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

4.2 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
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."
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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 (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel, and a companion book to Sisters Red (which I loved!). Just like in Sisters Red, the book kicks off with an intense, heart-stopping prologue, before settling in to guide you through a series of seemingly slow days in the south, filled with sweet tea and high temperatures.

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.
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I'm a sucker for new twists on old favorites and I REALLY liked that aspect of this book. In fact, the only issue I had here was one of my making -- I *like* werewolves and always expect them to be the good guys. So when werewolves show up and they're soulless, monstrous beasts, it takes me a while to adjust.

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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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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This was a really fun but to read. If you want a teen fantasy fiction it is a good pick. If you are looking for something very in depth with amazing writing this is probably not the book for you. I do enjoy these books and its a great read to get away from seriousness. The characters are cute and interesting.
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I read these books out of order. I read sisters red a long time ago. and knew about sweetly, but the tale of Hansle and gretral was never my favorite so I spiked it. not knowing she would put out two more books! I rented Famthless and cold spell without knowing about them. so now the Famthless makes more since knowing in Naida is to the Sweetley. it guess this proves the theory you should read the books in order! ah! anyways love the books to death! I love when writers twist classic tales like these. I hope she does a beauty and the beast one, where one of the twins falls in love with the fenris! it think it'd be cool!
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