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In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom. Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom. Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others. Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret. When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father. Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don't kill each other first..


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In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom. Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom. Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others. Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret. When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father. Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don't kill each other first..

30 review for Sweet & Bitter Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    celeste

    if this is not gay i'm suing edit: this is, in fact, gay if this is not gay i'm suing edit: this is, in fact, gay

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    ✅ Gorgeous cover ✅ Magic ✅ Queer romance 🆗 Character development 🆗 Plot development and world building ❌ Very ordinary villain I'm disappointed, to be honest. 😔 The summary of this book was so promising (and the cover is so pretty)! A love story between a bitter, cursed witch that can't love, and a girl that loves too much and a quest to defeat a villain, sounded amazing. Everything that's promised is in the story, but not everything is well executed. The plot is fine, it focuses mainly on Tamsin ✅ Gorgeous cover ✅ Magic ✅ Queer romance 🆗 Character development 🆗 Plot development and world building ❌ Very ordinary villain I'm disappointed, to be honest. 😔 The summary of this book was so promising (and the cover is so pretty)! A love story between a bitter, cursed witch that can't love, and a girl that loves too much and a quest to defeat a villain, sounded amazing. Everything that's promised is in the story, but not everything is well executed. The plot is fine, it focuses mainly on Tamsin and Wren as they learn to know each other, and as they discover what they are willing to do and sacrifice for their own well-being. This is a story about love and resentment. Tamsin was cursed when she was 12 years old after using dark magic to try to save her twin's life. Wren is taking care of her father, and can't leave him even though she would like to because he tells her every day how he would die without her. She also has to keep her magic hidden because her father hates magic. As the story progresses, Tamsin realizes that while her intentions were good, the choices she made when she was 12 years old only made things worse. Meanwhile, Wren is torn between loving her father and resenting him for not being able to explore her magic and have her own life. The characters' development was fine, nothing extraordinary, but it was a nice touch. Tamsin and Wren are nice characters, not exceptional, but not awful either. I was hoping for more depth and more character development. They are both changed at the end of their adventure, but I didn't see much of the development. It just happened, it was told, but not shown. The promised romance between them also felt weird. I was excited to read this love story with a character that can't love, but again, the execution was not the best. The villain of the story felt a bit unrealistic, I understand her reasons to be angry and resentful, but it seemed a little extreme?! I honestly wasn't convinced, and I wasn't satisfied either with the big confrontation. I can't really say more without spoiling though... Overall, this book is fine, the characters, plot, and execution are fine, but I am a little disappointed. I was hoping for more, but I still enjoyed reading Sweet & Bitter Magic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    March Owlcrate Unboxing. Click under the SPOILER to see the stuff. 😳 (view spoiler)[1. We have this cute little Springtime Tumbler Mug. This one has s literary quote by Sylvia Plath. It’s super cute but I told my mom if she doesn’t want it to give it away. 2. The pin of the month that I will miss. 3. Next is a roll-on perfume inspired by The Year of the Witching. I’m giving this away too 4. We have a little ceramic tea bag rest inspired by Practical Magic 5. We have a gorgeous Bookmark Holder ins March Owlcrate Unboxing. Click under the SPOILER to see the stuff. 😳 (view spoiler)[1. We have this cute little Springtime Tumbler Mug. This one has s literary quote by Sylvia Plath. It’s super cute but I told my mom if she doesn’t want it to give it away. 2. The pin of the month that I will miss. 3. Next is a roll-on perfume inspired by The Year of the Witching. I’m giving this away too 4. We have a little ceramic tea bag rest inspired by Practical Magic 5. We have a gorgeous Bookmark Holder inspired by The Discovery of Witches. 6. We have an awesome little sketch book. 7. And finally the beautiful edition of the book Happy Reading! (hide spoiler)] Well, once again I’m pissed that I don’t like another book with a beautiful cover and sprayed edges! When I first started reading the book, I actually loved it. I was excited thinking this book would be going on my bookshelf. Sigh...... the book ended up being very boring for me. Why 😫😫😫 I’ve looked through pages of reviews and it’s one of those you either love or you don’t. Either way, I wished I had loved it and I’m glad if you did 😘 Mel 🖤🐺🐶🐾

