Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Waiting on Wednesday (16)
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown
Date: June 2011
SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel and a companion book to SISTERS RED and FATHOMLESS.
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'm so excited for this book! I have always loved the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and can't wait to read Jackson's retelling! I loved Sisters Red (Little Red Riding Hood retelling) and am dying to get an advance readers copy of this! If you haven't read Sisters Red, buy a copy or find someone who has it and go read it! Also, as Sweetly is a companion novel, there is one character in Sweetly who is related to another character in SR. Anyways, I can't wait to read this and I hope you guys are excited for it too!
Also, check out the cover! I love it so much! There's not only the witch's house but look at the trees...it's her face!! Crazy! Can't wait to get it! Below is a picture of the ARCs sent to Jackson from Little Brown: