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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sweetest Spell- Suzanne Selfors

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.

It has been a long time since I took advantage of a public library and I am so glad I did.

Sweetest Spell was a precious, sweet, adorable book.

All about a girl who finds she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy that has not been seen in their world in many many years.

The heroine of this novel was sassy, strong, interesting and clever and NOT perfect or a Mary Sue. The love interest was very back seat to the rest of the plot and was a stubborn, nice, normal boy who falls in love with this red headed maiden. He is a breath of fresh air from all the other pain in the ass love interests I have read about in YA over the past few years.

The author created Kingdoms based on real life (Anglund verses England) and same thing with people, for example the Kells with their red hair are obviously Celtic like. However even with this information the author was able to make the concepts her own and create depth and interest in the plot; past and present.

This novel tackles how hard it is to be poor and illiterate, gay, different and female. It also shows how slavery is bad and the slavery scenes were reminiscent of the people who were forced to work in mines/work camps, whether slaves, criminals or the poor who had no choice. The author also delves into the problems with caste systems and the gaps in cultures and class. All the while she kept the fairy tale feel.

I felt this was the best mix of social commentary (even if she didn’t mean for it to be) and fairy tale.

I had a good time reading this and very much enjoyed myself. I would read other works by this author.

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