  4. 4 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: bi/pan mc, lesbian mc ARC provided by the publisher. Review also on Reads Rainbow. First word that comes to mind when trying to describe Sweet & Bitter Magic is: beautiful. Because the writing is beautiful, yes; it’s very poetic, it’s charming, it’s like those fairy tales your parents used to read you when you were kid, only so much better. But also because of the kind of story it tells. See, this is a story about love. Not a romance* – a story about love. Literally the only reason for the rep: bi/pan mc, lesbian mc ARC provided by the publisher. Review also on Reads Rainbow. First word that comes to mind when trying to describe Sweet & Bitter Magic is: beautiful. Because the writing is beautiful, yes; it’s very poetic, it’s charming, it’s like those fairy tales your parents used to read you when you were kid, only so much better. But also because of the kind of story it tells. See, this is a story about love. Not a romance* – a story about love. Literally the only reason for the whole plot to take place is that both of the main characters love their family. That love is portrayed in two different ways, and not just because for Tamsin it’s love for twin sister and for Wren it’s love for her father. It differs in the ways the girls approach love, in how they think about it, how they put value on it. How that love dictates their actions. *The romance is also beautiful, obviously. There is nothing simple about those feelings, and Tooley spends a big portion of the novel exploring that. How a love shapes a person, helps them grow, but also how it takes away their choices, how it makes them do things they wouldn’t if it wasn’t for the love. Or not do things they otherwise would… Love is never shown as this Big Magical Spell that will just make your whole life easy in a heartbeat. Which still allows for love to be shown as magic, though. The only reason all of this works is that both Tamsin & Wren are outstanding characters, in term of depth and development, growth. It’s not a stretch at all to say this is a character driven novel (which explains why I like it so much, probably). And it’s executed perfectly in every single way. If you want “strong female characters”, you should read this book. And a quick note: another cool thing about Sweet & Bitter Magic – and this is something I always talk about when I find it in a book – is the total lack of homophobia in this made-up world. It’s not hitting you over the head with some preaching or whatever, it’s subtle. It’s in a throwaway line about a baker and her wife that no one comments on, in the way no one objects to same-sex relationships. It makes you feel like it’s a safe space. A beautiful space. All in all, if you’re a fan of enchanting writing, of character driven fantasy novels, of strong-minded, beautiful, loving female characters, if you want a book to awaken only warm feelings in your heart – read Sweet & Bitter Magic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    read my full review on reads rainbow! Rep: bi mc, lesbian mc read my full review on reads rainbow! Rep: bi mc, lesbian mc

  6. 5 out of 5

    ale ♡

    I'm here for the gay witches, yes I'M SO EXCITED, YES AND THAT COVER? UGH, I LOVE IT!!! I'm here for the gay witches, yes I'M SO EXCITED, YES AND THAT COVER? UGH, I LOVE IT!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Just finished my March OwlCrate Unboxing & Review Video ! Absolutely adored this one!! For a full review, check out the video! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads Just finished my March OwlCrate Unboxing & Review Video ! Absolutely adored this one!! For a full review, check out the video! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  8. 5 out of 5

    birdie

    i feel like adrienne tooley just looked at a list of things birdie wants to see in a book and said “yes, let’s do all of the above.” this book hit me in all the good ways and despite being one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, it completely lived up to my enormously high expectations. i also had the honour to INTERVIEW the author...it was a dream come true, honestly! you can read it here! this is a story about love in every sense of the world and it just, like i said, touched me in all the i feel like adrienne tooley just looked at a list of things birdie wants to see in a book and said “yes, let’s do all of the above.” this book hit me in all the good ways and despite being one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, it completely lived up to my enormously high expectations. i also had the honour to INTERVIEW the author...it was a dream come true, honestly! you can read it here! this is a story about love in every sense of the world and it just, like i said, touched me in all the right places. this book left me full of hope and so much joy and i'm just bursting with feelings. i'm an absolute mess (but at least i'm a gay mess, i guess)! no words to describe how much this story means to me. adrienne tooley and her characters have my heart, and i don't even want it back. blog | bookstagram | more

