Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
(Fairy Tale Retelling)

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As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past-- until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone-- it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen it's next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.
 

About Jackson Pearce

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Jackson Pearce is the author of Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless, Purity, and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 330 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An uneven retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" swaps witches for werewolves.

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Pearce returns to the world of Sisters Red in this twist on Hansel and Gretel. Ansel and Gretchen Kassel are survivors. A yellow-eyed witch stole Gretchen's twin sister years ago while the children

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A yellow-eyed witch stole Gretchen's twin sister years ago while the children were exploring the forest, and ever since, brother and sister have lived with guilt and the certain knowledge that the witch will return.

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Sweetly (Fairy Tale Retelling)

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Her parents eventually both die of grief, and as soon as Gretchen is eighteen her stepmother throws her out, along with her brother Ansel.

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Teen Reads

Ansel does some odd jobs for Sophia so that he can pay to fix the car, but soon the three of them have formed a small family unit, and Ansel and Gretchen adjust to their new lives in Live Oak.

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