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Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings #2)

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The forest invites you in . . . but will never let you go.
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 C
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Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published August 23rd 2011)
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Todd Western-Normanton No not at all. Each book is its own story- fairytale takeon.
Sisters Red- Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf
Sweetly- Hansel and Gretel
Fathomless- The Little…more
No not at all. Each book is its own story- fairytale takeon.
Sisters Red- Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf
Sweetly- Hansel and Gretel
Fathomless- The Little Mermaid
Cold Spell- The Snow Queen(less)
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karen
i thought that these "fairy tale retellings" would all be retellings of different fairy tales with no overlap, but then some fenris from sisters red snuck in, along with the brother of silas reynolds. get outta here - this is supposed to be hansel and gretel! (or "ansel" and "gretchen" in this case) there are no wolves here! but there are. so i'm warning you. this is going to be more of a series of books in which there is free passage between the fairy tales, despite their origin, than a series ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 26, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Darkfallen
The story of Hansel and Gretel has always ticked me off. Two fat German kids roaming through the forest snacking on bread and leaving a trail so they can find their way back home to stuff their little piggy faces with more food but little do they know that Mommy and Daddy don't want them cuz they can't afford to feed them.

Or at least... that's the one I always tell ;)

And then they find this candy house and start chow dowing on it and licking all the doorknobs and royally ticking off this witchy
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Darkfallen
Aug 18, 2011 Darkfallen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-n-reviewed, arc
First I want to start off by saying that fairytale retellings isn't something that has grabbed me in the past. In fact when Little Brown Books sent this to me for review it was actually intended for Greta, not me. But then Greta said "Why don't ya read it first then send it to me? You might like it?" It's not that I have anything against the classic tales, but I've never had a desire to read one. Actually I have only ever read one before this, and that one is on the hush hush.

So I thought to mys
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Misty
Sweetly is a companion novel to Sisters Red (which I have, but haven't read), so even though the two aren't dependent on each other, I'm sure there are things that happen in Sisters Red that would have expanded my understanding of things in Sweetly. That being said, it reads fine as a stand alone, so if you've been holding back from reading it because you feel you need to read Sisters Red first, don't worry, you don't have to.

Now, on to the story at hand. Sweetly is a really interesting take o
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Hannah
May 18, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All - its ready for all!
Plot: I ADORE A FAIRYTALE RETELLING…ESPECIALLY A GOOD ONE! And this is a good one! EVEN BETTER I READ ANOTHER BOOK IN A DAY! Sweetly is a modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel. In the opening chapter we see the traditional style of the story Ansel and Gretchen and Gretchen’s twin sister head into the wood to find the witch. Believing it to be just a fairytales but suddenly the are attacked and only Ansel and Gretchen are the only two to come out. Years later the siblings are moving to a new town ...more
Gem
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Priscilla
Nov 07, 2011 Priscilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title fits this book perfectly! Seriously sweet. :)

Initial thoughts:
1. Majority of the plot is steady, and slow paced. Heavy in the mystery, and nice touches with the foreshadowing.
2. Characters are sweet and likeable! No irritating flaws, but weighted with lot's of baggage. Really liked the character development with Gretchen.
3. Adorable, budding romances! It's not hot, or intense. The romance is definitely a nice addition to the overall plot. No love-at-first sight, eye-rolling romance her
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Mary (BookHounds)
***slight spoilers***

In this new retelling of Hansel and Gretel (my first two dachshunds!), Jackson Pearce keeps the witch, adds some werewolves and a bit of creepiness that will really make you want to devour this. Ansel and his sister Gretchen have been thrown out by their stepmother when Gretchen turns 18 and they leave to drive as far as their car will take them. The car breaks down in Live Oak, SC where they find a job with the local candy maker, Sophia. It is rumored that she infuses her c
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Miss Bookiverse
Liebes Sweetly,
wir trafen uns an einem sonnigen Wochenende Ende Februar und verbrachten zwei wundervolle Tage auf unserer saubequemen, neuen Couch und auch ein bisschen Zeit am Vormittag im Bett während A. noch schlief und träumte.

