Love and Chocolate: A Review of The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfor

The Sweetest Spell

The Sweetest Spell
Suzanne Selfors
416 pages
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release Date: August 21st, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LOVED

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!

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July 19, 2012



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    Randi M

    July 20, 2012

    This sounds like a SWEET read. Haha. ;) The premise sounds so unlike anything else I've read that I'm instantly intrigued! And the fact that it's your new favorite book? That's a huge recommendation! :) Adding this to my list. Great review! Thanks for sharing!

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    July 20, 2012

    I´ve been waiting for this book for MONTHS. Can´t wait to read it

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    sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    July 20, 2012

    I have an ARC of this but I wasn't sure if it was something I would like but I definitely think I will give it a shot now. Thanks for the great review! :)

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    Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog)

    July 20, 2012

    WOW, best thing you've read?
    I love it when characters are well done and it sounds like she is.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    July 20, 2012

    I'm reading this one right now and I really like it. I started it yesterday and read the first 130 pages in less then 2 hours, I can't wait to finish it!

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    July 20, 2012

    Great review, Asma! This one has been on my Wish List for weeks now, and am so glad to have found someone who read and loved it :-) I featured this as my WoW pick and everyone who read it was completely befuddled by the synopsis, while I thought it sounded amazing. I'm glad to know that it was :-)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! <3

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    Mimi Valentine

    July 20, 2012

    Excuse me for a second… *runs off wildly to add this to my TBR pile on Goodreads and put in a request for it* I'm back! Oh my gosh, this book sounds SO wonderful! A world where chocolate is rarer than gold? I can't say I'd want to live there LOL but I DO have to say that it sounds like Suzanne takes something original and makes something magical out of it! I've never heard a single thing about this book before, but I'm definitely adding it now! :)

    Absolutely amazing review, Asma! I am officially going to be rushing to get my hands on this book! ;) <3

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    Lady Ardour

    July 20, 2012

    Haha I love the idea of changing milk to chocolate…yummy!

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    Chelsea Pitcher

    July 20, 2012

    This sounds like a really interesting, unique story. Thanks for posting the review!!

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    Sierra Abrams

    July 22, 2012

    This sounds so fun!! :D I love books that you just have to read to understand their awesomeness… ;)

    Great review!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    July 27, 2012

    This looks like such an interesting book! I was a little dubious when I read the synopsis until it got to the part where she could change milk into chocolate–how COOL! I definitely need to check this one out–it looks so interesting. :) Great review.

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    July 27, 2012

    Very nice review. The book and characters sound good.

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    August 4, 2012

    Cover's are so pretty now days. Putting chocolate into a book is always a good thing.

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    Christina K.

    October 2, 2012

    This sounds so so cute and pretty and unique! Love the cows:)

    Great review:)

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    November 21, 2012

    First, I love the cover. So pretty!! Next, your review. I'm sold. This sounds like a lovely read!!!

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    January 16, 2013

    I've never heard of this one so I'm so glad you reviewed it! It sounds really great and I might not have come across it otherwise. Another one for my TBR list.