Book: The Sweetest Spell
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Aug. 21, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Source: ALA 2012
Initial thoughts: Interesting premise, the blurb reminded me of a Shannon Hale book and I really intrigued by the retelling of The Ugly Duckling. The author definitely created her own story and world. There were elements I liked: the story, the twisting plot, but there were also a few things that I felt could have been done better: character relationships, parts of the plot that didn't make sense.
This novel had such an interesting premise – a world that had forgotten how to make chocolate! It was very fairy-tale-esque and reminded me a little of Shannon Hale’s Bayern series, but it was different. I liked the story and I thought it was pretty sweet, but there wasn’t a lot of depth, maybe? I’m not sure that’s quite the word I’m looking for. I would have liked for the story to be expanded upon. It was an engaging and fast read, I just would have liked more. Maybe I just was expecting something different based on what I read on the back cover. If you’re looking for something simple and fun in the fantasy/fairy tale department, this is a good book to check out. I just didn’t fall in love with it.