As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch 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.
Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past -- until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone -- 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. 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.
Review: This is the second of Jackson Pearce's fairy tale retellings and I really enjoyed it. This is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. This story was taken to an entirely different level. The were a few surprising plot twists that kept things very interesting. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue in the plot as Gretchen is trying to discover the truth behind the witch. I really liked Gretchen. She really changed a lot over the course of the book. She started out scared and timid and then was able to overcome her fear and uncover the truth. I also really liked Samuel. He was super awesome added a lot to the story. Sophia was an interesting character. I don't really undertsand some of the things she did and why she couldn't just move on. I think anyone who is a fan of fairy tale retelling should give this series a try. I can't wait to continue with the next book.