It’s that time of month again, time to talk about the book chosen for the Cupcake Book Club hosted by Kelly on her site An American Cupcake in London.
This month’s chosen book was Hot Cakes! by Kim Newman-Wood, it’s the first independent e-book that Kelly has picked for the club. In a nutshell it’s about a family torn and it all comes to head over a, strangely acquired, cupcake recipe.
If I’m going to be honest I didn't like this book as much as I wanted too. The characters behaviors were a bit bewildering to me. I found it hard to warm to Bex, the leading lady. She spent most of the story trying to be something she wasn't. One of my favorite sayings is "Always be yourself. Unless you are a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn." Bex's back-story helped me understand where she was coming from and the ending made me less cool towards her, but it wasn't enough to make me love the book. Her mother was even more confusing to me. I guess just because it's not how I would have reacted as a mother, but everyone reacts differently when they are hurt.
Even though they weren't my favorite characters, they were unique, they weren't made out to be perfect like a lot of other main characters are. They had flaws and did seem more real. It was written well and with style. I enjoyed how the author fit the back-stories in with the present and how she brought the two story lines together in the end.
I don’t like being harsh when it comes to novels. They are are a work of love by the author and not everyone can write a book. I am not a writer, but I am a reader and have read many novels in my time. As a reader my tastes aren't the same of someone else so this is my opinion on the story, but if Hot Cakes! sounds like something you’d like give it a go and make your own opinion! Plus the amounts of delicious sounding cupcake recipes are well worth the cost of the book!
I choose to make the Toffee Bakewell Cupcakes at my husband’s request. He got to choose as they went to work with him. Besides the caramel sinking to the bottom, as I suspected it would as everything I have ever baked in a cupcake has sunk, they turned out perfect. I think next time I would just bake the cakes and add the toffee in afterwards.
I would be interested to see what Kim Newman-Wood writes next! I also can’t wait to see what Kelly has picked for the next Cupcake Book Club!!
notes: if you’d like to join in visit Kelly’s site here! You still have a week if you want to join in! Plenty of time to read and bake right? - Hot Cakes! by Kim Newman-Wood Amazon UK & USA - My favorite quote can be adjusted to fit your needs just fill in the blanks: "Always be yourself. Unless you are (insert super hero or other fantastical non-existing creature) then always be (said hero or creature).