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The forest invites you in . . . but will never let you go.
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 after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival each year, 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
ISBN: 9780316068666


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checkered_roses Aug 25, 2017

I quite like Pearce as a writer. She seems to write less professionally, giving more of a relatable tone, and gives us what more popular authors consider too personal for the reader. I preferred her novel "Sisters Red" but this is a refreshing take on an old children's fairytale.

blue_jellyfish_93 Jun 30, 2014

It has action, and horror! I love it!

DevilStateDan Jul 30, 2013

A fantastic modern retelling of Hansel & Gretel (with a few surprises!) set in the Southern States of America
The second in her trilogy of retold fairy tales (the others being Sisters Red / Fathomless.

TiffLau Jul 20, 2013

The story is similar to the Hansel and Gretel story. this story had more adventures.

KidsLit Mar 27, 2012

Was okay. Skipped the middle, read the ending and didn't feel like I'd really missed anything.

Oct 29, 2011

-cool guy, but was a little of a hard-cracker.


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Jul 15, 2013

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TiffLau Jul 20, 2013

This story is about Gretchen's twin sister who were captured by the witch. Gretchen and Ansel went of to search for them. after years pasted, the twins sister find them self trapped in the Live oaks, in south Carolina. Kelly, a candy maker was taking care of them not noticing that it was the witch. While Gretchen ans Ansel were looking for them they found Samuel and he told them that there is a witch that is lurking in the woods to hunts the girls for food. Gretchen knew she had to do something.She went to the live oaks and rescued her sisters and destroy her minions, wolves. After she retrieved them they had nowhere else to go instead head to the ocean.


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TiffLau Jul 20, 2013

"As if a dead bolt could possibly keep the witches-no,the wolves-at bay."


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