The Sweetest Spell

The Sweetest Spell 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

  • Title: The Sweetest Spell
  • Author: Suzanne Selfors
  • ISBN: 9780802723765
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 precious than gold.Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds heEmmeline 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 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.

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    1. Well, if there's one thing you can say about this book, it sure is original. That doesn't mean I'll be reading it, though. I mean, have you read the blurb? Even the first few words:Emmeline Thistle has always had a mysterious bond with cowsThis is a joke, right? It's not?

    2. It was okay. I didn't love it nor did I hate it. It was long and could have used some editing. Story: I love chocolate as much as the next person but the fact that the people in this book acted like it was Magic chocolate rather than chocolate made from magic was odd. I wanted more explanation as to why no one had actually figured out the recipe for chocolate and, instead, were reduced to having their "cow goddess"? grant them the magical power of making chocolate. Explanation, please.Also, husb [...]

    3. When I covered this for Fairy Tale Fortnight, I only did a silly little review-teaser that consisted of my weird, random notes on the book, since publication was still quite a ways off. But now publication is right around the corner, so it's time for me to actually give you an idea of whether you'll like this quirky little book. First off, I have to mention it's a retelling of The Ugly Ducking, so points for that. And it's certainlyn-traditional, and requires quite a bit of WSOD. But if you're [...]

    4. This book taught me a value of the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” When reading the back of the book, I thought the book seemed silly and too young for teen readers. After reading The Sweetest Spell, I quickly realized that I was wrong. Selfors wrote a fun book, with a good plot, strong characters, and good lessons. The plot of the book is about a collapsing kingdom with two defined groups of citizens. The lesser citizens, the Flatlanders, are blamed for the loss of a delicacy, c [...]

    5. When I first heard that there was a YA fairy tale retelling of The Ugly Ducking, I immediately got excited. When I read the blurb for The Sweetest Spell, I knew I had to read it. A fairy tale retelling of an oft-neglected story centering around the power of chocolate? Why, I haven’t had that sort of fun since reading The Chocolate Touch back in 3rd grade (Patrick Skene Catling’s middle grade retelling of King Midas about a kid whose touch turns everything not to gold, but to chocolate! Total [...]

    6. If you are anything like me, you grew up listening to your parents read you fairytales. Fairytales, next to Dr. Seuss, was what created your desire to read, they were the first stories you ever heard, thus the most important type of stories that will forever be a part of you later in life. Their sheer creativity, imagination, and hidden morals prove to be unforgettable and take up permanent residence in the back of your mind. Thus, I believe that one of the toughest challenges an author can take [...]

    7. So I get that this sounds like a strange book, but it's actually a really sweet and original read. It's more of 4.5, but I can't give myself enough reasons not to just give it 5 stars. Quick Overview: Emmeline Thistle is the outcast of the Flatlands. Everyone is convinced that she is unnatural since she survived the night of her birth after being cast out into the woods because of her “defect” (a curled foot). Not to mention that cows follow her everywhere and she even seems to talk to them. [...]

    8. I got this book months ago and read it almost right away because the summary just grabbed me. Once you read said summary for this book, y’all are going to think I’m crazy for recommending it. BUT I hope you give it a chance because it really is a cute, sweet story, though kind of silly, but isn’t that what most fairy tales are anyway?In case you can’t tell from the summary, this is a retelling of the Ugly Duckling with Emmeline as the Duckling. This poor girl didn’t have the best life [...]

    9. This book. Hhmm it's not bad, but I judge a book a lot on it's romance. I personally found the romance all tell and no show. Emmeline and Owen SUPPOSEDLY spent a lot of time getting to know one another, but there were no deep conversations between the two, therefore no foundation for a romantic relationship. So when the pair were split up for the majority of the book, I couldn't help but roll my eyes when they characters reconvene with a kiss. I enjoyed the character of Peddler and his daughter [...]

    10. 3.5. Cute little book. Something I might have love more as a kid. Lots of things I could have hated but I think I just like Suzanne Selfors, since this is my second book by her. Fairytale style! Cute little read. And the last of my current library to-be-read books (thank goodness now I can take a break!).Notes: - I like that while at first glance it might seem everyone is in love with Emmeline for her skill, it's actually not the case, each man has their own reason for wanting Emmeline, except o [...]

    11. In less words: Frankly, more people should be interested and begin reading this book. It’s about acceptance, forgiveness, true love, and the importance of doing the right thing even when fear is escalating. The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors is both lighthearted and heavy, a quest for acceptance and truth, and full of situations gone awry—both comically so and otherwise. If you’re into fairy tales and can enjoy the charming ridiculousness they entail, and have a healthy interest in happ [...]

    12. Somewhere between 1.5 and 2 stars.Man, I don't know how to talk about this book. The Sweetest Spell is about Emmeline, an outcast of the most hated group in her country, shunned because she has a deformity. After a flood sweeps her and her entire village away, she meets a supportive family whose son, Owen, sends her heart a-flutter. The even biggest surprise: she has the magic for the lost delicacy of chocolate, though there are some that want to use her abilities for their own ambition.This is [...]

    13. Rating: 4 starsI'm just going to be honest here, for having such a whimsical, maybe even comedic, story line, I really didn't expect this story to as good as it was! To have the ability to make chocolate is cool, and I'd definitely want it, but for that to be the central point around which the story revolved? I was skeptical. But kudos Suzanne Selfors, kudos for taking this strange idea and spinning it into an amazing story with fantastic world-building, great characters, and touched on rather s [...]

