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The forest invites you in . . . but will never let you go.

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 after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival each year, 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.

Review:

"Pearce returns to the world of Sisters Red in this twist on 'Hansel and Gretel.' Ansel and Gretchen Kassel are survivors. A yellow-eyed witch stole Gretchen's twin sister years ago while the children were exploring the forest, and ever since, brother and sister have lived with guilt and the certain knowledge that the witch will return. After their father dies and their stepmother turns them out, Ansel and Gretchen head east, getting stranded in Live Oak, S.C., when their car breaks down. The locals seem hostile except for Sophia Kelly, proprietor of a sweet shop in the woods. Ansel is enamored, but Gretchen can't quite let down her guard. Her fears are justified when she sees yellow eyes in the woods again, 3,000 miles from home. The story revisits several themes from Sisters Red, including sibling bonds and betrayals, the loss of childhood innocence, and the sharp teeth of the big, bad world. Gretchen is a more nuanced character than the earlier book's Scarlett or Rosie, and her relationship with Ansel doesn't suffer quite as much from the trials they face together. Ages 15 — up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

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The Loopy Librarian, September 19, 2011 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
Sweetly, published in August of this year, is an updated version of Hansel and Gretel featuring them as teenagers, twelve years after they originally encountered the witch in the woods. Because it is written for teens, I asked my fifteen-year-old son to read it and give me his review. This is what he had to say. “If I were to give it stars, I’d give it four out of five. It took me a couple of pages to get into it, but I was hooked after that. Sweetly is an adventure book. It starts out with Hansel and Gretel traveling out farther into the woods than they had ever dared, but something happens to get them kicked out the house. Now they are traveling randomly and break down in a mostly deserted town, but I cannot tell you why it’s deserted without giving away part of the plot. The reason I don’t give it five out of five stars is because it didn’t have enough action. However, if you’re into cooking it does tell you how to make some candies; not step by step but the basics. Finally, remember that not all stories have happy endings. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether this one does or not.” As for me, I’m hoping to read it soon. It seems very creepy and delicious to me. Besides, if my son likes it, I’m sure I will too.
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ashelynnhetland, August 16, 2011 (view all comments by ashelynnhetland)
SWEETLY was my first Jackson Pearce book. I’ve been meaning to read SISTERS RED, just haven’t got to buying or reading it yet. (I know! I am lame.) So when I had the chance to review SWEETLY, I jumped at it.

Spoiler alert: I loved it. (Not a real spoiler alert.)

The main character’s voice, Gretchen, cuts through the pages cleanly and I noticed halfway through the book that she had her own voice. Ever read a book then hear the author talk and notice how the character and the author sound ALIKE? Or maybe that’s just me? But Pearce does video blogs (aka vlogs), and I’ve watched probably all of them, so I know what her voice sounds like (which sounds a tad bit stalker-ish…) and still! Gretchen had her own voice.

The story flowed wonderfully, a mixture of emotions along with the plot: happy, sad, pain. There were a few spots where I was surprised because I did not see them coming.

And it’s addictive. I noticed I kept turning page after page after page to learn one thing, and when I did learn that, I kept reading more because there were several other things I wanted to know!

Also? There’s kissing. ^___^

Overall, a fantastic retelling of HANSEL AND GRETEL. I loved the bits of the original story in the retelling (Samuel being a woodsman; Sophia owning a candy shop; Ansel and Gretchen having a stepmother…) I also liked that Pearce added a few Southern superstitions to this paranormal book.

Now, I need to stare at this cover more because how AWESOME is it?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316068659
Author:
Pearce, Jackson
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Brothers and sisters; Stepmothers; Magic; Festivals; Mysterious disappearances; Monsters
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Series:
Fairy Tale Retelling
Publication Date:
20120807
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 10 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6 x 1 in 0.96 lb
Age Level:
from 15 up to 99

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Product details 336 pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316068659 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pearce returns to the world of Sisters Red in this twist on 'Hansel and Gretel.' Ansel and Gretchen Kassel are survivors. A yellow-eyed witch stole Gretchen's twin sister years ago while the children were exploring the forest, and ever since, brother and sister have lived with guilt and the certain knowledge that the witch will return. After their father dies and their stepmother turns them out, Ansel and Gretchen head east, getting stranded in Live Oak, S.C., when their car breaks down. The locals seem hostile except for Sophia Kelly, proprietor of a sweet shop in the woods. Ansel is enamored, but Gretchen can't quite let down her guard. Her fears are justified when she sees yellow eyes in the woods again, 3,000 miles from home. The story revisits several themes from Sisters Red, including sibling bonds and betrayals, the loss of childhood innocence, and the sharp teeth of the big, bad world. Gretchen is a more nuanced character than the earlier book's Scarlett or Rosie, and her relationship with Ansel doesn't suffer quite as much from the trials they face together. Ages 15 — up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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