A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1) by Anna Meriano

A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother...

Details A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

TitleA Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherWalden Pond Press
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Reviews A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

  • Zoraida
    LOVE LOVE LOVE. A smart, clever debut. Perfect for fans of Wizards of Waverly Place and The Book of Life.
  • Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
    Loved loved loved. A family of brujas who channel their magic through baking, and the youngest member of the family learning how to deal with her newfound powers. So many hilarious moments, and a big focus on family and friendship. Some of the funny moments reminded me of one of my favorite tv shows when I was growing up: Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It comes out in 2018, and I can't wait to reread it when it does!
  • Kaye
    Wonderful, warm and utterly brimming over with magic! This is a middle grade that is best served with your favorite sweet treat and a mug of hot chocolate, on a day when you can really sink into your sofa cushions and savor it.
  • Janani
    Absolutely loved this middle grade novel about Leo, a young Bruja who is navigating her newfound powers and family secrets. The dynamics of her large, loving, and hilarious family were an absolute delight to read, and I especially adored Leo's relationships with her sisters. I just want to hand this book to kids everywhere.
  • Paula Stokes
    I was so lucky to read an early draft of this and THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE! It's funny and heartfelt and interesting and diverse and it taught me cool stuff without seeming like it was trying too hard. I almost never read MG, but I cannot wait to add this book to my collection. All the congrats for Anna, who wrote a book that I wanted to hug, but could not, because I read it on the screen. Soon, little pretty. SOON YOU WILL BE MINE! :D4.99 stars** M...
  • Ashley Elliott
    I love a good middle grade and this one was a delight. Leo and her family are brujas who own a bakery and bake magic into sweets. She’s eleven and wants to do all that her sisters do, there’s a good bit of snooping and sneaking around and accidental spells. All of it was fun and sweet and I love that there are recipes in the back. It gave me Coco vibes with the family element and both are set with Mexican main characters. It’s adorable.
  • Elke (BEroyal)
    This was super adorable! A sweet, heartfelt middle-grade story that made me want to eat so many cookies! I loved reading about this family of Brujas and their magical baking. It was so nice to have a book with a large, happy, funny, strange, loving family and I adored Leo's relationship with her sisters. There was a large focus on family dynamics and friendship, and it was just so whole and pure.The part where Leo's mom said being a Bruja isn't d...
  • Amanda Hill
    Such a fun book with a big, happy family. i loved it so much. kids will really enjoy this one!
  • Sarena Nanua
    A delicious and fun read about family and friendship! 5*
  • Sean
    A story about a little bruja and her family that is just about perfect! Such a fun, beautiful read. Great representation, wonderful family dynamics, and such warmth. I just want to keep this book in my pocket so I can hand it out to kids everywhere. Super sweet. Highly recommend.
  • Cindy
    Every now and then a book comes along that is just so purely delightful that you can't help but grin while you read it. Anna Meriano's debut novel, A DASH OF TROUBLE, is 100% one of those books. Leo and her large, loving, wonderful family are characters that I already miss, and who I can't wait to meet again in the next book in the series. At times funny (I laughed out loud a TON as I read), at times heartstring-tugging, and at times tender, the ...
  • Amy
    I loved this book! It was great to finally see a Hispanic family that looked like my own - with a protagonist that is Texan, Mexican-American and fully Hispanic without also being fluent in Spanish and/or a recent immigrant. That plus the fun magical realism, will surely appeal to Harry Potter fans. Already looking forward to a sequel!
  • Ruth
    A charming middle grade read with a lot of heart (and lots of cookies)!
  • Mandy Weeks
    "A charming and delectably sweet debut. Mischief, friendship, and a whole lot of heart—Love Sugar Magic has it all." —Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas seriesLeonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.Leo hopes that this might be...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    So good. An utterly fresh and charming middle grade debut.
