Book Reviews

Book Review: Crumbs by Danie Stirling

Thank you to Harper360 for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

In a very special town, there’s an even more unusual bakery with a selection of baked treats hand-crafted to help your dreams come true. For Ray, a quiet young woman with special powers of her own, the order is always the same: a hot tea with a delicious side of romance.

When Ray meets Laurie, the kind barista who aspires to be a professional musician, she gets a real taste of love for the first time. But even with a spark of magic, romance isn’t so simple. Both Ray and Laurie are chasing their own dreams and even when Ray starts to see the future, she can’t predict her fate with Laurie.

My review

Crumbs is a charming, romantic YA graphic novel which was originally published on Webtoon. This is such a cosy read! We follow Ray, a young seer who meets Laurie, a barista and aspiring musician. Ray and Laurie live in a magical world, but they both have their own dreams and learn that love isn’t always easy.

I received a black-and-white proof and had to check out the Webtoon which is beautifully illustrated. The colour palette looks so soft and I love the art style.

There’s a lot I enjoyed about this graphic novel, including the diversity and inclusivity which felt authentic. Ray is a curvy, bisexual MC with brown skin and there are many LGBTQ+ side characters.

I adored the friendship group and family relationships. Laurie introduces Ray to his friends and it was wonderful seeing them welcome her to the group.

Since the title is Crumbs, I was expecting more baking. Sure, Ray and Laurie meet in a magical bakery which has interesting treats but it doesn’t really play a central role in the story.

The mix of romance and magic was fun to read, and I thought the witchy phones were a smart touch. Imagine smart phones but with their own enchanted spirits, kind of like personal assistants. While there are flying brooms and sprites, the magic system was a little hazy. I would have liked more exploration of the world building.

The romance between Ray and Laurie was bittersweet. I actually wasn’t expecting the relationship to get so deep and the ending surprised me in a good way. These two have brilliant character growth. It was heartwarming to see their open communication and how they learnt from their mistakes.

Overall

A lovely coming-of-age romance about finding yourself and following your dreams.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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