A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Kingfisher’s latest in a run of excellent middle grade fantasies featuring intrepid children and young teens, including Summer in Orcus and Minor Mage. It certainly doesn't hurt anyone to be told fictionally that evil should not ultimately succeed, that they can't leave it for others to fight, good people do die, and that, by inference, the hero, as well as the reader will have to work hard to defeat their own particular evil/s. I felt that it had such rich themes and such a wonderful premise that even more could have been made of it, we could have gone into much more detail concerning the magic system, the world, etc.

Seriously, this entire book manages to combine hilarious humor with serious events and believable emotional connections between characters. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking is even better than that, it’s a YA that can be read and very much enjoyed by adults. And I kind of applaud Kingfisher for trying to tell a story about someone who doesn't want to be a hero, and who doesn't get powered-up and stomp all over the story. Which is ridiculous and insane and she’s very aware of the fact that there are lots of adults who weren’t adulting very well at all.

Mona’s bread magic may not seem like it’s good for much but the message here is that, no matter how insignificant you may feel, there is greatness in everyone. I live in Vienna, Austria and, apart from reading, I enjoy movies, video games, thunderstorms, eternally bickering couples, coffee, and anything made of chocolate. I want to have it so that I won't need to fuss my drawers procuring it when I am most in need of a laughing, weeping, cheering-my-fool-lungs-out read that doesn't have the effrontery to wink at me or let me know it's clever-clever. What is visceral is the amazing descriptions, the smells, sights and textures that pop out of this book, as the characters crawl through, over and around the story. Patricia Santomasso has an extensive catalog of audiobooks under her belt and it can be heard in her presentation of this story.

If I was going to get thrown in the dungeon, at least I was going to leave a trail of quality pastries behind me. None of this is terribly useful magic, apparently, though she can convince dough to be better, as in fresher, softer, tastier.

Winner of the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Young Adult Book, this quirky, charming, and funny fantasy explores what happens when a girl who was never considered 'strong' — including by herself — is forced to be the one to save the day. And happens to think that dying with mismatched socks on is not very cool at all (which I am sure is something we can all wholeheartedly agree on), for three. Mona of course is in the middle of it, discovering more and more about her power, and what it can do. As does the way that someone has been using the powers of their office, along with a whole lot of propaganda and a dab hand at ginning up the crowd and pointing it at a convenient bogeyman. She reminds me a bit of Robin McKinley’s darker stuff (flashes of Sunshine‘s chattiness) mixed with what Naomi Novik is trying to do with A Deadly Education (and mostly succeeding—I do love that series), combined with a dash of Tamora Pierce.



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