The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana | A Book Review

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First of all, let me thank Netgalley and Live Edge Publishing for the chance to read and review this book: The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana
As always, these thoughts are my own.
I give this story 4.25 stars.

 

Synopsis: A magic cupcake. A culinary killer. The perfect recipe for murder.

Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake.

Now facing murder charges in a magical world she doesn’t understand, Wren must discover who framed her or face the headsman’s axe. With the help of a handsome inspector and several new friends, Wren just might manage to learn the ropes, master her new powers, and find out who framed her. But when their search for clues leads to a deep-rooted conspiracy that goes all the way to the top, she realizes that the guild master isn’t the only one at risk of death by chocolate.

If Wren can’t bring the powerful culprit to justice, she and her friends will meet a bittersweet end.

Thoughts about The Confectioner’s Guild:

Give me all the books about magical bakeries and confectionaries in the world. I adore this concept! The idea of baking magic into cupcakes, or infusing truthtelling into wine is fascinating to me!

I liked the characters in this story. Wren was sweet and timid but able to stand up for herself when it mattered. Hale and Lucas were charming. I wanted Sable as my own tutor.

Overall, I gave The Confectioner’s Guild 4.25 stars because even though it’s touted as YA, I really believe that the simplicity of the plot, worldbuilding, and structure lean it more toward MG. It was hard for me not to imagine Wren as a 13-year-old and the romance was awkward in that case. If this had been MG and written for MG, I would have given it an easy 5 stars.