Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sentence Sneak Peek - Sweetly

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The first sentence from each chapter of Sweetly, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.
*Read this ARC via Around The World ARC Tours
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

Prologue: "The book said there was a witch in the woods."

"The truth is, I can't believe it took out stepmother this long to throw us out."

"It's a cottage, tucked away into a nest of mountainous oak trees that are draped with Spanish moss."

"Loud, sharp clanks of a hammer on nails wake me up the next morning."

"I don't know how two nights became three."

"A week later, I take my books out of my suitcase."

"I'm not scared."

"My dreams are mostly nightmares—the witch charg-ing, transforming into a hundred thousand were-wolves."

"The problem with wanting to ask Samuel to teach me doesn't begin with "he'll probably say no."

"I used to read to escape."

"When I get home, Sophia's car is gone and Ansel is using a hammer inside the shop."

"When I come downstairs the next morning, Sophia and Ansel are bowed over the sink."

"Sophia is hanging on to an oak tree limb."

"You're late," Samuel says when I finally arrive Monday afternoon, but he doesn't sound mad."

"My brother has been invited to play football with a bunch of the Live Oak guys—I guess our quarantine as strangers is over."

"Sophia wakes up so early on the Fourth of July that it's borderline insulting."

"The inside of the tent almost makes me forget that there's a festival going on outside."

"Samuel leads me back down the ladder and bids me a short good-bye."

"What's that?"

"Seriously, Gretchen."

"I was thinking—wait, your hair..."

"I whirl around, hand to my chest."

"The day rockets by."

"Killing a werewolf is no small task."

"It's cat-washing day, the only upside being that I'll have a chance to tell Samuel about Lorelei."

"When I come downstairs the next morning, there's a glaring, obvious absence."

"I slump down onto one of the asphalt hills, the conversa-tion with my brother from earlier in the day still roaming my mind."

"A shell?"

"Waking up in Samuel's arms is comforting; I ignore the realization that the chocolate festival is this evening and instead push myself closer to him, kiss his chest before snaking out from under his arm while he's still sleeping."

"At sunset, I put on Naida's dress, wrinkled from being shoved into the bottom of my suitcase."

"I cry out; Samuel breathes hard, angrily; but it's Ansel's actions that seem to hurt Sophia the most."

"The wolves back up near the chocolatier, unable to get too close—fire is now gnawing the pale wood into dark, brittle ash."

"Everyone in the South has a family burial plot."

Epilogue: "The air-conditioning in Sophia's car—well, our car, I suppose—is broken."


  1. Ooooh. Intriguing! Especially in combination with that cover, which is just gorgeous...

    (Wolves and a chocolatier?! I must know more!)

  2. @Kate, it is a great new take on the story of Hansel and Gretel and has plenty of chocolate and paranormal elements. :)


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