Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Published: 1st October 2011
Main Characters: Ansel, Gretchen, Sophia and Samuel
Date Started: 16th October 2011
Date Finished: 24th October 2011
Rating Given: *****
As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch-like monster 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.
When their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out as teens, they stumble upon a sleepy Southern town and are invited to stay with Sophia Kelly at her sweet shop. Sophia molds candied magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.
Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel finally start to forget their haunted past - until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel, who gives Gretchen a reason to fear Sophia: girls have been vanishing at Sophia's annual chocolate festival, taken by the insatiable 'witch' of Gretchen's nightmares. Can Gretchen save herself, the girls of Live Oak, andSophia?
Of one thing, Gretchen is certain: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.
I loved the first Fairytale Retelling Sisters Red so when I knew this one was coming out I just had to snap it up and I am glad I did.
This fairytale is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel.
Gretchen was a twin but her twin was tragically taken by a 'witch' and now twelve years later are still trying to get over the past but it seems that their past is catching up with them.
With Gretchen's character I felt for her as I could never imagine the pain she went through losing her twin especially at the age that she was I don't think it could be anything that you could get over and there was parts I was nearly crying as it was very moving. Even going through what she does, she ends up being a strong character someone you just end up routing for.
Ansel's character I am not sure about as he does seem sweet and protective of those he loves but I don't think we got to know him as much as the other characters.
Sophia you just didn't know whether to trust her or not just like the way others feel about. She did seem like a sweet character one minute and then the next you just wasn't sure.
I loved Samuel's character at first he is a bit crazy but that is the way the other villager's portray him but when you get to know him as the story goes on you just fall in love with his character.
I loved the way that this book was changed from the original and it was a lot more creepy than the original as that was mainly for children to read at bedtime this book I wouldn't read to any child at bedtime I think it could scare them it did freak me out in place's and am 26!
I found it entaining from the start of this book right until the end as there was always something going on and questions to be answered.
I just can't wait for the third one to come out but we will have to wait until next year!