"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone is waiting on...hence the title. This week's pick is Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. Sweetly is a modernisation of the Hansel and Gretel story and a companion book to Sister's Read and Fathomless. Here is the Goodreads description:
"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."
Can I just start by saying OMFG I LOVE THE COVER!! This is the cover for the ARC but I really do hope they keep it for the finished copy. I really enjoyed Sister's Red which I reviewed here and I'm loving the continuation of theme which is the re-telling of classic fairy stories. This time it's Hansel and Gretel. Who didn't love the idea that you could EAT a house that was made of gingerbread and all things yummy? Not sure if that particular idea is included in the book but I'm still dying to read it! I see this book as a grown up version of a classic fairy tale we all know and love. Sweetly will be released in August, 2011 so we've got a bit of a wait on our hands. Now who do I have to talk to, to get one of those ARC's?! ;)
What do you think guys? Is this on your wish list? What else are you waiting on?