Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
a witch’s kitchen (Dianna Sanchez)
Title: a witch’s kitchen
Author: Dianna Sanchez
Publisher: Dreaming Robot Press
Publication Date: currently September 25, 2016
Dreaming Robot Press holds a special place in my heart as they were the first publisher to allow me the privilege of reviewing an eArc. That novel was the demon girl’s song, which I loved and reviewed here. That novel currently has a fully funded Kickstarter campaign going on until May 18th. The same Kickstarter also offers a second novel that drew my attention. So when I saw that it was available on NetGalley I thought to meself “I loved their other book. Would they let me read this book? Is that too greedy? What if they didn’t like my review?” I then crossed my fingers and requested it. The worst they could do was say no. But then the best happened. They said Yes! I did a happy dance in my head and cleared my reading schedule (so many books!) so that it could be next. So here be me review . . .
I began reading this novel while consuming a chocolate bar (Crunch, to be precise). And I am so glad I did. This novel is dangerous because it talked about tasty yummy food the entire time. With the scent of chocolate from the wrapper wafting up at me and the descriptions, I wanted to gobble up all the food listed in the book – magical or otherwise.
This novel was delightfully fun. I loved the main character. Millie is a joy. She is a witch’s daughter who cannot seem to do magic. The only thing she seems to be good at is cooking. Now witches generally train their daughters at home, but when the witches need a representative to send to the local school they send Millie. She finds she has a weird magic all her own and while trying to learn to use it, craziness abounds.
The secondary characters were awesome, too. I loved the elf, Sagara. The brother, Max. The Pixie, Petunia. The school teachers. The other students – even the annoying ones. I totally would like to meet Thea whose introduction into the story rocked.
The plot was silly and whimsical and light and fun and totally fit my mood. It’s technically for middle grade but I don’t care. I believe everyone could enjoy it . . . especially foodies! I am not a foodie usually, but I am still drooling about elfcake.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Dreaming Robot Press!
The publisher’s website has this to say about the novel:
Despite her mother’s best efforts to teach her, every spell Millie tries goes horribly wrong, but she’s a fabulous cook. When Millie conjures chocolate sauce instead of a transformation potion, her mother gives up and sends her to the Enchanted Forest School, where she’s bullied by goblins, snubbed by an elf, and has her hat stolen. Even as Millie’s magical talent begins to develop, turning her house ghost into a frog and accidentally charming her entire class, Millie starts to wonder: what if she’s not a witch at all? To find out, she and her new friends embark on a dangerous quest to find Millie’s father in the Logical Realm, in contemporary Salem, MA.
Deep in a fantasy realm adjacent to our own, the Enchanted Forest School is located in the branches of an enormous oak tree and has a dragon for a headmistress. Millie’s initial delight in attending school rapidly fades as she struggles in the unfamiliar social environment, encountering fellow students of magical races, making new friends, and discovering that her mother’s style of magic isn’t the only one available.
A Witch’s Kitchen is a delightful 248-page middle grade novel.
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