We have a sweet contest for you guys today — pun totally intended — to celebrate the paperback release of Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, a comedy-turned-horror story about what happens when a diet supplement turns people dangerously violent.
Here’s what we had to say in our original review of the book:
What starts out comical soon turns dark and deadly, and Laybourne’s story turns from sweet and humorous, to intensely action-packed and horrifying.
Sweet is a captivating story from start to finish — but what is really engaging is the frightening realistic aspect of the book. The idea that some people — a lot of people, perhaps — will go to extreme lengths to be thin. And quietly protesting the desire to be skinny, skinnier, and skinniest, Laybourne gives both her main characters a decidedly healthy, body-positive attitude.
Sweet is unlike anything on store shelves now: humor, horror, and social commentary rolled into one, with a dash of romance.
And how about that GORGEOUS new cover, right??? The first cover was cool, but I’m in love with the paperback makeover — so much more fitting to the story, I think. And we’re giving away a copy of the new paperback to one of you lucky folks!!! Thank you to the folks at Macmillan for the prizing.
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST submit your complete mailing address AND comment on this post to be entered in the contest; additional entries are optional, but those two are required. If you do not complete both entries correctly, you will be disqualified.
Contest is open to U.S./Canada only. Prizing provided by Macmillan. Contest run through midnight (PT) on Wednesday, June 1st.
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The paperback edition is in stores June 7th. Here’s the official synopsis for the book:
People would kill to be thin.
Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.
But will they die for it, too?
Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.
Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.
For the comments: Why do you want to read Sweet?