Book Review: Cupcakes,Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic Meghan Ciana Doidge


4 Nerd Girl Rating


Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: June 21st, 2013
Series: The Dowser (Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 232
Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions
Buy it : Amazon


First Line: The vampire stood at the door to my bakery.

Blurb from Goodreads: If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.



To be honest, the blurb doesn’t do this book justice. I bought this book because of my love for Felicia Day and her book club on Goodreads called Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. Funny, I started reading the book the day of their live chat about the book.

I actually thought this was going to be some dirty romance novel. I guess my idea of what the book club was about was a little off. Forgive me.

I loved this book though. I knew there would be werewolves in it because of the blurb. But then there is a vampire! Seriously, you throw in a vampire and I am sold. I just love vampires.

On to the book…

This book was fun to read. Jade is such a lovely character. She loves to bake (me too!) and owns a cupcake shop. This is like my dream…so it was super easy for me to slip into this book and really get sucked in.

There isn’t much that I can say without giving away spoilers, but I will say, I am so annoyed that we still don’t know what Jade is. She is half witch and half what? I need to know!

Overall, I read this in just a few days because it was just so great. The story was fast paced, and didn’t linger on useless details. There was just a little hint of a romance…that didn’t go over well…and lots of mystery. Was the twist ending obvious?? Yeah, it kind of was, but I still appreciated the twist.

As soon as I finished this book I bought the next book. I haven’t read it yet, but I am excited to get into it.

I enjoyed this book, even with all the bad reviews, I still enjoyed the book. It did put me in the mind of the True Blood series, but there were cupcakes and I am okay with this. Reading is what you do for fun. I had fun reading this book and would probably read it again one day.

The cover though…the cover could use a little more creativity, but you can’t go wrong with cupcakes…

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Cupcakes,Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic

    • Heather M. says:

      It really was a fun read. I’m steadily getting through the series. I’m on book 3 right now and I swear it gets better with every book. I’m glad my review encouraged you to move it up on your TBR list!

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