Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

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Title: Sweetly
Author: Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings #2
Version Reviewed: Finished, Hardback
*I won this book in a giveaway.

GoodReads Summary:
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 every year after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival, 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.

I wanted to read this book for a while. I'm really big into retellings and I enjoy seeing how the author will twist them, where the story will go, how they will make it their own.

Sweetly is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, a fairytale about a brother and sister that find themselves face to face with a witch. 
I think Jackson Pearce did a really good job with Sweetly. Honestly, it wasreally different than I expected it to be, but it was still really good. I liked the setting of Sophia's chocolatier and the whole town of Live Oak. Living a rural Kentucky, you see a lot of towns like it and it was relateable. I would definitely read this one again and I really want to read Sisters Red!

Favorite Character: Gretchen, Sophia and Samuel.
Rating: 4 Stars
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