Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Sweetly was a good second novel to the series, it played on elements from Sister's Red with things like the wolves picking girls who wear red. The plot build-up was well done with Gretchen finding different things showing that Sophia was hiding something. Elements of Hansel and Gretel still remain such as the lore of the chocolate shop and the townspeople being weary of her, as well as the siblings' fear of a witch. The twist of the witch actually being wolves was well presented and somewhat unpredictable. I honestly wasn't aware that the two novels would be related, which makes me wonder if the rest of the series will be related as well. I hope so.
Throughout the book readers don't know what Sophia's secret is and can only speculate. When it is actually revealed readers are almost caught off guard. The build-up to this reveal can be a little slow, but at the same time Pearce needed to develop a kinship with the characters and develop their personalities so that it would be a jarring ending. Through this build-up we see Gretchen growing into her own strength, Ansel being torn between sister and the woman he loves, Sophia being torn apart by her love for the siblings and her secrets. Pearce does a fantastic job engrossing his readers into a story that will keep them captivated.
I was weary about reading this book, but found it to be a great novel. I would give it a rating of 4 out of 5 because it does take a while to get to the climax of the story, but when it does the rest of the story flies by. I am anticipating reading Fathonless next, wonder what Pearce has in store for us now.