  9. 5 out of 5

    rin

    "a cursed witch who must steal love from others meets a girl hiding her own dangerous secrets, and the two strike a love bargain with life-or-death consequences" am i dreaming "a cursed witch who must steal love from others meets a girl hiding her own dangerous secrets, and the two strike a love bargain with life-or-death consequences" am i dreaming

  10. 4 out of 5

    tappkalina

    The cover is so beautiful it made me tear up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    Thank you to the publisher for sending an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. "Love is not something to be taken lightly." I was thrilled when I received an arc from the publisher since this is a highly anticipated book and I see so many people talking about it! Although it wasn't as "amazing" as I'd hope, it was still a good story. There wasn't as much action in the book as I was expecting after reading the synopsis and a lot of the magic was talked about more than acted out. Thank you to the publisher for sending an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. "Love is not something to be taken lightly." I was thrilled when I received an arc from the publisher since this is a highly anticipated book and I see so many people talking about it! Although it wasn't as "amazing" as I'd hope, it was still a good story. There wasn't as much action in the book as I was expecting after reading the synopsis and a lot of the magic was talked about more than acted out. I found myself waiting for that big "BANG" of a moment but it didn't exactly come. The plot twist was a bit of a surprise and I quite enjoyed it. The romance in this book was beautiful. A very slow burn where both girls grew closer and bonded over their inner battles and learned to heal with each other. Acceptance was also a major part of their relationship was so beautiful to read. There were plenty of almost kisses and who doesn't love that right? It makes the actual kiss all the more perfect! If you're a fan of lgbtq characters, slow burn romances and unique magic then this is the book for you! 3.5/5 ✰’s

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars IMO, def lived up to expectations & I FREAKING LOVED THE HECK OUT OF IT! ______________ SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THISSSSSSS

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (Oracleofmadness)

