Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This is the second installment of the Fairy-tale Retellings. If you read my review for “Sister’s Red” and took my advise and read it…then you should defiantly read this next book!
When they were children, Gretchen, her twin sister and their brother Ansel headed out into the forest behind their home in hopes of finding an oh-so dreaded Witch they have read about in their story books. They do not expect to actually find one. While in the woods, they hear alot of branches cracking and heavy footsteps not far from where the are walking. All of the sudden out of the trees comes a WITCH! All Gretchen can recall are the eerie yellow eyes that shown as the Witch came up on them. Of course, scared out of their minds, they run like there’s no tomorrow. I’m sure I would do the same!!! When they emerge from the forest and burst into their house, they realize that there are only two of them. Where has their sister gone? Surly she had gotten out of the woods too…right? Years past and there has been no sign of Gretchen’s twin sister. Missing, varnished or eaten by the Witch? No one knows and of course all the blame for leaving their sister behind is on them. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch’s forest threatening to make them disappear too.
Years later, when Gretchen and Ansel are old enough, their step-mother kicks them out of the house. She never did care for them anyways. Now on their own, they take to the roads with little money in their pockets and hopes of starting over. A new life where there are no missing sisters and no fears of the forest waiting for them. They come upon a town called Live Oak, South Carolina. Their goal was to head towards the ocean. No forest there, just miles and miles of sand. No where for a Witch to hide! With their car just having broken down, they have no other choice then to walk into the nearest town, Live Oak. Once there, they realize they have no money to call for a tow-truck or even repair their broken down Jeep. They are then introduced to Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion. Life seems so perfect and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past. Until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn’t gone and that it’s lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak’s infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. All of her fears are shot right back into her mind…a fear that no sweet chocolate could ever cover up.
Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is. Gretchen is certain of only one thing…a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.
This book gave me the same amount of enjoyment as the first installment. Needless to say, I finished this book in one sitting! I hope you enjoy this book as much as the first! HAPPY READING!
(Next installment of the Fairytale Retellings is book #3 Fathomless)