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Sweetly

(Fairytale Retellings #2)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,778 ratings  ·  902 reviews
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 bea
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Rachel Smith I've read them entirely out of order, and there is something of a bonus to reading them in order, but it's not necessary to enjoy them.

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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 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Cheryl
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A YA novel that's a retelling of Hansel and Gretel in a contemporary Southern Gothic setting. The characters are interesting and well-developed, and the plot is intriguing. Parts of the story are more than a little creepy. A quick read that's recommended.
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
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Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
3.75

This book was actually a lot better than I was expecting it to be, and I am glad. I think I first read Sisters Red back in 2015, and I loved it so much, but my reading tastes have changed a lot since then. But this was actually super enjoyable and this series has stood the test of time pretty well. That being said, I think I preferred Sisters Red over this one, but I did like it a lot. If you are looking for a good fairytale retelling, then I recommend this series. They are pretty dark, bu
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Gem
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jv poore
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was a fun read. I enjoyed Ms. Pearce's take of an old fairy tale. Her words painted pictures in my mind, and passages and characters popped into my head, even when the book was closed on my nightstand. The mystery that weaves through the tale is intriguing. Ms. Pearce leaves "bread-crumb trails" for the reader to feel as if he can figure it all out, but there is a subtle with-holding to allow for a surprising wrap-up.
Priscilla
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Hannah
Aug 04, 2015 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
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
Tyler J Gray
3.75
That ending
I'm dead. That ending killed me. Whyyyyyyyyyyy

Full review on my blog Here.
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Alaina
This series is so freaking good!

Sweetly is a Hansel and Gretel retelling! I don't think I've read a Hansel and Gretel kind of book so I was really intrigued by this one. So in this book, Gretchen and her brother Ansel are kicked out of their stepmother's house. However, this is no ordinary story of these two siblings. No- Gretchen had a twin sister who was mysteriously taken. Also, their parents died.. just make that even more miserable for you.

So Gretchen and Ansel drive to a faraway town that
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Saarah
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*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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Mary
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
***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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Kristi
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Maree
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Caroline
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Rose  Heartfilia
I have bought Sister's Red in a hurry in Dutch. Something that I'm still a bit ashamed about. I liked Sister's Red but Sweetly is even better. I had tried to finish this in one sitting but of course I had to cook, I had to do something else, had a fight, and all things that happen in a normal day. Finally I decided to go to bed and continue reading this book instead of Inheritance. At exactly 00:25 I felt my eyelids got heavy and I knew I had to get up early the next day. I did, shaken by a nigh ...more
Katie
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A para at one of my schools gave me this and insisted I read it. It was ok for a YA book, I guess. Not really sure why the world needed a modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel that involved werewolves but here we are.
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. The
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Karin
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Michaela
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Donna
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the setup and the focus on Gretchen's inner journey, but like Sisters Red, this didn't quite click.

The secondary characters felt flat, and I didn't care for them much. I did like Gretchen, but I was annoyed with her assumption that a near-stranger choosing to keep a family secret had to be up to something shady. (view spoiler)

Sophia's actions made no sense. (view spoiler)
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Natalie
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, library-books
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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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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Short and Simple Review
This was an okay read. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't find it particularly memorable. I don't see Hansel and Gretel retellings in YA often, so this was a little different. I do think the author did a great job of twisting the tale while keeping her own voice. By the end it did feel like it was trying to tie more into the previous book in the series, but since it's been more than seven years since I've read Si
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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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Bethzaida
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Kimberley doruyter
well imagined but i found it wondered a little too much.
i couldn't focus on it.
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