    Too much love can be dangerous, but too little love can be a curse. I'd like to start by saying this book has a great map! If you know how I feel about maps then you know how important this is imo. Tamsin is a witch and will cast spells for the citizens of her village for a very particular price: love. More specifically, the love that person feels for another. She does this because of a curse that took her ability to love, and Tamsin needs and desires to simply FEEL again. Wren is the opposite of Too much love can be dangerous, but too little love can be a curse. I'd like to start by saying this book has a great map! If you know how I feel about maps then you know how important this is imo. Tamsin is a witch and will cast spells for the citizens of her village for a very particular price: love. More specifically, the love that person feels for another. She does this because of a curse that took her ability to love, and Tamsin needs and desires to simply FEEL again. Wren is the opposite of Tamsin in so many ways. She is vibrant and full of feelings and possibly a little naive. She is also a Source which means she is full of magic that can supplement a witch's own power. When a plague comes, a sickness that can steal a soul and make the whole world volatile and vicious, everything starts changing for Tamsin and Wren. They begin to work together and start on a journey to the Witchlands to help stop this black magic. This story is exciting, twisty and turny, and even full of not just magic but references to classic fairytales that make this book even more fun. I adored the light romance and the interesting conversations between Wren and Tamsin that included some funny comments. Overall, an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    3.5 As a magical plague sweeps the land, stealing the infected's memories before breaking their bodies, a powerful but disgraced witch and a sheltered and dutiful daughter must band together. Tasmin may be a powerful witch, but she was banished and cursed to never again feel love, only ever saddled with guilt and sadness. Wren just wants to save her father, a task she's devoted her entire life to- and one she's willing to give anything for, even the love for her father itself. I have mixed feeling 3.5 As a magical plague sweeps the land, stealing the infected's memories before breaking their bodies, a powerful but disgraced witch and a sheltered and dutiful daughter must band together. Tasmin may be a powerful witch, but she was banished and cursed to never again feel love, only ever saddled with guilt and sadness. Wren just wants to save her father, a task she's devoted her entire life to- and one she's willing to give anything for, even the love for her father itself. I have mixed feelings about this book! It's one of those stories that's really easy to read in like one sitting, and a pretty fun story conceptually, but I didn't buy a lot of it. I do like the concept a lot- being cursed not to love, so bartering for other people's love. It's a very fairy tale idea, so that it feels both unique and innate to the human experience, like something you'd hear as a bedtime story. And I like the idea of Wren, who is also very much a fairy tale protagonist as the girl who's hidden her magic for her father and cared for him in his weakness. There's a great set up here for a classic protagonist and antagonist at odds sort of story, and it's nice that it never goes there. The whole situation with Wren's dad is interesting in itself. There's an implication that the reason why he's in such a bad state is directly tied to that fact that Wren is more than willing to sweep in and do everything for him, and he just leans on her and lets her, which I thought was really great. Wren's done everything for him and in the end he's just so used to being taken care of by his daughter that he has no reason to step up and be her father. I do wish it had taken up a little more space in the story, but the subtlety doesn't kill it for me. Finally, I loved the idea of the diary excerpts. This one I have more issues with, but as a concept I thought it was great. It's nice to find out all this new context alongside with Tamsin, and the mix of what she knows and what she doesn't lies it out in a really interesting way where you feel fully invested. However, the issue is that instead of it being used to give context and then working for them, we get context both from the diary and from Tamsin, and so everything gets repeated over and over again which is tiring and kills the tension. I felt the same way about Wren's motivations. Her need to have her sacrifices seen and appreciated is very human. She worries that if no one remembered the single thing she did with her life then it'll be like she never did anything or existed at all. It's something that strikes a chord with a lot of people's experiences, I'm sure, and worrying about the imprint you leave behind is sort of universal- but she brings it up so often that she starts sounding whiny and kind of self obsessed by the midway point. It goes from a normal worrying to it feeling like she only made those sacrifices to be seen as a martyr, which made me care about her less and less. The characters in general are hard for me to fully like. While both the main characters have compelling backgrounds and they're interesting to see on page, neither of them felt all that solid. Wren being annoying is part of that, but it's also her waffling between being sheltered and unsure and being super brazen out of nowhere just to become a foil to Tamsin. And Tamsin, who is characterized by her inability to "feel" (at least anything positive), to the point where she can't taste things, is incredibly emotional in ways that feel like the curse would have done something about. So it's hard to buy into the curse when the strength of it seems to vary depending on what the author wants. The romance, too, is cute, but wasn't believable to me. The characters being stronger might have helped with that, but mostly it just felt like the romance happened solely because a romance had to happen, not because of pacing or chemistry or the individual characters. I was looking forward to tension that just never showed up. Still, this is a quick read an fairly enjoyable one! Just don't expect much depth.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Octavia

