The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors
Walker Children’s | Hardcover, 404 pages
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
YA Historical Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

One Sunday afternoon, while I was tittering with my current read and unable to find something that I wanted to devour in one sitting, I went to the basement in search of something good to read.

When I picked up The Sweetest Spell, I grimaced at its cover. I’m not a fan of girls in gowns. And it certainly looks like a historical that would fail to keep me entertained for the rest of the day. The one thing that changed my mind is the mention of chocolate; the legend of how this sweet indulgence was once a prime commodity that almost spur a war. Out of curiosity, I wanted to know how this came about.

A few chapters in and I was completely enraptured by the legend unfolding before me. This decadent novel will appeal to those who are fond of romantic fairy tales. But where the other fairy tales needed a man galloping in a white stallion to save the princess, this novel features a heroine who didn’t need a prince to save her. She saved herself, her people – even though there was a time when every single one of them shun her, even her father. She was born with a deformity; a foot that’s smaller than the other. At a time when such oddities are considered as a misfortune to the family, her father was advised by the midwife to get rid of her. As a newborn, she was cast aside to the edges of the forest. Her father could only hope that her death would be swift. He never anticipated for her to survive.

She’s pretty lucky in that way. She’s a survivor through and through.

She survived drowning when the entire village perished in the flood.

She survived being abducted by a greedy man who was willing to sell her off to the highest bidder.

She survived being a prisoner of the king and queen.

It’s a story about a kingdom who discovered the magic of chocolate. It’s also about a tribe rejected by the rest of the because they presume them to be barbaric and primitive.

And what’s a fairy tale without romance? This one didn’t happen right away but it came in a sweet and slow progression – which is how I like my romance in novels. The dual perspectives aided in such a way that the readers would know exactly when the attraction becomes something more.

I tend to stay away from retellings of folklores that I am not familiar with but Suzanne definitely gave this one its own identity and charisma. This is probably one of the few instances when I wish a book is a series.

  • I agree that the cover isn't doing this book any favors. To be honest, I'm not particularly fond of fairy tales and I generally try to avoid them, but this sounds so incredibly sweet, a very pleasant and captivating read.
    Great review, Joy!

  • Sounds good that it left you wanting more. She sounds like a great heroine

  • Now that is my type of heroine! I probably wouldn't have picked this up either, but I am definitely curious now. Great review, Joy. I'm going to add this to my TBR and hopefully get to it one day.

  • Aw, chocolate <3 don't think I would like this book.. but I'm not sure, because you do make it sound pretty good πŸ˜€ glad the romance was good, and not too fast. <3 glad you ended up enjoying it πŸ˜€ thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  • You have me completely convinced, Joy! I don't know why this hasn't really been on my radar before, but you definitely make me wish I could pick it up right now. I love the sound of the romance – slow and sweet, with a dual narrative, is exactly how I like it too. The premise is quite original as well. I'll have to check this out one day. Lovely review! πŸ™‚

  • I'm glad this one was a good surprise! it's a new book to me, thanks for the discovery!

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