Today we kick off our new August Book of the Month, which we’re delighted to announce is Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. This is a companion to one of Jackson’s previous books, Sisters Red and is part of a series of modernized adaptations of classic fairy tales. In this case, Sweetly is an entirely new twist on the story of “Hansel & Gretel.”
To celebrate our month-long feature, we’ve created a Sweetly desktop wallpaper calendar for the month of August. Just click to view full-size, then right-click to save — plus scroll down to learn more about Sweetly, coming to stores in just 22 days!
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.