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Sweetly

by Jackson Pearce

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | June 17, 2013 | Hardcover

Sweetly is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 in

Published: June 17, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316068659

ISBN - 13: 9780316068659

Appropriate for ages: 15

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing The story was good at first. The mystery aspect of the story and the scary moments were well done and gave me the heebie jeebies.  I was sort of hoping for a sequel to Sisters Red but knew this wasn’t the case as I read the summary before so I was mildly disappointed. Although it’s nice to see fairy tale retellings. What’s guaranteed is your sweet tooth will start to crave the various delicious sweets and desserts listed all throughout the book. You’ll want to raid a sweet shop after reading this book. They’re told in descriptive detail and it’s very well done.  Although that aspect of the writing was good, I have to say I didn’t really enjoy reading the story that much. It was slow paced and I found it quite dry in some parts. Gretchen wasn’t much to be intrigued about. Also even the romance between her and Samuel just didn’t have enough to get my attention. So the ending went out with a bang but it just wasn’t enough to make up for such a dry book. Needless to say I was disappointed. This could have been better. Sure, I feel like grabbing a handful of candies and cupcakes and there were moments of scariness but there characters didn’t really engage me and I didn’t find this a page turner. Take it or leave it. Lovely cover though!
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent read I liked Sisters Red better but still a good read and I will still check out the next book Fathomless.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomonal When Gretchen was a young child, her twin sister was taken by what she thought was a witch in the woods. For years, she was afraid that she would be the next to disappear. When her stepmother kicks Gretchen and her older brother, Ansel, out of the house, they find themselves in the dying town of Live Oak, South Carolina. There they meet the beautiful, charming Sophia Kelly, who invites the siblings to live with her in her chocolate shop. It is here that Gretchen meets Samuel, the outcast of the town, who tells her that what she believes is a witch, is still preying on the girls of Live Oak. Determined to stop the attacks, Gretchen must first overcome her fear and face what could be the hardest thing she has ever had to face before. This book was incredible. Jackson Pearce is one of my favourite authors, and she did not let me down with Sweetly. It was even better than Sisters Red. The first half of the book is very good and you slowly get to know the different characters. When you hit the second half though, you will not be able to put the book down. Mysteries unravel and the action really starts. All of the characters were great and very well written, but Gretchen and Sophia were definitely the best. When we first meet Gretchen, she's so scared and unsure, but she slowly grows into a strong, capable young woman. Sweetly was an amazing book that I couldn't put down. Also check out Jackson's other book, Sisters Red. Sweetly is a companion book to it.
Date published: 2011-08-31

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Sweetly

by Jackson Pearce

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 in

Published: June 17, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316068659

ISBN - 13: 9780316068659

About the Book

As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch-like monster 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.
When their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out as teens, they stumble upon a sleepy Southern town and are invited to stay with Sophia Kelly at her sweet shop. Sophia molds candied magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.
Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel finally start to forget their haunted past - until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel, who gives Gretchen a reason to fear Sophia: girls have been vanishing at Sophia's annual chocolate festival, taken by the insatiable 'witch' of Gretchen's nightmares. Can Gretchen save herself, the girls of Live Oak, "and"Sophia?
Of one thing, Gretchen is certain: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jackson Pearce is the author ofSisters RedandAs You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Editorial Reviews

"It is easy to care what happens to these characters, even when readers are left wondering who is on the right side and who is not...will still satisfy readers looking for a thrill."
-VOYA

Appropriate for ages: 15