In Deadly Assessments, Fred gets evaluated by a vampire from the Blood Council and gets into more dangerous situations while Krystal is away on business. In Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic, Jade, a half-witch, gets pulled into a serial murder investigation by shifters and a vampire who suspect she had something to do with the killings. In Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic, Jade and crew get invited to see the infamous, arcane Blackwell collection. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three paranormal/urban fantasy books!
This series has been a really enjoyable one so far, and this book was no exception. The story was good, and the audio was great. These books are just absolutely perfect for audio, and Kirby Hayborne does an amazing job at bringing the characters to life. I was a little disappointed that Fred's friends weren't in this one as much though, since the friendships and found family are one of the best things about this series. Still, we did get to see Fred grow more as a vampire and learn more about using the powers he usually shuns, and that was interesting. And of course there were lots of supernaturals, a bit of humor, and some sweet moments to round it all out.
"Hell, a strong enough mage could've cloaked themselves and hidden in this room with us."
Asha's breathing picked up again, and I glanced around wildly, as though that would help.
Gotta love Fred. 😂
I think my favorite thing about this book was the really interesting magic system. The main character comes from a family of witches. She herself doesn't have much magic that she knows of, but she sort of attracts magical creatures, and she can taste magic. She also makes little trinkets out of objects she finds that have residual magic in them. There were also shifters and a vampire in this book, each with their own powers and flavors of magic. The MC was a bit on the airheaded side sometimes, but not so much as to be unlikeable. The other characters were interesting. There was a good plot with a good mystery---and don't let the cute cupcake cover or the fact that the MC is a baker fool you, this isn't a cozy mystery series; it's more intense and violent than I think cozies are and definitely what I'd consider urban fantasy. Overall, it was a solid start to a series that I enjoyed!
As for the audio, I wasn't quite as big of a fan. The narration was a little dramatic for my taste, every other syllable changing pitch and emphasis, and the male voices were so-so. That being said, I have these problems with many audiobooks, and having listened to multiple books in this series already, I've gotten used to the narration and have come to quite enjoy the audio.
Good writing, a solid plot, and lots of supernatural characters I'm liking more and more as I get to know them. I enjoyed this sequel! This one also upped the intensity a bit, I think. And the reader even got to find out what Jade's other half is (the non-witch half). Overall another enjoyable book in this urban fantasy series!