We are SO thrilled to celebrate the release of Sweetly by Jackson Pearce — in stores today! Not only did we love the first companion novel in this series of modernized fairy tales, Sisters Red, but also Sweetly is our August Book of the Month!
Need more convincing than just that? Here’s more about the book, plus a few things we love about it:
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.
Here’s a bit of what I had to say, as well, in my review:
Pearce’s skills for adapting & modernizing fairy tales is nothing short of brilliant. It’s delightful seeing bits and pieces from the world of Sisters Red crossing over into Sweetly — in moments both subtle and more obvious. You can see how it fits into the same universe of Sisters Red — yet at the same time, Sweetly is wholly accessible to someone who hasn’t read the first book.
Toss in some shooting lessons and sizzling chemistry with the mysterious new guy in town, some delectable sweets that will have you craving chocolates and candied fruit, and you have a winning combination.
Plus check out our list of 5 reasons to read Sweetly … it involves candy and hot guys.