Du hast mit deinen beiden roten Schwestern einiges gemeinsam, aber ich finde dich auch allein ganz fantastisch. Genau wie deine Schwestern beginnst du mit einem gruseligen Prolog, einige eurer Figuren teilen sich den Familiennamen und auch sonst hab ich in dir einiges
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Maree
Oct 12, 2011 Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ansel and Gretchen . . . yes, the names do sound familiar. Perhaps a bit like Hansel and Gretel, from the traditional Brothers Grimm tale? In this story tale retelling, Pearce does a fantastic job of giving new life to the traditional story. Aside from the basics, it is completely reworked, injected with the life of the 21st century and many of its guilty pleasures.

I don't want to give too much away, (view spoiler) but this fairy tale is far more terrifying than the
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Sophie Riggsby
Jun 26, 2011 Sophie Riggsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*published on Mundie Moms on June 26, 2011*


Jackson Pearce's companion book to last year's Sisters Red plays with the familiarity of "Hansel and Gretel" while using Jackson's own world of the dark and disturbing Fenris. A stop in a small town and an introduction to the local chocolatier, Sophia, leads Gretchen on a journey of not just self-disovery but also of resolution. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gretchen's own twin sister is somehow connected to the identical strange disappea
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Caroline
I had a much harder time getting invested in this than I have Jackson Pearce's previous books, and I was disappointed how this was turned into a companion novel to Sisters Red rather than truly standing on its own as a Hansel and Gretal retelling. While the twist was an interesting one, it just didn't feel exactly true to the story, although I guess it does work if Pearce is trying to do some world-building and expansion for different fairy tales to be inter-connected.

The protagonists this round
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Natalie
Jan 23, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books, 2014
Wow that was a fast read.
I loved sister's red thanks to my boyfriend and I loved sweetly just as much. My boyfriend picked both of these from the library for me I'm so glad he did. I'am now getting my boyfriend to pick all my books he seems to have good taste for a guy!
God I love these covers I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but come on these covers are so pretty love the art style. Sweetly has yet again a very gothic creepy pretty cover. Really need to buy these now. The contents
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Shep
Dec 10, 2011 Shep marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Am I the only one that thinks the face looks like it has a mustache?
Saarah
Jan 10, 2016 Saarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay, this book was on my currently reading shelf for a while, and I was thinking about dropping it, but i'm so glad I didn't. right now i'm really into retelling stuff, and this was a great one about hansel and gretel (ansel and gretchen). okay, how to start....the characters.
Gretchen
I honestly don't usually love main characters, but gretchen was great. she wasn't like, oh, i'm super brave and awesome, and she wasn't like super weak and wimpy and whiny. I loved how she could relate to normal pe
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Jasmee
I didn't really enjoy this book,I've basically guessed the whole plot of the book by the time I was finished with the first few chapters, (view spoiler) ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sugar and spice, death and lies make up this retelling of Hansel and Gretel

Opening Sentence: The book said there was a witch in the woods.

The Review:

Sweetly, the second book of the Fairytale Retellings series, Jackson Pearce tells her version of Hansel and Gretel. Like true Pearce fashion, she puts a twist in the story, truly making it her own in every way possible. And with the Fairytale Retellings series, I have to talk about the cover. Th
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Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews)
I stayed up until 1am last night JUST so I could finish Sweetly. It certainly surpassed the hype for me, I really loved this read.

It's surprised me in many ways, same as Sisters Red. Since these are a part of the Fairytale Retelling series, honestly I went into Sweetly with the story of Hansel & Gretel in my mind, and I was waiting... waiting.. waiting for the moment the witch would strike. I think Jackson Pearce knew that her readers were anticipating it, because her writing style completel
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Michaela
Oct 01, 2011 Michaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an improvement from Sisters Red and heck of a lot better then As You Wish.

But its not without its flaw.

For one the book started of slow and continued to be slow for 150 page, not that it was boring, it just did not hold my attention.
And I was not that fond of Samuel, Ansel, and Sophia.

For Samuel, even though you were supposes to think he's an ass in the being, I still don't like him that much even at the end.

