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Sweetly (Fairy Tale Retelling) Hardcover – August 23, 2011

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Book 2 of 3 in the Sisters Red Series

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"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."

About the Author

Jackson Pearce is the author of Sisters Red and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Fairy Tale Retelling
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316068659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068659
  • ASIN: 0316068659
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn't tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since. Visit Jackson online at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aeicha @ Word Spelunking on October 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading and enjoying Pearce's Sisters Red, I just knew I had to read the companion novel Sweetly. And it's important to emphasize the fact that Sweetly is NOT a sequel, but companion. Yes, the story taking place exist in the same fantasy world as Sisters Red and there are similar elements, but this book is all its own and can easily stand alone. That being said, you should totally read Sisters Red cause it's awesome.
Sweetly is a smartly crafted retelling of Hansel and Gretel, that's stuffed with engaging characters, a captivating and clever story, and enough mystery; romance; and fantasy whimsy to keep you engrossed.
Ten years ago, Ansel, Gretchen, and Gretchen's twin ventured into the woods near their home in search of the fabled witch. After being chased by a mysterious monster, only Ansel and Gretchen walk out of the woods. Their sister vanished never to be seen again. Their mother soon dies from grief and their father quickly remarries. After their father's death, 19 year old Ansel and 18 year old Gretchen's stepmother kicks them out. The two leave Washington state and head for the coast of SC, but before they can get there, their car breaks down in the sleepy town of Live Oak. The siblings find a home here with the beautiful young Sophia Kelly, a chocolatier. Ansel and Gretchen both quickly come to love Sophia and believe that just maybe they found where they belong. But Gretchen's childhood fears soon come back to haunt her, and along with a guy named Samuel, she must figure out how to stop this monster and uncover the mystery behind the way it chooses its victims.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The artwork attracted me to this book and when i read the synopsis and found out it was a retelling of Hansel and Gretel i was very excited. I've been through all the supernatural romance books and was getting bored. This book is both very sorrow filled and sweet. I wanted to cry for Gretchen's lost sister and was happy for the "new" her. It took me about two days to get through it, and though i couldn't hardly put it down, there were moments i wanted to. This book is so mysterious and there are times i got a little frustraited at how slow or unempathetic the characters were. This book has so much mystery and when it finally comes to conclusion and wraps up the book, it also leaves even more questions to be answered. I feel like this book was supposed to have a sequel. It leaves me wanting more. It's beautiful, dark, and wonderous. I hope to read more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wastepaper Prose on July 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This remix of Hansel & Gretel is a must for all fairytale buffs, young and old, but beware. Jackson Pearce's version is darker, more grisly version of the story you heard as a child and scary enough to make you question the original.

I was drawn in from the first page with the story of how Gretchen and Ansel lost their sister to the witch in the forest when they were young. Pearce kept me engaged with the depth of detail in her writing and her smooth story telling.

After both of their biological parents die, Ansel and Gretchen stepmother kicks them out, sending them off on a quest to start over. Gretchen has been living in the shadow of her sister -- a girl whose name hasn't even been mentioned in years -- and she feels like part of herself is missing. She is the half that survived, and for years she has wondered why. Why wasn't she the one who was taken?

When their car breaks down in Live Oak, South Carolina, the siblings believe they've hit a streak of bad luck. Busted car, no cash, and everyone in town is treating them like pariahs. The plan is for Ansel to do some work for the owner of the local chocolate shop, Sophia Kelly, but plans quickly change as he and Gretchen become attached to her. Their unplanned detour and newfound friend may be just what they needed to leave their old lives behind.

But just as Gretchen gets comfortable her fear of the woods comes roaring back. Girls have gone missing in the tight-knit southern town and it's all too eerily familiar for Gretchen. Enter Samuel Reynolds, who saves Gretchen from a brush with death and the witch she thought she left behind in Washington years ago and gives her the chance to stamp down her fear for good.
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