Waiting on Wednesday
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
A Sisters Red companion novel
by Jackson Pearce
Release date: August 23, 2011
From www.jackson-pearce.com: “Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.
Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.
Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.”
My thoughts: This sounds like a really cool retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I loved Jackson’s Pearce’s take on the Red Riding Hood story in Sisters Red—it was one of my top YA reads of 2010. I hope Sweetly will be just as good. Most of the early reviews I’ve read have been very positive, so hopefully I won’t be disappointed. I think I may want to find myself a copy of original Grimm’s Fairy Tales before delving into this one. The version of the Hansel and Gretel story I remember is rather tame.