    Thank you so much to the author, Adrienne Tooley, for sending me a review copy of this book!! *** This book was everything I could’ve hoped for and MORE! It was my most anticipated book release of the year, and when an ARC of it showed up on my doorstep, I nearly cried. And I nearly cried AGAIN once I finished it because it was absolutely phenomenal! If you’re looking for a fresh, delightful fantasy standalone full of cursed witches, mysterious magic, and a wonderful sapphic romance, allow me to int Thank you so much to the author, Adrienne Tooley, for sending me a review copy of this book!! *** This book was everything I could’ve hoped for and MORE! It was my most anticipated book release of the year, and when an ARC of it showed up on my doorstep, I nearly cried. And I nearly cried AGAIN once I finished it because it was absolutely phenomenal! If you’re looking for a fresh, delightful fantasy standalone full of cursed witches, mysterious magic, and a wonderful sapphic romance, allow me to introduce you to Sweet & Bitter Magic! This enchanting tale of witchcraft, love, and magic really has it all: intricate world-building, sensational writing, a fascinating magic system, and two very complex main characters who I had so much fun getting to know! The first of those two characters is Tamsin, an exiled witch who, after practicing dark magic and thus breaking one of the most critical laws of witchcraft, has been cursed to never feel love again. You might think that a character who has no capacity for love would be quite a boring one, but believe me, Tamsin is the opposite of boring. She’s such a unique character who I found myself connecting with instantly, because even though she’s unable to feel love, her desire to feel love makes her so fascinating. Not only that, but her grief, guilt, and regret over things that happened in her past captivated me… I just LOVE a character with a complicated backstory! Another thing: Tamsin’s relationship with Marlena, her sister, really added to her depth. It’s such an absorbing dynamic, and you can feel how much thought Adrienne Tooley put into it. In Tamsin and Marlena’s relationship, every emotion is present: love, loss, anger, jealousy, sacrifice… My heart broke for both Tamsin and Marlena, for I was able to connect and empathize with both of their struggles and hardships. Now, let’s talk about Wren, our second main character. I loved her just as much as Tamsin, and want to know what makes that so amazing? The two girls’ personalities never ever blur together. They’re just so different! Wren is curious, adventurous, and bold, and she longs for so much more than the hollow, dull life she’s been given. Like Tamsin, Wren has her own personal struggles and desires that weigh heavily on her throughout the novel. She desperately wants to save her ailing father who has become a victim of a horrible plague, but the sacrifices she’ll have to make to do so terrify her. Wren’s relationship with her father is so interesting, because while she loves him endlessly, she also knows that her dedication to him is holding her back from living the life she yearns for. Wren’s conflicting emotions make her such a wonderful, complicated character who is easy to root for. I really loved getting to read through her and Tamsin’s perspectives, especially since their romance is SPECTACULAR! It was so sweet, wholesome, and swoonworthy… no words could ever do it justice, in my opinion! I also really appreciate that it didn’t overpower the other elements of the book, such as the character development and magic system. This story is perfectly balanced, and that’s why I loved it so much! In sum, Sweet & Bitter Magic is a FANTASTIC novel that I’m so glad I got to read! Part of me is sad that it’s over, but that’s why we have re-reads, right? 😂 All in all, every single second of this gorgeous, breathtaking tale was utter perfection, and I can’t recommend it enough.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    This sounds (a bit) like a Beauty And The Beast retelling but sapphic

  17. 5 out of 5

    Party Poison

    *slides in* So. I hear this is gay. Sign me up, I am ready. And that cover be lookin real nice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessi Joachim

    I received an ARC from NetGalley** I really enjoyed this book. While it wasn't a new favorite or anything groundbreaking, it was a fun time with two characters that I enjoyed. I really liked the idea of being cursed to not feel, but I think it was a difficult undertaking as there were inconsistent moments throughout the book. I enjoyed the magic, especially since I am a sucker for when magic has consequences! The "big bad" was an easy guess for me right from the beginning, but there was 1 moment I received an ARC from NetGalley** I really enjoyed this book. While it wasn't a new favorite or anything groundbreaking, it was a fun time with two characters that I enjoyed. I really liked the idea of being cursed to not feel, but I think it was a difficult undertaking as there were inconsistent moments throughout the book. I enjoyed the magic, especially since I am a sucker for when magic has consequences! The "big bad" was an easy guess for me right from the beginning, but there was 1 moment that did surprise me, I enjoyed that for sure. The writing was well done and straight forward, it was a pretty fast pace, and the romance was good as well! All in all, a good book and I would read a sequel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Tooley

