posted at Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 8:00 AM | Middle Grade, Reviews
Series: The Bliss Bakery #2
Published by Katherine Tegen on February 12, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Humor
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Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family's magical Cookery Booke.
That's why she challenges Aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the cookery Booke that she stole. If Rose loses...well, the consequences are too ugly to think about.
But Lily isn't playing fair--she's using a magical ingredient to cheat. The only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of her own.
Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers race around Paris to find essential--and elusive--magical ingredients that will help her outbake--and outmagic--her conniving aunt.
She has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever.
This second helping in Kathryn Littlewood's Bliss series combines hilarious magic and daring adventure to make one delectable reading treat.
The Bliss Bakery series continues to be adorable and fun. The combination of food, silliness and bad jokes is pretty hard to resist, even if I have some minor quibbles with the series. Overall, I’m really enjoying them, and they make nice quick reads, even if they do give you an overwhelming desire to eat all the dessert you can find, and, in fact, I may need to treat myself to some ice cream when I finish writing this. Blogger life is hard, yo.
In A Dash of Magic, the Bliss family is trying to get their magic Cookery Booke back, which was so fiendishly stolen by distant cousin Lily LeFay. Lily has been using the book’s recipes to make herself the most popular television chef. Even worse, she has designs on perhaps even the presidency, using her secret ingredient to make everyone obsessed with her. dun Dun DUN. It is the stuff of middle grade nightmares.
In order to get the booke back, Lily and Rose make a wager: whoever wins a fancy French baking competition will get to keep the book. Now, don’t think too hard about how a twelve year old was eligible for this baking competition, because you might hurt your brain. Here, have some Suspension of Disbelief Sorbet. See, it’s TOTALLY fine.
The fun part, though, is that the gang adds some new characters, the grandpa from Mexico and two talking animals. The grandpa from Mexico does answer why Ty keeps using Spanish, but I still don’t find that trait particularly adorable or necessary. However, I love the talking animals just as much now as when I was a middle grader. Gus the cat is delightfully cat-like and reminds me so much of Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Then there’s Jacques the mouse, who is probably a friend of the mouse in Ratatouille. They are my favorites.
A Dash of Magic is adorable and funny. Just remember to have that sorbet, and it’s great. However, I was VERY displeased with the magic ingredient for their flaky dessert, which required obtaining the blush of a queen. Reason? “Queens, yes. They do tend toward flakiness.” EXCUSE ME. Some do, I’m sure, but plenty likely do not. This struck me as sexist and altogether not funny. Why not go for someone’s dandruff? Now that’s flaky, and super gross to put in food, so I’m sure kids would love it.
Since both the first two have been good fun, I will be continuing on to the unsolicited ARC of the third book in the series. Hopefully I like that one as well!
“How did you like Paris, Sage?” Brent asked, holding out the microphone.
“I thought it was Seine-sational,” Sage said with a wink. He took hold of the microphone. But seriously, what a city. Ei-ffel in Louvre with it. There’s no where in the uni-Versailles I would rather be.”
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