    14. I absolutely loved this book. It was light, breezy, fun, and charming. It was exactly what I needed to remedy the dreadful merfolk books I'd subjected myself to in the past few weeks.Emmeline is a delightful heroine. Of course she has the typical heroine origins: an outcast even in her own oppressed society. That she doesn't sulk or is consumed with self-pity is admirable. She accepts who she is and has secret wishes for her future. She tries to be helpful, knows she's a burden, but again, she d [...]

    15. Chocolate! CHOCOLATE! Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Ahhh! I picked up this book because of that tease in the premise. Haha.*ahem* Okay, now let’s get on the real review, shall we?The set-up of this book was refreshing in that it’s not your stereotypical pretty fluff of farmers, magic, pretty gowns, and dreams of romance and princes. I liked how she created her people who are outcasts and have formed their own traditions and customs which are very different from the other people of their lan [...]

    16. I got this book months ago and read it almost right away because the summary just grabbed me. Once you read said summary for this book, y’all are going to think I’m crazy for recommending it. BUT I hope you give it a chance because it really is a cute, sweet story, though kind of silly, but isn’t that what most fairy tales are anyway?In case you can’t tell from the summary, this is a retelling of the Ugly Duckling with Emmeline as the Duckling. This poor girl didn’t have the best life [...]

    17. The Sweetest Spell is a fairy tale story to its core, vacillating between the utter hopelessness of depression and the bright eyed wonder of youth and happiness. It begins with Emmeline’s recounting of how she is an unwanted. Left to die of exposure after being born with a curled foot, Emmeline survived only because she was guarded by some local cows. Thereafter, cows show affection for the girl who none of her people want around. When events turn and it is discovered that Emmeline possesses t [...]

    18. Trying not to spoil lol.1 star for the originality. Seriously, really original. Love original books. Those kinds of books are what drugs are to addicts. I NEED THEM. *cough* recommendations anyone? *cough*1 star for the world the main character lives in. The world she lives in is in an older time period but, what caused me to give it another star was the fact that the author makes up some history and then uses it to pace the story. Great!There were some unexplained things in the story though. Th [...]

    19. I was so pleasantly surprised with this novel - I was not expecting it to be as unique as it is! I picked it up because, umm, chocolate. What girl hasn't wished for the power to just create chocolate at least once in her life? I loved the legend and political elements in the story, it pulled me in and made this adventure a quick and enjoyable read. I love Emmeline's character so much; watching her open up and come into herself is a privilege. She's one of my favorite heroines from my recent read [...]

    20. YA Fairytale. I really enjoyed this story, and the writing flows beautifully. I would give this a solid 3.5 stars. What kept it from being a higher mark for me was the plot coming together too easily toward the end. That said, I would definitely read this author again. I up'd this to 4 stars because, for the YA audience, there is a sweet innocence to this story that is quite refreshing.

    21. I was not expecting this book to be anything like what was really is. I was surprised with the many twists and turns. It was funny, but there were still times I cried. I would recommend this book to almost anyone. warning: this book does have a gay character

    22. A sweet book (pun intended) and a light read. Good writing, plot development, and character development. Not my favorite book ever, but I really enjoyed it! :)

    23. The Sweetest Spell is the story of how a girl can church milk into chocolate. It is a rare talent that all believed had died out as a result of a curse from one nation to another. The real truth of the matter, no one knows. But Emmeline Thistle, the outcast of the outcasts in her country, suddenly has this ability. Some will give anything to gain it. This book was cute and funny. Yet it addressed some relevant issues: prejudice based on nationality as well as beauty, error in history, and the va [...]

    24. This is the second time Suzanne Selfors has surprised me. The first time was when I thought her book Coffeehouse Angel would be a cliched YA book because the blurb sounded a little too middle grade. Wrong. It turned out to be a sweet romance book with a unique plot and three dimensional characters. I loved it.After my experience with Coffeehouse Angel, I shouldn't have doubted Miss Selfors, but I did. The blurb for The Sweetest Spell sounds a little too silly to be taken seriously. I mean, a bon [...]

    25. Like every other book I’ve read by Suzanne Selfors, The Sweetest Spell and I could go either way. The summary sounds weird, sure, but in reality, the story doesn’t get much weirder than say Saving Juliet, another Selfors book with a er unique premise. Pretty much the same light, silly yet enjoyable fun, I liked the story - my problem here isn’t that none of these people in a chocolate making story has ever heard of cocoa beans, it’s actually of the more mundane writing related variety.Th [...]

    26. Emmeline Thistle has a shameful heritage - she is descended from the Kells, invaders of the land of Anglund, who killed a beloved Queen in a bid to take over the land (or so all the Flatlander descendants have been led to believe) and as such were banished to the most uninhabitable tracts of land found, that flooded easily and were a harsh place to grow crops. Due to the fight for survival, Emmeline's people are known as dirt-scratchers and have a harsh, physically demanding life. Which is why w [...]

    27. I wish all faery tales were like this. I thought it was one part Rumpelstiltskin, one part Cinderella, one part The Kitchen Knight and one part The Princess Bride. Emmeline Thistle and Owen Oak are two of the most likeable, interesting characters to come from the imagination in a long time. The third main character, Griffin Boar, reminded me of the obnoxious jocks in high school, the ones who thought they were God's greatest gift to everyone. Perhap that's what the author had in mind, but he was [...]

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