August 11, 2012

Review of Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings #2) by Jackson Pearce


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.

Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings #2) by Jackson Pearce
Publish Date:  August 23, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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This novel was amazing.  Yes that is how I’m choosing to begin this review. Sweetly was awesome, amazing and great. The companion to Sisters Red and the second re-told fairy tale in Jackson Pearce’s series, I have literally been dying to start reading it and when I did I never wanted to stop. I’m going to hope that you guys have noticed just which fairy tale is about to be retold right? Hansel and Grettle! The story about the boy and girl who get lost in the forest, find a candy house and get eaten by a witch—right? Not in this novel, this is far from the fairy tale you know.

Sweetly is about main characters Ansel and Gretchen and begins with them at a young age, walking through the forest with Gretchen’s twin sister when something (that they choose to call a witch) attacks them. Dragging off Gretchen’s twin into the forest. That causes Gretchen’s family to fall apart, their mother dies and later their father does, leaving them with their step-mother who kicks out Gretchen and Ansel. That causes the two to drive from their home and for their care to break down in the small town of Live Oak, where they meet Sophia Kelly, a chocolatier with a dark secret.

I personally, enjoyed the fact that in Sweetly you have no idea what’s going to happen next. Most novels that are re-makes of fairy tales are overly predictable, just because you usually know the tale already and there are no more surprises. Not the case in Sweetly. The story is completely new and I adored that. You get to see two characters who blame themselves for their sisters disappearance. A chocolatier who may or may not be the warning of the town’s end days.An a witch who was introduced in Sisters Red as a Fenris.

Seriously who wouldn’t want to read Hansel and Grettle with werewolves ready to break down the door to steal away citizens? We have Grettle as our main character and after she gets attacked by a fenris she learns how to use a gun and prepares herself for the worst. Sweetly is a thrilling ride that never stops it’s pace once. You’ll want to stay awake all night just to finish it because just when you think you know everything…. BLAM! You don’t. You really don’t.

With a terrifying ending and a twist I didn’t see coming, I would recommend Sweetly to fans of Jackson Pearce’s previous novels as well as readers who love re-telling’s of fairy tales.

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1 Comment

  1. Daniela

    I really love Jackson’s writing. Her books are amazing and I especially loved this one. Awesome review! :)

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