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Waiting on Wednesday: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

The cover totally freaks me out, but I’m strangely drawn to this unusual retelling of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.

Title & Author: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Genre: YA- Fairytale Retelling

Publication Date: August 23, 2011 (Next Tuesday!)

Description: “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.”

Why I’m Stoked: I like how Pearce creates a modern setting for Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale. I also think I’ll have to buy a bunch of Skittles, Starbusts and Dove chocolates to get me through the candy description parts. :)

What books are you waiting for this week?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.