Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Sweetly


Jackson Pearce
Sweetly (Sisters Red, #2)Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: August 23, 2011

SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel and a companion book to SISTERS RED. 

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.

 I loved Sisters Red, so I was super excited to read the companion, Sweetly. Unfortunately it wasn't as good as Sisters Red. But, it was still enjoyable and very delicious. 

I'll admit, Gretchen irked me at first. I found her obsession with her missing sister a bit much. I understand that she's grieving, but it's like she just totally gave up on life. Further into the story she started to snap out of it, but not much. However, she did grown on me. I liked how she wanted to learn to defend herself, instead of needing to be saved all the time. 

I didn't think that there would be many references to Sisters Red, but I was wrong. There was a big one. The Fenris (werewolves) are in this, which I really liked. This is definitely a different version of Hansel and Gretel. There were surprises that I wasn't expecting at all.

Though it wasn't as good as it's predecessor, it was still very sweet and addicting. 


1 comment:

  1. I haven't read Sisters Red, but I'm a sucker for these modern interpretations of classic fairytales so I'll be sure to grab it along with, Sweetly.

    Thanks for the review!