Review: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly, published in August of this year, is an updated version of Hansel and Gretel featuring them as teenagers, twelve years after they originally encountered the witch in the woods. Because it is written for teens, I asked my fifteen-year-old son to read it and give me his review. This is what he had to say. “If I were to give it stars, I’d give it four out of five. It took me a couple of pages to get into it, but I was hooked after that. Sweetly is an adventure book. It starts out with Hansel and Gretel traveling out farther into the woods than they had ever dared, but something happens to get them kicked out the house. Now they are traveling randomly and break down in a mostly deserted town, but I cannot tell you why it’s deserted without giving away part of the plot. The reason I don’t give it five out of five stars is because it didn’t have enough action. However, if you’re into cooking it does tell you how to make some candies; not step by step but the basics. Finally, remember that not all stories have happy endings. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether this one does or not.” As for me, I’m hoping to read it soon. It seems very creepy and delicious to me. Besides, if my son likes it, I’m sure I will too.

Author: Allie

I was a Children's Librarian for 8 years and worked in Administration for several more. I love blogging about books, information, and other library related topics. Most of my blogs are book reviews.