Monday, August 24, 2015

Deadly Delicious

I believe I have caught my father's summer cold.  My nose has been running since last night, my chest feels tight, and my asthma is worse. Good thing I have a big box of cold medicine!  I wanted to tell you about some great books coming out tomorrow! Gone but Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks, Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier, and Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait.  

Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy is a children’s or tween novel.  Josephine Elle DeLune is twelve years old and she thinks she is a useless witch.  The females in her family have the ability to conjure through cooking and baking.  In 1951 Josephine is eight years old.  Her grandmother tries to get her to rescue their ancestor’s spell book from a swamp in Louisiana.  Josephine, who has the power, is unable to get the book (she really does not try hard enough).  Four years later they are living in Paris, Missouri and Josephine is learning to be a car hop at her father’s diner, Carl and Earl’s Diner.  Josephine feels she is a failure at conjuring because all of her recipes fail.  That day she is minding the grill for a couple of minutes when a monster appears in the fire.  He states he is coming to get her.

Josephine has no idea why anyone would be after her.  She does not think she has any powers.  Then Josephine sees Shaula, the night skinned lady.  She is actually an ancestor (it is her book in the swamp).  Shaula states she can help Josephine defeat the Ravenous One who is after her.  Turns out Josephine has too much power which is why her conjuring does not work properly (of course, she has never learned how to use her power properly either).  Shaula tells Josephine that she just needs the right recipe.  Josephine is going to have to learn how to use her powers quickly (and find a spell book of her own) if she wants to stay alive and defeat the Ravenous One (also known as Papa Nom who is the spirit of hunger itself).  Josephine will need help from her Grandmother Lula and her mother, Clara to stay alive. 

Deadly Delicious is a type of novel I probably would have read when I was eight years old (I was an advanced reader).  It is cute, but not wonderful.  There is a romantic element (for a twelve year old) that I did not enjoy.  I felt that twelve is a little young for romance and kissing (and we do not need to give children any ideas.  They get enough from television).  I give Deadly Delicious 3 out of 5 stars.  I like the idea for the book and the characters, but I just felt the book needed a little work.  I wish the conjuring had been explained a little better (it is a little ambiguous). 

I received a complimentary copy of Deadly Delicious from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I am off to rest and hope that this cold goes away quickly (of course I will be reading)!  The season finale of Devious Maids is on tonight (I just love this show).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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