The Sweetest Spell
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release Date: August 21st, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Emmeline Thistle has always had a mysterious bond with cows, beginning on the night of her birth, when the local bovines saved the infant cast aside to die in the forest. But Emmeline was unaware that this bond has also given her a magical ability to transform milk into chocolate, a very valuable gift in a kingdom where chocolate is more rare and more precious than gold or jewels. Then one day Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, teaches Emmeline to churn milk into butter—and instead she creates a delicious chocolate confection that immediately makes her a target for every greedy, power-hungry person in the kingdom of Anglund. Only Owen loves Emmeline for who she truly is, not her magical skill. But is his love enough to save her from the danger all around her? In a departure from her contemporary teen romances, Suzanne Selfors crafts an irresistible re-imagined fairy tale that will tempt readers with a delicious story of love that is sweeter than the richest chocolate.
17-year-old Emmeline Thistle has escaped death twice – once when she was a baby and was left to die in the forest and second when her home town, Root, was flooded. Both times were because of her magical relationship with the cows. Rescued by Owen Oaks, an 18-year-old boy from the village of Wander, Emmeline finds love and safety. Then the extraordinary happens, Emmeline churns milk into chocolate! In the kingdom of Anglund, chocolate is a delicacy. But many years ago the recipe was stolen by the Kell, a group of red haired people who tried conquering the land, and now young Emmeline has brought it back. Getting kidnapped, locked up, escaping, and turning herself in, Emmeline faces something that no other Flatlander has done before.
STUNNING. That’s one of the many good words to say about The Sweetest Spell. Ever since I read the synopsis I was dying to read this. To me, The Sweetest Spell is better than anything I’ve ever read – including Beyonders, my all-time favorite. The title doesn’t fit the story because Emmeline’s life is anything but sweet, until the end. Suzanne Selfors really knows how to conjure an awesome, unputdownable, and overall, breathtaking story. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awhile before I to find another book I’ll like as much.
I could go on and on about The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors but you’ll have to read it yourself to see what I mean. The characters were lovable, the plot was wholly unpredictable – I had no idea what would happen next, and when I expected one thing something totally different happened! And the idea itself – a girl who could churn milk into chocolate in a world where chocolate is something to kill for – is something I didn’t want to miss out on. And if you’re anything like me, I am sure you’ll enjoy this one. The Sweetest Spell will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!