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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This is truly a new twist to a fairy tale

Reviewed by Rita G. for Readers Favorite


"Sweetly" by Jackson Pearce offers readers a new twist on an old fairy tale. Things are not always what they seem. The woman living in the sweet house turns out to be a dangerous character.

Ansel and Gretchen's home lif...
Reviewed by Rita G. for Readers Favorite


"Sweetly" by Jackson Pearce offers readers a new twist on an old fairy tale. Things are not always what they seem. The woman living in the sweet house turns out to be a dangerous character.

Ansel and Gretchen's home life was filled with a lot of unhappiness. They both wanted to start a new life and left home. Unfortunately, you cannot run away from all of your problems. When they were young they walked in the woods and something very bad got their sister. She was never found. They believe it was the witch. As they grew up they avoided her name, never to mention it again. When Gretchen turned eighteen their wicked step mother threw them out of the house. That was the start of their adventure.

They arrived in the small town of Live Oak, South Carolina, with their car trouble and out of money. Sophia, the candy maker takes them in and the pain of their past begins to fade. Ansel finds himself falling in love with the beautiful candy maker and Gretchen meets Samuel who wins her heart. Secrets surround Sophia, the forest and the missing girls. Will Gretchen be the next?

The cover of this book fits it perfectly. It made me want to pick up this book and open the cover. From the moment I picked up this book I was mesmerized. I could not lay it down and read through the night. I was so wrapped up in the story I felt as if I knew Gretchen and really cared about what would happen to her. This is truly a new twist to a fairy tale. I would love to read the whole series.

posted by ReadersFavorite-Reviews on November 2, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Delicious Story for all ages

I picked up Sweetly because my teenage niece was interested in reading it. I completely devoured the book myself! The different ways that an author can twist folklore into something new, something modern, has always been an interest of mine. And this book is definit...
I picked up Sweetly because my teenage niece was interested in reading it. I completely devoured the book myself! The different ways that an author can twist folklore into something new, something modern, has always been an interest of mine. And this book is definitely not another retold Cinderella! The lesser glamorized Hansel & Gretel story is updated and wonderfully intertwined with some more sinister folklore which makes for a great story. The author’s ability to tell a story that draws the reader into this new, yet familiar world makes for a wonderful read! Sprinkled with bits of philosophy, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Ansel & Gretchen’s sister quickly consumed my mind as it consumed Gretchen’s heart. My own desire to love and fear the candy lady waxed and waned right along with Gretchen. Who is Sophia really? This lady who always has everyone’s favorite sweet on hand, whose laugh could grow a garden, who suddenly disappears to some dark part of her mind where no one can go and then returns with a smile and a lemon drop? Gretchen’s journey from a frightened little girl under her brother’s thumb to the brave young woman suddenly protecting them both creates an empathetic character to be trusted and admired. Flavored with twists and turns around every page and a dash of romance, this story is, in itself, a delightful treat!

posted by Princesse416 on July 23, 2012

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    A Delicious Story for all ages

    I picked up Sweetly because my teenage niece was interested in reading it. I completely devoured the book myself! The different ways that an author can twist folklore into something new, something modern, has always been an interest of mine. And this book is definitely not another retold Cinderella! The lesser glamorized Hansel & Gretel story is updated and wonderfully intertwined with some more sinister folklore which makes for a great story. The author’s ability to tell a story that draws the reader into this new, yet familiar world makes for a wonderful read! Sprinkled with bits of philosophy, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Ansel & Gretchen’s sister quickly consumed my mind as it consumed Gretchen’s heart. My own desire to love and fear the candy lady waxed and waned right along with Gretchen. Who is Sophia really? This lady who always has everyone’s favorite sweet on hand, whose laugh could grow a garden, who suddenly disappears to some dark part of her mind where no one can go and then returns with a smile and a lemon drop? Gretchen’s journey from a frightened little girl under her brother’s thumb to the brave young woman suddenly protecting them both creates an empathetic character to be trusted and admired. Flavored with twists and turns around every page and a dash of romance, this story is, in itself, a delightful treat!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    The story was good at first. The mystery aspect of the story and the scary moments were well done and gave me the heebie jeebies. I was sort of hoping for a sequel to Sisters Red but knew this wasn’t the case as I read the summary before so I was mildly disappointed. Although it’s nice to see fairy tale retellings. What’s guaranteed is your sweet tooth will start to crave the various delicious sweets and desserts listed all throughout the book. You’ll want to raid a sweet shop after reading this book. They’re told in descriptive detail and it’s very well done. Although that aspect of the writing was good, I have to say I didn’t really enjoy reading the story that much. It was slow paced and I found it quite dry in some parts. Gretchen wasn’t much to be intrigued about. Also even the romance between her and Samuel just didn’t have enough to get my attention. So the ending went out with a bang but it just wasn’t enough to make up for such a dry book. Needless to say I was disappointed. This could have been better. Sure, I feel like grabbing a handful of candies and cupcakes and there were moments of scariness but there characters didn’t really engage me and I didn’t find this a page turner. Take it or leave it. Lovely cover though!

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