Ansel...I don't know, I don't hate or love him, it just seemed that
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Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERYS VIEW

Sweetly is a fantastic retelling of a classic fairytale by Jackson Pearce. Ms. Pearce has again skillfully woven a fairytale that we all know into her very own ‘sweet concoction’. The retelling of the classic Hansel and Gretel story is dark and bittersweet, like the Godiva Hot Cocoa I’m inhaling down right now. It is deliciously spooky, sweetly romantic and darkly paranormal.

I won’t rehash the book as there are so many reviews and the synopsis does a fantastic job of letting peopl
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Karin
In SISTERS RED Jackson Pearce put a new twist on the story of the Little Red Riding Hood. This time she is taking on Hansel and Gretel. I was extremely excited when I saw this ARC at a booth at the NCTE Conference and quickly grabbed it up when I got the chance. Now, I will start out by saying that SISTERS RED is my favorite book from 2010 so SWEETLY had a lot to live up to.

Gretchen and Ansel are on their own. Kicked out of their house by their stepmother after the death of their father has lef
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Rachel Lightwood
Apr 19, 2016 Rachel Lightwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alisha Ibrahim, Ellen Douglas
Sweetly was so much more than just a Hansel & Gretel retelling. I should have known better than to expect so little from a Jackson Pearce story, but I have to say I was not too excited to start this book even after loving her first instalment in the Fairytale Retellings, Sisters Red.

Jackson Pearce takes the very bottom layer of your everyday fairy tale - Hansel & Gretel, in this case - and applies many beautifully crafted layers of her own complete with intrigue, mystery, a few supernat
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Kiki
After the mildly awful flop that was Sisters Red, Jackson Pearce redeems herself with a book that's actually worth giving a shit about.

It's not a masterpiece. The writing is pretty mediocre, and the characters are nothing to tweet about. I'd say that the backbone of this book's moderate success is the stellar mythology, which blows everything out of the water. Witches? Werewolves? Cakes and stuff? Sign me up!

The romance is a flop too, but what else did you expect. It's all rather Kimye, a little
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Tammie
Sweetly is the third book I've read by Jackson Pearce and I have to say that I love reading her books. I love her writing style. Her stories just suck you right in. I could taste the chocolates in the candy shop as I read this book and got quite the craving!

This is a companion book to Sisters Red, which is based on Red Riding Hood. This one is not a continuation of that story, but is based on Hansel and Gretel. However, this book does tie into the world of Sister's Red, and I think Ms. Pearce d
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Kimberley doruyter
well imagined but i found it wondered a little too much.
i couldn't focus on it.
Bethzaida
Sep 13, 2011 Bethzaida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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This great book is inspired by the classic tale of Hanzel and Gretel. Sweetly will leave you glued to your seat and biting your nails from fear. This is perfect dark and stormy night reading material. I assure you that you’ll devour Sweetly in one sitting.

Sweetly is the second book in the Sisters Red series. The first book was inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. I recommend you read Sisters Red first but is not necessary. Sweetly is a standalone book not a sequel.
Sarah
Jan 29, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Note to self: Bookish Blocks Challenge -- Witches

Okay, I'm going to admit something. I'm an idiot. Yes, I know, no surprise there. But anyway, when I was in about 6th grade, I read Sisters Red. Then last year, I read Fathomless. This entire time, I never realized that they were part of series -- and that they weren't even next to each other either! I was reading the series in the wrong order. So, of course, after I found out the actual order, I resolved to hurry up and read Sweetly, then move on
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Chelsea B.
Aug 23, 2015 Chelsea B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, but this book was absorbing.
I read this book in 8 hours. And that's saying something! I'm normally a fairly slow reader. But I Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
The amount of times I thought, 'WHAT IS GOING ON?!' is, well, A LOT. It's just...it's...SO GOOD.
I have to talk about the heroine, Gretchen. She had so much character growth! It was so nice to see. I was so proud of her. This badass lady can hold her own. And the way her love interest encouraged her and taught her and was PROUD OF HER. Swo
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Jordan Garcia
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Mia
May 12, 2016 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosop
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Fairytale Retellings (4 books)
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