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Tricks & Treats

Trick or treat, give me something good to read!  This week’s #FridayReads feature tricky magicians and some of our sweet dessert books.   

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is a royal ambassador to London, but not the London we know past or present; he travels between parallel universes filled with magic.  There’s Grey London, an ordinary world with ordinary people; Red London, a realm full of magic and wonder; White London, a sphere of reckless wizardry; and Black London, a dark microcosm that supposedly ceases to exist.  Not only does Kell travel to these different cosmos as a messenger, he is also a smuggler, bringing artifacts to worlds where they don’t belong.  In Grey London, Kell is in trouble when he bumps into Delilah Bard.  She robs Kell then saves him from his mortal enemy, and now the two must save themselves and all of the worlds in this fantastically thrilling adventure.

Sweet & Vicious: Baking with Attitude: 100 Wildly Delicious Recipes that Come with a Kick by Libbie Summers

Cakes, pastries, breads, pies, cookies, and even dog treats…  Oh my!  Libbie Summers’ Sweet & Vicious cookbook has it all, and just flipping through the pages will induce hunger.  Summers’ whimsical and playful recipes include Hog Heaven Chocolate Cake, Salvation Cinnamon Rolls, Meatball Muffins, Preggers Pink Pickle Pie, and Jacked-Up Ginger Cookies.  Plus, straightforward step-by-step directions combined with vibrant, colorful photographs really helps put the icing on the cake (literally).  Be prepared to be inspired, get creative, and best of all, have fun!     

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater loves reading about fantastical realms and mythological creatures, but he doesn’t believe in magic… until he is accepted to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy in upstate New York.   Just like the average American college student, Quentin learns about friendship, love, sex, and booze, but unlike most, he takes up modern sorcery.  After graduation, Quentin and his friends practice magic in Manhattan, but they soon find it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.  However, Quentin makes a stunning discovery that leads him down a dangerous path.  This coming of age story incorporates magic with the world as we know it in a dark, twisting tale that could be dubbed as Harry Potter for adults. It is the first of a trilogy.

 Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snack You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer

Self-taught baker Jennifer Steinhauer invites you to relive some of your sweetest memories by helping you make some of your favorite childhood snacks.  Through experimentation, Steinhauer has developed natural, homemade recipes for classic confections like Oreos and Chips Ahoy cookies; snack cakes such as zebra cakes and star crunches; frozen treats similar to bomb pops and orange creamsicles; and salty snacks like pretzels and Funyuns.  While many of these delicious treats are still on the market today, there’s nothing like putting your own personal touch on the snacks you love.  These recipes are easy to make, and you’ll love them even more than when you were a kid.  



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