Thursday, November 2, 2017

Seashells, Spells & Caramels by Erin Johnson - #review

Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.

Unable to so much as cast a spell, Imogen struggles to keep up with the other witches and wizards who have come from all over the magical world to the Water Kingdom’s big competition. She juggles relationships with a sweet new friend, a snarky baking fire, and a brooding, handsome baker. As Imogen falls for this bewitching world, she fears she won’t master her magic in time to win the job of Royal Head Baker, and will be forced to return to the shambles of her non magical life.

It only gets worse, when a competitor drops dead in the middle of the big white baking tent, and Imogen’s the prime suspect. Now, she’ll not only have to survive the vampire and psychic judges, but also clear her name by finding the real murderer, before they strike again.

With a killer on the loose, a missing prince, and the Summer Solstice Festival fast approaching, Imogen will have to bake like her life depends on it- because it just might.



"Seashells" is a very engaging and entertaining book.  I was hooked from word one.

It also seemed eminently plausible that regular world Seattle could exist a mere continent and an ocean away from a medieval village, witches and magick are real, the travelling vampire is a lover not a biter, and you can converse with your baking fire.  (Whoever made that flame must have doubled the measurement for snark, cause he's sassy as all get out!)  Now, I don't know about flames with minds of their own, but this one seems friendly enough.  But he comes through in the clutch in a big way when things are at their darkest.  (*ahem*  Apparently I've been into the snark myself.)

I would find it quite intimidating to find out as an adult that I had magickal powers, as well as do most the folks around, except they have been using and practicing since they could walk and talk, and you're a rank amateur.  The only thing that worries her more is that she might get sent back to the mundane world.  And what fun would that be?

Anyone who goes to Bijou Mer (French for 'jewel of the sea'), and doesn't have a good time has a cold heart indeed.  Luckily, Imogen has just the thing ... yummy cupcakes!



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A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).




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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review.)

NOTE:  This was supposed to have been posted yesterday.  But for some reason, I had it scheduled for the 12th.  This error is totally my own fault and I apologize for any confusion and/or disappointment I may have caused.  *sigh*  I think I need a cupcake too.)

1 comment:

  1. Hi LuAnn! Thanks so much for your fun review. Haha- yeah, Iggy is even sassier in the second book I think. :) Thanks for featuring me on your blog!