    It's almost time for ARCs to make their way into the world, so I want to ensure readers are keeping themselves safe. Content Warnings: - frequent discussions and depictions of grief regarding loss of a loved one, including: death of a sibling, death of a parent, and death of a friend - depictions of anxiety, depression, and mental illness - emesis (mention of vomiting on page) - brief mention of needles (tattooing) - amnesia If you've read this book and believe I've missed a warning of importance, pl It's almost time for ARCs to make their way into the world, so I want to ensure readers are keeping themselves safe. Content Warnings: - frequent discussions and depictions of grief regarding loss of a loved one, including: death of a sibling, death of a parent, and death of a friend - depictions of anxiety, depression, and mental illness - emesis (mention of vomiting on page) - brief mention of needles (tattooing) - amnesia If you've read this book and believe I've missed a warning of importance, please reach out to me so I can include it here and on my website.

  20. 4 out of 5

    fanna

    July 01, 2020: This cover is sapphic AF yes, even though I know they're just holding hands but come on, they are HOLDING HANDS (!!!) and I'm all here for it. July 01, 2020: This cover is sapphic AF yes, even though I know they're just holding hands but come on, they are HOLDING HANDS (!!!) and I'm all here for it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    This cover is so beautiful I want to weep. I cannot stop staring at it. My god. Also the synopsis reeks of absolute perfection. I need to read this like, yesterday.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carey Blankenship

    A gorgeous and stunning debut from Adrienne, this book will sweep you right off your feet into a sweet a bitter world, ruled and cursed by witches. Bonus: it's hella gay. If you're looking for a book filled with stunning prose, relatable and dynamic characters, a complex and emotional plot, and two ladies who take FOREVER to kiss but when they finally do it's everything you wanted and more, then look no further. Adrienne does a masterful job of rangling characters who practically leap off the pa A gorgeous and stunning debut from Adrienne, this book will sweep you right off your feet into a sweet a bitter world, ruled and cursed by witches. Bonus: it's hella gay. If you're looking for a book filled with stunning prose, relatable and dynamic characters, a complex and emotional plot, and two ladies who take FOREVER to kiss but when they finally do it's everything you wanted and more, then look no further. Adrienne does a masterful job of rangling characters who practically leap off the page, a plotline that leaves you aching and satisfied, and a world that transports you away from our bitter one to a sweet and magical one. Please read this book. I MEAN one emo and stone-hearted witch falling in love with a senstive and too eager witch THAT HAVE TO SHARE A BED AT SOME POINT??? What else could you possibly want.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Quindlen

    Tamsin and Wren are my daughters forever. I have been lucky enough to read this book in several iterations as Adrienne brought it to life. It is charming and whimsical and sparkling with romantic tension. The characters are real, endearing, flawed, and believable. If you are hoping this is the sapphic witchy book of your dreams, then good news: It is.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠

    hey now, don't let me down because this sounds absolutely wonderful hey now, don't let me down because this sounds absolutely wonderful

