 2.

nicole6559's review against another edition

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5.0

I absolutely loved this book. The story and the characters are so relatable, especially to a girl like me. I will update this when I get my notes together, but I was an amazing book.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for this ARC.

laurenlol's review against another edition

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funny mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

half_bloodreader's review against another edition

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Dual pov
 Sapphic romance
 Only one bed
 Enemies to allies to lovers 

This YA LGBTQ+ fantasy has a strong start. I was engaged. I like how magic is described, it is a sensory experience. It's beautiful and unique. Unless it's dark magic, then it's creepy 😆 

The minute Wren meets Tamsin, that's when things take a turn for the worse. She is such an annoying, whiny character. I hate people who make (hurtful) assumptions. She's nosy and acts like she's entitled to Tamsin's secrets. 

It's just that she is unpleasant towards Tamsin right from the start, enviously projecting into the witch, when she's not towards anyone else because she's supposedly oh so good and self-sacrificing. She wants to be like Tamsin and she can't so she is nasty. At times, Tamsin hasn't even done or said anything, yet she goes on and on about how awful Tamsin is, even though unlike most people Wren knows Tamsin is cursed to not feel love, hence her attitude. 

Yeah, surprisingly, I was ok with Tamsin through most of the book, although I'm sure lots of people will dislike the loveless girl. 

I was not ok with Marlena. Those journal entries? Insufferable, "woe is me, pity party, yet don't you dare want to help or care for me" jealous girl! You can't ever win with her. She's also a hypocrite. If you know, you know.

The travel dragged with mostly boring scenes. Again, the magic's sensory descriptions kept it going for me. And the fact I was curious how they were going to deal with everything. Were they even going to be allowed inside Within? 

Wren suddenly having romantic feelings for Tamsin made no sense. 

They defeat the enemy at 83% of the book and I'm just thinking "Oh my God, you need 17% still to tie everything up?!". At this point, I was done with everyone. 

emiliemae's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

trinforeman's review against another edition

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4.0

This book is incredibly adorable. Loved the two main characters and the romance that blooms over the course of the story.

foxcrofty's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25