  • Shae McDaniel
    Absolutely adorable. And I love the way cultural identity was handled!
  • Maureen
    I don't know if it's more telling about [56-year-old] me or this charming [middle-grade] book, but I did NOT see that first twist coming. Such thoroughly engaging portrayals of magic, family, friends and baking! I loved A Dash of Trouble.
  • Melissa
    A magically story about a girl learning about her family and her culture while being an eleven year-old that just wants to grow up. VERY CUTE, and I enjoyed it immensely.
  • Melinda
    What a great debut! I love Leo and her family so much, and this book has a great balance of kid-friendly intrigue, magic, and genuine belly laughs. And so much food porn!!! Looking forward to book 2.
  • Amy Layton
    When I picked up this book, I almost couldn't believe it.  A middle grade book with a Mexican main character?  That focuses on the history and traditions of the Mexican culture?  Honestly, incredible.  I knew that when I picked this up, this book was something special.  And reading it was just as magical as Leo's experiences inside.Not only is Meriano's language and plotlines fun and engaging, they're homey, likable, and overall vivacious. ...
  • Kamilla Benko
    I fell in love from the very first page! If you're at all a fan of magical secrets, sisters, friends, and flying cookies, you're in for a treat. Anna Meriano's debut is full of heart and hilarity (I laughed out loud multiple times) and contains one of the best magical systems I've ever read. Five glorious sugar-filled stars!
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusLeo (Leonora) is tired of being the youngest of five girls, all of whom get to work at their mother's bakery on a school day the day before the town of Rose Hill, Texas' celebration of Día de Muertos. She is so angry that she skips out of school during the Halloween parade to spy on her family, and finds that there is magic involved in the bakery! When she goes to the celebration, she hangs out with Caroline, who had mov...
  • GeneBWell
    What an amazing book! I could easily see this becoming one of my favorite MG series.Here's what I loved about this book:1 - The voice. MG books are all about the voice and flow of the narration. Love Sugar Magic has an excellent voice that puts you right in the head of 11-year-old Leo. I was a little worried at first that there would be a lot of food-related puns or jokes, but instead the author uses colorful cooking-related similes to describe t...
  • Sophie B
    This book is absolutely delightful.I haven't read a middle-grade book in a long time, so I was unsure of what to expect when I picked this up. I discovered a sweet (pun half-intended) story about a magical bakery and the family of women that runs it.You can read the sypnosis in other places, so I'll say that between Leo's large family and all her classmates, there's probably a character for everyone. They'ev all got their own quirks that play int...
  • Baby Bibliophile
    Whimsically charming and with plenty of love, Anna Meriano has whipped up a spicy read for cooks and non-cooks alike. This story takes place in a small town in Texas during the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. As the youngest of five sisters, 11 year old Leonora is sick of hearing that she is too young for almost everything! When Leo notices suspicious activity in her family's bakery, she is compelled to investigate. Leo discovers that her fami...
  • Brianna
    A super cute middle grade read about Leonora ‘Leo’ Logrono and her family of kitchen bruja’s or witches. Even though she’s in 6th grade she desperately wants to follow in her older sisters steps and do more. But there’s a family rule that no magic can be cast by a bruja until she turns fifteen. Her plan to whine and complain to her sisters semi-succeeds in learning a few basic things. Where she gets in over her head is trying to help a ...
  • Christie Allred
    "Love Sugar Magic" fits right in with other magical baking middle-grade novels (I'm thinking of "Pie" by Sarah Weeks, "The Candy Shop War" by Brandon Mull, and "Bliss" by Kathryn Littlewood). It also reminds me of Amazon Prime's original, "Just Add Magic". I especially enjoyed discovering the sweet reason Leo's great-grandmother originally started baking and handing the tradition down to her daughters. There are a couple of reasons that I didn't ...
  • Chelsea
    Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review!A Dash of Trouble was absolutely adorable. This middle grade novel, about Leo who discovers her family are brujas, has plenty of funny moments and I adored the family dynamics and female friendships. The magic system is unique, because it is intertwined with baking.I listened to this on audiobook and I would recommend it. Fans of fast-paced magical stories s...