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I really liked this! I'm not the biggest magic/fantasy fan overall, so this kind of book is outside of what I normally find myself reading any enjoying, but the blurb of this sounded so good, I knew I was making an exception when this book came out. And it didn't disappoint! I was really into it. Tooley created a really interesting world that had lots of little detail and intricates to it that went in to how magic worked. It really sucked me in and I only wish there was even more detail! I really I really liked this! I'm not the biggest magic/fantasy fan overall, so this kind of book is outside of what I normally find myself reading any enjoying, but the blurb of this sounded so good, I knew I was making an exception when this book came out. And it didn't disappoint! I was really into it. Tooley created a really interesting world that had lots of little detail and intricates to it that went in to how magic worked. It really sucked me in and I only wish there was even more detail! I really loved the main characters too. Wren is adorable and so full of life. She was always a bright spot whenever she was speaking. And I loved Tamsin. A lot of people will call her a morally grey character, which I wouldn't say is an inaccurate description overall, but I actually had a much higher opinion of her. To me, for a witch of that power, but no ability to love for years, I think it's amazing she didn't turn into a supervillian by the time we meet her. That to me gave even more nuisance to her character and showed her true intentions battling with her curse. Seeing Wren and Tamsin as really effective foils to each other in both temperament and world knowledge really opened up not just the world of the book but their relationship. Being cursed with the inability to love is a new concept (at least that I've read) and seeing Tamsin open up and literally latch on to Wren's positivity was truly heartwarming. I loved seeing their trust and relationship blossom. I also want to give a quick appreciation to how in this book "witch" is a completely gender neutral term! I actually really loved that. (view spoiler)[ this book also had a pretty clear moral to the story that wasn't related to the romance at all, so I wasn't expecting it. But I think the book telling it's readers to "not make your life decisions based upon the perceived wants/needs of other people you love" is really interesting showing up in both Wren's sacrifice for her father, and Tamsin's dedication to her sisters' life. You don't want to live selfishly, but also you need to look after your needs too. That's something I learned later in life so I'm happy to see it in a YA novel (hide spoiler)] Anyway, I really liked this book and I loved these characters and watching them progress. If I had one want, it was just more detail into the world as the book went on. But I definitely recommend this book if you like YA fantasy, or if you like a romance based upon character development and growth. 4.5/5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    This book was amazing. This is the second book this year to blow me away, I loved it. I had all of my favorite tropes, I loved the characters and the romance was chef’s kiss. I normally don’t read fantasy standalone but I decided to give it a try because of the cover and because it’s gay. Best decision I’ve ever made. IF you haven’t read this book definitely give it a go.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Callie Keck

    3.5 ✨✨✨ A beautiful sapphic, whimsical witchy read! These characters were relatable, funny, and the story line was fantastic! Well done, Adrienne! Can't wait to read more from you! Thank you for the ARC read, NetGalley! ✨✨ 3.5 ✨✨✨ A beautiful sapphic, whimsical witchy read! These characters were relatable, funny, and the story line was fantastic! Well done, Adrienne! Can't wait to read more from you! Thank you for the ARC read, NetGalley! ✨✨

  28. 4 out of 5

    jade

    how will i be able to wait eight months for this book!? i want it so badly :(

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you Edelweiss. This was stunning. RTC.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    Living with the feeling that the world was on fire, Wren now knew, was nothing compared to seeing it burn. This started off amazing and I fully expected to go for at least four stars. You started to get to know Wren and Tamsin individually, saw them meet and strike their bargain. The pacing was kinda slow but that was perfect for the story and everything around it. I had a vivid picture in mind the whole time and I was rooting for both of the main characters to find happiness. Until the point Living with the feeling that the world was on fire, Wren now knew, was nothing compared to seeing it burn. This started off amazing and I fully expected to go for at least four stars. You started to get to know Wren and Tamsin individually, saw them meet and strike their bargain. The pacing was kinda slow but that was perfect for the story and everything around it. I had a vivid picture in mind the whole time and I was rooting for both of the main characters to find happiness. Until the point where everything changed. The atmosphere, the chemistry of the characters... The pacing picked up to a point where I felt completely rushed through the whole thing right until the end. (view spoiler)[With the exception of the there's only one bed trope. (hide spoiler)] Which left me wanting more. I felt like this was supposed to be more than this standlone and somewhere during this journey someone changed their mind and everything was brought to the end really quickly with a solution that felt a little too conveniant. I realise that this sounds like I didn't like this at all. That is not the case, I really like the world and Tamsin and Wren were both amazing, I just wanted more. More time to get to know them, more time for everything to unfold, more time to just discover everything. I enjoyed all those fairy tale references but (I just have to mention it because some readers might want to avoid these kinds of books) it was kinda hard reading about a plague during these times. And I especially appreciated the author's take on the relationship which I'm putting in spoiler tags: (view spoiler)[They get together but it doesn't have this "until death do us part" vibe. It's clearly stated that they don't know what the future will bring but that today they're in love and they'll be together and live in the moment of the feelings without saying it has to last. I really liked that angle! (hide spoiler)]

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