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, Magic, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches, Family

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

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead!Trigger warning: Death mentioned, mention of cancer, bullying, physical violence, and abuse of magic powers.A Dash of Trouble was read for the theme January Jam Jar. For a book group called Devour Your TBR on GR.Leo's family runs a bakery. As she is too young Leo isn't allowed to partake in the bakery activities. Leo soon realizes that there might in fact be another reason to it. With th...
  • 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!
  • Donalyn
    An adorable and exciting debut. I can’t wait to get this one into the hands of kids.
  • 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.
  • Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
    Loved this so much! It was so sweet and I love the family, the magic, the culture, all of it! Definitely recommend.
  • Xueting
    A cute and fun story about a family of brujas (witches)! The youngest daughter discovers the family secret and sneaks around trying to cast a few spells, with some unexpected but amusing results.
  • Mojan
    It was all sweetness! :)
  • 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...
  • Arlene
    This was a very cute book. A young girl of 11 finds out that her mother and sisters can do magic and that she too holds the power to do magic through cooking (think Like Water for Chocolate) but she is told that she must wait till she is 15 years old. But after her best friend has a very awkward encounter with a boy she likes, Leo, takes it upon herself to try and flex her newly acquired magical skills and tries to help her friend out but of cour...
  • 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.
  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    I loved absolutely every bit. Review to come.
  • Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
    Why You Might Bump This Up On Your TBR:The Mexican representation seemed well done to me (but I'm not Mexican). I liked how the author used Spanish words without translating them. I appreciated the hardcore girl power in terms of sisterhood and female friendship. The magic system and the characters/family dynamics were the best part for me, since they were layered and I wanted even more information about them. I also appreciated how the author wa...
  • 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!
  • andrea caro
    Love, love, LOVED this.
  • Sarena Nanua
    A delicious and fun read about family and friendship! 5*
  • Elke
    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...
  • Emily
    This was very cute and very sweet, but ultimately the narrative voice was just too young for me. I don't mind middle grade that skews older, but I'm finding that middle grade that skews younger just doesn't work for me.THAT SAID this is 1000000% a book that I would recommend to younger readers. I didn't love it, but it's not FOR me! I think younger readers would really enjoy this, and the content is generally delightful. The family dynamics, the ...
  • Akoss
    Leo's antics will horrify you and make you laugh with delight at the same time. Her determination to prove herself worthy of her family members' trust is something a lot of kids and adults can relate to.I absolutely love her relationships with each of her sisters. In fact all the characters in the book are so rounded I find myself wondering about their story, their joys, fears and hopes.When I got to the end of this book I was so full of joy and ...
  • Garren
    One of those perfect middle grade books about family and friends...and baking magic! It's about family legacy and honoring the dead. It's about Latina American identity and friendship. The cover illustration and the baking objects drawn at the start of every chapter are so wonderful.There's even a short English recipe list at the end to go with the magical Spanish recipes in the story. I'm thinking about baking something from it then booktalking ...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Such a cute book!
  • theresa 🌸🥑
    my first buddy read!this was as cute as i hoped it would be.💕now i crave cookies though *runs to the bakery* 😅
  • Yamile Méndez
    what an utterly delightful book! beautiful family and friendship dynamics. A book where I'd love to live in. I absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next one!
  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    Such a fun book with a big, happy family. i loved it so much. kids will really enjoy this one!
  • Heather
    I really need to stop reading books that make me hungry...
  • Estefany
    What an adorable story. I love stories about witches. Specially if they can cook. I’m to try some of the baking recipes ☺ What an adorable story. I love stories about witches. Specially if they can cook. I’m to try some of the baking recipes ☺️
  • Christina
    First of all, I love the cover and illustrations within the book by Mirelle Ortega.I liked that this featured a family full of sisters—and magic. Leo made questionable decisions, but she’s 11, learning her way in a new world of magic. I wanted to eat everything mentioned in this book, and was happy to see recipes in the back!Something that made me feel ‘hmmm’ was how a lot of the plot revolved around a boy that Leo’s friend likes and Le...
  • Izza
    5 stars | I absolutely love this book! I never wanted it to end. I can't wait to find out what Leonora (and Caroline) gets into in the next one. Such a sweet story about friendship, family and baking with a little touch of magic :D I highly recommend it.
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    Anna Meriano’s debut middle grade novel A Dash of Trouble is sweet, magical, and an utter delight. Eleven-year-old Leonora “Leo” Lograño just wants to be treated like her older sisters. But as the youngest of five daughters, Leo is often kept out of the loop. She also struggles to feel included when she grew up without speaking Spanish and everyone else in her family is either fluent or learning. As this year’s Día de Muertos celebratio...