Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.
Publisher: Little, Brown.
Pages: 312.

Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went
looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.

Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.

Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.
As far as fairy tale inspired novels come, I thought Sisters Red was the best. Nothing could possibly get any better than that, right? Wrong. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce combines the dangerous world of it's companion, Sisters Red with the haunting witch-ified elements of the Hansel and Gretel tale, making for a terrifying, kick-butt, romantic thrill ride that kept me glued to my seat until I finished the entire thing.

I honestly really can't find anything to complain about when it comes to this book. It satisfied every different hunger that I crave as a reader - mystery, romance, action, horror and so much more. And speaking of hungers and craving, before you read this book, make sure you have a big pile of chocolate sitting right next to you! Jackson's descriptions of the treats that were being made in the chocolatier were so vivid and tantalizing and mouthwatering and, oddly enough, one of my favorite things about the novel.

Another thing I absolutely loved was that I was kept guessing until the very end. Just like Sisters Red, the conclusion and villain remains so very unpredictable that my theories and guesses ended up so far off. The conclusion isn't foreshadowed and thrown at you in the beginning like I find most books today do. Sweetly makes you actually think about it. And maybe it's just me, but as a reader, I love being challenged!

Overall, I have not one bad thing to say about Sweetly. In my opinion, Jackson Pearce is the queen of modernizing fairy tales. Dark, scary and sexy - this is definitely a novel that I recommend you check out! I will now be twitching impatiently until Fathomless, the third book in the fairy tale series, this time inspired by The Little Mermaid, releases next year!

P.S. - I'm not even kidding about the chocolate thing. Eat some while you read this book or you'll be craving it all night like I did.

Other reviews for Sweetly:
Escape Through The Pages.
Just Your Typical Book Blog.
Novel Novice.
Ashelynn Hetland.


  1. Ahh. Can't wait to get my hands on this one...along with some chocolate, I suppose. Great review!

  2. I adored Sisters Red and can't wait to read this one! It sounds fantastic, plus any excuse for me to eat chocolate is a good one ;)

  3. Sisters Red was AMAZING, and I can't wait to get my hands on Sweetly. So jealous, but super-glad you liked it! Great review!

    geek girl's book blog

  4. Wow this sounds great. I think that I'll definitely read Sisters Red. I love books that keep you guessing. Things based on fairy tales do sound interesting too.