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Review of Bake Believe by Cori Cooper

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Cat Anderson doesn’t want much out of life. Give her a circle of friends to giggle with, a few boys to flirt with, a cute outfit, and she is good to go! She especially could care less about food.

But food, it turns out, is a very big deal.

In Cat’s family there is a secret too fantastic to be real. Something happens when Cat bakes.

Something amazing.

Something impossible.

Can it be true? Or is it Bake Believe?

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Robyn saw the look on my face and sat back up. She reached for a corn tortilla and held it in front of my face. “See this?”

I nodded.

“This tortilla, by itself, is muy disgusting.”

Marissa clicked her tongue.

Robyn glanced at her mom but kept talking. “It is super bland all by itself, but if you add salsa or guacamole or something else, it’s deliciouso!” She spooned salsa down the center, rolled it up and took a bite to prove her point.

I nodded again, even though I had no idea what she was talking about.

As soon as she was done chewing, Robyn spread her hands out. “You don’t want a bland tortilla life, Cat; you want life with the salsa!”

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This was a lot of adorable fun. The magical twist is subtle but there, and it’s interwoven so well with the story. There’s a lesson (or several) to be learned in here, and the story structure just brings it all together seamlessly.

I struggled a bit with the first-person narration, but that’s definitely subjective. I had a tough time connecting with the amount of bad ideas the protagonist thought were amazing things to do. Granted, I’m looking at this from a lens of an adult thinking “oh, that’s a bad idea. Don’t do that.” And this is very much written from the perspective from a teenager who would definitely think these bad ideas are good ideas. So, the tone is probably perfect for the character, but it wasn’t something I got into easily. Other readers may definitely feel differently.

All in all, absolutely worth a read. It reminded me of Just Add Magic in a way, and I loved that show (the books were cool too). Plus there are delicious recipes included throughout, so if you’re a fan of baked goods, you get both a yummy story and some new treats to try.

About Cori Cooper

Cori Cooper, author

Since I was six years old I wanted to be a published Author. I still have all my early manuscripts, but don’t ask to see them – my spelling was atrocious!

I’m a mama of four witty, movie quoting, awesome sauce kids – three teens and one preteen. Yes, they end up in my novels! Don’t worry, names are changed to protect the innocent and everything is always GREATLY exaggerated! That’s my super power.

I’m also wife to the cutest guy in the whole world. It’s true! I’m not bias at all, really. We met in Middle School and got married after he served a mission for our Church. It’s been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t miss it for a plate full of Cinnamon Rolls.

Or anything else, actually!

I hope you have as much fun reading my stuff as I have writing it. The creative process is so fantastic, I just love every part of it!

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3 thoughts on “Review+Giveaway: Bake Believe by Cori Cooper

  1. Cori Cooper is new to me, but I love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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