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Sweetly (Fairy Tale Retelling) Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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Twelve years ago, Gretchen's twin sister went missing in the woods, leaving Gretchen and Ansel behind to hopelessly explain how they lost track of her out there. Gretchen grew up referring to the yellow-eyed monster she saw that day as "the witch" and has lived in fear of the woods ever since.
When the siblings end up out on the road in search of a new home, they break down in the tiny town of Live Oak and end up settling in. Ansel gets work out at Sophia Kelly's chocolate shop, and they stay with her in the rooms upstairs. Sophia is beautiful, mysterious, and very welcoming, and Ansel falls for her right away. Gretchen, however, while enjoying Sophia's friendship and the close proximity to delicious chocolates, remains cautious and aims to solve the mystery of Sophia's lonely life. When she discovers a link between their sister's disappearance and the missing girls in Live Oak, Gretchen faces her fears and teams up with sarcastic, resident badass, Samuel Reynolds, to fight "the witch" instead of run from it.
While the build to the climax may seem slow, don't be fooled. The ending is jarring and surprising and action-packed, and the chapters that came before are the perfect path to take you there. Gretchen's personal growth, Ansel's dedication to his sister, Sophia's disturbingly sad story, and the swoon-worthy Samuel are the perfect cast of characters to bring what happens in Live Oak to life.Read more ›
Basically, I'm saying that if I didn't come into the book with preconceived notions about werewolves, this book would have been perfect for me. So, you know, ignore any complaints on that end because that's entirely a me-thing.
Seriously, there was a lot that I really enjoyed. Gretchen is so... I don't know, impacted, maybe. It's like her sister's disappearance scrunched her down and made her a compact shadow of herself. She relives those moments in the woods when her sister went missing again and again. It's shaped every aspect of her life from the moment it happened and she's ready to shed that old skin and try to become something new.
I won't say the twist was a total surprise but I liked how everything played out. I liked how Gretchen took control of her fear and found a way to grow into something different. I LOVE the mythology that's laid out about twins -- something that looks to be explored in book 3. I liked the romance. I liked the slightly off-kilter Hansel and Gretel parallels.
Honestly, there was A LOT I liked here. I just have a few issues with evil werewolves. Still, my issues didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. So, there's that.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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I've loved all of the books by this author. They draw you into a world almost familiar that happens to remind you of a story from your childhood, with just a few significant... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathleen
This book is amazing one of the best I have ever read very detailed and adventurous and just enough romance!Published 11 months ago by Jo Ann
I was so excited to get my hands on this book! I have read Pearce's other book Sister's Red and loved it, and when I saw this one at the local bookstore and I had the money to by... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rebecca
The characters were so vivid and their emotions felt like my own. The book was so hard to put down. Loved it.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
another of her fairly tales with fun twists and turns... for young adults and old ones too.Published 23 months ago by Katherine R. Thomas
Pretty good book. I like how there was a slight tie in with Sisters Red. Not an amazing read, but ill probably read it again.Published on July 6, 2014 by Samantha