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Review: The Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault

The Baker Thief is a wonderful story about acceptance and standing up for what is right. It’s full of diversity, magic, and action.


Adèle has only one goal: catch the purple-haired thief who broke into her home and stole her exocore, thus proving herself to her new police team. Little does she know, her thief is also the local baker.

Claire owns the Croissant-toi, but while her days are filled with pastries and customers, her nights are dedicated to stealing exocores. These new red gems are heralded as the energy of the future, but she knows the truth: they are made of witches’ souls.

When her twin—a powerful witch and prime exocore material—disappears, Claire redoubles in her efforts to investigate. She keeps running into Adèle, however, and whether or not she can save her sister might depend on their conflicted, unstable, but deepening relationship.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Baker Thief is a delightful fantasy that is both diverse and delicious. Full of action that makes you think, The Baker Thief has two main characters who will charm you – Claude a gender fluid aromantic witch and Adèle a fierce-hearted demisexual with a passion for justice. It’s a story that delivers a steady balance towards developing their relationship, their problems, and a larger scheme at work.

While I was initially drawn to The Baker Thief for its diversity, what ended up hooking me was the delightful plot and the characters. The Baker Thief focuses on siblings and justice. What will we do for the people we love? And what will we sacrifice for justice? As Claude is a witch, and they’ve been discriminated and treated awfully in the past, it lends another element to the story.

How does this community exist and thrive in a world where their existence puts them at risk? And for Adèle I’m left wondering if her passion for justice will leave her with enemies or a family of dedicated crime fighters like her. Either way, this story will sweep you up and the characters will make a place in your heart. Also, have plenty of snacks, preferably croissants, because you’ll need them!

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