HarperCollins/Clarion/Etch. Jul. 2022. 384p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780358467793.
Gr 7 Up–This delectable graphic novel is guaranteed to leave readers smiling as they are transported to a magical town with delightful characters. Ray is a gifted seer who likes to begin every week at the enchanting Marigold’s Bakery with some freshly baked romance and a cozy cup of peace. It’s not just the spellbinding treats that keep her coming back for more but the charming barista Laurie, who has started to take particular notice whenever she comes in the store. It is a delight to watch the two get together and support each other’s aspirations. Ray’s powers secure her a coveted spot in the mysterious council that governs their world, and Laurie think he has what it takes to be a famous musician. This story is the perfect amount of sweet without dipping into saccharine. Ray and Laurie are multidimensional characters with lofty goals and individual interests that keep their romance grounded and refreshingly healthy. The beautiful art takes worldbuilding to another level, creating the most enchanting and picturesque city imaginable.
VERDICT This adorable web comic turned full-length graphic novel would be a fantastic addition to middle and high school collections. It has the perfect combo of fantasy, realism, and romance.

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