Monday, November 14, 2011

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher:  Little, Brown August 2011

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.

Sweetly is the companion book to Sisters Red, which Autumn and I both shared our thoughts in September.  I enjoyed Sweetly a lot more than Sisters Red.  This time around, the book is all in one character's perspective.  For some reason, that made the book flow better for me.  The author continues in the world of the Fenris and adds a little more to the mythology.  

The characters in this book were more likeable.  I really liked Gretchen.  She has not only had to deal with the loss of her twin, but the loss of her parents as well.  She thinks she is weak, but when put to the test, she is able to find her own strength and stand on her own.  Her and Samuel's relationship was very sweet. 

There is less action in this one, mostly in the end.  While I was able to figure out most of the end before it happened, there were a couple of surprises, which was nice.  I felt like the ending left more room for another book involving the Fenris.   I'm hoping the author explores them a little more.  If you liked Sisters Red, I know you will enjoy this one.



Pabkins said...

I have to be honest - I gave Sisters Red a 2 out of 5. Though I do think I will read Sweetly someday maybe via the library but its not high on my list because i thought Sisters Red was seriously lacking in some reality. Yes its fantasy - but its urban fantasy meaning it's set in the normal world so there were just some things that didn't jive for me.

Pabkins @ Mission to Read

Kari Boardman said...

This one was much better than sisters red. But I can see your point!

Fairday Morrow said...

This book sounds fascinating! I love the cover- so much to notice! I think this is a book I would enjoy.

Thanks for sharing-