Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Title: Sweetly
Author: Jackson Pearce
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Teen Fiction

" 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 its 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 the Author:
She seems to be a mystery...her bio page does not work on her website...

My first experience with Pearce was Sisters Red (she played around with Little Red Riding Hood.) I really enjoyed it and thought she had a creative mind, so when Sweetly came out I was pretty pumped. And I really enjoyed it. Based on the idea of Hansel and Gretel, but with a twist (of course.) Again, I had the thought that Pearce has a creative mind. I really hope she continues to write stories using the idea of different fairy tales because I really like it when authors use artistic license to change something that is so well known to society. I enjoyed the characters in this story and thought they played their part well. The setting was perfect (and was perfectly creepy in all the right places.) If you like books with a new twist on old things, I hope you will try Sweetly and Jackson Pearce in general. KEEP IT UP PEARCE, I WANT MORE!!!!! (I just found out when looking for some info to put on here that Pearce wrote a book called Fathomless and it will be release in September of this year. It is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid!!!!! To check it out go to:

Related Links:
Jackson Pearce Author Website
Carey Raven Star Robin Blog

Trundle's Quest by Allan Frewin Jones and Gary Chalk

Title: Trundle's Quest (Book 1 of the Sundered Lands)
Author: Allan Frewin Jones and Gary Chalk
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Hachette Children's
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Kids 9-12

"Trundle Boldoak is off on an adventure - whether he likes it or not! Esmeralda Lightfoot knows he is the one to help her find the six lost crowns of the Badger Lords of Old, scattered throughout the Sundered Lands: an archipelago of islands adrift in the sky.

Before Trundle can finish his cabbage tea, they''re off in a windship bound for strange and distant worlds - with the fearsome Captain Grizzletusk and his pirates hot on their heels!" (

About the Author:
There is a really long bit about Allan on his website, so instead of copying the entire thing, I decided to just add the link.


This book probably would have been fine...if I was a child. Yes, I know, I chose to read it knowing it is a kids book, but it really was a KIDS book. It was cute and fun and adventurous and not something I, at 29, would read again. I picked it up because I read the Faerie Path series (teen) by Jones and really enjoyed it (I think I will stick to his teen books.)  I am usually a fan of talking animal books and I always think of James when I think about that, but this one was an exception to that rule. Anyway, moving on: buy it for a child you know who likes 1. Animals who talk, 2. Adventure stories, and 3. Floating worlds. Cute read, but not for me. Happy Reading!!!

Related Links:
Allan Frewin Jones Website