Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Publishing House: Little Brown
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Rating: PG
Summary: The forest invites you in . . . but will never let you go.

As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic, and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past — until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone — it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival each year, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet, the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce is a good and funny book. Throughout the story there is a lot of talk about killing werewolves and witches (who are werewolves). So that is a little off. It is a good story because of the fact that you never see the ending coming.

I rated the story PG because of the slightly more mature theme of the book. Which does involve killing and if I remember correctly a small amount of language. But it really is a good book.

Now it is up to you (Sorry about the short post. Haven’t read this in a long time.)

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